Founded as a local freight hauler, the company operated in and around Fort Smith, Arkansas, as OK Transfer.
OK Transfer acquired Arkansas Motor Freight (AMF) and assumed its name.
Became an interstate carrier with the purchase of Motor Express.
Operated as a regional carrier in Arkansas, Missouri and Louisiana.
Robert A. Young Jr. purchased AMF and made other key acquisitions.
AMF acquired Best Motor Freight and became Arkansas Best Freight System Inc. the next year – later renamed ABF.
Arkansas Best Corporation is formed.
System expansion continued with the purchase of Healzer Cartage Company, Delta Motor Line and others.
Arkansas Best Corporation becomes a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
With the purchase of Navajo Freight Lines, ABF becomes one of 12 transcontinental motor carriers.
The Motor Carrier Act of 1980 is introduced, and the trucking industry is deregulated.
Arkansas Best Corporation endures a hostile takeover attempt. A leveraged buyout is executed and Arkansas Best becomes a private company.
Arkansas Best Corporation once again becomes a public company, now traded on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.
Arkansas Best expands its global capabilities through its own non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) operation.
Worldway acquisition, which includes the purchase of FleetNet America.
Robert A. Young III retires as CEO after a 42-year career. He remains as Chairman of the Arkansas Best Corporation Board.
ABF Logistics acquires Logistics & Distribution Services.