A tradition of reliability for over 50 years.
In the early 1960s Robert S. Laughlin, a second-generation Oregon orchardist, began diversifying his farming operation by utilizing his trucks to haul local agricultural products during the winter season. His winter endeavors progressed from delivering feed stocks to local dairies in the Willamette Valley of Western Oregon to transporting local grains to the Port of Portland and Columbia River terminals for export.
By 1975, Robert and his wife Dorothy had grown the business, incorporating the farming operation independently of their trucking enterprise and expanding their transportation routes throughout Oregon and Washington.
With transportation routes now covering a much larger geographical area, they increased efficiency by purchasing grains for back hauls. Building on their philosophy of providing good service at competitive prices, the company expanded its merchandising staff to meet demand.
In 1982 Laughlin Cartrell, Inc. was formed to assume the merchandising duties previously carried on by Laughlin Trucking, Inc. Three decades later, Laughlin Cartrell, Inc. has grown into a premier distributor of feed grains, whole grains for food and export, and various protein products for feed use, serving customers in eleven western states and Canada.
In the half-century since our humble beginnings, LCI has grown substantially and continues to provide the highest level of service and innovative product solutions to a large group of valued customers.