Founded in 1953 with the basic principle of putting our people first.
Comcar Industries, Inc is a transportation and logistics company headquartered in Auburndale, Florida with over 40 strategically-located terminal and satellite locations across the country. Our career professionals are dedicated to the transportation and distribution of almost any type of commodity within the 48 contiguous United States.
If you’re not familiar with Comcar, you might know us by one of our subsidiary carriers: CCC Transportation, LLC, CT Transportation, LLC, CTL Transportation, LLC and MCT Transportation, LLC. We work together towards the common goal of providing exceptional service to our valued customers with unparalleled commitment to our team members. Every Comcar company offers full benefits, paid vacation, excellent home time and great earning potential. We owe our success to the men and women who drive our business and are committed to providing them with the best work experience possible.
In 2016 Comcar was one of only four Polk County companies to make the lists, and in 2018 Comcar was among only twenty companies in the “Transportation and Logistics” industry category and one of only two Polk County companies in the 2018 America’s Best Midsize Employers list. These rankings are based on independent anonymous survey responses from 30,000 American employees. Forbes, a leading authority on business and financial news, says the lists are intended to recognize “those workplaces that make their employees feel secure, understood, needed and inspired,” a goal that we here at Comcar strive to achieve daily.
Comcar Industries, Inc roots started to take place in 1946 when Guy Bostick bought his very first truck. In 1953 Commercial Carrier Corporation (CCC) was founded by Bostick as an essential step to move into Florida trucking’s big leagues and begin hauling new products. After 1953 CCC grew in size as more trucks were added to its fleet, new terminals were built and CCC diversified into different industries. By 1960 CCC had a proven track record of excellent customer service and a growing cement demand and a had diversified into citrus, juices, consumer products and grocery retail.
In 1983 Comcar Industries is incorporated, tying together all separate divisions that Bostick had built or acquired (including Commercial Warehousing Inc., Commercial Truck & Trailer Sales Inc., and Circle Parts Distributors Inc.) under one corporate name and Commercial Carrier Corporation becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcar Industries, Inc (Comcar).
In 1984 Comcar bought MD Transport, a dry van division that hauled department store merchandise, paper products, beverages, and dry food products.
Comcar also wanted to make a push into the general chemical industry. In 1985 Comcar bought CTL Distribution Inc., a bulk phosphate company publicly founded in 1964.
In 1986 Comcar bought Coastal Transport, a flatbed company who became the first carrier to haul imported steel out of Savannah’s port authority. Coastal was renamed Coastal Transport Inc., after the acquisition.
Comcar also acquired Willis Shaw in 1987, a produce company that hauled frozen foods and other fresh foodstuffs in over 35 states. Willis Shaw’s reputation as an industry pioneer was unparalleled after carving out some of the earliest trucking routes in the United States and by 1988 it had become Comcar’s largest truck line.
1988 was another year of growth for Comcar. Executives at Midwest Coast Transport (MCT) contacted Comcar knowing its reputation and started discussions and negotiations for MCT’s assets. Comcar also bought Specialized Transport in 1988, a company that ran large construction items such as concrete bridge walls and heavy beams. Soon after the company merged with Coastal Transport and kept their combined terminal in Savannah. In 1990 another company, Kennedy Trucking Co., was also acquired and merged with Coastal Transport division.
After years of discussion and negotiation with MCT, Comcar acquired it in 1993, the same year that Willis Shaw merged with Clay Hyder, another refrigerated company and became Willis Shaw Express Inc (WSE) and by 1999 Comcar became the sole owner of MCT.
In 2006 Commercial Carrier Corporation became CCC Transportation, LLC., Coastal Transport, Inc. became CT Transportation, LLC., and CTL Distribution Inc became CTL Transportation, LLC.
In 2013 Willis Shaw was consolidated with Midwest Coast Trucking to form one of the nation’s largest refrigerated carriers under MCT Transportation, LLC.
Most recently, in November of 2016 a private equity firm purchased the majority ownership of Comcar Industries Inc keeping the company one of the largest privately-owned in the transportation industry.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Mike Ryan – CEO
Bill Braman – COO
Michele Baum – Executive Vice President & CFO
Manny Alvare– VP of Legal and Human Resources
Sharon Jones – VP of Information Technology
Su Melchoirre – VP of Safety Services
Our mission is to profitability grow Comcar Industries and the individual companies through the connection of their long-term customer relationships. We will do this by hiring the best people to safely deliver our customers’ products, while providing unparalleled service, transportation and logistical solutions to our customers.
Accomplishing our mission will keep all of our customers, drivers, employees and partners Connected to the things that keep them safe and make them successful.
- Safety: It’s our top priority. We have a moral obligation to be safe in everything we do, on and off the road. Our CSA scores are some of the best in the industry.
- Teamwork: Our success is driven by a mutual commitment to common goals. We value the contributions of everyone in our company.
- Respect: We are committed to treating our customers, co-workers, partners and the general public with dignity, fairness and respect.
- Integrity: We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards. Trust and honesty are the pillars that support all of our relationships.
- People: Our greatest asset. We hire the best and empower them to be better with ongoing training, development and feedback.
- Excellence: What we strive for every day. Strong profitability means stability and security for all of us.