Gertsen Interstate Systems is an intermodal motor carrier with locations throughout the Midwest. The primary function of Gertsen is to supply our customers with services that exceed their needs and expectations. Gertsen Interstate Systems is a family owned business that specializes in the movement of international freight containers. Our mission is to be an industry leader. We are committed to continuously improving our quality of service to ensure customer satisfaction. By dedicating ourselves to constantly improve our system of operation, we will increase our opportunities for long-term growth and profitability, ensuring continuity for our customers and employees.

Gertsen Interstate Systems; Driving Freight Forward with Tri Axels.


Gertsen Interstate Systems; Driving Freight Forward with Haz Mat.


Gertsen Interstate Systems; Driving Freight Forward with Bonded Carrier.



In the early 1890’s, a young entrepreneur from Denmark named Nels Gertsen decided to settle in Chicago and start a cartage company. Nels started out with a horse and wagon delivering general goods and commodities throughout the sand and cobblestone streets of Chicago. With determination and a strong, will to succeed Nels managed to expand this horse and wagon team into several teams.

In 1912, his eight-year-old son Everett Nels Gertsen was introduced into the cartage business. Everett’s job was to feed and groom the horses, as well as maintain the barn while his father was hauling goods.

In the late 1920’s, Everett eventually stepped into his father’s shoes as president of Gertsen Cartage Company and dedicated himself and the company to improve on the quality of service available to the trucking industry.

With the birth of Everett’s two sons, Everett Nels Gertsen Jr. and Randall Gertsen, yet another generation of Gertsens were being introduced into the ever-changing world of the trucking industry. With the same drive and dedication that their father had, they continued to improve on the quality of service available to the trucking industry.

Over the years, Gertsen Cartage Company has grown from a one-man horse and wagon team into a fleet of interstate tractors now known as Gertsen Interstate Systems, Inc.

Today, third generation Randy Gertsen and fourth generation Steven and Chris Gertsen continue to carry on the dedication and commitment that Nels Gertsen did over 125 years ago. Recently, the fifth generations of Gertsens has become involved in the family business and continue to keep the spirit of their great, great grandfather alive.

Clearly, they have become a leading authority in the trucking industry. With the latest equipment and dedicated employees, Gertsen Interstate Systems, Inc. has committed itself to service and quality that the Gertsen name stands for now and into the future.



Randy Gertsen

Steven Gertsen
Vice President

Brian Roberts
Regional Operations Manager

Chris Gertsen
Accounting Department

Barbara Steinbach
Billing & Accounting Department

Loida Cintron
Safety Supervisor

Mary Webb
Operations Customer Service

Gail Kaminski
Operations Customer Service


Mark Rieger
Terminal Operations Manager

Chuck Blackburn
Dispatch Coordinator

Jeff Geske
Dispatch Coordinator

Dennis Mallette
Dispatch Coordinator

Nancy Lankford
Office Manager

Derek Carey
M&R Director

Lenette Henson
Administrative Data Entry

Our Customers


Are you an experienced driver? We’ve got immense opportunity here at Gertsen Interstate Systems for qualified drivers.

To apply for a driving position, please complete our online application for employment. Incomplete information will delay the processing of your application or prevent it from being submitted. 

In compliance with Federal and State equal employment opportunity laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, non-job related disability, or any other protected group status.


We are committed to all of our clients, and look forward to serving you.
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