A-P-A Transport Corp.

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A-P-A Transport Corp. (also known as APA Transport) was a North Bergen, NJ based trucking and shipping company, at one point it was the nation's fourth largest interstate freight trucking company.[1]


Founded in 1947 by Arthur Edward Imperatore, Sr. and his brothers Eugene, Arnold, George and Harold in West New York, NJ. It started as a local trucking business with a single surplus US Army truck. Originally called "Imperatore Bros. Moving and Trucking." Later that same year they bought a second surplus truck, and then the name and two trucks of A&P Trucking Corp. for $800 from Albert Amorino also of West New York. In the 1950s, after a few years of legal wranging over the name by the A&P grocery chain, they simply added a trailing A.[2]


In 1952 they built a new terminus at 88th Street and Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen and by 1958 the company surpassed $1 million in gross revenue.[2] Eventually Arthur bought out all the other brothers in the business. The company enjoyed great success, growing to more than 3,500 tractor-trailers and operating 31 freight terminals by 1991. A inside employee joke stated that A-P-A stood for "Always Please Arthur."[3]


By 2001 it had fallen to 38th place, and finally closed its doors in February 2002.[4]


40th Anniversary

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  1. ^ David Rounds, "Perfecting a Piece of the World: Arthur Imperatore and the Blue-Collar Aristocrats of A-P-A" Addison Wesley Publishing Company, 1993
  2. ^ a b Lucien Rhodes, "The Importance Of Being Arthur" Inc. Apr 1, 1982
  3. ^ Jon Nordmire, "Trucker Who Rarely Backs Down" New York Times, May 16, 1992.
  4. ^ Hugh R. Morley, "Trucking Firm A-P-A Transport in North Bergen, N.J., Closes." The Record (Newspaper, Hackensack, NJ) February 24, 2002

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