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Private fleets don't haul freight for profit, but instead quietly distribute products, deliver services, keep supply chains moving, and perform other essential services for their parent businesses. Even though they operate over 6 million of the 7.4 million commercial trucks running on U.S. roads, private fleets are also the invisible side of the trucking industry, functioning as indispensable tools to help businesses succeed in their primary missions rather than as profit-making businesses in their own right.

The FLEET OWNER 500, a ranking of America's top private fleets, was created a year ago to recognize the size and scope of those often under-appreciated operations. Like last year's report, the 2005 FLEET OWNER 500 bases its rankings on total power units controlled by a fleet. We also provide a breakdown by tractors and straight trucks for each fleet, as well as information on trailers in the fleet and the parent company's business category.

While the 2005 rankings themselves are quite similar to the first report, total equipment numbers are up as more companies included their light trucks in the equipment tallies, making the numbers more representative of the entire Class 1 through 8 vehicle pool operated by the top 500 private fleets.

Transportation Technical Services (TTS) collected the data for this report using a number of public and proprietary sources, including its own Fleet Seek (www.fleetseek.com) online search tool and FLEET OWNER's subscription records. TTS then verified the data by contacting the fleets directly.

If you would like a pdf of the FLEET OWNER 500 or are interested in a database version with detailed contact information, email Reggie Lawrence at reg_lawrence@msn.com for ordering and price information.