Greatwide was established to provide comprehensive carriage and logistics services through the successful merging of a number of best-in-class carriers and other companies.
Beginning in 1967 as RTI, the company later shifted its focus to dedicated contract carriage. From 2000 to 2008, the company acquired a number of significant players in the industry. In 2006, the Greatwide brand was launched, encompassing all the brands and services acquired to date. The company announced a financial restructuring in late 2008, and was purchased by a new investor group, including Centerbridge Partners and The D.E. Shaw Group in February 2009.