Admiral Transportation


About Admiral Merchants

About Admiral Merchants History

Admiral Merchants is the result of the integration of three old-line trucking firms in the 1960s.

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Short joined the Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served on the aircraft carrier Intrepid in the Pacific theater. He completed his service in the Navy after the war, serving as a legislative officer in Washington, DC. While in the Navy, he attended Georgetown University Law School and obtained his law degree in 1947.
After his discharge from military service, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and later for the District of Minnesota. He left the United States Attorney's Office in 1950, purchasing a 50% interest in Mueller Transportation Company, a Twin Cities to Chicago LTL carrier.

In 1972, Admiral Merchants opened a truckload special commodities division, specializing in the steel industry.

Following Mueller's merger with several smaller LTL carriers, the name was changed to Admiral Transit. In 1961, Short acquired Merchants Motor Freight and merged its operations into Admiral Transit, changing the name to Admiral Merchants Motor Freight, Inc. Finally, in 1967, Short purchased Jack Cole/Dixie Highway Express Company of Birmingham, Alabama. With that acquisition, the Admiral Merchants service area stretched from Denver to New York and Duluth, Minnesota to New Orleans.

With the coming of deregulation in 1980, Admiral Merchants focused all its effort on the truckload special commodities market. Now, Admiral Merchants provides superior transportation services throughout the United States and Canada using a system of 500 trucks, 700 trailers and over 200 strategically located freight agents. This flexible business model has proved highly successful with revenue growth averaging over 20% per year. In addition, thousands of customers, both large and small, indicate great satisfaction with the service received from our team at Admiral Merchants Motor Freight, Inc.