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Miller Transporters Overview

Jackson, MS
201 to 500 employees
1942
Company - Private
Transportation & Logistics
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Miller Transporters, Inc. is a third-generation family-owned company that has been in business since 1942. We specialize in the hauling of bulk liquid chemicals and are recognized as an industry leader in safety and service year after year. Our reputation for being one of the ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Jackson, MS – October 2016 –As 2017 approaches, Miller Transporters will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. The first commemorative tractor was given to one of the most decorated drivers in the company’s history, Allen Blair.

  • CONGRATULATIONS to our most recent Driver School graduates...Welcome to the Miller Family!!

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Miller Transporters – Why Work For Us?


In 1942, Harold Dewey Miller, Sr. founded a petroleum hauling company that was to eventually become Miller Transporters, Inc. A visionary, Hal Miller foresaw an increasing demand for tank truck carriers when, during WWII, the federal government prohibited the transportation of petroleum by rail. With one tank truck, he began a program of steady growth by providing safe, professional service on which his customers could always depend.

Now, over seventy-four years later, Miller operates 425 tractors and 1000 trailers, and our number one goal is still to provide that same safe, professional service for our customers. The experience of the past keeps Miller Transporters looking toward the future. Miller Transporters, Inc., is authorized as a common and contract carrier by the U.S. Department of Transportation and by Canadian and individual state regulatory agencies. This broad North American authority allows us to move bulk commodities between points in the U.S., between the U.S. and Canadian provinces, and between the U.S. and Mexico via partner carrier interchange.

The American tank-truck industry and the tiny Mississippi hauling operation that would become Miller Transporters were both born over 72 years ago. It was the road that brought them both to life.

FROM THE RAIL TO THE ROAD

At the beginning of the 1940s, it was customary procedure in the United States for petroleum producers and wholesalers to transport their bulk products in railway tank cars. But that customary procedure, like so many others of the time, was thoroughly upset by U.S. entry into World War II.

Railway tank cars were vital for the cross-country transport of fuel to the East and West Coasts, where it would be exported to supply the inexhaustible needs of the American military effort. To assure the availability of rail cars for long-distance hauling, U.S. officials prohibited the transport of petroleum by rail over distances of less than 200 miles. For some, the revised hauling rules represented merely one more inconvenient wartime restriction. But an oil jobber in Jackson, Mississippi, decided that he just might be able to turn an inconvenience into an opportunity. His name was H. D. Miller. His friends called him Hal.

AN EYE FOR OPPORTUNITY

Harold Dewey Miller was born in Dixon, Illinois, in 1898, and grew up in Walnut Grove, California. A World War I Medical Corps veteran and a 1921 graduate of the University of California, Hal Miller joined the sales department of Shell Oil Company, where he would spend the next quarter of a century.

After representing Shell in such diverse locales as Venezuela and New Orleans, Hal Miller was transferred to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1937. Operating as an independent distributor for Shell Oil in 1941, Mr. Miller realized that the government's wartime restrictions on petroleum transport by rail could create new opportunities for short-run tank truck haulers.

In 1942, Hal Miller sold his Shell distributorship to the parent company, holding on to one 2900-gallon tank truck in the bargain. With that truck and a single contract to haul gasoline from Vicksburg to Jackson, Mr. Miller formed a partnership with Jack R. Harrison, a friend and associate. Mr. Harrison managed the day-to-day activities of Jack Harrison Petroleum Transporters in Jackson, while Mr. Miller returned to his sales job with Shell in New Orleans, where he could be reasonably sure of picking up a dependable paycheck.

Joe Ratcliff was also picking up a paycheck, although he couldn't be sure of how dependable it would be. In August 1942, Joe started driving Jack Harrison's Number One truck seven days a week for $25 per week. By 1944, the Harrison transport firm was seeing a moderate increase in activity. Building upon the original Vicksburg-to-Jackson run, the company had picked up additional routes from Greenville and Meridian to other points in Mississippi.

Still working for Shell in New Orleans, Hal Miller was encouraged. But in Jackson, Jack Harrison was developing other interests, and his enthusiasm for operating the small tank truck firm had diminished. If the potential of the firm was going to be realized, Hal knew that he would have to pick up the ball and run with it.

 After almost 25 years with Shell  Oil, Hal Miller resigned his  position and returned to Jackson  to assume active, full-time  management of Jack Harrison  Petroleum Transporters. At the  time that Mr. Miller stepped into  his leadership role, over-the-road  hauling in Mississippi was a  virtual free-for-all, with access to  a truck the only necessary  qualification for doing business.  After World War II, however, the state decided that some degree of supervision was called for. The Mississippi Public Service Commission began to formulate regulations for common carriers and issued operating certificates to the Harrison-Miller partnership and other established hauling outfits. In 1947, Hal Miller purchased his partner's interest in the firm, changed the name to Petroleum Transporters, and began a program of systematic growth and superior service which continues to this day.

Thank you for visiting Miller Transporters, Inc. We are a bulk tank truck operator that has been in business for over seventy-two years. My grandfather, Mr. Harold D. Miller, Sr., founded the company on business principles that we still try to maintain today, namely, our core values of Safety and Service. We strive to instill these values in all aspects of our company, from our headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi to each of our terminals.

"No load is so important that its safe delivery in a courteous manner should not take priority over all else" - H.D. Miller Sr.

If you’re here to learn more about the company, I hope you will find what you need. If you’re here to see what it takes to become a part of Team Miller, we are glad you stopped by and we stand ready to assist you in any way possible. On behalf of the Miller family, welcome to Miller Transporters.

LEE MILLER

PRESIDENT OF MILLER TRANSPORTERS, INC.


 

Charles Gaines

Contractor since 1998

"Miller is a lot different from other companies. They see that I’m a Contractor, but rather than look at me as just a name or a number, they see me a partner,” says Charles. Not only does Miller look at their contractors as business partners, they also go out of their way to help them succeed. “Miller helps get you started in your business. They do everything they can to ensure that, if you’re willing to put in the work and effort, that you will be successful,” adds Charles.Charles appreciates all of the opportunities that his career at Miller Transporters has afforded him over the years, and he looks forward to many more. “I LOVE this company! I’m not going anywhere. I will be here forever,” says Charles. 


Willie Hill

Company Driver since 1983

It is quite rare for someone to work for the same company for ten, or even twenty years. Working for the same company for almost 28 years is even less common. It takes a dedicated, driven individual to accomplish such a feat. For Miller Transporters Company Driver Willie Hill, it’s a simple explanation as to why he’s remained with Miller since 1983. “When you work for a good company, you don’t want to leave. They have been good to me. Almost my whole career has been with Miller,” explains Willie. 

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    More open communication, without fear of career retaliation, between field and corporate office.

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Miller Transporters Awards & Accolades

  • Heil Trophy, Mississippi Business Journal, 2016

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