Since we first began as a one-man, one-truck operation Jack B. Kelley, Inc. (JBK) has dramatically grown for good reasons. Our company is the embodiment of the American free enterprise system. In 1946, an entrepreneur with a vision, Jack B. Kelley, started the company on a "shoestring". His original investment was $500.00, which he received as his terminal leave pay from the Navy. After securing a government contract to purchase helium in 1946, Jack began his business by selling to a welding research firm, a toy balloon manufacturer in New York City and the carnival and circus troupes as they passed through Amarillo. As the space program began to boom in the late 1950's, Jack recognized the need for the commercial transportation of helium. Using his own design, Jack built the first jumbo helium tube trailer, and in doing so he revolutionized the industry. The 1960's brought about the expansion of the industrial gas industry and the commercial transportation of cryogenic liquids. Jack B. Kelley was accustomed to being the vanguard, so he purchased six cryogenic trailers and became the first common carrier truck line to enter this field. Although those first trailers sat on his Amarillo yard for over a year, Jack B. Kelley, Inc. has become the dominant carrier in this field.