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..