Veteran Owned + Family Operated

Flatbed Shipping

Truckin’ with the Buffalo

How it started;
how it’s growing.

IRF Transport, LLC., was started as a hotshot trucking business in 2020 by Travis Mercer, after spending 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a heavy lift transport helicopter pilot.

Once he finished active duty, Travis wanted more time with his family and more control over his time.

He enjoyed the logistical planning and pace of hauling military cargo, so Travis committed the same love and work ethic to the flatbed transportation industry.

Owner/operator Travis Mercer spent 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a heavy lift transport helicopter pilot.

In fact, his call sign in the Marine Corps was Buffalo, which seemed fitting since buffalo have long been known as tough, reliable and steadfast pack animals for many cultures around the world.

In 2021, IRF Transport upgraded from a hotshot truck and trailer to its first flatbed tractor-trailer rig. A year later, it added an additional truck and trailer.

Travis owns and operates the flatbed shipping company with his wife, Stephanie, who handles office responsibilities. Travis and Stephanie look forward to building a company that not only values the customer but also each team member.

Meet Travis and Stephanie.

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IRF Transport’s flatbed shipping portfolio includes transporting copper, steel and aluminum coils and sheets, insulation, piping, tubing, construction supplies, equipment, trees, and lumber.

What can we haul for you?

Here or there,
our mission
doesn’t change

Whether your transportation and shipping needs include hauling a load of trees from Philadelphia to Chicago or moving steel tubing from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Spartanburg, South Carolina, we will communicate clearly and consistently with you, and care meticulously for your products in transit.

But don’t take our word for it.
Our clients review it better.

our drivers

Before choosing IRF Transport to ship your freight, learn more about driver Vince Barnett and owner/operator Travis Mercer by reading our Q&A.

We asked about memorable shipments, lessons learned, on-the-road must haves and the inside scoop on IRF Transport.