The Central Tradition, almost as old as the trucking industry itself, is a simple one. First, find energetic and dependable people. In many cases, they're the same outstanding employees and upper management your business has been depending on for many years. That kind of long-term employee is commonplace at Central. We have been making your pickups and deliveries and providing millions of miles of accident-free service for over 88 years.
History of Central Freight
2014 Central acquires DTI, a Georgia LTL carrier, adding the entire State of Georgia to Central's footprint: (08/08/2014)
2014 Central awarded Grand Trophy for safety by the Texas Trucking Association
2014 Central awarded 1st Place Fleet Safety Award by the Texas Trucking Association
2014 Lavoy Grider selected by the Texas Trucking Association as 2014 Texas Driver of the Year
2014 Commercial Carrier Journal reports Central Freight as one of the Top 250 For-Hire Trucking Companies
2013 TMTA - Texas Driver of The Year - Gary Babbitt, Dallas Line Driver
2013 Central purchases 25 Freightliner straight trucks to add to fleet
2013 Central purchases additional 200 - 2014 Freightliner Diesel Tractors
2013 Central opens first CNG Fueling Station in Houston partnering with Questar
2013 ATA selects Gary Babbitt, Dallas Line Driver, as National Driver of the Year
2013 Heavy Duty Trucking selects Central Freight Lines as one of the Top 50 Green Fleets in America
2013 NGV Industry presents Central Freight Lines with Natural Gas Industry Achievement Award
2013 TMTA - Texas Driver of The Year - Gary Babbitt, Dallas Line Driver
2013 Dallas Terminal moves to new location in Dallas to better serve their customer base
2013 Central Freight purchases 100 CNG Freightliner Tractors
2013 Central Freight purchases 400, 28' Pup Trailers
2013 Central Freight expands into Tennessee and Wisconsin new terminals in:Nashville, Chattanooga and Milwaukee with the acquisition of Circle Delivery of Tennessee.
2013 Central Freight purchases 400, 28' Hyundai pup trailers
2012 ATA National Driver of the Year - Ron Fuller, Central Freight Fort Worth Line Driver
2012 TMTA 1st Place P&D Fleet Safety Award
2012 ATA 3rd Place Truck Safety Award
2012 Inbound Logistics Top 100 Motor Carrier
2012 Transport Topics Top 100 for-Hire Carrier
2012 Commercial Carrier Journal Top 250 For-Hire Trucking Companies
2012 Central Freight, one of the first LTL carriers to purchase CNG powered tractors to protect the environment and reduce dependency on foreign fuels
2012 Mr. Ron Fuller, CFL Fort Worth Line Driver, was selected as the 2012 Texas Driver of the Year by the Texas Motor Transportation Association
2011 ATA Awards Central Freight Lines
Truck Safety Contest
2nd Place - General Commodities LTL/Local
3rd Place - General Commodities Truckload/Line-Haul
3rd Place - General Commodities/LTL
Industrial Safety Contest
3rd Place General Commodities LTL/Line-Haul
2011 Central Freight Founder Mr. W.W. Callan inducted into the Texas Transportation Institute Hall of Honor during the TMTA Conference in Lost Pines, Texas
2011 TMTA awards Central Freight Texas P & D Drivers with 1st Place Fleet Safety Award
2011 Mr. Gary Babbitt selected by ATA as Captain of America’s Road Team for 2011/12
2010 Mr. Anthony Jones, CFL Houston Line Haul Driver, was selected as the 2010 Texas Driver of the Year by the Texas Motor Transportation Association
2010 National Driver of the Year – Mr. Anthony Jones – CFL Houston Line Driver was selected as the 2010 National Driver of the Year by the American Trucking Association
2010 Central awarded 2010 Grand Safety Trophy as presented by the Texas Trucking Association
2010 Selected by Inbound Logistics Publication as one of the "Top 100 Carriers" in 2010
2009 Central partners with EPA as a SmartWay Transport Partner
2009 CFL Network provides service to Idaho, Utah, Minnesota and Wisconsin
2009 Central initiates a Time-Definite Guarantee Delivery Program – Delivery by 10:30 AM or 5:00 PM
2009 Central selected as one of the Top 100 Motor Carriers by Inbound Logistics Magazine
2009 The CFL Network expands to provide service to 49 States
2008 Don Orr becomes President & CEO of Central Freight Lines
2008 Central receives the 2008 American Trucking Association President’s Trophy
2008 CFL Network provides service to Colorado
2006 Central transitions from a publicly traded company to a privately held enterprise by a merger with North American Truck Lines, LLC and Green acquisition Company, controlled by Mr. Jerry Moyes.
2005 Central awarded Carrier Of The Year by Direct Logistics
2004 For the fourth time, Central wins the prestigious ATA President’s Trophy.
2003 Central Freight Lines goes public.
2003 Central receives Regional Carrier Of The Year award from Exel Logistics
1999 Central signs contract to acquire Intrastate Arizona Carrier, Jaguar Fast Freight. Central continues westward expansion into California and Nevada with purchase of Vecta Transportation Systems, Inc. of Sacramento, California.
1997 On June 30th, an investment group led by a group of senior Central management purchases selected assets of the former Central Freight Lines from Viking Freight and reopens as a new Central Freight Lines.
1996 Central becomes the Southwestern Division of Viking Freight, Inc.
1995 On January 1, federal legislation deregulates intrastate common carrier trucking nationwide. Central is named the 1994–95 Regional LTL Carrier of the Year by NASSTRAC, a national shipper organization and traffic management industry trade publication. Joe Hall becomes Central's fifth president. On December 14, Roadway Services, Inc. becomes Caliber Systems, Inc. and on December 18, the consolidation of Central, Coles, Spartan, and Viking Freight Systems into Viking Freight, Inc. is announced, creating a nationwide freight carrier, and beginning the closure of Central's Waco corporate headquarters.
1994 Central expands into Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. Later, Central expands into Illinois and Mississippi.
1993 On March 27, employee-owners and direct shareholders of Central approve the purchase of the company by Roadway Services, Inc. On April 11, Central officially becomes a part of Roadway and joins the Roadway Regional Group. Central begins service in Louisiana.
1992 Central expands to Arkansas, New Mexico, and Tennessee. Tom Clowe is named Central's fourth president. In October, Woody, Jr. and Diana Braswell retire, selling their stock to the Employees Profit Sharing and Retirement Plan making Central truly an employee owned company. On November 23, Roadway Services, Inc. and Central reach an agreement in principle for Central to be purchased by Roadway.
1991 Central receives 48-state interstate operating authority and expands into Oklahoma.
1990 Tom Clowe joins Central as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
1987 W. W. Woody Callan Sr .Chairman of the Board - passes away.
1986 Central employees honor Woody Callan, Sr. with a specially-designed 48-foot trailer.
1984 Central purchases Curry Motor Freight and Perry Motor Freight.
1984 Central receives the 1984 American Trucking Association President’s Trophy.
1979 Central ranks 33rd on list of Top 100 Class 1 carriers
1979 Woody Callan, Jr., becomes Central's third president.
1978 Central becomes the first motor carrier to be honored with the Materials Handling Leadership Award from the Society of Packing and Handling Enterprise
1952 R. H. Linam becomes Central's second president. An employee stock purchase plan is established.
1950’s Central is the first carrier in the country to install an under-the-floor towveyor chain system in a terminal
1940 Central Federal Credit Union officially opens its doors.
1938 Central Freight Lines Dallas Facility becomes the largest freight facility in the world.
1932 Central opens its first company-owned facility, the terminal and general office on 13th Street in Waco
1929 The Texas Legislature establishes intrastate trucking regulations and the Railroad Commission of Texas. W.W. Callan has to separate Central Forwarding’s household goods moving business, which became known as; Central Forwarding, Inc., from the company’s general freight transportation known as Central Freight Lines, Inc.
1927 Central incorporated and instituted regular routes between Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin
1925 Central Freight Lines is founded in Waco, Texas. W.W. “Woody” Callan Sr. buys a Model T and drives from Waco to Dallas to pick up some goods for a Waco merchant, thus starting Central Forwarding and Warehouse company