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About Us

 Professional Food-Grade Transport Services

Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, Johnsrud Transport, Inc. is a recognized leader in the transport of bulk liquids for the food industry. We combine excellent drivers, experienced dispatchers, strict quality control standards and strategic communication to fulfill a promise of unsurpassed quality and service.

We develop a service plan tailored to your business and delivery needs. Johnsrud has built solid relationships with our customers across the country; with those relationships, we have a reputation that demonstrates how competently and effectively we work with our customers and their needs whenever, wherever.

The Founding Father: Leon Johnsrud

Johnsrud Transport, Inc., has been serving the bulk food grade industry for over 50 years. It all began with one man—Leon Johnsrud—and one truck in the 60’s. Now with decades of experience and drivers who have been with the company for just as long, Johnsrud Transport has become a leader in bulk liquid transport in North America.

Leon established the high standard of service and professionalism you’ll receive from Johnsrud, but he also created a family atmosphere where longevity and teamwork are the cornerstone.

Remembering Stuart R Johnsrud

Stuart, son of founder Leon Johnsrud started his career at Johnsrud while in college. His help was needed at the company, so he left college and came to work for his Dad. He held most all positions at the Big J and was our ace IT guy who seemed to know how to fix everything. When his Dad was still driving, Stuart used to sit on the curb and wait for him to come home. His loyalty and devotion was evident from the beginning.

An intelligent, pragmatic, no nonsense and genuine nice person, Stuart knew the history of Johnsrud from the beginning and was an unending source of information. He was a constant source of encouragement and inspiration for all employees. You never heard Stuart complain. He battled diabetes since age 3 and passed away in 2014 at age 52. If you were having a bad day, all you had to do was visit with Stuart and see how he was making his day great in spite of his many health battles. Stuart’s legacy will forever be part of the fabric of Johnsrud.

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delivering the world scuplture

Delivering The World

This sculpture was a gift to the Iowa Motor Truck Association from the employees of Johnsrud in honor of their founder, Leon Johnsrud.  The employees thought it was fitting to give something back to honor Leon’s legacy in the trucking industry and his unwaivering belief in all the people who work in the industry. Every day, millions of men and women deliver the products we use on a daily basis.  They bring products to us made in the USA and those made in far reaching areas of the globe.  This art piece titled “Delivering the World” was created by Des Moines sculptor John Brommel, and was dedicated in the Fall of 2014.  The sculpture sits at the front entrance to the IMTA located at 717 East Court Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa

Community Participation

At Johnsrud we believe in giving back to the community and supporting many worthwhile causes. We enjoy being part of community events. Our trucks and drivers frequently participate in parades, veterans events, and many other events and celebrations. Our entire staff rallies to fundraise for worthy causes.