Timeline

 

1928

Arroyo Grande Trucking Company starts to service the transportation needs of local farmers on the central coast of California.

1946

CFL Founder, Ed Nelson, returns to the central coast of California after serving his country in the United States Navy during WWII.

1949

CFL Founder, Ed Nelson, purchases his first truck and begins pulling trailers for a local produce packing company.

1952

Ed Nelson and his brother-in-law Ed Taylor purchase the Arroyo Grande Trucking Company.

1957

Primarily a truckload carrier in the early years, Arroyo Grande Trucking Company expands into the LTL arena with the acquisition of a small LTL trucking company called Mission Drayage.

1963

Arroyo Grande Trucking Company merges with the Fitzgerald Trucking Company to become Certified Freight Lines.

1972

Next generation. Ed Nelson’s sons, Fred and Jim, and his son-in-law Jon Cramer, take on operational duties at CFL.

1978

CFL expands operations by offering temperature-controlled transportation services, thus increasing the value and shelf-life of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other refrigerated products.

1982

Operation headquarters are relocated from Arroyo Grande, CA to Oceano, CA. At this time, CFL operats with a total fleet of only 26 trucks.

1996

Leadership transition. Ed Nelson becomes Chairman of the Board, Jim (Jimmy) Nelson becomes President and Jon Cramer and Fred Nelson named Vice Presidents.

2000

CFL outgrows its facilities in Oceano, CA and builds a larger, modern facility in Santa Maria, CA where operation headquarters are still located today.

2008

Certified Freight Lines expands its services and changes its name to Certified Freight Logistics.

2016

Third generation of leadership. Scott Cramer named as the new Chief Executive Officer of Certified Freight Logistics and brother Tim Cramer named Vice President. Scott and Tim are founder Ed Nelson’s grandsons.

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Our professional truck drivers are a special breed, because handling refrigerated freight takes extra skill and knowledge. Top performing drivers earn up to $70,000 per year. We also offer 100% company-paid premiums for medical, dental, vision and life insurance. We have several bonus programs based on eligibility, as well as Paid Time Off, Sick Time Off and a 401K retirement savings plan.

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