Why Preferred Cartage?

Customer Driven

You work directly with us. We are invested in our customers and their operations. This includes equipment, trucks, repair and maintenance, and scheduling.

Modern Equipment

Preferred Cartage has the best modern equipment that brings together adaptive cruise control with braking features along with collision mitigation technology, and our full-stability technology. Our trucks can benefit from a potent combination of active safety technologies that can help our drivers in collisions, roll-overs, and loss-of-control situations. In addition, our modern equipment system can provide data, to help keep us in the know about what’s happening out on the road.


Preferred Cartage is committed to sustainability. We work closely with our partners to share best practices to ensure the greatest environmental, economic and social impact. We are also a Smartway Partner focusing on using less fuel more efficiently and with a reduced carbon footprint.


“Would definitely recommend and I will be back when I’m in the area!”

Nicholas E.

Google Review

Our Story

We are a 3rd generation trucking family. Our granddad, CF McGraw, started a trucking business that delivered produce such as fruits, vegetables and goods directly to local businesses in the Kansas area. Our dad, Joe McGraw, continued the business after he returned from Vietnam with the Marines. He was a forward observer, was shot twice and received a Purple Heart for his dedication to our nation.

Our father grew the business as I was growing up. Around the age of 10, I was sweeping shop floors, checking air pressure, and picking up the smoke cigarette butts when the guys threw them down on the floor. When I was 12, my dad put me on the trucks to do deliveries. I would ride with the drivers and unload watermelons, boxes of apples, peaches, pears or cherries. He would put me on the truck at 10:00 p.m. to midnight and we would go to a dozen to 15 store deliveries around the region.

I received a rodeo scholarship and went off to college. My brother played football at University of Kansas. We had good work ethics and were very driven. I believe at a young age this helped me learn how to set goals and accomplish them. I came back to the trucking business in early 1992. My dad hired a professional with trailer spotting experience and experience running spotting services for packing houses. I decided to stay and help get it started. I worked hard over many long hours to learn everything I could. Since then it’s been a heck of a ride with many ups and downs. But, that’s when you know that you are in it for the long haul when whatever is thrown your way – you do the best you can no matter what.

Here we are decades later and our goal is still to be your #1 transportation company to partner with while expanding our footprint. We continue to be a family-owned business and are blessed to have an incredible team to get the job done right and on time.

-Jarrett McGraw
President and CEO


Our Team

Preferred Cartage continues to strive to give you the best service we can. We have many services to help you with any size job with top-notch customer service.

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