Semo Express Story.
SEMO Express LLC is a brand new company formed in June of 2007 and founded by David and Angela Richards of Sikeston, MO.
David has a long history of trucking. His family has been trucking for five generations.
In 1977, David started his career by working for his father in the maintenance shop. After two years in the shop, he started driving.
In 1981, he started his first company, an LTL cartage company. This was a partnership endeavor with his brother.
In 1984, David and his brother started the truckload carrier Reliable Freight Systems.
In 2000, David and Angela bought out his brother and changed the name to Reliable Transportation Inc.
In 2005, David and Angela sold Reliable Transportation and worked as a freight consultant and also operated a trailer leasing company.
After being out of the transportation business as owners for two years, David and Angela saw a need not being fulfilled in the Southeast Missouri market.
Former customers and employees were looking for a carrier that offered a good work environment and personalized quality service.
So in June of 2007, SEMO EXPRESS LLC was born. The company was dedicated to God and a pledge was made to always operate under Godly, biblical principles.
In 2008, Semo Express celebrated the completion of its first year in business.
The stock market crashed on September 29th, 2008. Uncertainty in the market took many companies out of business but Semo Express had a very successful year.
In 2009, Semo Express continued to grow and prosper even though many trucking companies were going out of business because of the market crash and extremely slow freight volumes.
In 2012 Semo Express celebrated the completion of five years in business. It was a successful five years and seen our size doubled since it started.
In 2012 a sister company, Transcon America LLC was started. Transcon started operating the droplot operation for Nestle Purina Petcare in Bloomfield, MO. In 2014, Transcon expanded into the warehouse business operating a 210,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Sikeston for Nestle Purina Petcare.
In 2017, Semo Express experienced two great milestones.
In February 2017, Semo Express purchased the Pepsi property on Highway 60 and moved into our new location of 409 Lynual St. This move allowed the office and the maintenance departments to come under one roof. The new facility has over 6,000 sq. ft. of office space and 20,000 sq. ft. of shop space and will allow us to expand and grow for many years. This is an absolute blessing for us.
In June of 2017 Semo Express completes the second milestone.
Semo Express completes ten years in business and still has several of the original employees working for us.
The owners of Semo Express firmly believe that God has blessed this business from the beginning and will continue to do so until the end. Semo Express has 85 employees and growing every day. We are glad that you decided to be part of it.
SEMO Express is looking toward the future and the part that you will play. Please join us in writing the next chapters.