Founded in 1981, Dayton Freight is a private, union-free LTL freight carrier headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. With 48 Service Centers in the Midwest region, Dayton Freight offers shippers 1 or 2 day service to thousands of points throughout a 13 state area. With our Strategic Alliance Network, we can serve all of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Guam.

The guiding principle behind Dayton Freight’s success is summed up in our Corporate vision statement: “Delivering Value Today… Driving The Standard For Tomorrow.” This statement translates into doing the very best we can – each and every day – to bring real value to customers in the way of on-time pickups and deliveries, careful handling of freight, ongoing fleet maintenance and accurate documentation of all operations.

It also means planning for the future in terms of extensive employee training, growing our asset-based Service Center network and investing in those technologies that will help us stay on the cutting edge of the transportation/service equation. Dayton Freight leads the industry in creating new standards for the use of technology in all external and internal processes.

With an emphasis on Company-owned facilities and a culture that is professional, positive and people-centered, we attribute our growth to the dedication of our employees and the loyalty of our customers and business partners.


  • Founded: 1981
  • Headquarters: Dayton, Ohio.
  • Ownership: Dayton Freight is a privately-owned, union-free LTL freight carrier.
  • Core Service Area: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
  • Service Centers: 48 company-owned Service Centers in the Midwest region.
  • Strategic Alliance Network: Extends service area to all of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Guam.
  • Associates: 3,922
  • Fleet: 1,310 Tractors, 3,109 Trailers
  • Computer System: IBM AS/400 with EDI capabilities.
  • Service Record: 98.60% of all shipments arrive on schedule.
  • Claims Ratio: .45% of sales, 99.8% of all shipments arrive claims-free.
  • Safety Record: .12% of preventable DOT recordable accidents per million miles
  • Company Published Tariffs: DAFG 2000, DAFG 19C (Rules).
  • The company operates under 48 State Irregular Route Authority, Certificate NO. ICC MC-189528, Sub 1.
  • Intrastate operations are conducted in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
  • Headquarters: 6450 Poe Ave., Dayton OH 45414
  • Contact Information: P 937.264.4060, TF 800.860.5102, F 937.264.4079
1981 Dayton
1982 Cincinnati
1985 Chicago, Columbus
1986 St. Louis, Minneapolis
1987 Toledo, Akron, Cleveland
1988 Pittsburgh
1990 Mansfield
1991 Walton
1992 Evansville, South Bend, Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne
1995 Grand Rapids, Flint, Louisville
1996 Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Wisconsin Rapids
2000 Danville, Rockford, Peoria, Bowling Green, Kalkaska, Detroit
2002 Des Plaines
2003 Salem
2004 Jackson
2005 Kansas City, Springfield, Cedar Rapids, Columbia,Sikeston
2006 London
2007 Tomah, Quad Cities
2008 Des Moines
2011 Lakeville, Mentor
2012 Gallipolis, Lowell
2013 Burlington
2015 Omaha, Brownstown
2016 Memphis


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