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THE EVANS STORY

It’s fitting our roots are in a town called Hartland.

We deliver high-value strategic services, grow and evolve custom technologies, and we love what we do.

Humble, heartland beginnings.

Evans Transportation Services, Inc. got its start in 1985 in a small office above a carpet shop in Hartland, Wisconsin. Running on hustle and heart, it didn’t take long for Evans’ founders, Marty Johnson and Charlie Keepman, to create a customer experience so personalized that one of their regular brokerage customers asked to sign on for a complete outsourced transportation management partnership.

1985

1990

A TMS pioneer.

Marty and Charlie realized they’d need more sophisticated tools than their pencils and papers to support the needs of this shipper and other shippers like them. So, they coded their own transportation management system (TMS), one of the industry’s first.

Custom technology with trademark customer service.

Pairing custom technology with their trademark provision of customer service, Marty and Charlie knew they were onto something special with Evans. So, they sold their other transportation businesses to focus on what they had always done (and still do) best: strategic transportation management.

1995

2018

Grow with us.

Now, Evans is led by Ryan Keepman, President, and Jason Mansur, Chief Operating Officer. Ryan and Jason’s hunger for growth is fresh, but their dedication to Evans’ Guiding Principles of Integrity, Positivity, Passion, Communication, and Trust is steadfast.

Under their leadership, Evans has broken all past records and reinvigorated their commitment to innovative transportation solutions. With new offices, technologies, and team members, all signs point that the best is yet to come. Grow Together with us.

Evans 2.0 & Inc. 5000

Evans makes the “Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies” list, showcasing their ability to adapt to the times no matter what the world throws at them.

Evans 2.0 is launched, consisting of the Evans Integration Hub, the Evans Rating System, and a reimagined Freight Pay & Audit Platform. According to CEO Ryan Keepman, “Evans 2.0 was designed from the ground up to provide a new level of value, transparency, and usability, propelling the logistics industry into the new decade – for both vendors and customers.”

2020

2021

The Rebrand

After years of rolling with the same, recognizable brand, Evans decides to freshen things up. No longer confused for being a company called “E-vans” (do they have vans? do they have electric vans?), the company jumps into the 21st century with a sleek, modern, and sharp new look.

Kevin Kisner PGA Partnership

In January of 2022, Evans Transportation signed a sponsorship deal with pro golfer Kevin Kisner. Called a “best-in-class” marriage in the press, both parties felt it was a near-perfect combination of brand personalities. “We can’t think of a better representative partner,” said Ryan Keepman, CEO of Evans Transportation. “The decision was simple. Like Kevin’s career and personality, our brands are real, genuine, and also focused on giving back.”

2022

2022

Evans 2.0 & Inc. 5000

Evans is flattered and happy to announce that we've been named one of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2022 Top Workplaces. This is what the Evans Experience is all about. “Creating more and better leaders is critical to our success as a people-first business. Our people make the culture, and we empower them to be their authentic selves. Our team defines Evans's current culture and DNA.” -Ryan Keepman, CEO

Blog post: How Evans Brings Heart to the Hustle of Logistics

In an era defined by rate shops and robots, Evans treats no two customers the same, providing personal, strategic logistics solutions tailor-made made for your business. While we’ve long moved on from our first TMS and grown from two employees to 65+, we'll never deviate from our founders’ dedication to exceptional customer experiences grounded in insightful innovation.