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Leavitt's History

The 1950s & 1960s

Three brothers, Doug, Dean, and Dewey Leavitt established Leavitt's Freight Service in 1958. The Company was founded on two philosophies: integrity - an honest day's work for an honest day's pay, and premium service - exceeding our customers' expectations.

Leavitt's began providing transportation service to two primary industries: treated wood poles and laminated beams. Through hard work and perseverance, the original brothers established Leavitt's Freight Service as the most competent and reliable Oregon carrier trucking these commodities.

In the late 1950's and early 1960's, they pioneered the use of a chain driven boom to unload telephone and power poles at customers' yards and at job sites. They were also among the first to utilize steer trailers to move over-length loads. Both of these services are still offered and comprise the current backbone of the company. These innovations helped the company to outgrow its original facility leading to a move in 1967 to our current seven-acre location.

 

The 1970s & 1980s

During the 70's Leavitt's moved literally thousands of loads of laminated beams into California. Like many other suppliers to the construction industry, we took part in the building of Silicon Valley and the expansion of the LA basin. Although our primary market was California, Leavitt's also provided service throughout the eleven Western States.

Prior to the deregulation of the trucking industry in 1980, the Company operated as a contract carrier with authority to haul out of Oregon and Washington. With deregulation, Leavitt's secured its common carrier authority and began to develop a much broader customer base. The 80's brought a new level of competition to our industry through which the Company continued to grow.

 

 

The 1990s

In the early 90's, the founding brothers retired and sold the business to two of the sons, Terry (Doug's son) and Duane (Dewey's son). In 1998, in recognition of his longtime contributions and value to the company's growth and direction, Ron Riddle was brought into an ownership position with the company. His intense focus on our customer's needs and transportation solutions has raised the bar for the company's performance.

Since 1994, the company fleet has continued to grow and an Owner/Operator package was introduced late in 1997. Our service territory has expanded into the Midwest and East Coast, as well as most of the Canadian Provinces. The Company remains the West Coast industry leader for the transportation and self-unloading service of over-length wood poles as well as a primary carrier of steel and engineered wood products.


Right to Left - Ron, Duane, Terry

 

Today

In the challenging environment of the 21st century, Leavitt's remains focused on successfully serving our customers, attracting and retaining professional drivers, and maintaining an outstanding safety record.

In the face of fluctuating fuel prices, rising insurance costs, increasing regulations, and continuing driver shortages, we are strengthening the Company's marketing position through an emphasis on safety, innovation, and dedication.

Since our start, we remain faithfully committed to operating the business with integrity and providing a premium service to all of our customers and employees.