R&L Carriers

R+L Carriers is a privately owned American freight shipping company based in Wilmington, Ohio, which grew over the course of 40 years from one truck to a fleet of 21,000 tractors and trailers.

Headquarters: Wilmington, OH

Founder: Ralph L. “Larry” Roberts I

CEO: Ralph L. Roberts I (1965–)

Number of employees: Under 10,000 (2015)

Founded: 1965

Ohio Location

  • Address: 600 Gillam Rd. Wilmington, OH 45177
  • Phone: 800-543-5589

WV Location

  • Address: State Rt. 2, Gallipolis Ferry, WV 25515
  • Telephone: (304) 675-1809

In 1965, Ralph L. “Larry” Roberts I purchased a single truck he used to haul furniture. The business grew with the purchase of intrastate and interstate authority from Mayflower Moving and Storage, becoming R+L Carriers, Inc.

When the early 1980s brought deregulation to the trucking industry with the Motor Carrier Act of 1980, the company became incorporated in conjunction with the design of a new system that resulted in the birth of R+L Transfer, Inc.

R+L Carriers provides the transportation and sponsorship of the Lima Company Memorial, a series of life-size paintings of 23 fallen Marines from Lima 3/25 painted by Columbus, Ohio, artist Anita Miller. The memorial travels the country to raise awareness of the Marines and their families.

R+L Carriers became the presenting sponsor of the Coates Golf Championship in 2015. The Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers is an LPGA event held at Golden Ocala in Ocala, Florida. The title sponsor, Coates Golf, is a premier golf equipment manufacturer solely dedicated to women’s golf.

R+L Carriers became one of the sponsors of the #17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford owned by Roush Fenway Racing in 2006. The car is driven by Matt Kenseth.

R+L Carriers has sponsored the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (see List of college bowl games) since Hurricane Katrina displaced the event from the Louisiana Superdome to the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2006.[9] The company renewed their contract with the New Orleans Bowl through 2011.

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Compared to the United States average of 4.1%, Mason County’s average of Transportation employment is at 5.6% according to these stats.