FreightWaves Haul of Fame: Transcontinental Refrigerated Lines

An RTL tractor-trailer. (Photo: Flickr/Rick McOmber)

Stephen P. Hrobuchak, Sr. and his son, Stephen P. Hrobuchak, Jr., founded Transcontinental Refrigerated Lines, or TRL, in the northeastern Pennsylvania town of Pittston in 1975. They started the company with just two trucks. The company grew rapidly, however. According to statements by the Hrobuchaks at the time, they achieved fast growth by placing strong emphasis on equipment and on service. 

Continued growth during the 1980s and 1990s

By 1987, the company had been so successful that it had...

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