From our founder, Doug Jennings:
"In the early 1970s, I worked for a computer tape company in Huntley, Illinois, and could not find a transportation service to accommodate our need for dependable, same day freight shipping in and out of O’Hare Airport. So, when a shipment required next day delivery, I loaded it into my 1967 Saab station wagon and drove it to the airport after work myself.
"I knew that other local companies had the same challenges, so I took a chance in 1971 to start my own company, Jennings Air Freight.
"Operating out of my home, I began regular delivery service to and from O’Hare Airport. A year later, I added a van and bought my first straight truck for my growing business.
"In 1976, I added our first full-time employee. By 1977 our services had expanded from same day and next day delivery to include ocean freight and less than truckload (LTL) services. That year, I incorporated the company and shortened our name to JA Frate."
We outgrew our home-based offices by 1979 and built our first terminal in Crystal Lake, Ill.
To meet the demands of our continued growth, we built a larger terminal in 1989, and in 1993 we added a warehouse and expanded our in-house fleet maintenance department.
In late 2014, we doubled our office space and consolidated several divisions under one roof at our new headquarters in McHenry, Ill. We expanded that building in 2019 with an additional 46,000 sq ft for our warehousing and distribution division.