595 Southampton Road
Westfield, MA 01085


T: 413.562.9626
    800.325.0053
F: 413.562.9629

History

Lawry has been serving the needs of the transportation and warehousing industry since 1978.  The company's founder, Bill Lawry, had recently ended a 15-year management career with Yellow Freight System, Inc, when he started Lawry Freight System, Inc.

At about this same time, deregulation of the air freight industry occurred. The knowledge and experience gained at Yellow Freight allowed Lawry to recognize that the motor freight industry would eventually follow. With that, he took a chance and established his own air cartage company.

"With my background in trucking," he said, "it enabled me to stay focused on one simple objective: somehow or another the freight needs to get from the shipper's dock to the airport." Those early years at Lawry were very different from his years at Yellow Freight, a $3 billion less-than-truckload carrier.

After establishing an "office" in a Palmer, Massachusetts phone booth, the young company went 13 days before receiving it's first call - a call that would generate $12.42 in revenue.  A short time later, a traffic accident demolished the phone booth and the company was forced to move to Union Street in Westfield, Massachusetts.

As Bill had expected, the motor freight industry was deregulated in 1980. This change would prove fortuitous. Lawry immediately applied for trucking authority in the six New England states. After posting the necessary bond and receiving the authority, the company sought and was awarded a 48-state authority. They were now ready to roll.

It wasn't long before the company outgrew its location. In 1984 they purchased two acres of land on the north side of the city near Barnes Airport.  Abutting their property on Apremont Way, was an 20,000 square foot warehouse, which the company eventually leased and began renting out to customers. This move would unknowingly lead Lawry down another road. At first, the company needed this land to park their trucks and their trailers. Soon, however, it was needed for inbound and outbound shipments for the warehouse. With that, two, additional acres and the warehouse itself were purchased in 1986. Two years later, three more acres were bought along with an additional 12,000 square feet of warehouse space.

In 1991, Lawry added an addition to the company's office and built another 30,000 square feet of warehouse. That was followed eight years later by the construction of an additional 40,000 square feet of warehouse space.

To enhance the company's transportation and distribution package, in 2000 Lawry Freight System became an agent for Landstar Global Logistics, a $2.5 billion logistics provider based in Jacksonville, Florida. With this partnership, Lawry is able to take advantage of Landstar's nearly 25,000 partner carrier family and their strong financial, operational, and technological support. With Landstar's vast resources, Lawry is able to move any freight lane via any mode and offer complete supply chain management on all geographic levels.

In 2003, additional land and another 20,000 square foot warehouse were purchased. This new acquisition provided Lawry with frontage on US Route 202 (Southampton Road), where the office and main entrance have been relocated.  The following year would see the purchase of a 100,000 square foot warehouse located on 10 acres just a mile from the rest of the campus.

Located at the gateway to New England, Lawry sits on 28 acres of land in close proximity to the Interstate 90 and Interstate 91 crossroads. With over 230,000 square feet of warehouse space, a fleet of company trucks, and as an agent for Landstar Global Logistics, Lawry can meet all of your transportation and warehousing needs. As the company moves forward into the second generation of leadership, Lawry looks forward to more years of continued growth and prosperity.