ST. GEORGE – A changing of the guard is taking place at Andrus Transportation.
Founded in 1970, Andrus has grown from a one truck carrier to over 330 tractors and 700 trailers. Andrus services some of the largest corporations in the U.S., ranging from GE, Coke, Pepsi, Big Lots, UPS and Fed Ex. On the international front, Andrus is heavily involved in transporting sea containers, to and from, the Long Beach California Port.
Jim Andrus Sr. started the company in Mesquite, Nev. He steadily added trucks and trailers as the demand for his transportation service grew, having seen businesses come and go throughout his years.
Steel was one of his mainstays when he first began. Circuit City was another large client at one time. Depending on the direction the wind blew in the economy, it has blown businesses either in or out of existence. An advantage Andrus has in tough economic times is having a broad base of companies from various industries to carry freight for.
Jim Sr., having led his company for 40 years, will remain CEO but will turn the day-to-day operations over to his son Jim Jr. who now is President of Andrus Transportation. Jim Jr. has been involved since childhood in the business working as a grease monkey in the shop and making sure trucks and trailers were properly lubricated as a teenager, to managing a terminal in Chehalis, Wash., as a newlywed. After leaving Washington to come back to St George with his young family, he has filled many rolls in the home office.
Jim Jr.'s vision for Andrus Transportation is to increase the number of tractors to 450 over the next few years. Besides increasing capacity, he sees the vital importance of providing job opportunities for the local community. Andrus currently employs over 400 individuals, making it one of the larger employers in Southern Utah. Being a vital part of the community is at the forefront of Andrus Transportation vision and future.