Rank no.489 – Craters & Freighters – US
Products & Services: Specialty packing & freight-handling services
Number of Locations: 66
Total Investment: $88.59K – 140K
Began Franchising: 1991
About Craters & Freighters
Craters & Freighters was founded in 1990 to offer specialty freight-handling services for heavy, oversized, awkward and valuable items. The Golden, Colorado-based company began franchising one year later. Services include pick-up, packaging, crating, shipping, tracking and insurance.
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Western Europe.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Total Investment: $88,600 – $140,000
Franchise Fee: $15,000 – $35,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 15 years, renewable
Net Worth: $150,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000
21% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 3 – 4. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Training: Available at headquarters: 10 days. At franchisee’s location: 2-3 days. Annual convention : 2 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Ad slicks, National media,
Other marketing support: Public relations program
Franchise Ranking History
Franchise 500®: #489 (2013),
Craters & Freighters was founded in June 1990 to meet the needs of businesses and consumers for specialty freight handling, including pick-up, crating, shipping, packaging, tracking, insuring, and delivery of shipments that are too heavy, oversized, valuable, awkward, and time-sensitive for other shipping agencies. The company serves consumers and businesses in all sectors including telecommunications, electronics, medical equipment, aerospace, biotechnology, and heavy machinery. With expertise that delivers, the company dominates the specialty freight industry.
Headquartered in Golden, Colorado, the company expanded through franchising beginning in 1991, and currently has franchise locations across the United States, with additional territories available. Craters & Freighters prepares new franchise owners for success through comprehensive training in packaging, crating, transportation processes, marketing, as well as business operations.
Craters & Freighters is certified in International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM-15) which requires that all solid wood packing material for international shipments be heat-treated and stamped with an official mark.
Craters & Freighters Global Logistics was formed in 2005 to focus on custom logistic solutions for complex domestic and international packaging, crating and shipping needs through a central management team. Designated as a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, Craters & Freights Global Logistics meets the unique packaging and logistic needs of national and international companies with high-value, time-critical and multiple pick-up and delivery requirements around the world. Craters & Freights Global Logistics specializes in providing customers with a single point of contact, consultative project management and centralized invoicing for complicated projects including reverse logistics, facility relocations and asset returns. Learn more about National Accounts.
Craters & Freighters is led by president and founder, Diane Gibson, who is responsible for the operations and strategic direction of the company and its franchise locations.
Pick-up & Delivery
Moving & Relocation Services
Craters & Freighters maintains a unique niche as the national leader in specialty freight solutions. That means if it is too big, too heavy, or too valuable for other shippers, it’s just right for us. With a 21-year history, we provide the expertise that America trusts for packaging, crating and shipping services. Unique in the transportation industry, we engineer and build customized shipping containers and wood crates to ensure whatever is being shipped arrives safely, damage-free, and on time.
Headquartered in Golden, Colorado, we expanded our services nationwide by offering franchises beginning in 1991. We currently have 67 locations across the United States. We are now making limited additional territories available and the opportunity to become part of our network of specialized service.
Consider the value only Craters & Freighters offers:
A nationally recognized brand
Low start up fees
Unlimited market potential
And low operating costs, to attain and sustain profitability