The year was 1932, and as the Great Depression worsen 17-year-old John Ruan sold one of the family cars, bought a truck, and began hauling gravel around Iowa. Ruan was soon running a fleet of more than a dozen trucks throughout the Midwest. By 1957, Ruan had expanded into other markets and was among the nation s largest carrier of bulk petroleum products. More than 75 years after John Ruan loaded his first order of gravel by hand, Ruan Transportation Management Systems is one of the leading suppliers of bulk transportation services to private fleet and contract-carriage shippers nationwide. The trucking company can securely handle virtually any type of bulk commodity or material, including HAZMAT. Its high-payload equipment can lower shipping costs by up to 20 percent. Ruan hauls literally tens of millions of pounds of bulk dairy from farm to plant every single day. Ruan has considerable experience optimizing the supply chains of its manufacturing customers. Whether handling JIT inbound shipments of raw materials to manufacturing facilities, interplant movements, multi-stop deliveries to distributor and dealer networks, and anything in between. Ruan Transportation Management Sytems has a location in Tulare, Calif.