It all started with a truck and a young mans resolve to provide for his family. The year was 1932. With the Great Depression worsening and his father having passed away, 17-year-old John Ruan needed a good job. With a friends encouragement he sold one of the family cars, bought a truck, and began working for the friends father, hauling gravel around Iowa. Fueled by his entrepreneurial spirit, personable reputation, and rock-solid work ethic, John Ruan was soon successfully running a fleet of more than a dozen trucks throughout the Midwest. By 1957, Ruan had expanded into other markets and was the nations largest carrier of bulk petroleum products.