Roger Marten founded Marten Transport in 1946 at the age of 17, delivering milk and other dairy products. His
routes at that time were primarily in the Modena area where Roger was born and raised. Driving for the Modena
Co-op Creamery, Roger purchased his first truck route with a $400 loan from his mother. In the 1950's, he
expanded his milk delivery routes, purchased and drove school buses and hauled petroleum products with his first
In 1956, the first tractor-trailer combination was purchased, and Marten began hauling petroleum for Bauer Built of
Durand. Marten's volume doubled after the acquisition of Mondovi Trucking Co. in 1959. A year later, Marten added
its first tandem axle tractor to its fleet.
In 1962, the Land O' Lakes drying operation in Mondovi closed, creating the need for milk hauled to other Land O'
Lakes powdered milk facilities. As a result, Marten secured the trucking contract, purchased two tractor-trailer units
and began what would become a long-term, profitable relationship with this dairy cooperative.
In 1965, a one-bay garage became Marten Transport's first terminal in Mondovi. Randy joined the company, initially
assisting with equipment maintenance and dispatch. In 1965, dry vans were added to the fleet to expand Marten's
service to include dry milk products.
Marten Transport opened the Ontario, California terminal in 1985 to better serve customers on the West Coast. The
following year, Marten began trading on the NASDAQ National Market at $13 per share. During the same year,
Randy became president, and the company exceeded $50 million in revenue and built a major expansion to its
Upon the death of his father in 1993, Randy became the CEO of Marten Transport, in addition to being president. He
continues to lead Marten Transport successfully and profitably as president and Chairman of the Board. A fitting
tribute for the community was in 1996 when the Roger Marten Community Center opened in downtown Mondovi.
Marten Transport, Ltd. has grown from a small, regional carrier to one of today's leading national protective service
transportation companies. With terminals in Wisconsin, Georgia, California, Indiana and Oregon, Marten now
serves a number of Fortune 500 companies, employs more than 2,500 people and has a fleet of about 2,300
tractors and 3000 trailers. Its average length of haul is 968 miles.
Here you see Randy Marten, President and
Chief Operating Officer for Marten Transport
right after receiving a present from one of
our drivers. The knife and case came from
Nepal in Asia.
Click the large picture to go to a very nice
article about Marten Transport and Randy
Keep the torch
for their safe