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CRST The Transportation Solution, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest privately held transportation companies. Powered by the expertise of our Solutions centers, we provide a broad array of transportation and logistics solutions.


Our Roots

In 1955, Herald and Miriam Smith started Cedar Rapids Steel Transport out of a refurbished chicken coop they bought for $125.

At the time, they had no trucks and no customers, but Herald, known as “Smitty,” convinced firms he could save them money. He contracted with owner/operators who were 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 evolved from a trucking firm to one of the nation’s leading providers of transportation solutions.

Cedar Rapids Steel Transport renamed as CRST.
CRST Acquires Malone Freight Lines, Inc.
Organizes CRST, Inc. to integrate all companies.
Identifies several niche acquisitions and merges the companies into - CRST, Inc., Three I Truck Line, Inc. & Malone Freight Lines, Inc.
CRST Launches Logistics Solutions.
CRST Establishes Dedicated Solutions.
CRST moves to #10 in the national ranking for largest dry van truckload carriers.
Revenue tops $600 million and CRST moves to new HQ in Cedar Rapids.
CRST Acquires Specialized Transportation, Inc.
CRST Acquires BESL.
CRST Acquires Pegasus Transportation , Inc. Celebrates 60 years and reaches $1.2 billion.
CRST Acquires Gardner Trucking, and moves into new corporate HQ.
CRST Acquires NAL Group.

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