Founder of R+L, Ralph L. “Larry” Roberts, Carriers Passes Away at Age 77

Founder of R+L, Ralph L. “Larry” Roberts, Carriers passes away at age 77.

R+ L Carriers is a private family-owned freight shipping company that has been providing world-class customer service with every delivery for over 55 years. The company has been awarded the “Quest for Quality Award” in Logistics management and has grown from a one-truck fleet to a fleet of over 21,000 tractors and trailers. The company owes its success to its founder, Ralph L. Larry Roberts, who passed away on March 19th, 2023 at the age of 77. 

In the Mid-1960s, Roberts had the dream of owning his own business so he ended up purchasing a single truck that he used to haul furniture and a warehouse behind his family home in Wilmington, Ohio. His business started off providing service exclusively within Ohio but soon expanded to five other Midwestern and Southern states. 

The company continued to grow further with the purchase of Gator Freightways, Inc. and Greenwood Motorlines, Inc. With the deregulation of the trucking industry in the early 1980s, the company incorporated a system that moved freight at transit times that were unrivaled. In 2007 the company became a number one LTL carrier. The company has now expanded to serve all 50 states, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and many other Caribbean islands. 

R+L Carriers strives to provide the best service with competitive pricing and save operations. Ralph L. “Larry” Roberts’ legacy will continue to live on in the company he founded and established over the years with the help of his family and numerous dedicated employees.


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