Celebrating a Decade of Operations

Ten years ago today, Red Classic was created as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coca-Cola Consolidated. Take a look back with us as we review some of the highlights from our first decade of operations.
10th Anniversary Trailer at Coke Consolidated

The idea for Red Classic came about when Coca-Consolidated leaders worked to identify new streams of revenue, starting with activities in which the Company already excelled. Going into the transportation business was the logical next step as we already had a fleet of top-notch equipment, a network of terminals and a team of talented drivers. Why not offer our logistics expertise to other shippers?

In the decade since, Red Classic has grown quickly, achieving double digit growth in multiple years. Today, Red Classic has more than 1,300 teammates, provides logistics services to customers across the U.S. and Canada and has more than 80 fleet maintenance shops throughout the Southeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. We’re so grateful to all of our teammates, past and present, for their tremendous contributions to our Company.

Follow the timeline below to learn more about our first 10 years of operations.

Commercialized as a For-Hire Carrier

After serving as the private fleet for Coca-Cola Consolidated for many years, Red Classic commercializes as a for-hire carrier on November 19, 2010.


Growing our Maintenance Division

Having established a high standard of excellence maintaining the Coca-Cola Consolidated and Red Classic fleets, we commercialize our fleet maintenance division to service external customers.


Corporate Headquarters Relocation

After years of working out of our small Black Satchel Facility, Red Classic moves into a new corporate facility on Continental Blvd. in Charlotte, NC, our home to this day.


Expanding our Transportation Service Portfolio

Coca-Cola Consolidated purchases new facilities and distribution territory, resulting in the expansion of Red Classic's transportation network. New states and locations are added to our footprint throughout the Southeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.


Recognized as a Best Place to Work

Recognizing our excellent leadership team and our commitment to being a purpose-driven company, Red Classic is honored in 2015 (and 2016) as a Best Place to work in Charlotte.


Expanding our Corporate Headquarters

With the size of our team outgrowing our facility, Red Classic expands its headquarters to seat more than 200 teammates in corporate roles.


Earning Industry Recognition

For the first time, Red Classic receives major industry recognition. In 2017, we are awarded with a spot on Inbound Logistics' Top 100 Truckers list. 


Launching our OTR Division

To meet the growing needs of our customers, Red Classic expands its fleet to include OTR tractors. We also hire company OTR drivers for the first time.


Achieving Top 100 Carrier Status

After a year of phenomenal growth in 2019, Red Classic is named to Transport Topics Top 100 For-Hire Carrier List, making us one of the largest transportation companies in North America.


Celebrating 10 Years of Operations

Red Classic celebrated two major milestones in 2020. The first, our 10th anniversary, was commemorated with a new wrapped trailer featured in our first television ad. Check it out below! With the expansion of our services to include comprehensive 3PL solutions, Red Classic also celebrated being recognized as a Top 100 3PL in North America in 2020.