The Watkins Family:

Greg Watkins, Vice Chairman of Highway TransportMy Family—the Watkins Family—is a solid trucking family with a lifelong commitment to the industry. Trucking and logistics will always be at our core…Greg Watkins

Watkins Motor Lines was Founded in 1932

Highway Transport Began in 1948


Watkins Refrigerated


Watkins Refrigerated

Watkins Motor Lines Acquires Highway Transport 1963


Watkins Associated Industries

Highway Transport 1968

Tanker Truck in 1968

Highway Transport in the 1970’s

Highway tanker in the 1970's

Tanker Unit in the 1980’s

Tanker unit from the 1980's

Tanker Unit in the Early 1990’s

Tanker Unit Early 1990's

Highway Transport Logistics is formed in 1998


Highway Transport Logistics begins operations

Highway Transport 60th Anniversary and Re Branding Kickoff in 2008

Highway Transport in 2017

Highway Transport epitomizes a family business, skill, pride and hard work. Over the years, this company has established lifelong relationships with customers. We’re not only celebrating our 70+ years in business; we are also seeing it as the beginning of many more years to come. We’re grateful for people and prosperity, with our vision toward the future! In 2017, Highway Transport was named “Carrier of the Year” by Dow Chemical.

Dow Carrier of the Year

Greg Watkins, Vice Chair of Highway Transport and Marshall Franklin, President & CFO of Highway Transport were presented Dow Carrier of the Year Award in autumn of 2017

Highway Transport Tanker Truck 2017

Highway Transport in 2018

70th Anniversary of Highway TransportCan you believe 2018 is far away in the rearview mirror? We celebrated and commemorated throughout 2018. Highway’s 70th Year was one of those milestones that became more about the future than the past. Highway Transport’s professional system truck drivers enjoyed the arrival —throughout spring & summer— of 75 of the newest Mack Anthems added to our fleet. Highway’s first Anthem rolled onto the Knoxville yard on April 12th.

As a company, we began 2018 by launching a special commemorative video.

2019 Mack Anthems

Highway Transport 2019 Mack Anthems

We celebrated in small ways throughout 2018 with fun items such as hats, pins, stress balls, cooling towels, and key chains. We saw major infrastructure improvements such as paving, painting, and remodeling.

Highway Transport painting,pavement, and facility improvements
above: shop exterior in Knoxville, Tennessee

Highway Transport La Porte, Texas nice shower facilities for truck drivers

above: shower remodel at Highway Transport service center in La Porte, Texas

The future plan is to increase business throughout the southeastern U.S. Specifically, expansion is expected to take place in Louisiana near Geismar service center and in Lake Charles, LA.


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