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Our transportation roots date back to 1943.




Lily Transportation’s roots date back to 1943 when John Simourian (a first generation American) was turned down for enlistment due to a back injury.

Not to be deterred from “doing his part,” John quit his job and met with the commander of the Watertown, MA arsenal who said the military needed additional truck transport from the arsenal to the Charlestown Navy Yard. (Pictured Above)

John enlisted other family and friends who were medically unfit for military service into driving trucks with him, transporting torpedoes from the Boston arsenal to the Navy Yard at Charlestown, MA.

When his son John graduated from college in 1957, he joined his father as a salesman in what had by then become a northeast regional trucking company.

In 1958, John started his own business and named the company Lily after his mom because his father told him it would make her happy.  Lily Transportation Corp. started as a leasing company and in 1967 began a trucking division for Lincoln Foods hauling Lincoln Apple Juice from Lawrence, MA to supermarkets throughout the Eastern states.

In 2007 Lily became solely a Dedicated Contract Carrier after selling the leasing division to a major national leasing company.

Today John Simourian II (named after his granddad) leads Lily’s over 1100 (and growing) employees who design and operate highly efficient, service sensitive dedicated transportation systems for clients throughout the United States.

WWII Torpedoes being loaded…Today we continue to specialize in delivering sensitive cargo.

Our roots were in transporting torpedoes to arm destroyers like the USS Cassin Young at her berth Charlestown Navy Yard.


Over sixty years strong, Lily is proud to continue providing dedicated logistic services throughout North America.  Our small beginnings keep us humble and we stand in gratitude of our continued growth year over year (20% for the past five years).  We love the challenge of taking on customers with unique and “specialized” needs, and treat our customers the same as we treat our employees – like family.  We press forward, always learning and adapting as we create new efficient solutions in this ever changing industry.