K&B Transportation

ABOUT US

a long tradition of excellence.

Our Story

1987: Humble Beginnings

K&B Transportation was founded by Ken Ackerman in Sioux City, IA. The 25 tractor and 85 meat rail trailer operation was responsible for hauling carcass meat from the IBP kill plants to the IBP processing plants.

1989: Starting Over the Road

IBP decided to move their carcass meat on their own tram trailers causing K&B to start focusing on moving freight throughout the Greater Midwest.

1997: Relocation

To make the transportation process easier and be closer to the IBP plants, the company moved to their current location in South Sioux City, NE.

1999: Fleet Continues to Grow

Artex Transportation is acquired along with its 25 tractor.

2000: New Leadership

Ken Ackerman stepped down from the company and his sons (current owners) Brock and Kory Ackerman took over the day to day operations.

2001: More Growth

Marx truck line is acquired along with its 30 tractors.

Today

Now a leader in the transportation of perishable food products, we have grown our operation to include over 2,000 pieces of equipment and opened new lanes of travel. In addition, a secondary building was built to house our recruiting, safety/logs, driver classroom and body shop.

OUR MISSION

To be recognized as the foremost provider of perishable transportation value, focused on customer satisfaction.

OUR VISION

We will strive to provide our customers with the safest, highest quality, most cost-efficient service in the perishable truckload transportation industry.

OUR CORE VALUES

Performance

We will do what we say every time and will commit to performing at peak performance.

Communication

All individuals and customers will be informed through ongoing and open communication.

People

There will be equal opportunity for each individual to achieve their potential.

Process

Resources will be committed to the ongoing training and development of employees and the company.

Our Leadership Team

Founder

Ken Ackerman

President

Kory Ackerman

Vice President

Brock Ackerman

Executive Vice President

Michael Ratkiewicz

Director of Sales

Sanford Gruhn

Director of Personnel

Jason Wolf

Chief Financial Officer

Bill Habermann

Director of Safety

Lance Evans

Director of Recruiting

Sean Barragan

OUR AWARDS

raising the bar.

Industry Awards

FourKites Logo

Transportation Innovator of the Year

2017

FourKites Premier Carrier Logo

FourKite Premier Carrier

2019

SmartWay Logo

SmartWay of Excellence

2014

Company Awards

Hormel Foods Logo

Spirit of Excellence

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

United States Cold Storage Logo

Carrier of the Year: Midwest

2016

Tyson Foods Corporate Logo

Premier Carrier

2018, 2019

Tyson Foods Corporate Logo

Carrier of the Year

2018, 2019

HyVee Logo

Carrier of the Year

2012

JBS Logo

Best in Class

2016

United States Cold Storage Logo

National Carrier of the Year

2016

Tyson Foods Corporate Logo

Top Carrier

2014, 2015, 2016

Hillshire Brands Logo

Carrier of the Year

2013