E&L Transport (1930s-present)- Nu Car Carriers (1922-present) - Leaseway Auto Carriers - Hadley Auto Transport - combined under PTS - Performance Transportation Service Inc. Wayne, Michigan
More than eighty-two years of tradition and experience provide the
foundation for Performance Transportation Services, Inc. When Henry Ford
built an assembly plant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of PTS's forerunner
companies, Nu-Car Carriers, began delivering vehicles on four-car trucks in
1922. Evolving through numerous acquisitions and mergers, PTS has now become
a coast-to-coast entity, spanning from the Pacific coast of California to
the Atlantic shores of the East. From an operating perspective, Performance
Transportation is comprised of three carriers with connecting geographic
coverage, as indicated:
Hadley Auto Transport--- Serves seventeen customers at ten rail ramps, seven customers at three ports and one through a border crossing point throughout the West and Southwest.
E&L Transport - 1930s-present - Dearborn, Michigan - Provides haulaway at seven assembly plants, three rail ramps and one border transfer site in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and New York. Thirteen customer operations are served.
Leaseway Auto Carriers--- With terminals in the East and Midwest, seven assembly plants, three rail ramps, one border crossing location and six import operations are served. Additionally, three terminal sites in the Canadian province of Ontario handle five assembly plants. Lastly, an import operation handles vehicle deliveries in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
E&L Transport built 100 super-tall twin-engined COE-type semi-tractors during WWII using modified Ford engines and chassis. Designed to tow super-sized trailers containing B-24 Liberator wings and fuselages, the units were subsequently used for auto transport after the war. Mechanical Handling Systems built the super-sized 65 foot trailers that carried the unassembled bombers.
Performance Logistics Group (PLG), Wayne, Mich., has acquired Leaseway Auto Carrier Group from Penske Truck Leasing in exchange for “a significant minority interest” in PLG. PLG is parent of Performance Transportation Services, Inc., which operates a nationwide automobile transportation business through subsidiaries E. and L. Transport Co., Hadley Auto Transport and Transportation Releasing.
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