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CRST The Transportation Solution, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest privately held transportation and logistics companies.

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Since 1955

For more than 70 years, we’ve earned a reputation for excellent service. That’s because we deliver on our promises to our customers – and each other – every time.

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Powered by the expertise of its Solutions Centers, CRST provides a broad array of transportation and logistics solutions, including dedicated services, truckload capacity solutions, flatbed, transportation management, high-value product white-glove services, team expedited, and home delivery.

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Herald Smitty Smith Jr

Family Owned

(and proud of it)!

In 1955, Herald (“Smitty”) and Miriam Smith started Cedar Rapids Steel Transport out of a refurbished chicken coop they purchased for $125.

At the time, they had no trucks or customers, but Smitty convinced firms he could save them money. He contracted with owner-operators hauling livestock to Chicago to return to the Cedar Rapids area with loads of steel instead of empty trucks.

Family-owned to this day, CRST has grown to a $2 billion nationwide enterprise. While the scope of services may have changed, the company’s focus on Delivering Promises to customers has been the goal for nearly 70 years.

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