Since 1966, the Styer team has been driven by our passion to satisfy driver and shipping needs. We always aim to exceed all expectations.
Styer Transportation specializes in shipping truckloads and large partials for a variety of dry van freight. We are committed to providing all our drivers and customers with the same high-quality solutions and unsurpassed customer service.
Melvin Simon Sr. (a.k.a. Curly) returned home from serving in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War. When looking for a job after his service, he stopped at a Wren Inc. in Lakeville, MN. Although this company was not actively looking for a driver, they took a chance on Melvin. The truck model sitting in their lot the day Melvin stopped in was the same he had driven during his time in the Marines.
Melvin quickly proved his worth and became a trusted manager for the Wren family over the next 40+ years. He worked closely with Charles Wren who assumed ownership of Wren Inc. after his father's death. After some time, the name of the company was changed to Lakeville Motor Express. Charles’ half-brothers John, Steve, and Pat all worked together as Lakeville Motor Express grew.
A man called Red, also recently out of the military, worked part-time for Lakeville Motor Express while working full time for John Deere. Because of his role at both companies positions, Red was aware of the need and supply for hauling parts to a dealer network in southern Minnesota. Through Red’s research, he uncovered an operating authority for a company named Styer. Connie Styer was a Kentucky trailer salesman working for Boyer Trucks on NE Broadway in Minneapolis. The Styer authority was designed for any irregular rout.
Mel took the position of President of Styer and began his MBA studies at night at the University of Minnesota. He managed the operations as Styer continued to grow. Simonson Freight Service closed abruptly. Styer acquired 28 tractors of their own and continued operating with most of the drivers from Simonson Freight Service. Before too long, operations were back to normal.
John Wren’s son (Joe) became more involved in the management of Styer, growing the company to 100+ trucks. Today, Styer operates 60+ tractors and service to a number of customers in Minnesota and Illinois.