1929- Company began business with four trucks running a route between Chester, South Carolina and Hamlet, North Carolina.
On May 1, 1931 established a new route between Rock Hill, South Carolina and Winder, Georgia and later in the same year extended the route to Atlanta, making Miller the first trucking company operating between North Carolina and Georgia. Also in 1931 the Hamlet route was extended eastward to Wilmington, North Carolina. By the end of the year Miller was operating 16 trucks.
During 1932 the company started operating from Charlotte to Norfolk, Virginia and within six months extended that route to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Here are some statistics about the company as reported to the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1945:
2,836 miles off regular routes
$276,474 in total assets, not including intangible property such as operating rights
$1,372,058 in Revenues
$1,372,058 in total operating expenses
A loss of $18,356
78 pieces of power equipment including trucks and tractors
Operated 3,908,853 vehicle miles.
Headquarters for Miller Motor Express was in Charlotte, NC. From a city directory, the following information about employees was researched. Of the 105 employees in Charlotte, there were:
38 drivers, 22 laborers or warehousemen, 13 clerks, 7 mechanics, 5 employees not noted as position held, 4 body men, 3 checkers, 3 stenographers, 2 dispatchers, 2 solicitors or salesmen, 2 Department superintendents, 2 auditors, and one each accountant, telephone operator, general manager, accounting clerk, office secretary, janitor, machine operator, maintenance superintendent, gateman, Operations manager, assistant cashier, traffic manager, and a tire man.
Thecompany was acquired in September 1964 by Adley Express. The map above is from a matchbook cover showing where Miller had its terminals and where their routes were operated.
i have been able to find the addresses of some of the terminals and the year in which the information was taken from, mostly old phone books:
- Brooklyn, NY (1944) 620 Degrow St
- Charlotte, NC (1947) 2209-2235 Dowd Road. (1960) 1807 West Independence Blvd
- Greensboro, NC (1950) Winston-Salem Rd ( now known as W Market St)
- Philadelphia, Pa (1951) 4200 E Thompson
- Atlanta, GA (1936) 287 Mills St NW
The above is a full page advertisement celebrating Miller Motor Express on the twenty year anniversary in business as it appeared in the Charlotte, NC newspaper in 1950.
The ad shows the main headquarters terminal at the bottom of the page, a map of their routes and a listing of terminals. The Charlotte terminal had 50 doors..
7 thoughts on “Miller Motor Express”
My Dad drove for Adley out of the Philadelphia terminal then after Yellow Freight bought them out he went with Boss-Linco.Still drive by Adley’s terminal in Philly often..
My dad drove for Miller which was bought by Adley which was bought by Yellow. Most of his trucking was from a terminal in Norfolk, Va .from aterminal near Diamond Springs. He retired from Yellow out of Lancaster, Pa. after they closed the Norfolk terminal for over the road drivers.
A lot of younger people probably have never heard of Miller or Adley. The primary reason for this site is to keep the history from being forgotten. Thanks for your rely and thanks for reading!
My grandfather was Mickey Adley who started Adley Express!! Glad to hear that there is still history.
My Dad worked for Adley for years in Philadelphia, I remember on the weekends he would run the road for extra work, he took me with him a couple of times to the New Haven terminal. He loved working for Adley
My dad worked Adley express first in New Haven then to orange when they built the new terminal!
My Dad drove for Adley out of the Springfield, MA terminal. He was an over the road driver for many years, driving a Mack B61 for many years and eventually a MaxiiDyne. All 6 wheels. He had an awesome route, leaving Springfield on a Sunday night, going to Orange, Providence, ending in Boston for a layover, Leave Boston Monday night and end up home on Tuesday morning. The next week he left the house on Monday night and ended the week with what he call the “Philly Flyer” where he would just leave Springfield on Friday night and be home Saturday morning. He loved that job and I loved going to the terminal when we would drop him off ( one car family back then). When Yellow bought out Adley, he had the option of going to Lancaster and staying on the road, but he went to Westfield, Ma working on the dock for a couple of years. Ending his career in 1988 driving a city route out of Pittsfield, Ma. My whole family was very proud of him and his work ethic.