William Honeg, our founder, purchased Cox Transit Company from Billie Cox of Springfield, IL in 1972 starting out with two tractors and five trailers. It was incorporated in June 1972 as Cox Transfer, Inc. of Eureka, IL under the ICC MC 5147. Billie Cox had 60% stock control and William Honeg had 40% stock control. The first customers were Milnot Foods in Litchfield, IL, Fiat Allis of Springfield, IL and Nabisco Foods in Chicago, IL. Shortly thereafter, three Fords, two International tractors and 20 1972 Strick trailers were purchased.
In September 1973, 100% of the stock of Cox Transfer, Inc. was transferred to William Honeg after completion of a successful transfer hearing before the Illinois Commerce Commission.
October 1973, Honeg acquired operating rights and leased equipment including drivers of Hinkle Transfer of Fowler, IN and at the same time acquired contracts with Owens-Illinois Glass, Ober Nester Glass, Thatcher Glass and Hillsboro Glass for supplying Hiram Walker and Pabst Brewery of Peoria, IL with inbound glass. WGH Spotting and Leasing was started in 1982 to provide Pabst of Peoria with 100% service on inbound and outbound loads.
Cox Transfer filed for and received 48-state operating authority in June 1988 and at the same time expanded into a second location in Lincoln, IL. Conquest Carriers was formed in June 1984 to provide Longview Fibre 100% dedicated service out of Rockford, IL. Cox Transfer acquired Conquest Carriers as a wholly-owned subsidiary in January 1995 and later that year, William's son, Mark, began to oversee the company.
In January 2000, Cox Transfer moved from its home of 28 years into the present office and maintenance facility located on the west side of Eureka. This facility is complete with a modernized service shop, canopied fuel island, driver's lounge and dorms, and advanced technology for all other departments.
Cox Transfer expanded its operation by opening up a flatbed division in March 2002, and a brokerage division quickly followed.
In November 2011, Mark Voudrie acquired 100% of the stock of Cox Transfer from Mark Honeg, and now serves as President. Mark Voudrie brings a decade of shipper transportation management and continues the committment to safety and service.
Currently Cox Transfer serves a broad range of customers with products ranging from heavy machinery to food products. Our employees’ expertise combined with the culture we’ve created guarantees the success of Cox Transfer for many generations to come. We are excited about the future of the trucking industry and continue to look for new challenges and growth opportunities for Cox Transfer and its divisions.