Brief History of the Antonini Companies
The origin of the Antonini Companies begins in 1891 with the birth of Virgilio Antonini in Castiglione Chiavarese, a small town in northern Italy. With a dream of a better life, Virgilio came to America in 1909 and made his way from the East Coast to San Francisco before settling in Stockton, California, a burgeoning agricultural community in the San Joaquin Valley. After working on a farm for a short period of time, he soon managed to purchase his own farm.
Realizing the importance of getting his and other farmers products to market and recognizing an opportunity to provide a necessary service to the community, Virgilio started Antonini Fruit Express in 1926, the foundation of what has become the Antonini Companies today.
As the agricultural industry grew and developed, so too did the Antonini trucking
business. Vic, as Virgilio was known to his friends and associates, forged strong
relationships throughout the community and the agricultural industry.
Establishing a reputation for reliable transportation enabled Vic to
secure contracts with several tomato and peach processors, which spurred
further growth of the budding trucking company.
and Efficient Service"
was more than a slogan, it was his way of doing business,
and he passed along to his sons,
Louis, Jack and Rudy, that ideal of commitment to service as they matured and came into
In the mid 1980’s two of Rudy’s children came to work in the business. His sons Joe and Mark who had worked in the business as youngsters during summer vacation were now college graduates and eager to grow the business. Both of them worked their way through various maintenance and operational roles to sharpen their saws in the trucking industry. The scope of the overall operation changed dramatically in 1990 when the freight hauling division was officially formed. The business was no longer a seasonal operation and since 1990 has grown at an annual rate of 14%. Joe and Mark’s sister Karen would enter the business in 1995. As a certified public accountant, Karen complimented her two brothers by bringing in her knowledge and practical experience in the financial side of the business.
In July 2005 with
business moving forward,
Mark Antonini decided to switch careers. After 20 plus years in
business Mark ultimately was
looking for a change of pace
and took a leap of faith to try
new. That left Joe and Karen to continue running an
organization that has grown into a model of a progressive corporation.
Today, the company operates two distinct divisions - agricultural hauling
and general freight hauling. Two separate
trucking entities operate out
of five terminals
150 company owned tractors and over 400 sets of trailers. The combined
resources of Antonini
Enterprises LLC, Antonini Freight
Express, Inc. and Antonini Fruit
are integrated into an
organization to provide
range of services.