TSMT was founded in 1929 by Cloyd B. Jeans and Denver Merrick. The company’s original team began transporting explosives to powder mills located throughout the Southwest Missouri region in support of zinc and lead mining which was prominent at that time.

Merrick left in 1931 and a new partner, Carl Ivie, joined the company and the name was changed to Tri-State Motor Transport Company. In 1960, the current company name, Tri-State Motor Transit Co. was adopted.

Since the company’s formation, we have remained dedicated to the safest, most dependable transportation of specialty materials, explosives and hazardous freight. Tri-State’s remarkable reputation as an industry leader and innovator enables the company to continue to attract and satisfy the most demanding customers and the most exceptional drivers, teams and owner operators.

TSMT became an employee-owned company in 2005 through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and our commitment to excellence has never faltered. Our goal is nothing less than TOTAL CUSTOMER SATISFACTION and our mission is to pursue the highest level of quality in every aspect of the transportation process.

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