In 1970, Jim Andrus and his wife, Mary, got into the trucking business in Mesquite, Nevada. Jim bought an old truck with a crushed-in cab with an engine that worked. As the business grew, Jim added a few trucks, and in addition to a separate fertilizer business, he started hauling hay cubes to California. Jim then built an office under the carport of his house and launched a crew of dispatchers, customer service representatives and accounting personnel. The business quickly grew to about 17 employees. Eventually the office became so overcrowded that Andrus Transportation moved to a larger yard for the trucks to park. A trailer was brought onto the property to house the office staff and a shop was built to repair the growing fleet of Andrus trucks.