Pride in Excellence… More Than Our Catch Phrase; It’s Our Way of Life.
Based in Hampton, Minnesota, Eilen & Sons Trucking has been providing the Upper Midwest with dry bulk and liquid transportation services since 1985. Our family-owned trucking company operates with a fleet of award-winning trucks, has a high-level of respect from the trucking industry, and retains dedicated personnel who take pride in performing a job well done.
Owner and founder Tom Eilen has been in the trucking industry for more than 40 years, performing every task from driver, mechanic and dispatcher, to his current role of overseeing the company’s daily operations. Starting his business with only a handful of trailers and one truck, Tom was able to gain accounts, establish a respected reputation, and add more trucks to his fleet. Today, Eilen & Sons Trucking proudly consists of more than 50 trucks that look nothing less than spectacular.
As a professional carrier we have always provided specialized transportation solutions. Our range covers everything from end dumps to liquid tankers as well as local and over-the-road services. More recently we started increasing our transport of gravel and landscape products, which lead to an even larger endeavor. In 2016 we partnered with LondonProducts, becoming a retail center and transporter of their high quality landscape materials.
Regardless of what you need transported — rock or road salt, lumber or fertilizer — you will be hard-pressed to find a more efficient, dedicated, and convenient regional carrier. Contact us at Eilen & Sons Trucking for hauling and quote information.
Our Trucking Services
- Dry Bulk & Liquid Commodities
- End Dumps
- Dry Vans
- Dump Trucks
- Landscape Supply Hauling
- Liquid Tankers
- Steel Demo TRL
- Local, Statewide and Long Distance Hauling
- Complete Trucking Office, Shop and Yard
A Passion for Speed
Aside from operating a regionally-recognized trucking company, our behind-the-wheel interests also extend into motorsports. Since 2001 Eilen & Sons Trucking has been the primary sponsor of the family-related racing team: Eilen & Sons Motorsports. Car driver Jonathan Eilen, Tom and Julie’s son, has been a leading force within the local and regional racing circuits. Since establishing the racing team in 2001, Jonathan and his #77 car have moved up in the racing divisions and are now a dominate force within the ARCA Midwest Tour. Learn more about Eilen & Sons Motorsports.
[Tom Eilen began his truck-driving career shortly after graduating high school in 1972. After three months of driving someone else’s truck, he was ready to buy his own…
[Tom’s first truck was a daycab cabover. After buying his second truck, a brand new conventional, he began running over-the-road. In 1982 he came off the road and began working as a dispatcher and a mechanic for another carrier. Over the next three years he helped build that company from just two trucks to twenty. But all the while he was yearning to own his own fleet. And then an opportunity presented itself.
The carrier Tom had originally worked for in 1972 had dwindled down to just two owner operators. Tom asked the owner if he had ever considered selling out. At first he declined, but later called back — and the rest is history. In November of 1985, Eilen & Sons Trucking began with three accounts, a couple of trailers and one truck. Talk about humble beginnings! Tom’s wife Julie did all of the billing and paperwork out of their home at first, but it wasn’t easy — she also had three small boys at home to take care of. In 1989 their daughter Jodie was born, and at that time Julie found it virtually impossible to continue doing all of the office duties, so they hired Patricia "Trish" Matthees to take care of things. And 29 years later, Trish is still with them.
The foundation of Eilen & Sons Trucking was built on simple principles — be on-time and have premium equipment. Tom attributes their steady growth to good old-fashioned courtesy, punctuality and always having a well-maintained fleet. Currently, the Eilen & Sons fleet consists of 50+ trucks, many trailers (each truck has at least two trailers), and about 55 employees.]*
*Excerpt from 10-4 Magazine, Cover Feature — January 2009, Pride in Excellence Eilen & Sons Trucking Strives To Be The Best, by Daniel J. Linss, Editor. Taken 8/21/12, http://www.tenfourmagazine.com/feature/2009/1.html
As a family owned and operated business, the family aspect is unmistakable at Eilen & Sons Trucking. Tom and Julie’s now-grown children play active roles in their family’s trucking business. Sons Pat and Jonathan are drivers; daughter Jodie assists with administrative office tasks; and everyone is committed to being the best.
Although no longer holding a physical role in the company, Tom and Julie’s late son, Jake, remains a vital source of inspiration for the family and how they do business. As their oldest son, Jake was as much a part of the trucking company as the rest of his family, owning six trucks and multiple trailers. Unfortunately, he was tragically killed in a car accident in November 2008, which left his family, including his wife and young son, in shock. The nationwide outpouring of support from the trucking community was unforgettable, with countless cards received and more than 2,000 people attending the wake service.
As with most aspects of his life, Jake’s funeral included trucking and motorcycles; his coffin and Harley Davidson were pulled with his first show truck on a flatbed. The family has sponsored a memorial award at the Louisville Truck Show in memory of Jake each year since his passing. The "Take Pride in Your Ride" award is a great honor for wining trucks and is a featured award each year.