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JA Frate Welcomes you!

For almost 50 years we've handled freight shipping and distribution throughout North America. Headquartered in northern Illinois, we're central to major markets in Chicago and Wisconsin.

No matter the industry, we find solutions for all sorts of challenges. Our quality improvement process and 24/7 LIVE customer service provide you with proactive support every day of the year.

From standard less-than-truckload and full/partial truckloads to drayage, white glove, expedited, oversize projects and more, you can count on having live tracking information and the highest quality service for each and every shipment.

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Led by our core values

Customer Focused

Customer Focused

Customer Service isn’t a department; it’s an attitude.

Tim Gieseke, JA Nationwide Logistics Coordinator, was in the middle of giving blood one Saturday morning when a customer called needing drums shipped out that day. Tim came into the office and found a cost-effective partner carrier to  deliver their product direct to Maine. 



Do what is right, not what is easy.

Doug asked the staff to take a pay cut after the 9/11 tragedy and the loss of two big customers in 2001. Thankfully within a few months we were getting back on track, but it took a few years to start growing again. Later Doug presented everyone still with JA a check reimbursing them for the missed income during the annual Christmas party.


Team Before Self

Team Before Self

If you want to go fast, go alone. if you want to go far, go together.

Driver John Baumstark made a delivery to a customer on a hot summer day when he discovered that they had a policy of no shorts allowed. Rather than call dispatch, tell them he was unable to make the delivery, then send another driver out, John took it upon himself to solve the problem. He drove to the nearest gas station and offered the clerk $10 to borrow a pair of uniform pants. John then made the delivery and promptly returned the pants.



The best is yet to come.

Many years ago, the team would rotate who worked Friday night. On one particular Friday night, driver Jeff Jennings received a call from a customer around 10:00pm. They had a hot shipment that needed to be picked up and driven directly to the port in Charleston, South Carolina. He said no problem!

Jeff had the shipment picked up by midnight that evening and with the help of his co-driver they were able to get the shipment delivered on-time, straight to the cargo ship.

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Phil Truck # 410 was so helpful, professional, considerate. He went out of his way to accommodate my request to deliver my order to a different location just few miles away. After a brief conversation with him he spoke so highly of his company, you need to be aware what a good employee you have in Phil. I definitely plan to order from ULINE in the future knowing that my order will be in good hands with JA Frate.

Ann Dvorak
Murray Commercial

I just wanted to thank you again for placing Jason as our driver. He is always happy and willing to help in any situation. We at Miller Formless have always believed service starts with the people big and small within an organization. Having people like Jason provide service with a smile shows the dedication and ability of JA frate to offer a high grade of service using top notch employees. Also I saw he was rewarded for being excellent at his job and he deserves it. Now his equipment fits the man operating it.

Jayson Slama
Miller Formless

I've been working with JA Frate for a few years and I would like to comment on their services. Becky Conner, as well as the rest of her team at customer service, all do a GREAT job when it comes on getting a pickup or delivery done. Sometimes I would call them late in the day to schedule a pickup of which they're still able to do it - now what does that tell you. In other words I think they live up to their logo, “The Most Dependable Transportation Service in the World”!!! To all at JA Frate: keep up the good work and thank you on my behalf.

Gus Chaidez
Safety Socket LLC

As we looked to upgrade our shipping department, we knew we needed a 3PL that could take us to the next level. We felt after touring the JA facilities and discovering their capabilities that they would be the right choice for us. It’s been a great partnership. Our fulfillment process has went from being a concern to being a breeze by handing it over to JA. They’ve been a great partner who is focused on meeting our unique needs.

Consumer Goods

Just wanted to say a few words in regard to the service JA Logistics has been providing to our team here at Suntecktts. JA Logistics is our GO TO warehouse in the Chicago market. We appreciate your high level of communication, quality services and competitive rates. Thank you for being an awesome partner of ours. I look forward to continuing to work together. Thank you!

Will Guinnessey