Our History

Serving Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and Northern Indiana for


Thinnes Transport, Inc. was established in 1975 by Rick & Bonnie Thinnes. At the time, the operation consisted of a single straight truck and a pager for communication. Thinnes’ began their business out of their 3 room apartment located in Chicago, IL. Rick did pick-ups and deliveries, while Bonnie tended to the bookkeeping and care of their two young boys.


A few years later, Thinnes grew into a tractor trailer for Rick and a straight truck for Bonnie. Although happy operating their two truck operation, customers began to recognize the quality of service through Rick and Bonnie’s dedication, honesty and integrity. Through the referrals of their valued customers, Thinnes now operates a fleet of over 80 trailers and power units.


Today, what started as a one truck operation has grown into a successful business consisting of a large fleet, expanded coverage area to assist in all your shipping needs, intermodal services, a 30,000 square foot warehouse and a well trained staff of dedicated drivers, all while firmly standing by our mission to deliver to your company the same dedication, honesty and integrity that has brought our family run business to the exciting level we are at today with the intent to continue on our path of growth, expanding our services to better accommodate the needs of each and every one of our loyal customers.

In honor of our over 40 years in business, we would like to take a moment to thank everyone that has been a part of our continued success! To our valued customers who continue to give us a reason to grow and for our amazing staff and drivers, Thinnes Transport would not be if it were not for your hard work daily!