A gentle man named Roger Malone was the one who started started the trucking company called Frozen Food Express Industries. But it was Cy Weller, a former attorney from San Antonio who was drafted into the Army, who first led this trucking company to success.
Cy Weller decided to go into trucking business when he found out that he no longer had office space for his legal practice. He used what he learned from the army and bought military equipments and salvage trucks from the government and he sold them to trucking companies. The trucking industry had a need for trucks with deep freezing capacity to transport perishable items over long distances during those days, but no one was mass producing them. Cy solved this problem by purchasing Army refrigerators that were used for international shipment of food and he had these refrigerators installed into trailers. These were among America's first deep refrigeration trailers.
To run a trucking company a permit is required. Roger Malone came into picture when he decided to exit the trucking business. By November1948, Cy Weller had control of the permit and Frozen Food Express Industries. It became a publicly traded company in 1971 and the stock has repeatedly outperformed it's competitors.
Now, Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc. has approximately 2400 employees who service some of the Nation's leading suppliers of pharmaceuticals, food products, and other consumer goods. FFE Transportation Services began as a family business and they continue to consider themselves a family of employees.
Their aim is to provide their drivers with a warm, friendly environment, individual career path options, and a large network of customers to service. They offer many options for drivers, at any level in their career and give every driver the guidance and tools for their personal success.
FFE Transportation Services offers company sponsored training for amateurs looking to get started with a stable carrier that is committed to safety. Drivers attending Truck Driving Schools may graduate in as little as three weeks. After graduation drivers attend a 3 day orientation in Lancaster, Texas here a driver Finisher will be assigned to them for their first 6 weeks of driving. The Finisher acts as a coach and mentor to help further the rookie truck driver's training. With this careful approach it allows new drivers to receive the experience necessary for them to become a safe and successful over-the-road driver.
Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc.'s Divisions:
American Eagle Lines. This was established as a Dry Truckload carrier. When it was acquired by FFE Transportation Services in 1989 the company had thirty four trucks. Now, it is a part of the FFE Transportation Services Enterprise and has already obtained more than 600 air ride 53' super wide dry vans. This division services the Continental United States, Mexico and Canada. Team and solo service, Intermodal Service and Truck/ Rail Solutions are offered to provide additional capacity and savings.
FFE Transportation Services has been managing the cold chain process since 1946. This division provides temperature controlled LTL service within the Continental United States, Mexico and Canada and offers Intermodal Service and Truck/ Rail Solutions to provide additional capacity and savings. It has a Centralized Planning and Customer Service Center and ten strategically located service centers with both freezer and cooler storage- one call does it all. The Temperature Controlled Truckload Fleet is comprised of 53' dual temperature trailers with freezer and cooler capabilities and the most advanced technology in the industry is utilized.
FFE Transportation Truckload division services the Continental United States, Mexico and Canada and it also offers team and solo Service, Intermodal Service and Truck/ Rail Solutions to provide additional capacity and savings. Superior service is achieved by offering dispatch and customer service 24/7/365, using the most advanced technology in the industry; including Real Time Qualcomm Satellite Load Tracking, a fuel optimization program and EDI tendering and billing; Specialized Dual Temperature Trailers; and by hiring trained, professional drivers.
Lisa Motor Lines is a bonded refrigerated carrier servicing the Continental United States, Mexico and Canada. This company was purchased in 1988 and is a wholly owned subsidary of FFE Transportation Services that specializes in the dedicated service of temperature controlled food commodities such as rozen foods, fresh produce, and meat.
FFE Logistics is a division of the FFE Transportation Services Enterprise and consider themselves an extension of their customers' companies. They have been ATA Certified, TSA Certified, members of the WCA "World Cargo Association" and the TIA/P3. With this, they can guarantee their client's company the highest levels of integrity, service, reliability, and cost effectiveness they will find in the industry. They build relationships with each of their over 5,000 carriers and 600 local agents to foster a win- win situation for everyone. They partnered with the asset based divisions of FFE Transportation Services and these trusted carriers to provide exceptional Expedited, Ocean, and Brokerage services.
FFE was named by Fortune magazine as one of the 200 best companies to work for in the United States, under the direction of Mit Stubbs. The company flourished when other larger trucking companies avoided to enter the refrigerated side of the business due to lower profit margins.