Potashnick Transportation is a third-generation company with roots in the trucking industry dating back into the early 1930’s. Mr. Sam Potashnick was grandfather and Ralph was father of the current day president, Samuel “Sam” Potashnick.
In 1931 Mr. Sam his sons Ralph and Gene Potashnick established Potashnick Truck Service. This service was an LTL carrier from St. Louis, Missouri to Memphis, Tennessee with several small terminals in between the two major cities. The company would haul livestock to the St. Louis stock yard then return south with groceries and general commodities heading to Memphis. Stops would be made at many locations between the two cities to make deliveries.
C. D. “Cotton” Springs, was responsible for gathering the cattle in a bob truck, and return them to the terminal where they would be held until a load was gathered and then be shipped to St. Louis to market. “Cotton” was the father to our current day CEO, Janie Springs Potashnick.
In 1936, Potashnick Truck Service moved to their second terminal. The trailers in the picture were self-built for the purpose of hauling the cattle. Their fleet consisted of six power units.
By the year 1946, WWII had ended the company was growing as they moved yet again to another terminal. Still an LTL carrier, they had even more terminals along the route between St. Louis and Memphis.
Ownership changed when in 1985, Sam and Janie Potashnick organized into S & J Potashnick Transportation, Inc. doing business as Potashnick Transportation, Inc, aka PTI. Our present company has seen many changes. We are now a truck load carrier with dry vans carrying general commodities, paper products and specialized automotive products.
From a meager 20 power units at PTI’s inception we currently have a fleet of 150 power units and 300 dry vans. We have authority in all 48 states and Canada. Our terminal, located in Sikeston, Missouri, is in a prime location close to the junction of Highway 60, Interstate 55 and Interstate 57.
In 2007, PTI became a member of the National Women’s Business Enterprise. Janie Potashnick, CEO, has controlling interest in the family owned business. As a third-generation business, Janie is CEO, Sam is the President and their son, Sammy works in operations as well as marketing and sales. The hope is the company will continue to thrive and be around for the Potashnick’s children and grandchildren.