In 1943, C. E. purchased Colonial Fast Freight Lines in Birmingham, Alabama. From its beginning through the end of World War II, C. E. personally maintained the majority of his equipment, solicited freight, attended tariff classes and drove one of the tractors.
By 1949, a new horizon appeared; Frozen foods! For the next several years, C. E. worked diligently assisting in the design of the first refrigerated trailers. He obtained a patent for insulation design, which he gave to the industry. His design is still the standard for many types of insulation, including most refrigerated trailers currently being manufactured. This design also sparked the beginning of Colonial Refrigerated Transportation, Inc. Colonial moved its corporate office from Birmingham, AL to Knoxville, TN in 1974, where it remains today.
Service is the cornerstone of being an effective partner to our customers. Each customer should feel as though they are our only customer and that we are a vital and effective extension of their business.
Respect for Each Individual
Our people are important, not only as contibutors to our success, but as human beings. We will recognize and treat them with respect.
Continuous Quest for Excellence
We are determined to be the best, both as a company and as individuals. We vow never to be satisfied with our current performance and to continually seek improvement.
Our actions should set the standard for high ethical and legal principles. We will not engage in, or support, any act that is marginally inappopriate.
We will encourage any growth opportunities that open new doors for our customers and our people, without compromising the excellence of our existing operations