Norman Gilbert truck from 1935

How It All Started

In 1935, with a truck and a vision, Norman Gilbert loaded a team of horses into the back of a truck and hauled them from Hudson to Trempealeau, WI for $1.50. By providing exceptional service, he was able to build a strong reputation for servicing his customers.

Though times have changed and the industry has evolved, three generations of Gilberts have captured the original vision of servicing our customers while embracing technology and evolving the company to being an end-to-end, supply-chain management leader. We’re tirelessly committed to finding the best way of your getting freight to its destination on-time and damage-free.


Beginning with just a handful of trucks, the Valley Cartage family toiled out of a 3-door terminal in Hudson, WI for more than 50 years. In the year 2000, a new chapter was opened in the family history with the completion of a “state-of-the-art,” 10-acre terminal and corporate office complex in the St. Croix Business Park in Hudson. In 2005, the building was doubled in size to accommodate rapid growth fueled by a fast-growing, loyal customer base and  strategic acquisitions.

VC has continued on a steady path of consistent growth and expansion and is well positioned to grow and prosper in the transportation and logistics industry. The company has remained in the family and is currently owned and operated by Norman’s son, Jerry Gilbert and grandson, Todd Gilbert.

No matter the latest awards we are winning or what we are doing to try and improve the communities we live in, our commitment to all of our customers, each and every day, is to be DependableAccessible and Responsive. That’s the Gilbert family way of doing business.

WHAT’S NEXT AT Valley companies?

We are now proudly called Valley Companies. With our Final Mile, LTL, Truckload, and Warehouse solutions. We recently Shifted Gears, but our idea of logistics solutions has always been and will always be forward-thinking across the broad, supply-chain spectrum.

That’s why we’ve got millions of miles under our belts, and why we’re an old-school company with new-school technology.

Sure, things have changed just a bit since 1935, and who knows how Valley Companies will be moving freight in the future. One thing is for sure, we’ll be happy to get it there for you, and get it right when we do.

Welcome to the evolution. Welcome to VC.