Company history, trucking, to warehousing and full service logistics in the Mid West
Family owned and operated since 1925
Bob Van Zytveld started Van’s Delivery Service in 1925 with one truck, one customer, and three deliveries a day to area hardware stores. His office was the family dining room, his desk the dining room table. His wife kept the company books and answered the phone. From the very beginning, he was completely devoted to his customers: in fact, his motto was “Courtesy and Promptness Assured”. Today, the business is still family owned, now in its fourth generation, and has grown into a thriving company of more than a hundred people.
Van’s Delivery Service has seen so much growth since Bob Van Zytveld started the business in 1925, he would barely recognize it today. But some things haven’t changed. The company is still providing customers with exceptional service. Even after all these years, their motto is still “Courtesy and Promptness Assured.”
From our first truck in 1925 to present
1925 Company founded by Albert “Van” Van Zytveld
1942 Son Philmore comes to work at age 12
1956 Second generation – Philmore Van Zytveld becomes President
1961 First tractor/trailer is purchased
1966 Philmore buys the Company from “Van”.
1968 Grandson Ron comes to work at age 14
1976 Grandpa “Van” passes away
1984 Son-in-law, John Nieuwenhuis joins the Company
1985 Company is Incorporated
1986 First Intra-State Authority is granted
1990 Company moves to 3744 Dykstra, a real terminal with a garage
1994 Philmore retires, Ron and John buy the company.
1994 10,000 square foot warehouse is established at the request of a customer
1999 Interstate, Brokerage and Canadian Authority granted
2000 New headquarters with 240,000 square feet of warehouse is built by Visser Brothers Construction
2001 Warehousing operation spins off to form Van’s Logistics Service, LLC
2015 New West River warehouse with 160,000 square feet built by Visser Brothers Construction
2017 John Nieuwenhuis and Ron Van Zytveld retire
2017 Fourth generation – Andrew and Tiffany Armstrong buy the company
Van’s Interstate Service, LLC
1991 Company is founded in order to handle the “long-haul” operations of Van’s Delivery
1998 Company is “redesigned” as an Independent Owner/Operator firm performing Intermodal Drayage in conjunction with Masselink Brothers Trucking, Inc.
Van’s Logistics Service, LLC
1995 Formed as a “spin-off” of Van’s Delivery
Van’s Brokerage Service, LLC
2007 Formed as a “spin-off” of Van’s Delivery