Craters & Freighters - Franchise

In today's global economy a business's ability to ship products, no matter how unique, is essential. As a Craters & Freighters franchisee you can take advantage of the growing need for specially built shipping containers. And since we are the industry leader in specialty shipping solutions, you can feel confident knowing that you are backed by the best! Inquire today!

What Does a Craters & Freighters Franchise Cost?

To buy a franchise with Craters & Freighters, you'll need to have at least liquid capital of $100,000- $175,000 and a minimum net worth of $400,000. Franchisees can expect to make a total investment of at least $254,506. They also offer a discount for veterans. *


Financial requirements for this franchise:

Liquid Capital: $100,000 - $175,000
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Net Worth: $400,000
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Total Investment: $254,506
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Options available to franchisees:

Training: Available
Veteran Discount: Yes

Franchisor Details

Facts about this franchise:

Total Units: 64
Franchising Since: 1991

Craters & Freighters Franchise Information:

Be Part of Realizing The Vision

Our vision is to be the worldwide leader in custom crating and shipping of anything, anywhere.

A Unique Franchise Dream

Already the national leader in specialty freight solutions, we are truly unique to the transportation industry in the engineering and building of customized shipping containers and wood crates. That is why we are the nationally recognized brand for providing custom crating and shipping of anything to anywhere.

There are 67 franchise locations enabling our franchise owners to realize their ownership dreams and we have limited additional locations available where you can realize your dreams as well. The market potential is unlimited. The start-up fees are low. And low operating costs make profitability easily attainable and sustainable.

Attractive Franchise Benefits

  • Franchise Support
    Our twenty years of operational history has given us the capability to offer stellar franchise support.

  • eBusiness Management Software
    The eBusiness Management System is proprietary software developed exclusively for Craters & Freighters that assists you in running the day-to-day operation of your business including customer relations management, financial & business reports, cost and pricing reports, and all aspects of transportation and logistics.

  • In House Engineering Services
    Franchise owners have easy access to our in-house crate-engineering department that will design, AutoCAD, quote, and provide material cut sheets for the even the most complicated crates.

  • Insurance Programs
    Craters & Freighters franchisees have the most comprehensive insurance programs existing in the industry.

  • Brand Identity
    Craters & Freighters has worked diligently over the past nineteen years to build a name and reputation that is second to none.

  • Marketing, Advertising, & Promotion
    Each owner is supported by our in house marketing department and public relations firm to develop individual franchise marketing strategies, taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of the owners marketing capabilities and variation of each territory.

Additional benefits include:

  • eMarketing
  • Dynamic Center Opening Marketing Program
  • Opening Assistance
  • Sales Support
  • Meetings, Seminars, Regionals & Conventions
  • Large Trade Areas
  • Economies of Scale


It is not necessary to have a background in packaging, crate building, or transportation to operate our franchise. Our franchise owners come from widely varied backgrounds from Doctors to CPA's to Engineers. Our staff has the experience and credentials to guide you through an extensive training process in all aspects of running the operation including packaging, crating, and shipping procedures to administration, accounting, marketing, & sales.

Franchise owners attend a comprehensive 10-day training program in Golden, Colorado on all aspects of the operation of a Craters & Freighters franchise. Training includes classroom and hands-on experience in an operating franchise in Colorado.

Craters & Freighters South Chicago – A Testimonial to Realizing the Dream

Bill and Janet Fastabend wanted to start their own company and be closer to family and friends when they purchased their Craters & Freighters franchise in south Chicago in September 1998. Working in corporate America and education for more than 30 years, the Fastabends had to quickly learn a new business and build their client base.

With their dedicated work, determination and the support of Craters & Freighters headquarters in Denver, this husband and wife team thrived as independent business owners. Finding their niche in industrial crating and one-time special shipments, the Fastabend's business grew steadily and they reached reached their business dream of a $1 million year.

The hardest challenge was yet to come. In May 2007, Bill passed away and Janet decided to sell the business. During the next very difficult months, the Craters & Freighters family network offered amazing support. The corporate headquarters staff assisted Janet where and when needed, and helped her get through an overwhelming and difficult time. Franchise owners from other states pitched in to help her run the business. As a result of all this support, Janet changed her mind about selling the franchise.

Today her Craters & Freighters franchise is still growing and enabling Janet to continue her dream.

Please note this franchise is currently only accepting inquiries from AL, AK, CA, DE, GA, IN, KY, MA, MI, NJ, NM, NY, PA, RI, SC, TX, and WI. Intersted parties should have at least $100K to invest.


Craters & Freighters


Craters & Freighters is currently accepting inquiries from the following states:

Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin

Interested parties should have at least $100,000 in liquid capital to invest.

* This information may have changed since first published. We recommend that you always verify fees, investment amounts, and offers with the business opportunity directly prior to making a decision to invest.

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