The History of the Ward Transport and Logistics Corp.

W. W. Ward started this whole thing back in 1931 with one truck and two guys (and one of those guys was him). Good, old, roll-up-your-sleeves, hard-work, and a growing number of dedicated colleagues helped Ward Trucking become the full catalog of logistics solutions that is now known as Ward Transport and Logistics.

Still family-owned and operated, and now with 1,400+ employees, the 4th generation of the Ward family knows that looking back is vital to moving forWARD! Join us in the journey of the Ward TLC company history.

W. W. Ward secures a loan of $300 to buy a used truck. The load was already contracted.


The Interstate Commerce Act passed and signed by Franklin Roosevelt. Ward assigned territory where the company was already operating, central Pennsylvania, and to and from metropolitan New York and New Jersey.


Terminal opens in Harrisburg, PA.


Ward opens the first of several warehouses in the central Pennsylvania area.


G. William Ward named President of Ward Trucking. W. W. Ward becomes Chairman of the Board.

  • Founder W. W. Ward dies, March 10.
  • Ward Trucking reaches the benchmark of 500 employees.
  • New general headquarters building dedicated.


Deregulation of trucking industry. Ward is now authorized to operate in the lower 48 states and so expands its direct footprint in the Mid-Atlantic region.

1986 - Ward TLC History Bill T. Ward and Bill Ward

L-R: J. Richard Ward and Bill Ward

  • G. William Ward retires as President and becomes Chairman of the Board.
  • J. Richard Ward becomes President and CEO.


David K. Ward named President and CEO.


With partners, service expands to Canada.

1998 Ward History

 Stack-Up Loading System introduced.


President’s Trophy from the American Trucking Association for best overall safety program in the country is awarded to Ward for the first of two times.

2007 - Ward TLC History

Bill T. Ward becomes President and CEO.

Ward 2018 - History

L-R: James Ward, Bill Ward, Jr., Adam Ward, and David Ward

The fourth generation of the Ward family working in the company assumes key executive roles.



  • Ward opens its 20th service center in South Plainfield, NJ!
  • Bill Ward Jr. becomes the fourth generation President of Ward Transport and Logistics


  • Ward opens its 21st service center in Toledo, Ohio.


  • Ward goes for the three-peat and opens its 3rd service center in 3 years in Chicago, IL.