Historical Timeline

The Dependable Companies started with a single bobtail truck in 1950 in downtown Los Angeles, called Dependable Trucking. Over the ensuing 65 plus years, our single truck operation grew into one of the most respected LTL, truckload and harbor drayage carriers. In addition to diversified trucking services, we provide public warehousing, international & domestic ocean and air freight forwarding, intermodal services, harbor drayage, complete third party logistics (3PL) services, and supply chain consulting.

Key:

DT = Dependable Trucking
DHE = Dependable Highway Express – LTL, FTL, FCL trucking and harbor drayage
DHX = Dependable Hawaiian Express – Ocean and air freight shipments to Hawaii
DDC = Dependable Distribution Centers – Public warehouse, storage and distribution
DLS = Dependable Logistics Solutions – Total freight management, 3PL
DGX = Dependable Global Express – International ocean freight forwarding
DAX = Dependable AirCargo Express – International air freight forwarding
TDC = The Dependable Companies
  • 1950

    Division: DT
    Harry Massman starts his own delivery company with a single bobtail truck

  • 1964

    Division: DT
    Ron Massman joins his father at Dependable Trucking

  • 1968

    Division: DT
    Dependable Trucking acquires Freight Transport and initiates public warehousing and harbor drayage services

  • 1972

    Division: DDC
    Galaxy Distribution warehouse opens in Los Angeles, later to be renamed Dependable Distribution Centers (DDC)

  • 1973

    Division: DT
    Bob Massman joins his father and brother at Dependable Trucking

  • 1978

    Division: DT
    Dependable Trucking initiates ocean freight forwarding service from California to Hawaii

  • 1980

    Division: DHX
    Ron Massman forms new company, Dependable Hawaiian Express, Inc. (DHX), an ocean freight forwarder serving Hawaii.

  • 1981

    Division: DHX
    DHX expands services to Guam, after acquiring Seaway Distribution, an ocean freight forwarder serving Hawaii and Guam.

  • 1985

    Division: DHX
    Dependable Hawaiian Express, Inc. changes its name to DHX, Inc.

  • 1986

    Division: DHE
    Dependable Trucking changes its name to Dependable Highway Express, Inc.

  • 1987

    Division: DHE
    DHE expands into regional truckload service, by acquiring Interlines Trucking, a regional and local LTL/truckload carrier.

    Division: DHX
    DHX expands into the Pacific Northwest opening its Seattle Terminal.

  • 1989

    Division: DHX
    Opens trucking service in Guam

  • 1990

    Division: DHE
    Initiates Statewide LTL service with the acquisition of SOS, Inc. in San Leandro, CA

  • 1992

    Division: DHX
    Opens trucking service in Honolulu

  • 1993

    Division: DHE
    DHE acquires 1.5 million square foot distribution warehouse in Los Angeles, CA from Sears, opening the largest public warehouse facility under one roof in the United States. This becomes the Dependable family corporate headquarters

  • 1994

    Division: DHX
    DHX acquires Pan Oceana Freight Forwarding, increasing its Guam presence.

  • 1995

    Division: DDC
    Opens public warehouse / distribution facility in Oakland, CA
    Company announces new division, Dependable Logistics Solutions ("DLS"), and initiates 3PL (third party logistics) service

    Division: DHX
    DHX acquires 105,000 sq.ft. distribution facility in Rancho Dominguez, CA, which becomes DHX Corporate headquarters and Southern California operations platform.

  • 1996

    Division: DHX
    DHX aquires Lahaina Cartage and opens trucking service in Maui.

  • 1997

    Division: DHX
    DHX announces new air freight forwarding division, later to become Dependable AirCargo Express (DAX).

    Division: DHE
    DHE purchases Freight Train Trucking, expanding regional truckload division into Texas

  • 1998

    Division: DHX
    DHX achieves Internantional Standards Organization (ISO) Certification.
    DHX opens strategic consolidation locations throughout the Continental U.S.

    Division: DHE
    DHE purchases truck terminal in Vernon, California to domicile truckload and harbor drayage divisions

  • 1999

    Division: DHX
    Expands service to Australia and New Zealand, after acquiring ocean freight forwarder Transitainer
    DHX opens strategic consolidation locations thoughout the Continental U.S.

  • 2000

    Division: DHE
    DHE acquires LTL carrier Merchants Delivery Systems and opens terminals in Ontario, CA and Ventura, CA  
    DHE opens LTL trucking terminal in Stockton, California

  • 2001

    Division: DDC
    DDC purchases Loyalty Warehouse, a public warehouse in Commerce, CA specializing in grocery and natural food storage

    Division: DHE
    DHE introduces terminals in Phoenix, AZ and Tucson, AZ via purchase of LTL carrier Saf-T Way Trucking 
    DHE adds dedicated temperature-controlled service after acquiring truckload carrier Ultrans 

    Division: DHX
    DHX opens sales offices in Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand

  • 2002

    Division: DHX
    DHX opens offices in Chicago, New York, Sydney and Melbourne and opens container freight stations in Charlotte, NC, Baltimore, MD, and Boston, MA

  • 2003

    Division: DHE
    DHE introduces terminal in Fresno, California after acquiring Shane Transportation’s LTL business 

    Division: DGX
    DGX expands service offerings to include US Imports.

  • 2004

    Division: DHX
    DHX expands service to American Samoa and Tonga after acquiring Summit Freight
    DHX opens first Far East office in Hong Kong
    DHX spins-off international business and creates a new company named Dependable Global Express (DGX)
    DHX, Inc. changes its name to DHX - Dependable Hawaiian Express, Inc.

  • 2005

    Division: DHX
    DHX opens facility in Rancho Dominguez, CA to manage Home Depot’s Hawaii distribution
    DHX acquires Cavalry Express, a Chicago-based air freight forwarder
    DHX acquires HT&T and opens trucking operations in Kona, Hawaii.

    Division: DGX
    DGX opens offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, and Singapore

    Division: DHE
    DHE acquires regional truckload carrier Intercal Contract Carriers and opens additional truckload operations in Sacramento, CA

    Division: DLS
    DLS acquires third party logistics (3PL) provider Highway Express and adds IMC rail service

  • 2006

    Division: DHE
    DHE acquires Sacramento, CA based LTL carrier Rath Trucking

    Division: DHX
    DHX spins off airfreight business, creating a new company called Dependable AirCargo Express (DAX).
    DHX acquires its Guam Terminal and purchases land to build terminals in Maui and Kona.

    Division: DGX
    DGX opens a Customs Bonded CFS in Southern California.

  • 2007

    Division: DHE
    DHE purchases assets of Pomona-based truckload carrier, Golden Eagle Express, and adds truckload service to and from Mexico   

    Division: DHX
    DHX becomes a C-TPAT member and licensed Customs Broker.

  • 2009

    Division: DHE
    DHE purchases a fleet of green tractors, acquires harbor drayage carrier J&M Express, Inc. in Gardena, CA    

    Division: TDC
    The Dependable Companies corporate brand is established to encompass all Dependable divisions and companies  

    Division: DGX
    DGX has assumed the business of C&H Express, a leading west coast ocean forwarder to Latin America
    DGX opens offices in Manila and Jakarta.

    Division: DDC
    DDC acquires warehousing company Logistics 2000

    Division: DHX
    DHX opens our new Maui and Kona facilities.

  • 2010

    Division: DHE
    DHE purchases LTL carrier Matheson Fast Freight, expanding freight service in CA, AZ, and NV

  • 2011

    Division: TDC
    The Dependable Companies places solar panels on its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles creating the world’s largest solar grid on an industrial high-rise building

    Division: DHX
    DHX Maui Terminal converts to solar energy.

  • 2012

    Division: DDC
    DDC acquired the business of Atlant, Inc., a Rancho Dominguez, CA based warehouse and trucking company

    Division: DGX
    DGX opens its Malaysia office.

  • 2013

    Division: DHE
    DHE acquired CAN Transport, Inc., a Carson, CA based drayage and warehouse company
    DHE acquired the business of Classic Carriers, Inc., a Northern CA based refrigerated truckload carrier
    DHE acquires 3Zone Logistics a 100k sq. ft. warehouse in Carson, CA providing public, Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and customs bonded warehousing, as well as overweight container devanning and transloading services

    Division: DGX, DAX
    DGX & DAX acquire ocean and air business of NOVO Express International, expanding into the Middle East.
    DGX Guam Terminal converts to solar energy.

  • 2014

    Division: DGX
    DGX opens office in Mumbai expanding international services to and from India

  • 2015

    Division: DAX
    DAX acquires DGX and changes its name to DGX.