Company Overview

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Based in St. Louis, MO and owned by Berkshire Hathaway, XTRA Lease is the leading provider of over-the-road trailers for rent and lease in the U.S.

With about 50 locations, XTRA Lease offers a fleet of about 90,000 trailers for rent and lease, including dry vans, flatbeds, reefers, chassis, and storage trailers.

Our people are the cornerstone of our success. Every branch has a hard-working and responsive customer service and operations team that takes pride in delivering on our promise of excellence. They provide local focus with a nationwide reach.

XTRA Lease Company History

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1957 – XTRA Corporation becomes the nation’s first piggyback-trailer leasing company.

1961 – XTRA Corporation becomes a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange; listed as one of 20 companies in the Dow Jones Transportation Index.

1992 – XTRA Corporation creates the XTRA Lease division after merging AJF Leasing and Strick Lease into one national company.

1997 – XTRA Lease introduces industry-changing Repair Cost Standards. The often-contentious issue of damage charges is lessened thanks to technology that standardizes the approach to estimating, communicating and charging customers for damage to rented or leased trailers. To date, no competitor has replicated the investment or the approach.

2000 – XTRA Lease becomes the first trailer rental and leasing company to offer GPS- and cellular-based trailer tracking. 

2001 – On September 20, 2001, Berkshire Hathaway, headed by the “Oracle of Omaha”, Warren Buffett, acquires all assets of XTRA Corporation.

2005 – XTRA Lease introduces XTRA Xpress®, a mobile technology solution that gives fleets instant electronic notification of rental activity and real-time access to rental information.

2011 - XTRA Lease becomes the first trailer rental and leasing company to install fuel-efficient, aerodynamic side skirts on new reefers and dry vans. Combined with low rolling-resistance tires, the side skirts offer fleets a 6% savings in fuel efficiency, according to the EPA.

2017 - XTRA Lease introduces a new, more powerful trailer tracking service and portal, powered by SkyBitz. All dry vans and reefers are equipped with solar-powered, long-lived SkyBitz tracking units. Trailer tracking is still a free service.

2018 - XTRA Lease adds cargo sensors on all new dry vans as a free service, enabling fleets to improve turn time and collect valuable detention data.

Today - XTRA Lease manages a fleet of about 90,000 dry vans, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, chassis and storage trailers. 

XTRA Lease Culture and Customer Commitment


Our customer commitment is reflected in the way we build our fleet and in the services we offer.

Durable XTRA Lease trailers are manufactured to our exacting specs with invaluable added technology, producing a fleet that exceeds what you might expect from rental trailers.

We support our equipment with flexible services and advanced technology across the largest trailer rental network in the U.S.

We’re proud of our legacy of reliability, service, and innovation. When you rent or lease with XTRA Lease, you’re working with the industry leader, a supplier you can trust.

We’re always looking for energetic, goal-oriented people with great customer focus and fresh ideas. Check out the positions at our national network of branches and our St. Louis headquarters.