Penske History

Growth and Innovation

Since 1969, Penske Truck Leasing has grown from a three-location rental and lease business to a multibillion-dollar transportation services company spanning the globe. We have led the industry with an unwavering commitment to customer service and innovation.

A Vision for Growth and Innovation

Roger Penske founded our company December 1, 1969, after purchasing a car and light-truck rental and leasing business serving eastern Pennsylvania, with just three locations. By 1981, the company had grown to 33 facilities staffed by 420 employees and generating annual sales of more than $40 million.

In 1982, we joined with the Hertz Truck Division to form Hertz-Penske Truck Leasing. The company acquired Goldston in 1983 and Leaseway Transportation's truck renting and leasing business in 1986. With 102 locations and 2,300 associates, the company generated annual revenues of $200 million.

In 1988, Hertz exited the business and Penske Corp. entered into a joint venture with GE Capital pursuant to which GE contributed its Gelco Truck Leasing business and the parties formed Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P.

Logistics and Supply Chain Business Expands Worldwide

In 1995, Penske expanded its logistics business when it acquired the entire business of Leaseway Transportation Corp., and continued to expand internationally by establishing Penske Logistics Europe in 1997. The company dramatically increased its presence in the European market with the 1998 purchase of Transportgroep van der Graaf, a Netherlands-based transportation and warehouse provider.

Also in 1998, we formed a joint venture with Cotia Trading to provide logistics services in South America. We acquired Cotia Trading's remaining interest in that company in 2005 and have conducted business as Penske Logistics Brazil since then. Also in 2005, we formed a joint venture with Victory Express to provide logistics services in China. In 2007, we bought Victory Express' remaining interest in the company. In 2015, Penske Logistics acquired Transfreight North America. This acquisition increased its supply chain solutions offerings and capabilities in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

A New Century of Investment and Expansion

The turn of the century saw Penske Truck Leasing develop fully into its role as a global transportation leader. We purchased Canada's Rentway Ltd. in 2000 and Wilmington, Delaware-based Rollins Truck Leasing in 2001. In 2004, we acquired the full-service truck leasing, rental, maintenance and logistics operations of AMI Leasing from Ford Motor Credit.

In 2010, we continued our U.S. commercial truck leasing expansion efforts with the acquisition of Texas-based Bright Truck Leasing and Distribution, a privately owned full-service truck leasing, truck maintenance, rental and logistics services provider. The acquisition added approximately 3,400 tractors, trucks and trailers to our fleet and several important truck leasing, truck rental and logistics customers.

Recognizing potential opportunities in 2014, Penske Truck Leasing expanded its truck rental and leasing services in Australia through collaboration with Brisbane, Australia-based Penske Commercial Vehicles, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group. The truck rental venture operates under the brand name Penske Truck Rental. The collaboration combines Penske Truck Leasing's fleet operations expertise with the local market knowledge of Penske Commercial Vehicles.

In 2015, we welcomed new investment partners as Tokyo-based Mitsui & Co., Ltd. acquired a 20 percent limited partnership interest in Penske Truck Leasing from GE Capital. Similarly, in 2016, Penske Automotive Group increased its investment in Penske Truck Leasing by acquiring an additional 14.4 percent interest from GE Capital. We continue to benefit from strong, stable and long-term partners at Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group and Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

In 2017, Penske Truck Leasing continued to grow and expand is truck rental, leasing and logistics operations both organically and with the acquisition of Richmond, Virginia-based Old Dominion Truck Leasing. Later in the year, Penske Automotive Group and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. once again showed confidence in Penske Truck Leasing by increasing their ownership positions in the company. These additional investments also marked the exit of General Electric from our business.

Ushering in a New Era of Vehicle Technologies

In 2018, a robust economy resulted in one of the best freight tonnage markets in 20 years according to the American Trucking Associations. This and other factors contributed to strong year for Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics. In its 49th year of operation, Penske Truck Leasing made significant investments in new vehicles, new and upgraded facilities, technology, safety, sustainability, and hiring across its truck leasing, truck rental, logistics and used truck businesses.

Connected Fleets and Electric Vehicles Emerge

Throughout 2018, Penske Truck Leasing helped usher in a new era and boosted its innovative technological capabilities and efforts around connected and battery electric commercial vehicles. Penske remained at the epicenter of the changes underway in the transportation and logistics industry.

Penske Truck Leasing continued its expansion and use of connected fleet solutions and remote diagnostics and implemented an industry-leading voice-directed preventive maintenance technology system and Dynamic PM® process.

The company also began working behind the scenes for industry standardization around the charging of high-power commercial electric vehicles, leveraging big data from connected fleets and exploring possibilities for blockchain use in its businesses. Penske also introduced new and enhanced digital tools for its private fleet customers and their truck drivers including new mobile phone applications and a newly updated customer website portal.

First Commercial Electric Trucks Introduced

Notably in 2018, Penske Truck Leasing announced it was adding 10 eM2 commercial electric medium-duty trucks and 10 heavy-duty commercial eCascadia electric trucks for use in California and the Pacific Northwest in a unique co-creation effort with Daimler Trucks North America.

In late 2018, Penske Truck Leasing became the first company ever in North America to put an electric commercial vehicle into its fleet by introducing the Freightliner eM2 medium-duty commercial electric vehicle. At the same time, Penske Truck Leasing also announced that it began installing 20 electric commercial vehicle charging stations at five facilities in California to support electric vehicles.

Logistics and Supply Chain Innovations Continue

Penske Logistics continued its growth and investment in people, facilities, technology, and advancing safety and sustainability. Notable efforts for Penske Logistics included the addition of onboard cameras in its trucking fleet, expanding the capabilities of its ClearChain® technology suite and recognition for its fleet sustainability practices by receiving the EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership Excellence Award. A notable acquisition in 2018 supporting logistics and supply chain capabilities included the addition of Epes Transport System.

Penske is Always Moving Forward

At Penske Transportation Solutions, we move the things that move the world forward. We continue to invest, grow and provide the innovative transportation and supply chain solutions needed by our customers around the globe.

Penske Truck Leasing is a leading transportation services provider that operates and maintains a fleet of more than 326,000 vehicles. We offer full-service truck leasing, contract fleet maintenance, commercial and consumer truck rentals, and used truck sales. We serve our customers through an expansive network of over 765 service locations in North America.

Penske Logistics, operates over 400 locations across North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Penske's supply chain and logistics solutions include dedicated contract carriage, distribution center and warehouse management, transportation management, lead logistics, freight management, and consulting.

Today, Penske Transportation Solutions, headquartered in Reading, Pa., generates $8.4 billion in annual revenue and operates a global platform that includes 1,100 locations, 37,000 associates, and a fleet of 326,000 vehicles. Penske Transportation Solutions is the umbrella brand for Penske Truck Leasing, Penske Logistics, Epes Transport Systems, Penske Vehicle Services, and related businesses. Our businesses provide innovative transportation, supply chain, and technology solutions to keep the world moving forward.

Last updated: November 27, 2019