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About GDS Express

Who We Are, What We Do and Why We Do It

GDS Express is a family-owned trucking company that believes in the value of people. We know our drivers by name, and we care about our customers’ businesses. GDS provides superior capacity, technology and service, while still maintaining long-term personal relationships with our owner operators, drivers, office staff and vendors. 

Our History: The Dream of One Man GDS Founder Jack Delaney began his transportation career in 1961 at Roadway Express. Working as a dispatcher in Roadway’s Kearney, New Jersey, terminal, he advanced through the ranks to executive vice president. As such, Jack helped to build the nation’s leading LTL company. In 1990, Jack was ready for a new challenge. With just seven owner operators and 35 trailers, he founded GDS Express to handle garment-on-hangers (GOH) shipments for Montgomery Ward®. Two years later, Jack’s son, J.P. Delaney, joined the effort. Together they enforced core values like respect and communication, as well as an open-door policy, to grow GDS as a successful business and supportive, family-friendly employer. In 2010, Jack retired, answering a different kind of call of the open road – riding horses. J.P. took over as GDS president and continues to lead the company through exciting expansions. Today, with the help of our valued people, GDS has more than 160 drivers and offers dedicated lanes across the country. And, J.P. is still looking ahead. In 2014, he and CEO Craig Stacy formed GDS Express Group, a focused division that drives growth in all markets. Through its efforts, GDS now offers a more diverse range of services including dry van, logistics and bulk service.

Our Mission: Get it Done Simple but effective, our mission is to deliver our customers’ freight – safely and on time – while providing our employees, owner operators and company drivers a secure and rewarding career. 

What We Do

GDS provides fast, reliable service in 48 states, with general freight and GOH service in both the U.S. and Mexico. We offer 98.8% on-time delivery and best-in-class customer service. GDS is a SmartWay carrier, and features: Dedicated store delivery 53' GOH-equipped trailers Trailer pools Team service EDI Satellite tracking (trailers) Onboard mobile communication (trucks) The Lanes You Need With our service area including all 48 continental states, and extending to Mexico, GDS has the technology and manpower to deliver what you need – where and when you need it. 

Making a Name for Ourselves You can rely on GDS as a trusted carrier with notable awards and industry involvement, including: Dick’s Sporting Goods Carrier of the Year, 2012 and 2013 Mattel – Best On-Time Performance, 2009 and 2010 Ohio Trucking Association Truckload Carrier Association Retail Industry Leaders Association



GDS Express
1270 Hilbish Ave
Akron, OH 44312


Solo Owner Op : $1.10 Plus Fuel and Safety
Team Owner Op : $1.35 CPM
Reg CO : .48 CPM
OTR CO : .46 CPM
Team CO : .65 CPM


Type of Runs: Long Haul, Regional
Time Away from Home: Non-Forced Dispatch
Lease Purchase Available: Yes
Paid Orientation: Yes, $80 a day
Rider Programs - Spouse: Yes
Rider Programs - Child: Yes
Pets: Yes, no breed or weight restrictions


Cost Driver Benefits: Multiple Packages
Cost Family Benefits: Multiple Packages
Medical: Yes
Dental: Yes
Vision: Yes
Retirement: Yes


Bonuses: Sign on incentive .05cpm extra for whole career
Lay Over Pay: Yes
Breakdown Pay: Yes
Loading/Unloading: 100% no touch, 70% drop and hook
Tarp Pay: N/A