Teal's Express was a family owned LTL carrier serving the northeastern US, with headquarters in Watertown NY. At its peak it operated 9 terminals in 4 states. The decision was made to close in August 2022. Here is the company story.
Shortly after the Civil War ended, John Teal (great great grandfather of the last owners) and his son Nicholas began to operate a freight and passenger service in the sparsely populated Adirondack Region of New York State. Although they met with early success, Nicholas' keen sense of business trading could not compensate for his lack of ability to read and write, and that issue forced him into an early bankruptcy, a choice he had little direction over.
By 1926 Nicholas' son John, who had retained
his father's business prowess, was able to amass enough money to
purchase back the local trucking company his father had started and John
then began operating weekly trips into the Utica area. When business
was slow he would take his team of horses and plow gardens in the
spring and then city streets in the winter. By 1928 he was making daily
trips to and from Utica and the Teal name became synonymous with
honesty and efficient work habits.
Around 1934 a major influx of new business came with contract authority to haul paper from the Lyons Falls Paper Mills into the Post-Standard Newspaper in Syracuse, NY. This new contract became the basis for additional work in the Central New York Region and provided a base account for Teal's Express to grow on.
By 1951 Teal's Express had expanded their authority into the Watertown and Dexter areas of New York. All family members, including Mrs. Teal, were enlisted to help the business grow and prosper. Many local shop owners would give John the keys to their stores so he could deliver food and produce at night, and, because of his reputation for honesty and integrity, they never had to worry about theft or any unreported O.S.&D. problems.
In December of 1962 John Teal Sr. passed away but the business continued on with his wife Mary and three sons, John, Robert, and Edward, as well as two daughters, Mary and Shirley. In 1976, the company's authority was extended into the Syracuse area and four years later expanded again to service the Albany, Rochester, and Massena areas of New York State as deregulation of the industry occurred.
In 1990, Teal's again expanded their operation and began to service the Buffalo NY marketplace and concurrently received their Canadian authority to begin their International operations. In 1992, Teal's enlarged their service territory again and began to provide daily service throughout the Northeast with strategically based operations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The year 2000 welcomed a new State-of-the-Art Maintenance facility for Teal's. This facility was located adjacent to the Utica Terminal, which was strategically located off exit 31 of the New York State Thruway. The maintenance facility was equipped to service, repair and maintain all of the Teal equipment and provided 24-hour service for maximum efficiency.
In the fall of 2006, a significant investment was made in the computer system. We were able to offer our customers the convenience of online access to their shipment tracing and rating data.
The spring of 2008 saw Teal's relocate their Jersey City NJ terminal across the city to a larger facility. In the spring of 2011 Teal's invested in a new facility in Philadelphia PA. During the summer of 2012, the northeastern PA facility was relocated to a 35-door terminal and warehouse operation in Pittston PA. During the summer of 2016 the Teal family purchased its long time business partner in Massachusetts, Apollo Motor Express. Each of these investments resulted in more space for better customer service.
The Teal family and their former employees extend their appreciation to all the many loyal customers who helped Teal's Express become a recognized leader in the transportation industry for 97 years.