Our Company History
From two drivers and a man with a vision in 1987 to a driver base of up to 1,500 contract drivers, Quality Drive-Away, Inc. has evolved from a small operation to an industry leader in the transport of driveaway freight.
In 1987, two motorized drivers and current President of Quality Drive-Away, Inc. Devon Bechtel began as an in-house carrier for a local RV Manufacturer in Elkhart County, Indiana under the banner Ideal Transportation. With a dedication to providing the best service possible to the customer, Ideal Transport grew and started to gather more drivers and customers looking for a fair business partner with integrity.
In the fall of 1990, the company was reorganized under a family-owned partnership with the new moniker Quality Drive-Away, Inc. This partnership was incorporated in 1991; Ideal Transportation became Quality’s tractor/trailer operation working with pickup truck owner operators to deliver travel trailers and 5th wheel RVs, while Quality itself specialized in the driveaway delivery of motorhomes.
As the company grew, Quality diversified its transportation mix, growing to commodities outside the RV market. By penetrating the commercial arena, Quality was able to stabilize its driver base using commercial business that was counter seasonal and counter cyclical to the RV market. Added business also translated to increased “backhaul” opportunities for its drivers. Today, the company boasts of one of the highest reload opportunities in the industry.
In 2005, Quality Drive-Away, Inc. acquired Baker Transport, who specialized in moving cargo trailers and automobiles. By integrating Baker’s expertise in this segment of the transportation, Quality was able to expand its services, customer base, and driver base even further.
Five years later, in December 2010, Baker Transport was renamed Foremost Transport. Foremost Transport, Inc., using its considerable fleet of owner/operators, assumed all responsibilities for moving towable freight with pickup trucks and flatbed freight with Lowboy trailers and Haul & Tow trucks, while Quality Drive-Away, Inc. focused on its significant driveaway segment.
In 2014, Quality Drive-Away customer service and dispatch departments relocated to a new facility, a completely renovated 150-year old farm house, while supporting departments remain at the previous facility. Quality Drive-Away, Inc. continues to provide the same level of service that two drivers and a man with a vision provided back in 1987, while now offering several major locations across the United States. Quality delivers tens of thousands of units tens of millions of miles to their destination safely each year, and specializes in delivering to the 48 contiguous United States, all 10 Canadian provinces and 3 Canadian territories, and Alaska from any U.S. point of origin and has a strong driver base with certification to deliver to U.S. governmental installations like port facilities and military bases.