Nineteen years ago, Rob Ukropina started Overnite Express. After finding no alternatives to the inflexible schedules of large overnight companies, unreliable messenger services and expensive next flight out options, he started a company that directly suited the needs of successful businesses.
Two years after founding Overnite Express, Ukropina used an SBA-guaranteed loan of $100,000 for working capital. By 2003, demand for their delivery services resulted in expansion into Nevada. Ukropina was approved for an SBA 504 loan to purchase a 62,000 square foot building in Irvine. Subsequently, their service territory expanded into Arizona and later Mexico, processing one million packages per year for approximately 5000 customers.
In its first year of operation, Overnite Express had 2 employees and revenues of $11,073. By 2008, when the company was purchased by Norco Delivery Services, annual revenues exceeded $20 million and the company employed over 300 people.