WHAT WE'RE MADE OF
"How did you get into the trucking business?"
I hear this a lot. I got in to transportation out of high school, knowing it wasn’t in the cards for me to go to college. I worked for a large very innovative truck line, who back in the late 70’s was shipping their trailers on the rail. I was exposed to all the Class 1 railroads, and ultimately that exposure helped me establish some strong relationships with the railroads.
We have gone from offering strictly over the road services, to transitioning to about 25% rail and 25% dedicated fleet. We have managed distribution for job sites, warehoused for McDonalds, and several others, and many other significant tasks for our customers to allow them to focus on their core strengths.
– Melody Warren
Founder & President
1992 - Founded Transportation Logistics Systems, Inc. Brokerage Services
2005 - Purchased equipment for dedicated fleet business
2015 - Founded Cayman Express LLC., and acquired our own Carrier Authority: MC #898650, USDOT #2571418
It is our vision to meet customer needs with innovative solutions.
Our Project Involvement
TLS managed the distribution and transportation for all the pre-cast concrete used to build Sprint Arena in Kansas City, MO.
Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall
TLS hauled many loads of construction materials to this project site and dealt with snow, difficult obstacle navigation, yet successfully delivered each and every load.
AMC Corporate Headquarters
TLS handled all the flooring and ceiling tiles for this construction project in Overland Park, Kansas.
TLS utilized intermodal transportation in shipping truckloads into this project.
TLS handled the transportation for all the structural steel to build this complex.
At Transportation Logistics Systems, Inc (TLS) we are proud of our “old fashioned” business attitude that puts caring about our customers first – an attitude that seems to be dwindling in business today. Whether we are handling a single shipment or managing an entire shipping department, TLS has the expertise and professionalism to meet every detail of your needs -- and exceed your expectations. Consider us a "boutique" logistics provider, filling a niche that exists in the industry as a hands on service provider.
Established in 1992, the founder saw a need for reliable service providers in an industry where commitment was lacking. Thanks to the reputation of its staff, TLS experienced early and continued success. Begun as a asset based company, TLS quickly grew into a full-service, third-party logistics provider because of the loyalty of its customers. With an established customer base including both Fortune 500 and smaller companies that rely on TLS as their “in-house” shipping department, we would encourage you to give us an opportunity.
As the company has developed, so has its reputation. Since buying, renovating, and moving into a new (90 year-old) building, TLS has gained visibility in the local community as well. TLS was recently the recipient of the Cornerstone Award from the Economic Development Corporation for unique building re-use and renovation. The building is located in a HUB Zone and Enterprise Zone, a further demonstration of the company’s commitment to supporting the community.
TLS is poised for steady expansion of services and customer base, sustaining the steady growth experienced over the last decade. As technology changes the industry; as new business management practices affect shipping patterns; and as changing market conditions require flexibility, TLS is ready to meet each challenge.