Campbell's Express was founded in approximately
1900. At that time, Mr. Campbell would walk around Philadelphia and
pick up the orders he had received from the local merchants in Pitman and
Glassboro, New Jersey. To manage the parcels, he would tie them to
his body with twine so he wouldn't drop them; and, then, would ride the
train to Pitman. From there, he would deliver his "shipments", one
by one to the local shops.
In 1918, Mr. Campbell purchased his first truck
and, then, used the name "Campbell's Auto Express" to let people know
he had an "Auto" while some were still using horse and buggy.
The company was sold to Mr. Randall Worthington around 1923, and
continued as a 1 to 2 truck operation. In 1935, due to the enactment
of the "Motor Carrier Act", Campbell's Auto Express received its Certificate
of Public Convenience and Necessity. The ICC 109 that it received
is one of the lowest certificates still in existence.
Louis G. Hannum, Sr. and his wife Helen bought the company from Mr.
Worthington in 1945, in addition to the used Ford straight job that made
up the fleet. Ownership was transferred to Mr. & Mrs. Hannum's
children, Cheryl Gallagher and Mike Hannum through 2005. Esther Gallagher
and William Messenger purchased and co-own the company, currently.
Through the years, Campbell's grew from a one
truck operation to a company that operates 78 trucks and employs 145 people.
Even as the company has expanded, the owners have made sure to stay
true to their roots by continuing to provide personalized service, quality
handling and reasonable pricing. With its one terminal operation,
shipments are delivered on an overnight basis to points in a 150 mile radius