The History of Heyl


Humble Beginnings

Founder Don Heyl began his career in trucking in 1949 with a single gravel truck.

A few years later he found himself hauling fruit out of Texas and in 1957 he hauled his first load from Texas to Canada.

The cross-border work really flourished and the business began to grow rapidly.


Flourishing Business

By 1963, Heyl was operating 35 trucks and 85 trailers.

It was at this time that Don came off the road to manage the business. He will tell you even to this day that that was the hardest thing he ever had to do.

During the late 60s and 70s, 4 of Don’s children joined the company - Sons Roger, Alan, Scott, and David. Roger and Scott have since retired, David is in Operations, and Alan serves as our current CEO.


Continued Growth

In 1987, Heyl opened a terminal in Edmonton Canada, which was later moved to Calgary. And in 1988 we purchased Qasar out of Sioux Falls, SD, which became our Sioux Falls terminal. At that time, we were operating 79 trucks.

Heyl saw significant growth in the 90s and early 2000s. We opened terminals in Texas and Florida, started regional fleets across the country, and by 2009, we sat around 350 trucks.


Looking Toward the Future

Fast forward to today and we are operating about 500 trucks and over 1,000 trailers. We continue to specialize in refrigerated and dry freight across the US and Canada.

We provide top of the line equipment to our drivers that come equipped with all of the newest safety features, and have support staff in house around the clock.

Over the last few years, we have invested in a new Operational software, built a brand new terminal in Okotoks, Alberta, upgraded our shops in Florida and Texas, and built a state-of-the-art, full service shop at our Headquarters in Akron, IA.

Heyl Truck Lines has provided Award-Winning service

for over 70 years, and we plan to continue that into the future.

If you're interested in learning more about how you can become a part

of the Heyl Family or interested in shipping freight with a Top Carrier

in the industry, drop us a line. Our team is excited to speak with you.

200 Norka Dr.

Akron, IA 51001

Sales and Operations:

(800) 234-4395


(800) 973-9161