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Celebrating our 25th Anniversary

To Everyone Who Made Our First 25 Years a Success: Thank You!

GDS Express proudly celebrates 25 years of reaching impossible deadlines, putting smiles on customers’ faces and taking in truly incredible views across 48 states and Mexico. To every driver who’s rocked a lane, every family member who’s gone the extra mile to offer support, and every dispatcher who’s taken the time to know your drivers’ names – we thank you. GDS is the company we are today because of you.  

The power of a pencil and a smile

GDS began when Founder Jack Delaney was contacted by a former employee to see about finding a GOH carrier for Montgomery Ward® in Chicago. Interested in the opportunity but lacking resources, Jack responded, “I have no authority and no trucks. Just a pencil and notebook.” Luckily, his smile – as well as his honesty and character ­– were enough.

With Montgomery Ward’s interest confirmed, Jack leased a small storefront office on the southside of Chicago, bought 20 used GOH trailers and recruited seven owner operators. 

GDS rolled its first wheel on Friday, July 13, 1990. Now, that’s taking luck into your own hands!

 Jack Delaney

Big risks backed by hard work pay off

Jack didn’t just take a big risk. He dedicated his life to making sure it paid off. By attracting people who share Jack’s belief in honesty, integrity and a family atmosphere, GDS has grown. We’ve also adapted to changes in government and customer requirements, equipment specifications and technological advancements. Today, we have 320 trailers operated by 135 power units. Back in our offices, we have 22 great minds working on operations, maintenance, safety, logistics and more. And, we’re still looking to hire!

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Here's to another 25 years of hard work, good friends and top-notch drivers!