As we celebrate Black History Month we want to thank you for supporting black-owned businesses like Al-Amin Brothers Transportation.

As individuals and a company, we would not be here if it were not for the paths paved and obstacles overcome by those before us.

Like that of Frederick McKinley Jones (1893-1961), whose innovations allow us to run our business today. Jones was an inventor best known for the development of refrigeration equipment used to transport food and blood during World War II. As a result, many lives were saved, and a modified form of the device is still used today.

Between 1919 and 1945 Jones patented more than sixty inventions in divergent fields with forty of those patents in refrigeration. 

After a challenging childhood, Frederick Jones taught himself mechanical and electrical engineering, inventing a range of devices relating to refrigeration, sound and automobiles. Portable refrigeration units developed by Jones helped the United States military carry food and blood during World War II (Biography).

Both during his lifetime and after his passing, Frederick McKinley Jones was recognized for his intelligence, hardwork, and innovation.

  • In 1944, he became the first African American elected to the American Society of Refrigeration Engineers. 
  • During the 1950s, he was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Bureau of Standards.
  • In 1991, President George H.W. Bush awarded the National Medal of Technology posthumously to Joseph Numero and Jones, presenting the awards to their widows at a ceremony held in the White House Rose Garden. Jones was the first African American to receive the award, though he did not live to receive it.


Due to his strive and dedication, Al-Amin Brothers Transportation and many others are able to continue achieving and exceeding in the refrigerated trucking industry and beyond.