Who We Are

Family. Service. Safety. See What Moves Us.

Andra Rush founded Rush Trucking Corporation in 1984 to serve the competitive automotive logistics industry. As a woman- and Native American-owned transportation solutions provider, Rush Trucking was sure to attract attention. However, the driving force behind Rush Trucking’s three decades of success is Andra’s commitment to customer service, safety, and to treating her staff like family. A culture of service and appreciation has generated loyal employees, long-term customers, and significant growth—from just three trucks and one location in 1984 to multiple hubs and an ever-growing fleet in 2018.   

What has guided Rush over the years is fundamentally a focus on people. We know happy employees lead to happy customers. That putting “Safety First is Safety Always” into practice sends the message that we are all valuable, from our driver personnel to the people they share the road with. And that good customer service means delivering on your promises and treating others the way you want to be treated. At Rush, thanks to our dedicated and inspired staff, we always deliver.  

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1984

Rush Trucking's Establishment

Mohawk Native American Andra Rush founded Rush Trucking in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, with three trucks that hauled time-sensitive freight from airports to assembly plants. In these early days, Ms. Rush drove trucks, dispatched drivers, managed human resources and delighted clients.

1988

The First Acquisition

Rush Trucking acquired Michigan-based Blazer Truck Lines.

1990-1999

More Acquisitions & Continued Growth

Rush Trucking acquired Expedited Delivery Service (EDS), Canadian-based Raycan Transport and Rush Distribution Services. Rush also opened two new truck yard facilities in Van Born, Michigan, and Buffalo, West Virginia, respectively.

2001

Dakkota Integrated Systems Founded Under Rush Group Umbrella

A joint venture between Rush Group LLC (Rush Trucking's parent company) and Magna International Inc., Dakkota Integrated Systems was established to manage the assembly and sequencing of integrated automotive interiors for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company's Holloway headquarters opened its doors in Holt, Michigan.

Rush Trucking's 9/11 Response

In the wake of 9/11, Rush Trucking hired barges to transport goods across the Detroit River for DaimlerChrysler, General Motors and Ford Motor Company.

2003

A Second Operation for Dakkota Integrated Systems

The company opened its Keller operation in Holt, Michigan.

A Year of Large-Scale Growth

The company grew to 390 employees, 1,700 trucks and 3,400 trailers. Rush's services also evolved to include short-haul multistop runs, long-haul cross-country runs and just-in-time (JIT) delivery between the United States and Canada.

An Important Certification

Rush Trucking earned C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) certification by showing that it has a process to alleviate risk throughout its international supply chain.

2005

A Third Operation for Dakkota Integrated Systems

The company opened its first Louisville, Kentucky, operation servicing Ford Motor Company Kentucky Truck Plant.

A Major Milestone for Rush Trucking

Rush Trucking began operating throughout the United States and Canada and became one of the largest minority-owned trucking companies in Metro Detroit. At the time, customers included General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Toyota, DaimlerChrysler and Honda, as well as several Tier 1 automotive suppliers, such as Lear and Johnson Controls.

2006

Dakkota Integrated Systems Opened a Canadian Operation

The company expanded into Canada and opened its Windsor operation in Tecumseh, Ontario.

2007

More Operations & Growth for Dakkota Integrated Systems

Dakkota's Louisville operation continued supporting Ford Motor Company's Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP), and the company also opened its Chicago operation to support Ford Motor Company's Chicago Assembly Plant.

2008

The 12th Consecutive Prestigious DaimlerChrysler Award

Rush Trucking received DaimlerChrysler's Gold Pentastar award for the 12th consecutive year in recognition of superior supplier performance.

2009

Dakkota Integrated Systems Opened First Lansing Operation

The company opened its Lansing Grove 1 operation in Lansing, Michigan.

2011

Dakkota Integrated Systems Opened Second Lansing Operation

Following continued growth, the company opened its Lansing Grove 2 operation alongside Lansing Grove 1.

2012

Dakkota Integrated Systems Opened Toledo Operation

The company opened its Toledo operation to support Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Toledo North Assembly Complex.

DMS Founded Under Rush Group Umbrella

Andra Rush founded Detroit Manufacturing Systems (DMS) as a joint venture between Rush Group Limited, LLC and leading French auto supplier Faurecia. In June, DMS's first location opened in a warehouse on the northwest side of Detroit with 25 team members. The company was created to manufacture and assemble injection-molded components for global brands.

An Impressive Grand Opening

Hundreds of business and community leaders and other dignitaries attended DMS's official grand opening. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and U.S. Senator Deborah Stabenow were among attendees who helped welcome the 25 new DMS employees to the Rush Group family.

The U.S.'s Largest Native American–Owned Business – Again

For the second year in a row, Rush Group of Companies was recognized as being the largest Native American–owned business in the U.S. based on revenue.

2013

A Milestone Year of Growth for Dakkota Integrated Systems

The company opened four operations: one in Brownstown, Michigan, to support Ford Motor Company's Flat Rock Assembly Plant, one in Sterling Heights, Michigan, to support Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, Dakkota Lighting Technologies in Rochester, Michigan, to provide utility lit still plates to major original equipment (OEM) customers, and Dakkota Molding Technologies (DMT) opened in Rochester Hills, Michigan, to support the vertical integration of our Dakkota operations through production of various interior and exterior injection molded parts.

DMS Becomes Tier 1 Supplier

In August, DMS became a Tier 1 supplier for a global automotive brand and started running five major production lines for Ford Motor Company and an integrated injection molding operation.

2014

Presidential Recognition

During his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama acknowledged DMS CEO Andra Rush by name for creating hundreds of manufacturing jobs in the city of Detroit.

2015

Dakkota Integrated Systems Added Additional Sequencing Facility to their Louisville Operations

The Dakkota Louisville operation continues to support Ford Motor Company's Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP) with a material sequencing facility.

DMS Reached 1,000 Employees

The DMS team grew to be 1,000 employees strong.

A Major Industry Recognition

Ford Motor Company recognized Rush Trucking for the company's outstanding carrier metrics. Rush currently holds 48-state General Commodities Authority, ICC Contract Motor Carrier, Canadian Extra-Provincial Authority (Ontario) and Michigan Intrastate Authority.

2016

Dakkota Integrated Systems Opened an Additional Louisville Operation

The company opened its second Louisville, Kentucky, operation.

Record Production Achieved by DMS

DMS announced it was building up to 1 million instrument panels a year at its Detroit location. This continued growth led to the company breaking ground on a new Toledo, Ohio, facility.

2017

Record Revenue & Growth for DMS

The company reached $1 billion in annual revenue and opened its Toledo facility, hiring and training 200 new team members to build instrument panels for a second global automotive brand, FCA TNAP.

2018

A Ford Motor Company World Excellence Award for DMS

DMS won the Ford Motor Company World Excellence award for diverse supplier.

Andra Rush Sells Majority Stake in DMS

Andra Rush sold her majority stake in DMS to another diverse entrepreneuer Bruce Smith, co-owner of BTM Company, a Michigan-based maker of machines that bend sheet metal.

2019

Celebrating 35 Years

Rush Trucking 35 years in business.

Dakkota Integrated Systems to Bring $55 Million Plant and 625 Jobs to Detroit

Dakkota plans to build a 600,000-square-foot manufacturing plant employing 625 people in Detroit's east side. The plant will supply Fiat Chrysler Automobile's new Jeep plant on Mack Avenue.

Rush Trucking Named 2019 Top Woman-Owned Business in Transportation

Redefining the Road, the official magazine of the Women In Trucking Association, recognized Rush Trucking as a 2019 top woman-owned business in transportation.

Andra Rush Received MMSDC MBE-MBE Catalyst Award

Andra Rush received recognition for being a community leader in diversity and inclusion as she was honored with Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council's MBE-MBE Catalyst award. This award recognizes efforts in hiring diverse individuals in all levels of the organization.

Rush Trucking Makes CCJ's Top 250 List

Commercial Carrier Journal revealed Rush Trucking on the 2019 CCJ Top 250 list.

MMSDC MBE Luminary of the Year Award

Andra Rush won the MMSDC MBE Luminary of the Year Award, recognizing a minority business owner providing mentorship, apprenticeship or internships while being actively involved in community.

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