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Open Trucking Category => LESS THAN TRUCKLOAD => Topic started by: Jimmy B on January 24, 2011, 11:26:21 PM

Title: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on January 24, 2011, 11:26:21 PM
Since some members have started posting LTL trucking news, thought I'd start this thread for ALL of the news that folks would like to post on the LTL segment of the trucking industry. If folks are in agreement please use this thread for the news, maybe Rob can pin it to the top.

From Fleet Owner magazine:

Con-way Freight adds adjustable load- protection system fleet-wide
Jan 24, 2011 12:45 PM


To better secure less-than-truckload (LTL) cargo, Con-way Freight has installed the SafeStack cargo-loading system across its fleet of 16,800 trailers in North America. SafeStack is an adjustable decking and bracing System that is said to eliminate double-stacking while bracing each shipment to prevent in-transit shifting...

The rest of the article can be found here: http://fleetowner.com/management/news/con-way-freight-adjustable-load-0124/ (http://fleetowner.com/management/news/con-way-freight-adjustable-load-0124/)

Con-way Freight video on the system:

http://videos.fleetowner.com/video/Con-way-Freight-Introduces-Safe (http://videos.fleetowner.com/video/Con-way-Freight-Introduces-Safe)

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Boll Weevil on January 29, 2011, 09:10:11 PM
Pitt Ohio launches new website

Here are 2 links discussing the rebranding I mentioned earlier.

http://works.pittohio.com/mypittohio/sv_home/pr_2011_2.asp?sessionid=8BEC0C58-712E-4023-9583-BF5571151844

http://works.pittohio.com/mypittohio/sv_home/pr_2011_1.asp?sessionid=8BEC0C58-712E-4023-9583-BF5571151844

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on January 30, 2011, 06:08:40 PM
January 13, 2011Two YRC Worldwide Drivers Named to America's Road Team


OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- YRC Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: YRCW) announced today that professional drivers Alphonso Lewis and Randy Briggs have been selected to serve as America's Road Team Captains by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

For the next two years, Lewis and Briggs will serve alongside colleagues from other transportation providers as members of America's Road Team, a select group of 18 professional drivers with superior safety records.

America's Road Team members participate in speaking engagements, media events and drivers' education classes on behalf of the industry. These professional drivers will address transportation issues and answer questions about the trucking industry and its commitment to highway safety. America's Road Team was created in 1986 to represent the trucking industry and is sponsored by Volvo Trucks North America.

"We are extremely proud of Alphonso and Randy," said Mike Smid, president-YRC Inc. and chief operations officer, YRC Worldwide. "They are outstanding leaders and professionals, committed to safety and dedicated to serving our customers. We are honored to have them represent our company and our industry as captains on America's Road Team."

Alphonso Lewis, a YRC driver based in Montgomery, Ala., took his place among the driving elite in 2007, placing first in the National Truck Driving Championships and being named Grand Champion. Lewis also placed first in the Alabama Truck Driving Championships five times, and earned the title of State Grand Champion in 2005. As a participant in the Professional Freight Handlers Championships, he earned the District Championship four times and was National Champion in 2001. Lewis is a member of his local terminal's Injury Prevention Council.

Randy Briggs, a YRC driver based in Salt Lake City, was the 2009 Utah State Champion in the Straight Truck class of the National Truck Driving Championships. He was the first-place winner of the regional Professional Freight Handlers Competition in 2007. Briggs is active in his community, working with the Primary Children's Medical Center's Festival of Trees and Scouting for Food.

This new America's Road Team will serve through December 2012. Also participating in the selection process for the 2011-2012 America's Road Team were YRC drivers Julian Alexander of Chicago Heights, Ill., and J.C. Miller of Kernersville, N.C.

The Road Team Captains will share safe driving tips and offer motorists advice on how to safely share the road with commercial vehicles. They also will have the opportunity to speak on trucking and safety concerns at the state and federal government levels.

YRCW Press Release.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on January 31, 2011, 12:07:04 PM
The tidbit below is from Transport Topics, there was a link to the article, but it's premium content and unless a person subscribes the link doesn't work.

FedEx Freight to Use Rail Intermodal for First Time, Shifting From Trucks.
  
FedEx Freight, the second-largest less-than-truckload carrier in the nation, said it plans to use rail intermodal service for the first time as part of new “economy” freight service, beginning Jan. 31.

For more information and discussion, vist this thread: http://hankstruckforum.com/htforum/index.php?topic=50053.0

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 02, 2011, 03:05:45 PM
Transport Topics
Updated: 02/02/2011

  
ODFL’s Profit Jumps for 4Q, Year

Old Dominion Freight Line’s fourth-quarter profit more than doubled on higher tonnage, the less-than-truckload carrier said Wednesday.

Article: http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=26036&utm_source=express&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=newsletter (http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=26036&utm_source=express&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=newsletter)

ODFL Press Release on 4Q 2010 results (PDF): http://www.odfl.com/news/2011_news/2011.02.02.Q410Results.pdf (http://www.odfl.com/news/2011_news/2011.02.02.Q410Results.pdf)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 05, 2011, 10:21:42 PM
YRC Worldwide Reports Year-over-Year Improvement in Fourth Quarter Operating Results

Positive Net Cash Flow from Operating Activities
Feb. 4, 2011 (PR Newswire) --

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- YRC Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: YRCW) today reported net income of $23 million and $0.49 earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2010, including a $52 million benefit from an income tax settlement.  For the full year 2010, the company reported a net loss of $322 million and an $8.13 loss per share.  As a comparison, the company reported net earnings of $120 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, including a $177 million after-tax gain on debt redemption, and for the full year 2009 reported a net loss of $622 million.

The rest of the article: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/yrc-worldwide-reports-year-over-year-improvement-in-fourth-quarter-operating-results-115271974.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 05, 2011, 10:36:28 PM
Con-way Inc. Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results for 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - February 02, 2011

Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW) today reported net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 of $2.4 million, or 4 cents per diluted share. The results compare to a fourth-quarter 2009 net loss of $1.9 million, or 4 cents per diluted share.

Complete article: http://www.con-way.com/en/about_con_way/newsroom/press_releases/Feb_2011/2011_feb_02/


Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 09, 2011, 10:58:56 PM
Express Transport, Kent Washington based reginal LTL carrier, pulled out of the Reno, Nevada market and closed their terminal last week as I understand it. They had just opened up the area with a terminal operation about 7 or 8 months ago. They have turned over their business in the area to DATS Trucking.

Jimmy B

The company's website: http://www.expresstrans.com/ (http://www.expresstrans.com/)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on February 26, 2011, 06:46:32 AM
Terror plot foiled after a tip from Conway.


            http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2011/Feb11/022211/022511-01.shtml                           
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ray F on February 28, 2011, 12:25:32 PM
Lynden expands LTL service to OK, ND

http://fleetowner.com/management/news/lynden-expands-ltl-service-0228/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on March 09, 2011, 05:36:46 PM
YRC CFO is leaving the company. Why at this time? ??? Did she bring the company as far as it's gonna go and it's time for some new blood or was she part of the problem and is being forced out at this time? ??? Having worked in a public company (for a CFO) i'm trying to read between the lines here and guessin' this isn't a voluntary departure.


                 http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2011/3/9/YRCCFOleavingcompanyTrubecktappedtofillin.aspx
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 12, 2011, 02:06:01 AM
YRC CFO is leaving the company. Why at this time? ??? Did she bring the company as far as it's gonna go and it's time for some new blood or was she part of the problem and is being forced out at this time? ??? Having worked in a public company (for a CFO) i'm trying to read between the lines here and guessin' this isn't a voluntary departure.


                 http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2011/3/9/YRCCFOleavingcompanyTrubecktappedtofillin.aspx

I don't know, maybe her baby clock sounded the alarm. <LOL>

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 13, 2011, 04:03:36 PM
Follow this link to an interesting article about Southeastern Freight Lines. The article includes equipment profiles with stats. Should interest the LTL fans:

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/Item/84472/enhancing_maintenance_key_to_fleets_operations.aspx

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 15, 2011, 10:45:04 PM
YRC Worldwide Inc. has missed a key deadline in its restructuring process and again is in danger of having to file for bankruptcy protection.

In its annual report, filed late Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Overland Park-based company (Nasdaq: YRCW) said a “milestone failure” had occurred last week and that its lenders could declare the company to be in default on its credit agreements.



Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2011/03/15/yrc-worldwide-misses-restructuring.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on March 16, 2011, 05:55:15 AM
I'm gonna stick this here only because it involves triples (which is an LTL thing) and also the story is from Nevada where Jimmy B resides and i'd like to get his opinion on this story about truckers wanting triples banned in Nevada.


           http://www.lvrj.com/news/truckers-urge-state-to-ban-triple-trailers-118067074.html?ref=074                         
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on March 16, 2011, 08:10:57 AM
You'll get my opinion first Charlie. >:(
A Stupid, Stupid article. >:( >:(
"TRUCKERS"? ???
A couple of drivers that don't like them and contact the paper to voice their concerns. :-\
I hate articles that lead "Truckers Oppose... or Canadians Think...." >:( >:( >:(
It's lazy journalism to print an article without citing a reason to believe that these "truckers" represent anyone more than themselves. >:( >:(

Rob.


I'm gonna stick this here only because it involves triples (which is an LTL thing) and also the story is from Nevada where Jimmy B resides and i'd like to get his opinion on this story about truckers wanting triples banned in Nevada.


           http://www.lvrj.com/news/truckers-urge-state-to-ban-triple-trailers-118067074.html?ref=074                         
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on March 16, 2011, 08:24:20 AM
I wish you wouldn't hold back Rob. ;D Sometimes it's good to let all that anger out. :D
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Nate on March 17, 2011, 12:05:20 PM
I'm gonna stick this here only because it involves triples (which is an LTL thing) and also the story is from Nevada where Jimmy B resides and i'd like to get his opinion on this story about truckers wanting triples banned in Nevada.


           http://www.lvrj.com/news/truckers-urge-state-to-ban-triple-trailers-118067074.html?ref=074                         

I'm not sure, but I think some of these politicians just like to make stupid legislation to get away from the real issues that are going on in our country right now... Perhaps Nevada Democrats will take a trip to Detroit like the Wisconsin reps soon.  :P

You'd think the Teamsters would actually be taking a stand against this bill, as Nevada Teamsters is full of LTL truck drivers, who make their living pulling triples. I used to respect the decisions of the Teamsters, but I really question their motives and agendas these days.

I really doubt that this will pass, but if it does, the effects could really come down hard on LTL employees, freight in these lanes will increase in price by 33 percent. A harsh increase like that will leave shippers with the tough task of taking the blow, or moving to a TL carrier.

I really loved the quote about joining the ban like the other 37 states. Is it really a ban when the states never allowed them in the first place?

Its an intriguing world we live in these days, folks. 
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ray F on March 17, 2011, 04:17:47 PM
Saia names new safety director

http://fleetowner.com/management/news/ltl-carrier-saia-safety-directory-0317/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 18, 2011, 12:24:44 AM
Here is the bill:

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/76th2011/Bills/AB/AB188.pdf

I like Nevada because you can actually talk with most of your elected officials. And every once in a while you can get them to to add, subtract or modify an issue from their platform or agenda. Just yesterday got an email from a person I met about 5 years ago that was running for governor. It was written by her and not her staff, I got the staff email a day prior to that.

Maybe I'll call my assemblyman and speak up about this when I make up my mind.

Let's see, the truckfan in me says thumbs down. The truck driver in me is undecided just yet. I've never had a problem, but I've been passed by a couple that did have a problem and wondered with a rear box swinging so much, why they didn't slow down. We do have some family farmers that send their hay to the cubers on triples and trains, never seen them have a problem. Because of the distances in this state I sure could see the cost advantage to the way it is now.

I think at times some management types, as well as a few drivers are kind of caviler about LCVs, maybe there should be a reality check for these types. It certainly is more work. As a driver I don't think I'd care one way or another. I'll have to think more about this and what's best for Me and My Neighbors.

I know that about 5 or so years ago our Teamster shop steward testified to the legislature about letting longer wheel base tractors pull triples, he being in the affirmative. And from his testimony and that of others they liberalized the overall length of LCVs.

So Charlie and Rob, that's were I am right now.

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on March 18, 2011, 05:31:36 AM
Thanks Jimmy......what are the requirements for a triples license in NV other than passing a written test? ??? Is there a road test? ??? # of years behind the wheel? ???
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Nate on March 18, 2011, 03:51:24 PM
Thanks Jimmy......what are the requirements for a triples license in NV other than passing a written test? ??? Is there a road test? ??? # of years behind the wheel? ???

I can't answer for Nevada, but it should be generally the same state to state. Basically pass a written test, prove you can yank em around. Take your endorsement to an employer, they will give you a written exam and a driving test, and they cut you loose with a set of triples. The rest comes from driver experience.

I've heard Con-Way sends a experienced triples driver with the Newb for a week. Maybe Ian can fill us in.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: ThaddeusW on March 18, 2011, 08:55:17 PM
You'll get my opinion first Charlie. >:(
A Stupid, Stupid article. >:( >:(
"TRUCKERS"? ???
A couple of drivers that don't like them and contact the paper to voice their concerns. :-\
I hate articles that lead "Truckers Oppose... or Canadians Think...." >:( >:( >:(
It's lazy journalism to print an article without citing a reason to believe that these "truckers" represent anyone more than themselves. >:( >:(

Rob.


I'm gonna stick this here only because it involves triples (which is an LTL thing) and also the story is from Nevada where Jimmy B resides and i'd like to get his opinion on this story about truckers wanting triples banned in Nevada.


           http://www.lvrj.com/news/truckers-urge-state-to-ban-triple-trailers-118067074.html?ref=074                         

Sensationalism. Grab peoples attention and make it sound as if there is a great concern. Just like the overblown scare mongering going on in the American media about the Japan nuclear reactor problem. The plant is in bad shape but its not extremely serious and they are keeping the situation in control. But no, the American media spews fear asking if our power plants are safe (yes, they are) and the NY post went as far as to say that the upstate Indian Point Nuclear plant is "A potential Chernobyl". These clowns have people on the west coast buying radiation medicine and taking precautionary measures. Complete lies and bulls---

See they play into the anti-whtever sentiment that manifests itself here in America. OMG the big scary trucks are going to kill your children! I remember when there were plans to introduce triples on the NYS thruway some anti-trucking association (read: cesspool of escaped mental patients) aired a commercial of a mother driving her two or three children on the highway when a triple pulls up along side her. I forget the exact scenario but I can remember something like the truck was forcing her off the road or going to hit her and she could not get away from it because it was so long (they flashed front and rear views showing the truck extending for what seemed like infinity). All the while showing her in a panic and her kids blissfully ignorant of the impeding doom. So this is the kind of S#@% we have to deal with, mentally handicapped people spewing fear about something they know little about just to grab eyeballs and sell newspapers/news programs funded by advertisement. More eyeballs = more money, there is no journalistic integrity anymore.

And on another note, I always thought that doubles and triples would be more stable if the dolly draw bars were a few feet longer. The short draw bar does not dampen sudden angular movement between the coupler and 5th wheel. a longer bar would cut down on the sway. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 21, 2011, 11:31:47 AM
YRC’s Holland Unit to Hire 1,000 Drivers

YRC Worldwide’s Holland unit said Monday it plans to hire about 1,000 drivers this year.

Transport Topics:
http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=26348&utm_source=express&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=newsletter (http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=26348&utm_source=express&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=newsletter)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on March 21, 2011, 03:34:19 PM
Why hire a thousand drivers at Holland at this time? ??? Are there still drivers at the old Yellow & Roadway that are still laid off and could fill these positions? ??? And since YRC (Roadway & Yellow) probably serve the same areas why not spread the wealth equally and hire 1/2 the drivers for YRC? ??? Just wondering. ;D
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 22, 2011, 12:38:31 AM
Why hire a thousand drivers at Holland at this time? ??? Are there still drivers at the old Yellow & Roadway that are still laid off and could fill these positions? ??? And since YRC (Roadway & Yellow) probably serve the same areas why not spread the wealth equally and hire 1/2 the drivers for YRC? ??? Just wondering. ;D

Charlie,

YRC and Holland are two completely different companies owned by the same parent, YRCW. By reading the article management at Holland is anticipating a growth year in 2011. I'd guess that there will be a number of former, laid off, Roadway, Yellow and YRC drivers hired.

Jimmy B

PS We have a number of folks who have been called back from lay-off at our terminal and it is very busy for us for this time of the year. I'm working 50 hour weeks now.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: LoneStar on April 08, 2011, 02:25:43 PM
Con-way Freight is donating a historic tractor, "Ol' Number One" to the Iowa 80 Museum.

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Media-Advisory-Con-way-Freight-to-Donate-Historic-Tractor-to-Iowa-80-Museum-NYSE-CNW-1424412.htm
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on April 08, 2011, 03:28:27 PM
Pretty cool news about the ol' Con-way Ford being donated to Iowa 80. Barring a blizzard i hope to take a day trip over there in late November while in WI to celebrate Thanksgiving with the in-laws. This will be an extra added treat. :)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: RedStapler on April 08, 2011, 05:07:17 PM
I've heard Con-Way sends a experienced triples driver with the Newb for a week. Maybe Ian can fill us in.

Triples Certification at CWX consisted of watching a video, hooking a set and a ~20min drive including a few miles of Freeway. The whole process took a few hours on a Saturday.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: RedStapler on April 08, 2011, 05:30:43 PM
I'm gonna stick this here only because it involves triples (which is an LTL thing) and also the story is from Nevada where Jimmy B resides and i'd like to get his opinion on this story about truckers wanting triples banned in Nevada.


           http://www.lvrj.com/news/truckers-urge-state-to-ban-triple-trailers-118067074.html?ref=074                         

I just read the text of the bill.  My political instincts tell me that the bill will die.

Aside from LTL and Agriculture the other major beneficiary of LCVs in NV is the mining industry.  They primary use 'pikers,  you see cement going to mines and ore for processing going when you enter their part of the world east of Winnemucca.

Nate makes a good point about the increasing costs pushing freight that is on the margins to TL carriers. For some carriers in Reno it would also put the squeeze on P&D productivity for outlying areas such as Fallon, Fernley and Minden. I can think of one major aerosol paint factory in the south valleys that would feel the squeeze. 

I agree that empty to lightly loaded triples exhibit a lot of the "whip cracking" effect in a crosswind. You could get the same economies of scale with twin 40 or 45s while having a more stable vehicle; the trade off however would be increased off-tracking relative to a set of triples.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Gary Smith on April 09, 2011, 07:28:47 AM
Con-way Freight is donating a historic tractor, "Ol' Number One" to the Iowa 80 Museum.

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Media-Advisory-Con-way-Freight-to-Donate-Historic-Tractor-to-Iowa-80-Museum-NYSE-CNW-1424412.htm

Nice to see another LTL-spec CL9000 preserved.  (FedEx Freight still has the former American Freightways R1, an ex-ETMF CL9000)

Hopefully it will be restored "as built" and not with chrome wheels like the first CWX tractor was.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on April 09, 2011, 08:17:54 AM

I just read the text of the bill.  My political instincts tell me that the bill will die...

Nate makes a good point about the increasing costs pushing freight that is on the margins to TL carriers. For some carriers in Reno it would also put the squeeze on P&D productivity for outlying areas such as Fallon, Fernley and Minden. I can think of one major aerosol paint factory in the south valleys that would feel the squeeze. 


I agree, the bill will get stuck in some committee and die. Tuesday on my day off I've decided to call my assemblyman and give him a thumbs down on this bill.

It would have little or no affect on the LTL sector of the Nevada trucking industry rate wise or other wise. The high output shippers would still get service, just no haulage with triples combinations or rocky mountain sets. There is still way to much capacity in the LTL trucking sector in the state for rate movement because of this bill.

Jimmy B



Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on April 09, 2011, 08:21:08 AM
Con-way Freight is donating a historic tractor, "Ol' Number One" to the Iowa 80 Museum.

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Media-Advisory-Con-way-Freight-to-Donate-Historic-Tractor-to-Iowa-80-Museum-NYSE-CNW-1424412.htm

LoneStar,

Good catch on good news.

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: davef on April 09, 2011, 10:22:42 AM
I have a photo of this truck in a Con-way brochure and it was kept to it's original CCX heritage including the orange wheels.  Hopefully they didn't ruin it by putting the new Con-way colors on it like the Aeromax on display in Portland.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: LoneStar on April 09, 2011, 10:41:29 PM
Con-way Freight is donating a historic tractor, "Ol' Number One" to the Iowa 80 Museum.

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Media-Advisory-Con-way-Freight-to-Donate-Historic-Tractor-to-Iowa-80-Museum-NYSE-CNW-1424412.htm

LoneStar,

Good catch on good news.

Jimmy B

Thanks, Jimmy.

I think they are keeping the original colors on this one.

From Dockworker on Truckingboards.
(http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/4576/ole11.jpg)

(http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/7889/ole1.jpg)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on April 15, 2011, 09:43:19 AM
Old Dominion kicks off its nationwide truck tour today in Tampa. Not a lot of stops but worth a visit if it's near you. Cool map to follow the truck. 8)

                              http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=73534
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 11, 2011, 12:44:18 AM
I thought that some with an interest might enjoy reading the minutes from the Assembly Transportation Committee testimony on AB 188 here in Nevada that would do away with triples. It starts with testimony by people that support the legislation, then moves on to those that oppose it, and finally ends with a few people that are natural on the bill.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

Seventy-Sixth Session March 15, 2011: http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/76th2011/Minutes/Assembly/TRN/Final/507.pdf

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on May 11, 2011, 06:11:25 AM
Thanks for posting the minutes of the meeting Jimmy. Interesting reading......and lots of agendas in the room.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 11, 2011, 08:41:56 AM
Thanks for posting the minutes of the meeting Jimmy. Interesting reading......and lots of agendas in the room.

Thought you'd enjoy it.

Jimmy B

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ray F on July 19, 2011, 01:37:35 AM
Looks Like Saia Has added another Terminal in Illinois  8)

http://fleetowner.com/trucking_news/saia-opens-illinois-terminal-0718/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on July 19, 2011, 05:48:04 AM
Looks Like Saia Has added another Terminal in Illinois  8)

http://fleetowner.com/trucking_news/saia-opens-illinois-terminal-0718/

Super news tidbit.

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ray F on August 02, 2011, 11:09:41 PM
Very Interesting  :o 8)

Old Dominion opens Vault Logistics

http://fleetowner.com/management/news/old-dominion-vault-0802/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ray F on August 08, 2011, 02:05:56 PM
Central Freight Lines Earns Safety Award  8)

http://fleetowner.com/management/news/central-freight-lines-safety-awards-0808/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ray F on August 10, 2011, 06:45:49 PM
Old Dominion Opens up New Drayage Facility in Baltimore  8)

http://fleetowner.com/management/news/old-dominion-0810/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Chris_E on August 10, 2011, 07:32:53 PM
Guess we'll be seeing ODFL twin screw tractors pulling cans in MD now, huh? I know they and Estes do drayage down in SC and FL.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ray F on August 26, 2011, 09:06:09 PM
UPS places order for 100 electric delivery vans  8)

http://fleetowner.com/equipment/news/ups-places-order-delivery-vans-0826/

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: RedStapler on August 27, 2011, 08:37:07 AM
It will be interesting to see how this batch of EV Package Cars fare in revenue service. 

IIRC about 15 years ago they expermented with CNG cars in Kali.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Yulee on August 27, 2011, 12:03:11 PM
Very conventional looking trucks. Wonder how well they will do.

http://www.evi-usa.com/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on September 15, 2011, 05:45:16 PM
A. Duie Pyle is opening a new terminal in Allentown PA.

                                         http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=74718&news_category_id=7
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Escape02 on September 16, 2011, 07:17:42 AM
A. Duie Pyle is opening a new terminal in Allentown PA.

                                         http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=74718&news_category_id=7

I was wondering what the construction was.  Pass by it a few times a month, didn't know if they were just refurbing for YRC or what, now I have my answer, thanks charlie!
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on October 11, 2011, 05:20:54 PM
Dayton Freight is expanding in northeast Ohio and is opening a new terminal in Mentor.

                                   http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/morning_call/2011/10/dayton-freight-expands-operations.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: james j neiweem on October 12, 2011, 08:23:32 AM
Duie Pyle in Allentown and Mack can't sell them any trucks. Volvo back stab I guess.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Boll Weevil on October 15, 2011, 02:37:33 PM
Pitt Ohio wins ATA President's Trophy.

http://works.pittohio.com/mypittohio/sv_home/pr_2011_13.asp
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Boll Weevil on October 15, 2011, 02:41:23 PM
Pitt Ohio voted a "Top Workplace in 2011" for the city of Pittsburgh.

http://works.pittohio.com/mypittohio/sv_home/pr_2011_15.asp
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on November 16, 2011, 12:45:28 PM
Con-way finds attracting team drivers is difficult to do.

                                           http://www.dcvelocity.com/articles/20111116_team_truck_drivers_becoming_scarce/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on November 16, 2011, 03:48:53 PM
Sorry Charlie (sounds like an old Tuna ad  ::)) but I read that article and it has nothing to do with Con~Way trucking but their "logistics" or brokerage arm.
The rate they are trying to pay team carriers is likely too low so they are having a hard time finding trucks.


Con-way finds attracting team drivers is difficult to do.

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on November 16, 2011, 06:29:39 PM
ABF launches ocean LTL service.

                                   http://www.joc.com/international/trucker-abf-launches-ocean-ltl-service
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ray F on November 29, 2011, 03:12:49 AM
Southeastern Freight Lines honored by Home Depot  8)

http://fleetowner.com/management/news/southeastern-freight-lines-honored-home-depot-1128/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on December 03, 2011, 01:11:14 PM
YRC Worldwide Executes 1-For-300 Reverse Stock Split


December 2, 2011

As you may have read in the news today, YRC successfully executed a reverse stock split to raise its stock price above $1 to comply with NASDAQ listing rules.  This reverse split has lowered authorized and outstanding common equity shares from 12 billion to approximately 40 million.  In connection with the reverse split, from December 2, 2011 through January 2, 2012, YRC shares will trade under the symbol “YRCWD.”  Shares will revert to “YRCW” on January 3, 2012.

Link:

http://www.teamster.org/content/yrc-worldwide-executes-1-300-reverse-stock-split

To bring this home, my 18,933 are now 62 shares.

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on December 15, 2011, 04:34:29 PM
YRC announced today that it's selling a significant portion of YRC Glen Moore to Celadon.

                                               http://www.centralpennbusiness.com/article/20111215/CPBJ01/111219893/YRC-sells-its-Carlisle-subsidiary-to-Celadon
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ray F on December 16, 2011, 02:34:54 AM
Con-way Freight graduates 500th driver  8)

http://fleetowner.com/management/news/con-way-freight-graduates-500th-1215/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on February 23, 2012, 07:01:38 PM
Central Freight buying 15 CNG powered Pete 384's.

                                                http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2012/02/23/central-freight-places-2m-order-for.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 23, 2012, 10:30:31 PM
New Penn Customers Enjoy Improved Efficiency, Productivity With New Mobile App

LEBANON, Pa., Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: YRCW) -- New Penn has announced a new mobile app providing customers with instant and convenient, on-the-go access to real-time shipment tracking and monitoring as well as the latest New Penn news.

"The free mobile app provides our customers with instant accessibility to transportation data anytime, anywhere," said New Penn President, Steve Gast. "That allows our customers to be more proactive and to react more effectively to any last-minute changes that may occur, saving them time and shortening cycles."

The new mobile tool is free and comes in the two most popular platforms - iOS and Android - in addition to a mobile web version that virtually everyone can access.

The mobile app's time-saving convenience is the first benefit New Penn customers will see. They will be able to check their shipment tracking on the go, wherever they are. Just enter a PRO or a pick-up label.

New Penn incorporated shipment tracking, service alerts, and news into its mobile app since those are the most frequented areas of its website. New features, such as the option to find service center locations, will be added in the coming months.


 http://www.yrcregional.com/newpenn/services/mobile.shtml (http://www.yrcregional.com/newpenn/services/mobile.shtml)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on February 24, 2012, 02:52:50 PM
YRC cutting jobs In Ohio........subsidary Holland picking up the work.

                                                   http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/morning_call/2012/02/yrc-cutting-jobs-in-ohio.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on March 09, 2012, 11:37:27 AM
YRC sheds its stake in Chinese freight company.......to concentrate more on North American business.

                                            http://www.joc.com/ltl/yrc-worldwide-sells-stake-chinese-freight-hauler
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 10, 2012, 02:16:45 PM
YRC sheds its stake in Chinese freight company.......to concentrate more on North American business.

                                            http://www.joc.com/ltl/yrc-worldwide-sells-stake-chinese-freight-hauler

I think Big L mentioned that when Welch spoke at the new logo unvieling for the folks in Overland Park, he mentioned they be shedding the Chinese holdings.

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on March 19, 2012, 05:48:10 AM
UPS to buy TNT Express.

                                       http://news.yahoo.com/ups-buy-tnt-express-6-77b-081728492.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: BrianClark on March 22, 2012, 09:24:09 AM
YRC Freight is hiring road drivers in Indy again; casual and full time.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on July 07, 2013, 12:49:38 PM
Well maybe it's time to dust this thread off.

Last month Vitran made the annocement that they would shut down the company's operations in California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado. Not sure if they have completed the task yet. Here is the news release from the company:

Vitran Corporation Inc., a North American transportation firm, today announced it has entered into an interline arrangement with a prominent West Coast carrier to service its customers to the states of California, Arizona and Nevada and similarly with a second carrier to service the state of Colorado. Vitran will continue to focus on regional business within its core geographic footprint, a contiguous area stretching from the central Great Plains to the East Coast, where the company maintains 85% of its current density. Vitran will reposition its assets and resources into its core markets, which will allow for improved service to current and new customers. Vitran Express U.S. President Chris Keylon stated, "We are extremely pleased tobe able to continue to provide service to our customers to the West Coast of t he United States. Our customers can expect to receive consistent, reliable service to points in California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado." "This partnership will allow our management team to focus on service, productivity and growth in our principal regions in the U.S. The change from direct to interline service, effective August 5, 2013, will result in the closure of seventerminals and have a positive annual financial impact of approximately $3.0 mi llion, concluded Mr, Keylon.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on July 07, 2013, 12:55:59 PM
Article on YRCW stock climbing above $30 a share:


http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/blog/2013/07/yrcw-yrc-worldwide-stock-price-soaring.html

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on July 07, 2013, 01:00:20 PM
Vitran's CEO resigned in early April 2013. Wonder if the West Coast business model was his brainchild & he paid for it with his job? ???

                                     http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=31676
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: RedStapler on July 07, 2013, 01:31:21 PM
Con-way Freight graduates 500th driver  8)

http://fleetowner.com/management/news/con-way-freight-graduates-500th-1215/

Launched in March 2010, the driver-training program now operates in 84 cities across the U.S. The schools are conducted at the carrier’s service centers and provide both classroom and behind-the-wheel training so that graduates can obtain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and then join the ranks of the company’s 14,000 driver-sales representatives.

This can't be right. I was the 2nd class of Dock to Driver in Reno and I got my license in April 2006.  I guessing they shut it down during the great recession of 2009 and started counting again from spring 2010.

Still one of the best ways to get into driving versus McMega Carrier Indentured Servitude for 6-12 months.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Greg_E on July 07, 2013, 06:13:30 PM
That's a shame to hear about Vitran. Didn't they just purchase Sierra West Express to gain access to the west about 5 years ago? I hope not too many jobs are lost.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on July 07, 2013, 11:39:22 PM
That's a shame to hear about Vitran. Didn't they just purchase Sierra West Express to gain access to the west about 5 years ago? I hope not too many jobs are lost.

Yes, put the economy tanked and they have not been able to capture as much business as they once thought they could I guess. They will be using an interline carrier to service this area, don't know which one though...There were two Vitran guys that by a couple of weeks ago, I assume to check on job openings.

Jimmy B

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on July 11, 2013, 10:30:58 AM
Reimer has been YRC'd!
 :-X :-X :-X

Looks like the Reimer colours will soon only be a memory.
Hank caught this one at the overpass earlier in July.
(http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/bc_trucks/2013/07-03/20130703_dsc_1748.jpg)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: knapton on July 12, 2013, 06:03:05 PM
I don't believe that's the case rob. Reimer seems to be the BC affiliate for YRC. I've seen mixing of equipment for some years now. I actually thought to myself the other day it seems like they only pull Reimer trailers with YRC tractors and YRC trailers with Reimer tractors. I've mostly only seen older Yellow tractors or the occasional Roadway Volvo, but I did see a YRC branded tractor once. I've always seen "operated by Reimer express lines" on the YRC equipment as well.

Also to comment on charlies UPS, TNT post: that may be why I saw a TNT straight truck on town a couple of days ago for the first time ever.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on September 22, 2013, 05:18:15 PM
Jeff Rogers is out as president of YRC Freight

Jeff Rogers, president of YRC Freight, is no longer with YRC Worldwide Inc., the Overland Park-based less-than-truckload announced on Friday afternoon.

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2013/09/20/yrc-freight-president-jeff-rogers-out.html

Jimmy B

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Chris_E on September 23, 2013, 10:15:04 AM
Vitran to sell their US LTL division.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vitran-announces-agreement-sell-u-170000617.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vitran-announces-agreement-sell-u-170000617.html)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on September 23, 2013, 10:41:03 AM
Did you see who the purchaser is?
Matty Moroun.  :o :o :o :'( :'( :'(

It has entered into an agreement to sell its U.S. LTL business to a company owned by industry veteran Matthew Moroun.
Vitran to sell their US LTL division.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vitran-announces-agreement-sell-u-170000617.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vitran-announces-agreement-sell-u-170000617.html)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Greg_E on September 23, 2013, 12:42:16 PM
Did you see who the purchaser is?
Matty Moroun.  :o :o :o :'( :'( :'(

It has entered into an agreement to sell its U.S. LTL business to a company owned by industry veteran Matthew Moroun.
Vitran to sell their US LTL division.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vitran-announces-agreement-sell-u-170000617.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vitran-announces-agreement-sell-u-170000617.html)
When I saw that, I predict the Vitran fleet will be looking like Central Transport within the next year or two.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Chris_E on September 23, 2013, 12:47:10 PM
I mean, it kind of was all ready. :P
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: mattypatty on September 23, 2013, 06:11:36 PM
Sad to hear.  I knew a few Vitran drivers here locally.  Everything seemed sub-par from the picture they painted.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Nawkfuts on September 24, 2013, 09:56:13 AM
Vitran bought Pjax in 2006 for 132 million. Now they sell the whole enchilada for 2 mill.?

I'd say that they wanted out of the US business BAD.

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: R. Buron on September 26, 2013, 06:10:26 PM
Transforce which already owns 10% of Vitran would be interested to take over the Vitran's canadian operations.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: dalejrfan on September 26, 2013, 06:24:52 PM
Transfoce sold their stake several months ago......maybe Vitran is in bad shape and Transforce pulled out for a reason
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: R. Buron on September 26, 2013, 07:04:11 PM
On sept, 25,,2013 Transforce currently controlled 9.5% of the outstanding shares of Vitran.Transforce made the proposal to
acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Vitran not already owned by Transforce.The proposal is conditional upon
the sale of Vitran's US LTL business announced on sept,23,2013.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on September 28, 2013, 03:13:45 PM
Although a month old, this article proves very interesting:

90th Arkansas Best anniversary ‘an incredible thing’

http://www.thecitywire.com/node/29684#.UkdT-D-GdOU
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on September 28, 2013, 03:19:12 PM
Thanks for posting the ABF article Jimmy........it was a good read.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on September 29, 2013, 07:52:08 AM
More on TransForce offer on Vitran
TransForce makes $4.50/share offer for rest of Vitran
Tags: TransForce Inc
Canadian trucking company TransForce Inc (TFI-T 21.62 -0.01 -0.05%) has made an unsolicited offer to buy the rest of Vitran Corporation Inc. (VTN-T 5.11 -0.08 -1.54%).

Transforce, which already owns 9.51 percent of Vitran, is proposing to buy the rest at $4.50 US a share.

TransForce says it hopes to begin talks with Vitran’s board and obtain its support.

In a release, Transforce says Vitran would remain a standalone business and current management would remain in place.

TransForce says it’s in the process of reviewing other options if the Vitran board does not agree to take the proposal to shareholders.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Greg_E on October 09, 2013, 01:15:29 AM
Dayton Freight is still expanding and just opened a new 12 door facility in Burlington, IA.

http://www.daytonfreight.com/Company/Story.aspx?newsID=247 (http://www.daytonfreight.com/Company/Story.aspx?newsID=247)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Chris_E on October 10, 2013, 12:14:18 PM
Central Transport plans to completely integrate Vitran into its system by 2014.  Get your Vitran pics while you still can.

Dear Vitran City Drivers, Road Drivers, Dock Workers and Mechanics;


Despite the uncertainty and, in some cases, turmoil of the last many months that has faced Vitran, we are proud to not only offer you an end to the negativity, but more importantly a bright future with a much larger and rock solid carrier.

The purpose of this memo is to communicate to you the plan to integrate with Central Transport. The goal is to become a single carrier with more talented employees and a better service product than either of the two companies was on its own. Of course, this is only possible by not only keeping our respective customer bases, but also by growing them together.

In order to accomplish this, each and every driver, dock worker and mechanic will become a member of the same team. In almost every aspect, we have tried very hard to protect your current compensation and benefits, and in certain domiciles, you may be receiving an increase. Most importantly, we want you to know that in no instance will your base hourly or mileage rate go down.

We anticipate completing the integration into a single carrier by the end of January 2014. Immediately and in the short term, nothing will change and business will continue as usual. During this time period, the systems analysts and information technology people can properly prepare for a smooth transition. Then the operations personnel at each company will coordinate a deliberate and well communicated combining of facilities and people. The details and timing will be different for each domicile. This will be communicated to you on a local basis, as the timing and plans come together.

Please understand that your normal day is unlikely to change much, if at all. For instance, if you are a road driver, the freight in our system will still cause our company to drive between the same terminal points that you do now, and that nearly all of these linehaul runs will operate at the same times they do now. Again, if you are a city driver, the shippers and consignees that you see in your peddle route are the same ones we want to keep you in front of in the future. If you are a dock person, you already know that the task and freight you will handle is familiar and needs to be handled timely and with care to make the outbound cuts and ensure proper presentation of freight to our customers.

We are proud to have saved Vitran, but we are even more excited to create a combined company with incredible talent, work ethic and vast opportunities for growth.

Sincerely,
Vitran Express, Inc.
Dean E Kuska
Vice President, HR and Safety
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: mattypatty on October 10, 2013, 06:10:16 PM
 :'(  Figured that was coming
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on November 08, 2013, 12:17:06 AM
YRC Seeks More Cost Cuts from Teamsters

YRC Worldwide Inc. officials are scheduled to meet with the Teamsters union in Dallas on Tuesday in an apparent effort to win support for more concessions, as the carrier has not made enough financial progress from continued losses.

http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=33408 (http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=33408)

After the second quarter results figured this was coming. To much debt for a company of this size. Don't know if it will mean cuts, or just a continuation of the present contract carried out to March of 2018.

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Chris_E on November 08, 2013, 07:39:56 AM
YRC Seeks More Cost Cuts from Teamsters

YRC Worldwide Inc. officials are scheduled to meet with the Teamsters union in Dallas on Tuesday in an apparent effort to win support for more concessions, as the carrier has not made enough financial progress from continued losses.

http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=33408 (http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=33408)

After the second quarter results figured this was coming. To much debt for a company of this size. Don't know if it will mean cuts, or just a continuation of the present contract carried out to March of 2018.

Jimmy B

Scuttlebutt is that it'll be a continuation of the current contract, but who knows?  I hope this plays out okay for all involved, but it doesn't look good. :-\
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: davef on November 08, 2013, 10:48:22 AM
Funny how the YRC Regionals are STILL making a profit.  But of course they want us to continue to pay the price of being bought by a loser. 
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: mattypatty on November 08, 2013, 11:05:31 AM
Funny how the YRC Regionals are STILL making a profit.  But of course they want us to continue to pay the price of being bought by a loser.

 ;D  I just lol'd.   I suppose we are guilty by association eh?
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: davef on November 08, 2013, 04:25:33 PM
Yep!  Both paying the price together.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on January 09, 2014, 04:40:51 PM
YRC Teamsters Reject Contract Plan

Teamsters at YRC Worldwide Inc. rejected a contract extension that the company said was crucial to refinancing its debt and assuring long-term stability.

http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=33883&t=YRC-Teamsters-Reject-Contract-Plan
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: mattypatty on January 09, 2014, 05:57:30 PM
It's going to be very interesting to see the course of action now.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: james j neiweem on January 10, 2014, 01:30:40 PM
You don't mean the Central truck lines that runs those beat up yellow sterlings. This should be an upgrade in equipment. :)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: dockmen027 on January 10, 2014, 07:18:52 PM
YRC Teamsters Reject Contract Plan

Teamsters at YRC Worldwide Inc. rejected a contract extension that the company said was crucial to refinancing its debt and assuring long-term stability.

Looked like business as usual in Albany.

(http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q72/dockmen027/IMG_3934ta_zps6955d377.jpg)

(http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q72/dockmen027/IMG_3936ta_zps275721c7.jpg)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: mattypatty on January 10, 2014, 07:29:27 PM
Heck yea, looks good!  They are hiring 3 road drivers at Holland in Raleigh.  Things are looking up, for now.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: dino9854 on January 10, 2014, 08:20:30 PM
This is a really good article on the actual value of YRC (equipment, power units, real estate). The only issue i have with it is one of the compatibles they used was Swift. Truckload replaces there equipment on a much shorter cycle than LTL. But it really paints a grim picture of assets at YRC.

  http://m.seekingalpha.com/article/1939231
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on January 10, 2014, 08:54:51 PM
This is a really good article on the actual value of YRC (equipment, power units, real estate). The only issue i have with it is one of the compatibles they used was Swift. Truckload replaces there equipment on a much shorter cycle than LTL. But it really paints a grim picture of assets at YRC.

  http://m.seekingalpha.com/article/1939231

I was just going to post the link to that article. Also, they seem not to understand the difference between line and local equipment, which deserves a better comparable than Swift as you mentioned.

Things are busy at our barn too, they brought back the two laid-off guys. And will be doing some hiring pretty soon. Things will be pretty much normal in the short term. Long term, 12 months from now it might not be good unless they are able to refinance the debt. Time will tell, hope the best for those that I leave behind.

Jimmy B 
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on January 24, 2014, 08:33:49 AM
From the CANADIAN LTL News Wire.

In Trucknews there were two articles about Canadian LTL carriers.

Canadian Freightways (Transforce) closed 4 terminals in British Columbia ; Prince George, Smithers, Terrace and Prince Rupert. (PR was actually operated by a contractor) They closed Friday 1-17-14 with less than an hour's notice. The BC Interior work is being given to Bandstra Transport of Vancouver to cover. Only PG was a terminal of any size.
Meanwhile, over in Saskatchewan, Manitoulin Transport has opened a  new terminal near Saskatoon in a rural municipality near town. The present "Stoon" terminal will close and the employees transfer to the new locaction.

Transforce vs Manitoulin is an on going story here north of the border. Manitoulin had bid 6.00 per share for the Canadian portion of Vitran and the Vitran Board had accepted it. Before the deal closed; Transforce came along and bid 6.50 per share. Transforce has ended up in control of Vitran. Manitoulin wasn't going to get involved in a bidding war.


And...THAT'S the news.

Rob
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on January 24, 2014, 09:27:12 AM
dino9854 - Jimmy B - All -

Your writer with some issues on getting to sign in to see entire article. There is no 'they' here.
Keep it in mind likely one writer, and one set of opinions...

On the first page of the article (which I can view), basics of the business explained. The issues
here being the first three of the major categories? The rolling stock can be leased! So can much
of the human resources cadres, for the matter. The fourth item 'customer list'? Who knows?

In the cited article, here's a real problem: Is there really much of any reward in running heavily
on 'latest and greatest' new model equipment? Compare, back when many Carriers doing it every
day, and with aging, fully paid equipment! There is much merit in running older, well maintained
fleets. It does 'bump' the Maintenance and Repair budgets by a couple points. The offset being
no payments to the finance company!

Yes, yes! It thought a charmingly passe' way of conducting affairs. Reminding, however, when
the going gets tough in cyclical storms of business cycles. The guy with the paid off equipment
gets to play another day...

.............................Vern........................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on January 24, 2014, 05:04:18 PM
The revised MOU is located here, if anyone cares to read it:

http://tdu.org/sites/default/files/TentativeAgreementYRCWJan2014.pdf

Summary is here:

http://tdu.org/sites/default/files/SummaryofYRCWTentativeAgreement.pdf

Voting on this will be over the weekend at the various Teamster locals. For us at Local 533 the meeting will be held at 10:00AM. Votes will be tabulated on Sunday.

I have no skin in this anymore, however I still believe to save jobs it will be necessary for it to be approved. Emotionally I hate it, but for me I'm thinking logically about jobs and the 26,000 people at YRC Freight. So I'm voting yes.   

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on January 24, 2014, 08:00:57 PM
And the conference call from the Teamsters is about to start.

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on January 24, 2014, 09:00:02 PM
During the call they outlined what is different in this new MOU compared with the MOU that was rejected earlier this month. They also stated the bottom line, that if this agreement is turned down bankruptcy could happen as early as February 1st.  They also stated it was our decision. Results will not be posted until all locals report the vote sometime Sunday evening.

Jimmy B 
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on January 25, 2014, 04:41:08 AM
Jimmy B - All -

So, we all get to await the next scenes in this movie? This is a bad news scenario! One doesn't have
to be a brain surgeon to have intuited beliefs YRC is simply carrying too much debt. Should the issues
be put to rest, surely there must be other issues.

Agree. Your writer surely does not wish to see collapse of all these jobs. Sidebar discussions with an
old 'roadie' friend, who is out there every day. There is chatter of the "...too big to fail..." principle.
Might your writer suggest it ain't going to apply here. (I recall the collapse of the old EASTERN EXPRESS/
R-C MOTOR system. Life went on without them.)

..............................Vern.............................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on January 25, 2014, 01:00:56 PM
There is always life afterwards, but in the process with numbers this large of what in this day and age could be called "good jobs," job loss can cause depression, divorce, alcoholism, drug addiction and suicide in people that may have never developed these problems.

Our unit voted today at 10 AM, we are in a right to work state. Our board is I think about 31, 21 are dues paying members. 17 people showed up to vote, the vote was 13 yes, 4 no.

Jimmy B   

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on January 25, 2014, 02:05:37 PM
Jimmy B - All -

On board with you with this one! At no time did your writer ever endorse the 'De-Reg' of
circa 1980. What happened? So many IBT families out of work. A 'new day' where third
parties control so much of the freight, and take outrageous 'fees' off the top! We all
ask? Why ever are they deserving of such generous compensation?

SIGH! If someone with deep pockets wishes to call me from retirement, your writer knows
how to run an IBT freight line. (Trade secrets? It compels few actual terminals. Long peddle
runs. Agency stops in small towns. Also, an effective 'SCD' operation in its own right.)

..............................Vern........................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on January 26, 2014, 01:10:29 PM
Agree on 3rd parties sucking profits out of each BOL moved. In most cases the actual shipper could get a much better deal out of the carriers than they get from the 3rd parties. As I understand it, each year they get more, these 3rd parties.

Jimmy B

 
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on January 26, 2014, 08:03:41 PM
Teamsters at YRCW Approve Agreement Aimed At Saving 30,000 Jobs

Teamsters working for YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) have approved a tentative agreement aimed at protecting more than 30,000 jobs. Workers voted this weekend after rejecting a prior company proposal. Teamsters at YRCW approved this latest proposal by a vote of 12,267 to 6,314.

http://teamster.org/news/2014/01/teamsters-yrcw-approve-agreement-aimed-saving-30000-jobs

Tally Sheet by Local:

http://teamster.org/sites/teamster.org/files/finalyrcw.pdf
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: mattypatty on January 26, 2014, 09:19:49 PM
Sigh of relief!  Looked pretty serious there towards the end.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on January 27, 2014, 06:01:35 AM
Jimmy B - mattypatty - All -

Great News! So far, so good!

In my estimation, most doubtful there are truly crucial operations issues going on at the
field level. It might be helpful (and your writer is not on the inside, with observations of
just how they are running) to not only do vital 'Safety Awareness' programs. Also, constant
positive reinforcement of, "...we are all in this to keep it going..."?

The other worrisome factors, which can't be fixed at the 'Terminal Level'? 1) The problems
with the debt issues, and 2) What kind of Year 2014 will we see? Surely, we must all be
aware of the 'US general economy' issues.

Jimmy... 'Third Parties' with their piece of the freight bills. A lot of this is the customer
mentality of, "...one call does it all...". Do that, and it is hard to justify well paid shipper
types with work in 'Traffic'. It doesn't help these days that the 'kids' in the business, with
the routing pencils, largely with no concept of how large the land area of the US. Check
it out: Study of Geography is passe' at most Public Schools...

This is not that your writer is saying all '3PL' work is bad. Over the years, many of us are
all aware of the 'broker' types with a rented desk, phone line and an old computer. And,
they are deserving for little more than a years back, modest 'sales commission' because...

...............................Vern..............................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on January 27, 2014, 06:26:51 AM
I see many "Freight Audit Service" type notations on documents.
There are a lot of fingers being stuck into each piece of the pie.
"Traffic" functions have been outsourced at a lot of companies.
I'm glad to see that the membership bit the bullet again. It's better to keep biting and retain most of what you have rather than stand on principal and lose out.
A friend of mine worked in management at a company (no names will be used).
They had a plant in the GTA and another in a smaller city in Ontario.
They workers were represented by the CAW.
During one set of negotiations the local union presidents said to the management team: "If that is your best offer we don't need employers like you in this town!".
The word went back to head office and local management was told to "Settle".
6 Months later they closed that plant.
If the union thought they didn't need employers like that; the company knew they didn't need employees like that either.
The point of this tale...the guys who lost their jobs because of the plant closure, other than the skilled electricians and tool makes, never made the same wages again. They all ended up making less. The Union has to know when to bite the bullet and be able to sell that to the membership.

The CEO who dreamed up this big merger  and saddled the Company with all the debt is the villain here.



Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on January 27, 2014, 08:04:58 AM
Rob - All -

There's a lot of blame to spread around. This report in this AM from 'Seeking Alpha' service.

Your writer not at all persuaded about the Aging Equipment fallacy. That gets fixed by solid
maintenance and repair supprt. On most LTL, 'poor' fuel efficiencies don't hurt all that much
as a Line Haul cost. The truly 'deep' loads can always 'go to rail' for handling.

A truly punitive item in the financials? YFSY burdened with the approximating 'loan shark'
rates on the debt paper.

Anyway. See the report, link next. One may need to register with 'Seeking Alpha' to view.
Odd, but true. Right here in the Forum, most of us have figured the 'bad news' issues. Here
in the report, we get a presumed competent financial analyst.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1969351-yrc-worldwide-the-weakest-player-in-a-rapidly-evolving-less-than-truckload-industry?source=email_rt_article_readmore (http://seekingalpha.com/article/1969351-yrc-worldwide-the-weakest-player-in-a-rapidly-evolving-less-than-truckload-industry?source=email_rt_article_readmore)

.............................Vern.......................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: mattypatty on January 27, 2014, 08:07:58 AM
Got to know when to hold em and know when to fold em eh?
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on January 27, 2014, 08:42:58 AM
I'm not familiar with the barn #s of the subsidiaries (New Penn, Reddaway & the like) but any idea how their members voted? ??? Got the impression their members were pretty bitter towards YRC since all this give back stuff came to pass.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on January 27, 2014, 08:55:38 AM
Charlie - All -

In the 'Seeking Alpha' service, a press release which documents voting by Locals.

At least here on the Forum, many of us appreciate the 'sickness' which drives the
old YFSY - RDWY system. In the release which I posted, even that writer has some
real 'issues' with direction of the LTL markets. Maybe all of us are better kitchen
table CFOs, and can figure how to do it. No one loses a job. No one goes to jail!
It is a high stakes game. Might I posit all of us want this to work...

............................Vern.....................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Southof59 on January 27, 2014, 10:10:08 AM
Sounds like YRC is going down the same path as Consolidated Freightways in the early 2000's.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on January 27, 2014, 10:50:13 AM
Southof59

WELCOME ON BOARD!

In my dissenting view, YRCW (YFSY + RDWY) is hardly the same mess! The short of it with CFWY, it
took deliberate decisions to go "All LTL, All The Time". The trouble with it being the, "...all the eggs
in one basket..." maxim. It did come back to bite them, in its 'laid back' approach with ARROWHEAD
Division, among other 'issues'. Also, it had sold its superb Western States ICC Authority for moves
of 'HHG'. Looking back, this always a 'keeper' for its Trade Show potentials...

In my own time with them, there was a period where it discovered it bought a huge amount of ICC
Authority. In the early - mid 1960s, it began a program of 'infill' of new scheduled regional runs. As
example, on my suggestion (among others) it began a daily Dayton OH - Milwaukee. That one was
a winner from first day. No one was whining about IBT pay, either...

.............................Vern.........................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Southof59 on January 27, 2014, 03:30:52 PM
Companies refinancing their debt is not a good thing.  It buys time but if they do not change their business model, in 12-18 months they are back in the same boat as before.

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Big L on January 31, 2014, 09:12:25 PM
Companies refinancing their debt is not a good thing.  It buys time but if they do not change their business model, in 12-18 months they are back in the same boat as before.
The refinancing changed the % rate on the notes from double digits to single digits. The savings was huge.  Plus with the stock prices up, 300 million of principal debit was exchanged for stock.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 07, 2014, 07:13:09 PM
Truck explosion causes traffic nightmare on Highway 40

(KMOV.com) – A tractor trailer caught fire and exploded on Highway 40 early Friday morning, causing a traffic nightmare for many drivers heading into downtown St. Louis...

Article:

http://www.kmov.com/news/mobile/Tractor-trailer-catches-fire-explodes-on-St-Louis-interstate-244198171.html

Video:

http://screen.yahoo.com/news-videotron-new/truck-catches-fire-explodes-missouri-143106346.html (http://screen.yahoo.com/news-videotron-new/truck-catches-fire-explodes-missouri-143106346.html)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 07, 2014, 07:51:11 PM
Old Dominion will open in Whitehaven this fall

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. is speeding toward an October completion of its new, $31.3 million distribution campus in Whitehaven.


Memphis Business Journal - Reporter: Ryan Poe.
http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2014/02/06/old-dominion-freight-state-line-edge.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 09, 2014, 12:23:35 PM
Con-way Freight Expands Freightliner Natural Gas-Powered Tractors in its Fleet

(Heavy Duty Trucking January 24, 2014):Con-way Freight has added Freightliner Cascadia 113 natural gas-powered tractors to its fleet...

http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2014/01/con-way-freight-expands-freightliner-natural-gas-powered-tractors-in-its-fleet.aspx
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 09, 2014, 12:32:54 PM
Saia LTL Freight rolls out eLogs from Vnomics

(CCJ January 15, 2014): Saia LTL Freight, Inc., one of the largest LTL fleets in the U.S., has successfully outfitted its entire fleet with Vnomics’ eLogs technology. The six-month roll-out to all of Saia’s 4,327 drivers was completed in December 2013.

http://www.ccjdigital.com/saia-ltl-freight-rolls-out-elogs-from-vnomics/ (http://www.ccjdigital.com/saia-ltl-freight-rolls-out-elogs-from-vnomics/)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 09, 2014, 05:37:34 PM
Questar Fueling plans second Texas CNG fueling station for Central Freight Lines, public

(The Trucker News Services - 1/28/2014 ) SAN ANTONIO – Questar Fueling Co., subsidiary of Questar Corp., plans to build a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility in San Antonio.

The station will serve up to 60 Class 8 natural gas-powered trucks operated by Central Freight Lines and is expected to open this summer. The station will also be open to other fleets and the general public who drive natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2014/1/28/QuestarFuelingplanssecondTexasCNGfuelingstationforCentralFreightLinespublic.aspx
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 09, 2014, 05:56:47 PM
Employees beat alleged thief at trucking company (Central Transport)

(By Denise Hollinshed - Post-Dispatch)

St. Louis police today are investigating the fatal beating of a man by employees of a trucking company who believed he had been breaking into trailers.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/employees-beat-alleged-thief-at-trucking-company-who-later-died/article_5b91d608-dda9-591e-a32e-59d7805b99ba.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 09, 2014, 06:06:29 PM
OSHA orders trucking company to stop retaliating against drivers

(The Trucker News Services 1/6/2014) PORTLAND, Ore. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. to compensate a worker who refused to drive in violation of safety regulations.

http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2014/1/6/OSHAorderstruckingcompanytostopretaliatingagainstdrivers.aspx
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 10, 2014, 01:59:22 AM
CTA Informs Public About Truck Blind Spots With Its New ‘No-Zone’ Awareness Campaign

(TT - February 8, 2014) ...CTA members Mountain Valley Express and Dependable Highway Express also recently added a “No-Zone” trailer to their fleets.

http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=34117&t=CTA-Informs-Public-About-Truck-Blind-Spots-With-Its-New-%C3%A2%E2%82%AC%CB%9CNo-Zone-Awareness-Campaign

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 11, 2014, 10:37:02 PM
Estes Opens North Chicago Terminal in Response to Midwest Market Growth

(Press Release - January 13, 2014)Estes Express Lines has opened a 34-door terminal in North Chicago to support the continuing market growth in the Midwest. Located at 316 North Roadway Lane in Lincolnshire, the terminal began operating on January 6, 2014.

"The North Chicago terminal helps us provide even more in-depth coverage to the Midwest, and assures greater capacity to serve our customers with excellence," said Estes Regional Vice President Ron Giordon.

This facility will enhance operations by providing additional support for the demand currently handled by Estes' terminals in Chicago and Elgin, IL.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: mattypatty on February 12, 2014, 11:53:56 AM
Estes Opens North Chicago Terminal in Response to Midwest Market Growth

(Press Release - January 13, 2014)Estes Express Lines has opened a 34-door terminal in North Chicago to support the continuing market growth in the Midwest. Located at 316 North Roadway Lane in Lincolnshire, the terminal began operating on January 6, 2014.

"The North Chicago terminal helps us provide even more in-depth coverage to the Midwest, and assures greater capacity to serve our customers with excellence," said Estes Regional Vice President Ron Giordon.

This facility will enhance operations by providing additional support for the demand currently handled by Estes' terminals in Chicago and Elgin, IL.

$100 says it's an old Roadway terminal  ::)  From the looks of their jam packed Chicago terminal, they needed another.  Theirs is right next door to Holland.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 12, 2014, 08:39:52 PM
Well it's good someone is looking at this thread...Thanks for the come back. I'm going to try and keep it somewhat current. When my middle son was going to college in Chicago he worked the dock at Estes.   

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 12, 2014, 09:42:17 PM
FedEx could bring hundreds of jobs to Louisville

(Louisville Business First - Ed Green, Feb 4, 2014)FedEx Corp. appears to be considering Louisville for a major distribution center with hundreds of jobs.

http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2014/02/04/fedex-could-bring-hundreds-of-jobs-to.html?page=all
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 12, 2014, 09:46:10 PM
FedEx worker admits to stealing thousands in Apple products

(Indianapolis WISH 8 - Jan 30, 2014) Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers confirm they arrested a FedEx worker for stealing more than $100,000 worth of Apple products.

http://wishtv.com/2014/01/30/fedex-worker-admits-to-stealing-thousands-in-apple-products/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 12, 2014, 09:50:26 PM
Transportation Best Practices: 2014 Parcel Express Roundtable—Do your homework

Interesting article on the near future direction of parcel freight:

http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/transportation_best_practices_2014_parcel_express_roundtabledo_your_homewor
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 12, 2014, 09:59:38 PM
FP exclusive: Fed Ex to build distribution center in Mankato
Construction to begin this year


(Mankato (MN) Free Press - February 6, 2014) MANKATO — FedEx is to build a 91,000-square-foot distribution center in the Eastwood Energy Center on Mankato's northeast edge.

http://www.mankatofreepress.com/local/x1262675878/FP-exclusive-Fed-Ex-to-build-distribution-center-in-Mankato
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: RedStapler on February 13, 2014, 12:43:23 AM
Transportation Best Practices: 2014 Parcel Express Roundtable—Do your homework

Interesting article on the near future direction of parcel freight:

http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/transportation_best_practices_2014_parcel_express_roundtabledo_your_homewor

Good Read. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: mattypatty on February 13, 2014, 03:15:47 AM
Yes I keep an eye on it thanks for posting. Got our own version of transport topics going on here
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: unicorn on February 13, 2014, 08:43:22 AM
that parcel article is fascinating/educational. Sounds like trying to negotiate best parcel rates is something akin to trying to negotiate best airline ticket price! Interesting comments about USPS parcel home delivery growth. Thanks for posting these, Jimmy B.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 14, 2014, 09:42:12 PM
YRC Worldwide refinances over $1.1 billion in Senior Credit Facilities

(The Trucker News Services - 2/14/2014) OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — YRC Worldwide Inc. announced Thursday that it has closed on the financing of a new $700 million term loan and a $450 million Asset-Based Loan ("ABL") facility.

http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2014/2/14/YRCWorldwiderefinancesover11billioninSeniorCreditFacilities.aspx

 
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 14, 2014, 09:49:39 PM
What Nissan and FedEx hope to gain from their new experiment

(Eleanor Kennedy, Staff Reporter - Nashville Business Journal, 02/14/2014) Two Tennessee companies are working together to test a completely electric cargo vehicle, a partnership both companies say will guide future business and development decisions.

http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2014/02/what-nissan-and-fedex-hope-to-gain.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 14, 2014, 09:54:51 PM
FedEx exploring millions in tax exemptions, public funds for Allen Township megahub

(Colin McEvoy - The Express-Times, 02/13/2014) FedEx has explored pursuing $25.3 million in tax exemptions for the massive distribution plant it is considering building in Allen Township.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2014/02/fedex_exploring_millions_in_ta.html


Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 14, 2014, 09:58:36 PM
Work to start soon on FedEx distribution facility in Bel Aire

(John Stearns, Reporter- Wichita Business Journal, 02/13/2014) The city of Bel Aire completed the sale of about 20 acres of land in its Sunflower Commerce Park to a company that is a developer for FedEx Ground, which plans a roughly 180,000-square-foot distribution facility there.

http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/news/2014/02/13/work-to-start-soon-on-fedex.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 14, 2014, 10:06:34 PM
Old Dominion Expands in Albany, N.Y.

(Heavy Duty Trucking - 02/13/2014) Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. recently relocated its Albany Service Center to a larger facility. The newly constructed service center contains 72 doors – a 45% increase from the previous facility. Old Dominion employs 50 people at this location.

http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2014/02/old-dominion-expands-in-albany-n-y.aspx
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 14, 2014, 10:16:05 PM
Boyle Heights Trucking Co (DHE) Sued For Back Wages

(City News Service - 02/13/2014) A former driver for a Boyle Heights trucking company filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the firm, alleging he and other employees are owed back wages due to violations of state labor laws.

http://egpnews.com/2014/02/boyle-heights-trucking-co-sued-for-back-wages/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=boyle-heights-trucking-co-sued-for-back-wages
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 14, 2014, 10:22:20 PM
Trucker (ESTES) fatally pinned in Mercer County

(WFMJ - Feb 14, 2014) SHENANGO TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Authorities in Mercer County are investigating an apparent industrial accident that claimed the life of one man.

http://www.wfmj.com/story/24726623/trucker-fatally-pinned-in-mercer-county
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 14, 2014, 10:56:34 PM
Southeastern Freight Lines opens new Florida facility

(Fleet Owner - 01/23/2014) Less-than-truckload provider Southeastern Freight Lines has opened a new service facility in Florida.

http://fleetowner.com/equipment/southeastern-freight-lines-opens-new-florida-facility
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 14, 2014, 11:26:15 PM
Averitt Rolls Out Climate Controlled Solutions for LTL Shipments

(Averitt Press Release - 02/03/2014) Averitt Express is now offering climate controlled solutions in self contained, self-powered LTL shipping units. These units provide flexibility since they can be combined with dry cargo and other climate controlled units.

“We asked our customers and they are very interested in climate controlled services, especially in the LTL environment,” commented Phil Pierce, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Averitt.

https://www.averittexpress.com/public/aboutUs/newsRoom/newsReleases/2014/climate-controlled-solutions-for-LTL-shipments.jsp
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Yulee on February 15, 2014, 12:39:13 PM
Southeastern Freight Lines opens new Florida facility

(Fleet Owner - 01/23/2014) Less-than-truckload provider Southeastern Freight Lines has opened a new service facility in Florida.

http://fleetowner.com/equipment/southeastern-freight-lines-opens-new-florida-facility

I knew they had moved. Sounds like a much better facility, and with a bunkhouse too!
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Gary Smith on February 15, 2014, 09:22:36 PM
Averitt Rolls Out Climate Controlled Solutions for LTL Shipments

(Averitt Press Release - 02/03/2014) Averitt Express is now offering climate controlled solutions in self contained, self-powered LTL shipping units. These units provide flexibility since they can be combined with dry cargo and other climate controlled units.

“We asked our customers and they are very interested in climate controlled services, especially in the LTL environment,” commented Phil Pierce, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Averitt.

https://www.averittexpress.com/public/aboutUs/newsRoom/newsReleases/2014/climate-controlled-solutions-for-LTL-shipments.jsp

Con-Way offered something like this back in the early 90s.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: RedStapler on February 16, 2014, 12:11:08 AM
Yes, I recall reading about how it was a dud in the dim distant collective memory of Con-Way on truckingboards.com 6-8 yrs ago.

 This would have to be some pretty lucrative freight to cover the cost of deadheading these back where they can be used again. Looking at the manufacturers website these appear to take up an entire pallet row ~3/4 to the ceiling of a standard dimension trailer. So assuming an unbalanced lane these are going to use an entire pallet row BOTH directions in order to move one standard 48" x 40" by 5ft tall load.

On the other hand using 1/7 of a pup trailer round trip can compare favorably to the cost of hiring an expediter or Frozen Food Express (FFE). 

Con-Way offered something like this back in the early 90s.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Chris_E on February 16, 2014, 10:31:40 AM
From how the Averitt drivers talk over on TB, it'll probably be a dud for them too, unfortunately.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 23, 2014, 12:27:06 AM
FedEx shows support for Obama customs efforts

(Feb 21, 2014 - Memphis Business Journal)

The new effort by the Obama administration to modernize U.S. customs procedures can now count at least one logistics giant as a supporter.

http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/blog/morning_call/2014/02/fedex-shows-support-for-obama-customs.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 23, 2014, 12:30:47 AM
Caught on Camera: Thieves follow UPS, FedEx trucks and steal packages from porches

(Seven News - Jaclyn Allen ) Denver police are issuing a warning about thieves following UPS and FedEx delivery trucks and stealing packages off people's porches.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/caught-on-camera-thieves-follow-ups-fedex-trucks-and-steal-packages-from-porches
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 23, 2014, 12:34:40 AM
FedEx pot case against Rincon couple on hold

(Savannah Morning News - G.G. Rigsby, February 21, 2014) Prosecution of a case against a Rincon couple accused of receiving more than three pounds of marijuana via FedEX has been put on hold.

http://savannahnow.com/effingham-now/2014-02-21/fedex-pot-case-against-rincon-couple-hold#.Uwmjx4VAcYs
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 23, 2014, 12:42:30 AM
UPS Honors Arkansas Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 19, 2014) UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 12 elite drivers from Arkansas are among 1,519 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140219-909924.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 23, 2014, 12:47:05 AM
Interesting article in the Las Vegas Review Journal about a Congressmen delivering packages for UPS:

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/horsford-works-undercover-las-vegas-ups
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 23, 2014, 01:33:41 AM
OnTrac Opens New Operation in Visalia

(OnTrac PR - Wed, Jan 15, 2014) Due to rapid growth, OnTrac, the leader in regional overnight package delivery, is expanding its operation in Visalia.

http://blog.ontrac.com/bid/100674/OnTrac-Opens-New-Operation-in-Visalia
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on February 27, 2014, 08:04:05 PM
FedEx presses Congress for 33-ft. twin trailers

( Avery Vise - Fleet Owner Feb. 27, 2014) Increasing the national standard for twin trailers to 33 ft. from the existing 28 ft. would allow carriers to absorb up to 18% of future freight growth without any change in gross vehicle weight or additional miles traveled on roadways, the chief executive officer of FedEx Ground told a Congressional subcommittee Feb. 27. The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s subcommittee on highways and transit is holding a series of hearings related to highway funding and safety as it works to reauthorizing those programs. The current act, known as MAP-21, expires Sept. 30.

http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/fedex-presses-congress-33-ft-twin-trailers
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on February 28, 2014, 06:17:09 AM
Jimmy b - All -

Last couple days, several messages in from Seeking Alpha (www.seekingalpha.com (http://www.seekingalpha.com)) site,
reporting latest on YELLOW (YRCW), and its Fourth Quarter 2013 results. The folks at YELLOW
made it all look to be under control. In the detailed documents, it is clear the 'national' company
just needs some breaks with an improving economy. Its regional operations are working well.

Related, on the Seeking Alpha screen, links to latest on CON-WAY. Let's put it this way: It is a
little short on happy talk. Good piece of reading, especially if one considers YRCW and C-W are
two completely different freight lines...

............................Vern........................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: unicorn on February 28, 2014, 06:59:35 AM
33 foot pups. Wonder how long that will take as every time the trucking industry wants to increase length we hear (at least in the east) about how many fatal accidents trucks already cause and how longer lengths will cause more.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 06, 2014, 01:28:50 AM
Trucking company sustains heavy damage after fire

(KWCH-12, Wichita - John Wright) The fire broke out at Price Truck Lines, Inc, located at 4931 South Victoria about 7:22 p.m. That's near 47th Street South and Hydraulic. Crews had to force their way inside to get at the fire.

http://www.kwch.com/news/local-news/flames-damage-trucking-company-building/24786326
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 06, 2014, 01:31:43 AM
33 foot pups. Wonder how long that will take as every time the trucking industry wants to increase length we hear (at least in the east) about how many fatal accidents trucks already cause and how longer lengths will cause more.

At one time on Hank's think there was a discussion on lengths and such. Some said that they thought longer pups in a double set would be better than 3 28 ft in a set of triples especial back east.

Jimmy B 
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 06, 2014, 01:36:56 AM
 ABF Freight Announces Revised Rates

(Fort Smith, Arkansas, March 4, 2014) – ABF Freight System Inc.®, one of the nation’s premier less-than-truckload carriers, announced an increase in general rates and charges effective March 24, 2014.

Rates will increase by about 5.4 percent, although the effect on specific lanes and shipments will vary.

Customers will be able to view the new rates on or before March 24 by accessing abf.com.

http://www.abfs.com/about/news/2014/p030414.asp
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on March 06, 2014, 05:58:34 AM
Jimmy B - All -

ABF Rate Increase Notice? It would be nice if it had done earlier schmoozing of its accounts.
Shippers - who can do performances worthy of Oscar Awards - likely to see this and claim
they are going into cardiac arrest? SIGH! Trucking is not a pretty trade all the time?

................................Vern..........................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 06, 2014, 11:29:43 AM
Con-way Freight introduces Drive Safe Systems

(The Trucker News Services - 3/6/2014) ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), announced the full deployment of Drive Safe Systems, a suite of advanced on-board “monitor, sense and alert” technologies, which, coupled with continuous, peer-based driver training and coaching, will enhance overall safety performance and operating efficiency of the company’s 15,000 professional drivers operating its 8,600-truck fleet, officials said.

http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2014/3/6/Con-wayFreightintroducesDriveSafeSystems.aspx
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 06, 2014, 11:32:21 AM
Jimmy B - All -

ABF Rate Increase Notice? It would be nice if it had done earlier schmoozing of its accounts.
Shippers - who can do performances worthy of Oscar Awards - likely to see this and claim
they are going into cardiac arrest? SIGH! Trucking is not a pretty trade all the time?

................................Vern..........................

In the last month I think I saw an article about FedEx doing same. Maybe I should add it here too. "Trucking is not a pretty trade all the time" said the bull hauler after cleaning out his trailer...
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 08, 2014, 04:52:22 PM
Conway driver gives WV Congresswoman a Ride Down US 35:


http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Rep-Capito-wants-US-35-upgrade-finished-in-W-Va-5297762.php

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 23, 2014, 09:01:36 PM
Prosecutors: Trucking firm staffer stole $6M

(Written by Associated Press) ELIZABETH — Prosecutors say a trucking company staffer stole more than $6 million from the northern New Jersey firm, money he used to fund a lavish lifestyle.

http://www.app.com/viewart/20140322/NJNEWS14/303220083/Prosecutors-Trucking-firm-staffer-stole-6M
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on March 24, 2014, 05:12:20 AM
Jimmy B - All -

Yours just above, AP Story, Dateline Elizabeth, NJ...

One of the more brazen of scams your writer has ever seen in ages in the trades! We have all heard the reports,
over the years, where the mild mannered Terminal Cashier played games with the Petty Cash, and other Station
disbursements. In larger lines, usually a Terminal Auditor would figure it.

At the top end, reports now and then about sudden collapse of very large fleets. Stories in the class involved millions
of dollars, and people suddenly out of sight, and thought in Costa Rica or Brazil...

.......................Vern......................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: mattypatty on March 30, 2014, 10:57:58 AM
Southeastern Freight has built a new terminal in Durham NC (Formerly Raleigh)
Friend of mine on the inside sent me these pictures.  They are set to move in during the May or June months.
It is 100 doors as of now with room to add another 80 doors with the amount of land they have.

(https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/1979571_435201063290718_1160722532_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/1468505_435201146624043_2056456560_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 30, 2014, 04:52:37 PM
Nice newsy tidbit. Thank your friend for the news and photos...

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 31, 2014, 06:55:13 PM
Drivers Chosen for the Elite 2014-2015 ABF Freight Road Team

(FORT SMITH, Ark., March 17, 2014) — ABF Freight System Inc.® is honoring 12 exemplary drivers with membership in the 2014-2015 ABF Freight Road Team, earned by demonstrating the utmost standards of professionalism on North American highways and city streets.

http://www.abfs.com/about/news/2014/p031714.asp
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Gary Smith on March 31, 2014, 06:55:48 PM
SEFL has some nice barns.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 31, 2014, 06:57:39 PM
Congratulations to AAA Cooper Transportation® as Technicolor’s Regional LTL Carrier of the Year

(3/25/2014 9:03:39 AM) AAA Cooper Transportation® once again earned the Regional LTL Carrier of the Year Award from Technicolor for the year of 2013, three years in a row! The following factors were used in the selection process by Technicolor: Communication, Customer Service, Stepping up when needed, and Carrier Evaluations. Technicolor’s Transportation Department personnel also submitted ballots that nominated a carrier and the reason they believed the carrier was deserving of their vote.

As a result, the Memphis Distribution Center of AAA Cooper Transportation® was selected as the Regional LTL Carrier of the Year. Congratulations!    
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 31, 2014, 07:10:07 PM
C E N T R A L  F R E I G H T  E X P A N D S  I N T O  G E O R G I A

(Central PR) Central Freight Lines has expanded their coverage to include the State of Georgia. Central will provide service between Georgia and select markets in our current service area. By customer request, we have expanded into Georgia to service a growing market, particularly between Texas and Georgia. All points in Georgia will be direct with additional in-transit days as the freight moves beyond Atlanta proper for delivery.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 31, 2014, 07:18:42 PM
Estes Express Lines Announces General Rate Increase

(Press Release - March 31, 2014)Over the last 83 years at Estes, we’ve learned that the best way to assure you of continued excellence is to practice fiscal discipline and carefully balance costs and income. That’s why—given increased costs that are outpacing the slow economic recovery in 2014—we find it necessary to implement a price increase on our current EXLA 500 and 550 base rates averaging 4.5% effective April 14, 2014.

http://www.estes-express.com/about-us/pr/pr140331.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 31, 2014, 07:22:25 PM
FedEx Freight Opens New Container Freight Station In Chicago

(Press Release - March 27 2014) MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 27, 2014 – FedEx Freight, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), will open a new container freight station in its Chicago Summit, Ill., facility to consolidate and sort freight bound for Puerto Rico, effective March 31.

http://news.van.fedex.com/fedex-freight-opens-new-container-freight-station-chicago
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on March 31, 2014, 07:25:26 PM
Hercules receives Walmart Freight Program Carrier of the Year award

(03/07/14)Hercules is honored to be named the 2013 Walmart Freight Program Carrier of the Year by Walmart Canada. The award was presented to Hercules at Walmart Canada’s carrier awards & logistics conference, in Mississauga Ontario on March 5 2014.

http://www.herculesfreight.com/WebNews.php?id=524
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on April 01, 2014, 07:23:04 PM
SEFL has some nice barns.

It certainly looks like it, they expect to be around for the future, and it shows.

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on April 05, 2014, 09:04:03 PM
Wabash Shows What a 33-Foot Pup Would Look Like

(HDT - March 31, 2014) What would a 28-foot pup trailer look like if it were stretched to 33 feet? The photo of a Wabash National van at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting and expo a few weeks ago in Nashville gives us an idea, but here are some details.

http://www.truckinginfo.com/blog/trailer-talk/story/2014/03/wabash-shows-what-a-33-foot-pup-would-look-like.aspx?utm_campaign=Headline-News-20140401&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 05, 2014, 11:30:22 AM
Arkansas Best Corp. Changing Its Name to ArcBest Corp.

Arkansas Best Corp., the holding company for ABF and other logistics brands, is changing its name to ArcBest Corp. Also, "The company’s subsidiaries will continue to operate at ABF Freight, ABF Logistics and FleetNet. ArcBest is changing the name of its information technology arm from Data-Tronics Corp. to ArcBest Technologies and changing Panther Expedited Services to Panther Premium Logistics."

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/98462/arkansas-best-corp-changing-its-name-to-arcbest-corp


Discussion thread on new name change:
http://hankstruckforum.com/htforum/index.php?topic=71054.0
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 08, 2014, 10:55:30 AM
Southeastern Freight Lines rolls out its latest onboard mobile system to entire fleet

Lexington, SC-based Southeastern Freight Lines (SEFL), a leading regional LTL carrier, today announced that its fleet of over 2,850 tractors is now equipped with a new, upgraded onboard mobile system that “increases efficiencies by seamlessly integrating new custom applications to improve its already industry-leading customer service.”

http://fleetowner.com/technology/southeastern-freight-lines-rolls-out-its-latest-onboard-mobile-system-entire-fleet?NL=FO-02&Issue=FO-02_20140508_FO-02_152&YM_RID=lassenlogger@charter.net&YM_MID=1465231&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_7 (http://fleetowner.com/technology/southeastern-freight-lines-rolls-out-its-latest-onboard-mobile-system-entire-fleet?NL=FO-02&Issue=FO-02_20140508_FO-02_152&YM_RID=lassenlogger@charter.net&YM_MID=1465231&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_7)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 14, 2014, 08:23:27 AM
USF Reddaway Teamsters In Las Vegas Approve First Contract

USF Reddaway workers, represented by Teamsters Local 631 in Las Vegas, have unanimously ratified their first contract which provides excellent benefits and a grievance procedure, among other improvements. There are 45 workers in the bargaining unit.

http://teamster.org/news/2014/05/usf-reddaway-teamsters-las-vegas-approve-first-contract
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 15, 2014, 09:11:55 PM
 ABF Freight Training Program Ranks 11th on the Training Top 125

(FORT SMITH, Ark., April 25, 2014)—Appearing on the list for the fifth consecutive year, ABF FreightSM and parent company Arkansas Best Corporation placed 11th among Training magazine’s Training Top 125, which ranks companies’ excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs.

“At ABF Freight, we have training for every employee, from our drivers and dockworkers to our supervisors and managers. It starts with new-hire orientation, and it continues throughout the employee’s career,” said ABF Freight President and CEO Roy Slagle. “Our culture is based on hiring good people and training them to do the job right. Training is the backbone of everything we do. We are grateful for this recognition from a prestigious publication like Training magazine.”

Training magazine recognized the 2014 Training Top 125 winners with crystal awards and revealed their rankings at a black-tie gala during the Training 2014 Conference & Expo in San Diego.

“Kudos to the 2014 Training Top 125 winners. They demonstrated an unrelenting focus on effective training and employee development tied to corporate strategic goals and measurable results,” said Lorri Freifeld, Training editor-in-chief. “The competition was especially strong this year as we welcomed 27 newcomers to the list. We are proud to recognize the winners in San Diego and their achievements and best practices in Training magazine.”

Now in its 14th year, the Training Top 125 ranking is based on numerous benchmarking statistics such as total training budget; percentage of payroll; number of training hours per employee; goals, evaluation, measurement and workplace surveys; hours of training per employee annually; and detailed formal programs. The ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.

With over 90 years of service, ABF Freight System Inc.® enhances supply chain efficiencies and achieves optimum performance by focusing on specific customer needs and customizing innovative solutions. ABF Freight has a strong focus on quality, demonstrated with year-over-year improvements in its claim ratio for 17 consecutive years. The company's resource-rich infrastructure includes an innovative network for regional and national transportation. Its portfolio of services includes expedited and time-critical shipping, white glove pickup and final delivery options, superior trade show expertise and outstanding personal service with a single point of contact, state-of-the-art technology and total end-to-end shipment visibility.

ABF Freight System Inc. and its sister company ABF Logistics Inc. are wholly owned subsidiaries of Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS).

Source: ABF Freight System Inc.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: gijoe707 on May 16, 2014, 07:01:29 AM
hi jim,so a 33ft pup? why not a 30 ft bobtail with tandem and a 28 ft pup.mini rmd--lol  peddle off the bobtail for p&d. they did to this back in the day--right?
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 16, 2014, 01:13:58 PM
hi jim,so a 33ft pup? why not a 30 ft bobtail with tandem and a 28 ft pup.mini rmd--lol  peddle off the bobtail for p&d. they did to this back in the day--right?

Oh, like this...

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/JimmyB_05/Consolidated%20Freightways/CF_BobS.jpg)

Wasn't there or aware then, but I do remember out in the west many LTL outfits spec their trailers with curb side doors for use in the peddle operation after a night of line haul.

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Greg_E on May 16, 2014, 05:17:43 PM
ABF Freight seeks Memphis incentives for $20.5M expansion

"ABF Freight System Inc., following a Memphis Business Journal report, has asked Memphis for $4 million in incentives to make the city its regional headquarters."

http://m.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2014/05/16/abf-freight-seeks-memphis-incentives-for-20-5m.html (http://m.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2014/05/16/abf-freight-seeks-memphis-incentives-for-20-5m.html)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on May 17, 2014, 06:22:25 AM
Jimmy B - All -

Some incidental thoughts related to the legacy CFWY Photo.

Last date of use of Truck - Trailer sets in regular services. The published CFWY History,
here dating to 1979 work, tells us last Truck Trailer set operated in and out of Spokane
in late 1955 - early 1956. Prior, and into period of date, CFWY conversion to Tractor -
'Western Pups' services throughout the West.

Side Doors on Trailers? A number of reasons for it. Recall, and much like numerous
Lines in the West, CFWY all about service into endless smaller points. It was very much
before UPS and FEDEX services on smaller shipments. Side door was perfect when one
had some parcels for local Rexall, Western Auto, what have you...

Another practice. Most of the Western Lines with low volume Stations and Agents. Near
all were 'dark' thru the night. Regular 'company men' running the line schedules, near
as I can tell, had keys to stops at the points. So to pick up outbound, and set off any
inbound. (Your writer saw this on ETMF. It may have been following practices of the
earlier VCS, which it had acquired.)

The problem with Truck units. Load and unload not a big problem, if it was assigned
power to a particular Station, and the work at the site. When run out on a 'turnaround'
run, and load and unload had to be done quickly, so to not delay the line driver. The
obvious answer for the 'hub' point to have its own units, so that the line man merely
had to 'slip seat' to return to home base. Over the years, CFWY wearied of it, and went
to 'Western Pups' solutions.

..........................FWIW..................Vern.......................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 17, 2014, 09:05:50 PM
Oh my Vern, my first LTL peddle job was with a small California intrastate carrier. Yep, 21 ctns for Rexall, 10 ctns of toys for Western Auto, 50 pales of paint for the Ri-tone Color center, all on main st in Susanville. 1 ctn of auto glass for Deal and Davie GMC/Oldsmobile. 30 ctns of filters for the Susanville Motor Supply, and so on and on! I used that side door a bunch.

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on May 18, 2014, 04:44:55 AM
Jimmy B - All -

Thanks! I try to report the past practices, best your writer can. It was all so long ago,
before the 'Brown Car' went Coast To Coast, and ate everybody alive! Let's not forget
that universal 'Brown Car' also cleaned out the 'cargo holds' of the GREYHOUND runs.

Recall, used to be GL was in and out of so many small towns, and several times each
day! It was a different time...

...............................Vern.......................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on May 19, 2014, 07:28:53 AM
gijoe707 - All -

Indeed! That's right! 'Side Doors' could do a lot more than small town and villages,
drop it off in front of the store work.

With a 'Philly' based operator, some good while back. The "Side Doors' were like
gold for so much of shipments going into addresses in 'quaint, original' Philly stops.
Brutal! And, then not to forget the wondrous deliveries into the Big Apple, Five
Boros stops.

The particular line, still in the business, held onto a group of 42' x 12'-6" trailers.
The reason? The units could do 'Five Boros' work by routings thru the Tunnels.
Most loads were heavy 'canned goods' shipments, and didn't need 'high cube'.

Should you have a pastor, in search of preview of H...? What about stops into
points in Bronx, with a 53' High Cube trailer. Laugh riot!

........................Vern........................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Greg_E on May 19, 2014, 02:23:06 PM
i remember hauling flatbed from willowgrove naval station to philly navy yard.get off at bridge st off of 95.many a times i would see werner with a 48 ft and sleeper twin screw waiting for cars that were parked to close to corners--coudnt make the swing--poor guy. i would always have a 40 ft low bed. the navy yard was very interesting,i would end up at scrap yard by the brig--another interesting place--lol  join the navy and be a truck driver--lol spent more time on a ship while i was a marine then a sailor--lol
This is all in my area. Out where the Air Force Base is (no longer active), there's plenty of room to maneuver tractor-trailers. The naval yard is another story...
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Greg_E on May 19, 2014, 02:24:03 PM
Ward Trucking, DHE Form Coast-to-Coast LTL Partnership

"The two carriers said in a joint statement that the venture, which will link California, Nevada and Arizona to the East, “will provide a strategic alignment of their companies in response to their customers’ request to expand their portfolio of solutions.”"

http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=35017&t=Ward-Trucking-DHE-Form-Coast-to-Coast-LTL-Partnership (http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=35017&t=Ward-Trucking-DHE-Form-Coast-to-Coast-LTL-Partnership)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 19, 2014, 04:43:42 PM
J.B. Hunt Overtakes FedEx Freight on Largest Trucking List

By Marty Cook  on Monday, May. 19, 2014 12:00 am 

Another strong year was all it took to put J.B. Hunt Transport Services of Lowell on top of the list of largest trucking companies doing business in Arkansas.

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/98767/jb-hunt-overtakes-fedex-freight-on-largest-trucking-list
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: roogie on May 20, 2014, 06:05:08 PM
FedEx Freight has two experimental 32 foot pups in Fargo, so far they are only legal in ND from what the center manager told me.

Wabash Shows What a 33-Foot Pup Would Look Like

(HDT - March 31, 2014) What would a 28-foot pup trailer look like if it were stretched to 33 feet? The photo of a Wabash National van at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting and expo a few weeks ago in Nashville gives us an idea, but here are some details.

http://www.truckinginfo.com/blog/trailer-talk/story/2014/03/wabash-shows-what-a-33-foot-pup-would-look-like.aspx?utm_campaign=Headline-News-20140401&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 28, 2014, 10:12:15 AM
Teamsters hope to keep ABF in Little Rock

ABF Freight System Inc. received approval for a $4 million, 14-year payment-in-lieu-of-tax incentive to possibly expand in Memphis last week, but the president of the Teamsters local in North Little Rock, Tim Nichols, says he will meet with Gov. Mike Beebe this week in the hopes of preventing ABF from moving to Memphis.

http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/blog/morning_call/2014/05/teamsters-hope-to-keep-abf-in-little-rock-memphis.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 29, 2014, 10:53:57 PM
Trucking industry signals rebound

(Thomas Black | Bloomberg News) DALLAS – Trucking companies are increasing their bets on the U.S. economy picking up speed.

Old Dominion Freight Line and Knight Transportation are ordering hundreds of vehicles to keep up with freight demand. They’re part of an industrywide push that’s propelling sales of big rigs to an eight-year high, buoying trucking stocks and raising pay for drivers, who are in short supply.

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20140526/BIZ/305269959/1031
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on May 29, 2014, 11:56:12 PM
Con-way makes automated transmissions a mainstream spec’

(May 29, 2014 - by Truck News) JOPLIN, Mo. — Con-way Truckload has ordered 550 new tractors, 540 of which were spec’d with automated transmissions.

The company figures the switch will help it attract new drivers. Tandem-axles were specified, to provide drivers with a smoother ride, the company announced. Prior to this order, Con-way operated just 50 trucks with automatic transmissions.

http://www.trucknews.com/business-management/con-way-makes-automated-transmissions-mainstream-spec/1003057110
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: RedStapler on May 31, 2014, 10:41:37 AM

"Do you, broker, take this LTL carrier...?"

It was never love at first sight. But freight brokers and less-than-truckload carriers may find that arranged marriages could end up being profitable ones.

By Mark B. Solomon


http://www.dcvelocity.com/articles/20140522-do-you-broker-take-this-ltl-carrier/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on June 04, 2014, 09:48:19 AM
OnTrac Jobs Protected With Raises, Improved Healthcare Plan

(COMMERCE, Calif.) - On Sunday, line haul drivers ratified the first-ever Teamster contract at OnTrac, the largest regional package delivery company in America. The drivers are members of Teamsters Local Union 63 in Covina, Calif. and had been negotiating a first contract for more than a year.

http://teamster.org/news/2014/06/ontrac-line-haul-drivers-ratify-first-ever-teamster-contract
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Greg_E on June 09, 2014, 03:29:15 PM
New UPS CEO plans expansion in emerging markets, services

(Reuters) - The incoming head of United Parcel Service Inc UPS.N said on Friday the world's largest parcel delivery company will continue investing to build capacity in emerging markets and to expand its services, especially in healthcare, its fastest-growing segment after e-commerce.

http://reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0EH1BX20140606?irpc=932 (http://reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0EH1BX20140606?irpc=932)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Greg_E on June 09, 2014, 03:38:25 PM
1,500 lose jobs at Burlington Co. trucking firm

New Century Transportation, Inc., a trucking company in Westampton, told its nearly 1,500 workers Monday the business had filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2014/06/09/lose-jobs-burlington-co-trucking-firm/10246633/ (http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2014/06/09/lose-jobs-burlington-co-trucking-firm/10246633/)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on June 09, 2014, 05:09:13 PM
First Jevic, now New Century. :( Maybe the 3rd time wil be the charm for a trucking company in that area. :-\
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: soapman on June 09, 2014, 05:47:47 PM
so surprised about New Century although I hadn't been seeing their trucks as much as I used to
I was wondering if they were struggling-I guess so-they will be missed
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on June 16, 2014, 04:09:32 AM
Our Forum member Gerard has family in Sept-Iles Quebec. We see Transport Morneau in his pictures.

06/05/2014 - Opening of a new Terminal at Sept-Îles

Opening of a new Transport Morneau Terminal at Sept-Îles

Sept-Îles, June 5, 2014 –Transport Morneau, a division of Groupe Morneau, officially inaugurated its new merchandise transport terminal yesterday at Sept-Îles, Quebec. The event, held in the presence of Réjean Porlier, Mayor of Sept-Îles, Manon Langlois, Chair of the Sept-Îles Chamber of Commerce, members of the Morneau family and team as well as company partners and customers, heralded the official launch of the company’s operations initiated last March. This major investment of $1.5 million will contribute to job creation and the development of the Vigneault sector of the Sept-Îles Industrial Park.

Mayor Réjean Porlier said that, “Sept-Îles is at a crossroads; this investment by Groupe Morneau will allow it to position itself for a promising future in the region. I salute the company’s boldness and wish it and its team the best of success.”

“We appreciate Transport Morneau’s leadership. Through this investment and its vision for development, it has given our region a vote of confidence; its contribution will benefit and enhance, on a continuing basis, our local service offering,” said Chamber of Commerce Chair, Manon Langlois.

The opening of the Sept-Îles terminal follows that of the Baie-Comeau facility in 2002 and is aimed at facilitating access to a wider array of services in these expanding key areas in the Côte-Nord region. Area enterprises with growing transportation needs will have rapid access to local pick-up and delivery services, refrigerated transport services, bulking of shipments for the North as well as flatbed semitrailer transport services.

The facility, measuring over 120,000 sq ft, will improve merchandise transiting thanks to 10 state of the art unloading docks with pneumatic levelers for greater operational efficiency. The completely heated 7,600 sq ft warehouse will house administrative offices in an area of 1,400 sq ft with the remaining space used for the transshipment of goods.

Groupe Morneau President, André Morneau added that, “We cannot be prouder of this monumental project that we have been developing for a long time. Together with the Baie-Comeau terminal, through this facility at Sept-Îles, Groupe Morneau is positioned to efficiently serve all of this vast region and our clients, such as Arcelor Mittal. These two terminals also allow the company to further implement our policy on facilitating work-life balance for our employees.”
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on July 09, 2014, 01:15:06 PM
MANITOULIN INCREASES PRESENCE IN MANITOBA

From Trucknews
WINNIPEG, Man. – Manitoulin Transport announced today that it has bought Jomac Transport of Winnipeg, Man. in order to build on its coverage throughout the province after purchasing Smooth Freight of Brandon Man. in November last year.
“Nothing says commitment to a region like providing complete coverage and by acquiring Jomac we now have  Manitoba covered,” said Don Goodwill, president, Manitoulin Transport.  “Jomac was very appealing to us because of their strong customer relationships, high quality of service, disciplined approach to operations, and because they have a company culture similar to our own.”
The company will absorb all of Jomac’s employees and assets.
“We believe our customers and employees will be in good hands with Manitoulin,” said Wes MacLean, president, Jomac Transport.  “This merge will certainly benefit companies in Manitoba as Manitoulin can provide more extensive coverage and services to help bring their business to the next level.”
Gord Smith, CEO of Manitoulin Group of Companies commented: “We said a few years ago that we were committed to rounding out our services and reach in Western Canada, and we made good on that commitment, Not only can customers in the region send and receive shipments quickly and reliably with Manitoulin Transport, they also benefit from being able to access the full global suite of transportation and logistics services through the Manitoulin Group of Companies.

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: taxtruck on July 26, 2014, 06:13:17 PM
New Con-Way terminal. Even tho it has been open for about 3 months, this was in yesterdays Appleton paper.

  http://www.postcrescent.com/story/money/2014/07/25/con-way-freight-opens-new-service-center/13181457/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on July 31, 2014, 11:07:18 PM
U.S. DOT: YRC fleet nears federal intervention level

Jul 24, 2014, 3:04pm CDT - YRC Freight's fleet is in a worse state of repair than most of its main competitors' fleets, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In fact, the state of the YRC Freight fleet's vehicle maintenance is close to a threshold requiring federal intervention according to statistics from the DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2014/07/24/u-s-dot-ratings-yrc-fleet-in-poor-shape.html?page=all
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on July 31, 2014, 11:12:49 PM
Con-way’s profit jumps on growth in demand, higher rates

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jul 31, 2014 2:04PM ED - The strengthening U.S. economy, a second-quarter surge in freight and higher rates boosted revenue and profit at Con-way’s less-than-truckload, logistics and truckload divisions.

Total revenue at the $5.5 billion transportation and logistics company climbed 8 percent year-over-year to $1.5 billion, with net profit rising 25.2 percent to $53.7 million.

http://www.joc.com/trucking-logistics/ltl-shipping/con-way-freight/con-way%E2%80%99s-profit-jumps-growth-demand-higher-rates_20140731.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+joc%2Faajm+%28Journal+of+Commerce%29 (http://www.joc.com/trucking-logistics/ltl-shipping/con-way-freight/con-way%E2%80%99s-profit-jumps-growth-demand-higher-rates_20140731.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+joc%2Faajm+%28Journal+of+Commerce%29)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on July 31, 2014, 11:17:25 PM
Old Dominion to Add Jobs, Renovate Thomasville Headquarters

THOMASVILLE, N.C. —One of the largest trucking companies in North Carolina is expanding.

Old Dominion Freight Line is renovating its corporate headquarters in Thomasville, with plans to add hundreds of jobs.
- See more at: http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/triad/710089/old-dominion-to-add-jobs--renovate-thomasville-headquarters/#sthash.vXtYvEZL.dpuf

http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/triad/710089/old-dominion-to-add-jobs--renovate-thomasville-headquarters/ (http://centralnc.twcnews.com/content/news/triad/710089/old-dominion-to-add-jobs--renovate-thomasville-headquarters/)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on August 11, 2014, 01:32:06 PM
YRC Freight Sends 23 State Champion Drivers to the 2014 National Truck Driving Championships
August 4, 2014 (GlobeNewswire)

YRC Freight announced today that it will be sending 23 state champion drivers to participate in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) to be held August 12 - 16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. YRC Freight drivers have a long history of competing in this event which originated in 1937. Several YRC Freight drivers have won the Grand National Championship at past competitions.

The 23 YRC Freight state champion drivers competing for the national championship have a combined 500 years of service and 26 million miles of operating YRC Freight equipment without a preventable accident.

"This event is a celebration of safety and we have 23 participants who are not only state champions but also champions of safety and service at YRC Freight. We are proud of their achievement and the entire YRC Freight team will be cheering them on as they compete for the national title at the NTDC," stated Darren Hawkins, president of YRC Freight. "While these drivers have been preparing for months to compete in this event, in reality what makes them champions is a career-long dedication to safety and customer service," Hawkins said.

To qualify for the competition drivers must be accident free - regardless of fault - for one year prior to the event and win their class at the state truck driving championship
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: The Yellow Line on August 11, 2014, 02:14:35 PM
Jimmy,
     Thanks for the tip........ ;D I didn't know any details about the TDC as no one at Maybrook practiced for the NY State competition and YRC hasn't published a newsletter in close to a year now!! :-\
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on September 11, 2014, 03:17:48 AM
MANITOULIN CONTINUES WESTERN CANADA EXPANSION

Manitoulin Transport has purchased the LTL and Van divisions of Westcan Transport it was announced in September 2014.
"We continue to expand in Canada’s west due to its buoyant economy and our desire to round out our offerings in the region for the convenience of our customers,” said Don Goodwill, president, Manitoulin Transport. “This acquisition enables Manitoulin to provide customers needing LTL, flatdeck and temperature-controlled services with greater choice through increased trip frequency to the north.”
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on September 11, 2014, 02:06:53 PM
Teamsters push for FedEx Freight union vote in Indianapolis

(Memphis Business Journal - Ryan Poe Sep 11, 2014) The Teamsters union, as part of a national push to unionize FedEx Corp. employees, could soon ask for a secret vote in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2014/09/11/teamsters-push-for-fedex-union-indiana.html (http://Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2014/09/11/teamsters-push-for-fedex-union-indiana.html)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on September 13, 2014, 11:45:58 AM
Con-Way Freight Workers in Texas Join Teamsters Local 657

On September 12, 2014, drivers and dockworkers at Con-Way Freight in Laredo, Texas voted to join Teamsters Local 657. “This is a great victory for the workers at Con-Way and we hope this campaign spreads,” said Frank Perkins, President of San Antonio-based Local 657. “These workers are seeking fair wages, respect on the job and job security. They also want to have a pension and improved health care coverage.” There are 113 workers in the bargaining unit.
“We chose Laredo because it is the busiest inland port in the United States,” Perkins said. “Seven thousand trucks cross the border with Mexico every day.”
On September 9, Teamsters Joint Council 42 in Southern California filed for election at three Con-Way terminals.

Link: http://changeconway2win.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: gijoe707 on September 16, 2014, 07:26:31 AM
good catch jim,hope they all join the teamsters. secure all the pension funds nation wide.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on September 16, 2014, 07:43:53 AM
good catch jim,hope they all join the teamsters. secure all the pension funds nation wide.

gijoe' - Lodge Members -

Surely by now, IBT has caught on to risks with the Pension and H & W accounts. With the fallout of
De-Reg, now over three decades back, they learned that "IOU" amounts from Carriers were not the
same as paid up, cash in the bank balances. Trust those lessons don't need to be learned all over
again? (Yes, it begs the question that back then, the prevailing rates were too low. All 'smoke and
mirrors'?)

..............................Vern..........................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on September 16, 2014, 12:36:02 PM
It's been reported by Norcal10 in the LTL New Equipment topic area that ABF is purchasing 350 Macks this year. Here is a video on making ABF Macks from Mack Truck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CjuHGLhbQA  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CjuHGLhbQA)

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: MattNV on September 17, 2014, 07:51:57 AM
Great Video, thank you for posting it.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on October 21, 2014, 03:58:48 AM
(From Truck News)
FedEx names Canadian fleet Entrepreneur of the Year
PITTSBURGH, Penn. – FedEx Ground has awarded three entrepreneurs, whose small businesses provide transportation services for the company, with its highest honours –the FedEx Ground Entrepreneurs of the Year award.

The award recognizes small business owners for their safety, customer service, business ethics and community involvement.

“Since 2007, we have bestowed the honour of Entrepreneur of the Year to exceptional small-business owners contracting with FedEx Ground to deliver reliable, safe, cost-effective, and professional service,” said Henry J. Maier, president and CEO of FedEx Ground.  “These entrepreneurs have built lucrative and thriving businesses alongside FedEx Ground, while also making substantial contributions to their local communities.”

The winners this year were:

Jason Brooks of Brooksy,Inc. (Bangor, Maine), Saul Lerma of Lerma Transport, (Yuma, Arizona) and Jack Webster of 6748067 Manitoba, (Winnipeg, Manitoba).

Brooksy Inc. has 15 employees an only 12 vehicles. FedEx says that Brooks understands that importance of keeping drivers connected. He is committed to safety and regularly quizzes his drivers on safety issues to keep them accident-free. Brooks and his employees also volunteer at a local park.

FedEx says that twice a week, Lerma meets with his customers to maintain its strong relationship. The company says Lerma has a passion for people and that safety is above all Lerma Transport’s top priority. Lerma Transport also contributes to a number of charities including, Harley Owners Group association, (a non-profit for which Saul is the assistant director), Yuma Community Food Bank, United Way, and March of Dimes.

Finally Jack Webster’s company, 6748067 Manitoba has been in business for 18 years. The company operates six vehicles and travels an average of 3,400 miles a day. The company makes sure to communicate with drivers on a daily basis while also offering a competitive salary and benefits packages to its employees. Employees are also provided a safety plan to help prevent accidents..

“We recognize that our drivers are the backbone of our operation, and believe we employ some of the most professional and dedicated people in the industry,” said Webster.

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Post by: Boll Weevil on October 25, 2014, 07:52:32 PM
Dohrn Transfer now one of the Hammel Companies

I'm curious as to if or how this might impact Pitt Ohio's relationship with Lakeville Motor Express.

http://www.dohrn.com/about-history.html
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Paul Kane on October 25, 2014, 09:26:08 PM
Dohrn Transfer now one of the Hammel Companies

I'm curious as to if or how this might impact Pitt Ohio's relationship with Lakeville Motor Express.

http://www.dohrn.com/about-history.html

Dangit, Jim, you just beat me to the punch.  I was surprised to find several new Dohrn tractors at Fyda Freightliner  in Canonsburg (PA) today.  Checking their website later it still showed that their operating area was only as far east as Indiana.  However I did find the same info you posted about Chuck Hammel of Pitt Ohio and his company's involvement.

I'm curious about the relationship, as the web document only states that Hammel made an "investment" and does not flat out state that they were bought or even that he is a majority owner.  Also, I'm curious about what is going on with having new Dohrn tractors in Pittsburgh.

(http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx271/class8repro/LTL/DSC_1802_zps1887db7b.jpg)

(http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx271/class8repro/LTL/DSC_1799_zps41a41079.jpg)
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Post by: Boll Weevil on October 25, 2014, 10:15:35 PM
Very interesting to see new Dohrn equipment at Fyda. My guess that the money to purchase them came from someone based in the Pittsburgh area. ;)
There were some used tractors and ex-New Century/P&P trailers at the Pittsburgh terminal that were painted white as needed and branded for Dohrn. The were even delivered to a Dohrn terminal in IL by Martera mechanics. It's tough to get details sometimes, but I'm guessing Chuck is in pretty deep.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on November 01, 2014, 11:48:38 AM
FedEx Freight Workers In New Jersey Vote To Join Teamsters Local 701

(SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J.) – A group of 113 drivers at FedEx Freight’s South Brunswick, N.J., terminal voted today to join Teamsters Local 701. The vote was 66 to 42.

http://teamster.org/news/2014/10/fedex-freight-workers-new-jersey-vote-join-teamsters-local-701 (http://teamster.org/news/2014/10/fedex-freight-workers-new-jersey-vote-join-teamsters-local-701)

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ex Road Pounder on November 01, 2014, 06:08:00 PM
Interesting Jimmy
 This was in Transport Topics about Conway.

http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=36473&utm_source=express&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=newsletter
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on November 01, 2014, 07:08:39 PM
Thanks for putting up that article too, I should have put stories up on both FedEx terminals.

Jimmy B
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ex Road Pounder on November 02, 2014, 06:53:21 AM
 Personally I hope the Teamsters get both companies organized.
 But it won't be easy.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on November 03, 2014, 01:35:06 PM
Locally based Holland trucking company is now one of the largest in the country


(By Jim Timmermann Holland Sentinel Oct 6, 2014)

    More than the high-end office furniture made here, more than Hope College, maybe even more than Tulip Time — there may be no one that carries the name “Holland” more prominently and regularly to other parts of the country than the trucking company that shares the community’s name.

    That’s because Holland, formerly known as USF Holland, has an out-of-state presence that eclipses its relatively modest local profile. Now in its 85th year, Holland trucks are a regular sight on highways across the Midwest and South. With more than 7,500 employees, 53 terminals, 4,000 tractors and 6,500 trailers, Holland is a leader in the LTL (“less than truckload”) freight business in the Midwest and Southeastern United States. Yet most local residents would be hard-pressed to describe the scope of its business or locate its corporate office.


http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20141003/NEWS/141009630/10978/NEWS (http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20141003/NEWS/141009630/10978/NEWS)
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Post by: hwyhaulier on November 09, 2014, 01:07:12 PM
gijoe707 - Lodge Members -

Last thing your writer wants to do is hijack this thread, but... What prompted your comment,
just above? Your writer has some nasty battle injuries from the De-Reg Wars of, now, over
three decades back. That damnable playing with trucking economics, done by the much too
ignorant from all the right schools...

De-Reg worked to crash most all the LTL industry. Problems being? When the lines shut their
doors, there was the matter many were not up to date on H & W and Retirement payments.
So that implies? The rates on much all the traffic should have been much higher...

Alas! This is one of the bigger "I told you so" stories of all. A presumption that LTL Rates
were long and much too low?

...............................Vern..............................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: NHRS on November 09, 2014, 02:35:54 PM
Think the observers of this vote might be confusing present-day Teamsters with the totally-for-their-guys Teamsters of old.

If the present-age truck Teamsters act as sissy pro-management as the present-day airline-pilot Teamsters (actually thought it was merely an expired copyright of the old name until I saw the traditional emblem), nothing whatever to worry about. In fact after a few years of childish representation, those voters may well change their mind.

FEDEX scored a big positive on this one! 66 of their employees are elated, & until they wake up, it's gonna be heads FEDEX wins, & tails the employees lose.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jimmy B on November 09, 2014, 08:13:26 PM
hi steve and jimmy,this would be great for the pension funds all over the u.s. picket signs and burn barrels wont work like back in the day.

I agree. It's a much more complex world that we live in today, it will take time, a very well thought out strategy, and a pragmatic exercise of the process. And of course, the Union can be only as strong as it's weakest member. Today's Teamster Union is much more honest in it's endeavor than certain parts of it's past. The Union can't make a management team better, it can't get blood out of a turnip. It does generally make for a much better working life. The last time I was laid off, not voluntary, I could have worked every day. But, I choose out of solidarity only to answer a call to work one or two times during the week, so that others below me might get hours in for medical and such. I'm proud of our Union, is it perfect? No, but what in life is perfect. It has given most of the membership a livable wage and benefits, that made me a believer. Also, the dignity in a Union shop is oh so much better.

Jimmy B

Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on November 10, 2014, 07:54:21 AM
Jimmy B - Lodge Members -

Thanks! Solid commentary!

As your writer with past experience "on the inside" with the late Corn Flakes System,
the is old battle scars from De-Reg all over again. Entire matter gets me talking to
myself! Among my crankier opinions: It is doubtful it was necessary to crash the whole
"Green and Red Empire". Poorly thought management plays are just that!

..........................Vern.........................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on November 10, 2014, 12:45:11 PM
didn't mean to upset you vern---I just meant those days are gone.have a happy day.im for you and jimmy

gijoe707 - Lodge Members -

No problems! You didn't upset. Just that many of us have been at it for a good while. Some
(including your writer) didn't like it then. Many still don't like it now. One can have pause, at
the least, that so many solid IBT families hurt, all over what a silly economics class exercise!

Again, no sense re-fighting this war all over again. Good to see we have this topic with the
posting of LTL side News...

.............................Vern.....................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Gary Smith on November 18, 2014, 08:28:49 PM
Southeastern to open terminals in Kentucky - Bowling Green, Lexington, Louisville & Cincinnati

http://www.ltlfreightsefl.com/grow/

I wonder what this will do to the partnership with Dayton Freight?
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: mattypatty on November 25, 2014, 04:53:45 PM
@GarySmith, I have wondered the same thing and haven't really gotten an answer from any of my sources at SEFL.  Believe me though, it has been worked out.  SEFL has a very wise group of leaders.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Boll Weevil on November 29, 2014, 08:10:19 PM
Back in late September, the Pitt Ohio Pittsburgh terminal was relocated from the strip district to a new, much larger facility off exit 48 of the PA Tpke in Harmar Township, Pa. I was in town yesterday and stopped by to check on the former and...let's just say is getting easier to maneuver a 53 footer around the yard.

Taken at 27th St & Railroad Ave.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/Ragman517/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-11/E72D8AAE-BB94-40A2-9803-D2AD54692452_zps9bjfgbqh.jpg)

From 26th & Railroad.

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Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on January 21, 2015, 06:31:05 AM
MANITOULIN BUYS ANOTHER WESTERN CANADA CARRIER

**Editorial Note...I wonder if their western expansion will come to a halt due to falling oil prices. All of a sudden, Alberta's economy is not the best in Canada.**


CAMROSE, Alta. — Manitoulin Transport has announced the purchase of Hi-Way 13’s LTL division.
Hi-Way 13 is based in Camrose, Alta. and marks Manitoulin’s second acquisition of an Alberta-based LTL trucking company in the last four months.
All Hi-Way 13 LTL division employees and assets are included in the deal, including a modern fleet of trucks, tractors, dry and heated vans and a network of terminals in Calgary, Edmonton, Provost, Wetaskawin and Camrose, the company announced. Hi-Way 13 freight will be moved under the Manitoulin Transport banner beginning today.
“There are three key reasons for this purchase,” said Don Goodwill, president, Manitoulin Transport. “First, Hi-Way 13 is a major player in a geographic pocket of Alberta that we want to have a stronger presence in. Second, their reputation for quality, customer service, and their stellar safety record are all characteristics Manitoulin holds dear. Third, like Manitoulin, Hi-Way 13 has built strong relationships with customers over several decades, which we greatly value and intend to build upon.”
“In recent years Manitoulin has made numerous strategic acquisitions to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers,” added Gord Smith, chief executive officer, Manitoulin Group of Companies. “Customers acquired in the past have been very pleased with the fact that they moved to a company that can provide comprehensive support for their supply chain through technology, a diverse range of equipment, the capacity to help them grow and expand into new areas, and the ability to manage their shipments to and from any place in the world. We believe Hi-Way 13 customers will feel the same way and will welcome the breadth of service Manitoulin can provide


**story found and used from Truck News with thanks
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Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on March 15, 2015, 11:35:40 AM

GROUPE MORNEAU Opens a new Terminal in the Montreal area.


Message dated 3-13-15.
Groupe Morneau opens new terminal in Quebec
MONTREAL, QC—  Groupe Morneau has opened its new transport terminal in Anjou (Montreal) today just weeks after it announced it is building a new terminal for its Morneau Sego division in Wabush, Newfoundland.

The Anjou terminal is located at the junction of hwy. 40 and 25 and will act as an active hub for markets in Eastern Canada, all of Quebec, and Mississauga, and merge the activities of Morneau Transport, Morneau Solution, Morneau Sego, and Morneau Global under one roof.

"With this opening we can now establish our expertise on an even more solid foundation by offering our clients the most important LTL transport terminal in Quebec. Over 10,000 pallets per day can be handled in this space, which is designed to minimize the risk of damaging goods," said André Morneau, president of Groupe Morneau.

The 105,000-sq.-ft. terminal cost about $25-million to build and has an 82-door loading dock, allowing for some 500 freight trips daily.

**found on Today's Trucking website and used with thanks.**
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on May 10, 2015, 02:00:06 PM
MANITOULIN KEEPS GROWING - This time in Saskatchewan by buying Ridsdale Transport.

Mississauga May 5 2015:
 Manitoulin Group of Companies has acquired Ridsdale Transport of Saskatoon, Sask., the company announced today.
The new purchase makes Manitoulin Saskatchewan’s largest transportation and logistics provider.
“We have had our eye on Saskatchewan for coverage improvement for some time,” said Gord Smith, chief executive officer, Manitoulin Group of Companies.  “We have been looking for the right company to meet our exacting standards and our strategic business needs.  Ridsdale not only provides the routes, the equipment and the human resources we desire, but demonstrates a culture of service excellence and dependability that we and our customers expect. Manitoulin is now Saskatchewan’s largest transportation company, with the significant competitive advantage of being able to provide customers with the technology, the global reach, and all the transportation and supply chain offerings they depend on to grow their business.”
Ridsdale has been in business since 1949 and is a fully family-owned business. It has an extensive LTL service in the Saskatchewan market with additional service offerings in Alberta and Manitoba.
According to the press release, Ridsdale Transport Ltd. will operate as a separate business unit within the Manitoulin Group of Companies under the leadership of Greg Ridsdale, vice-president. Wayne Ridsdale, the former president of Ridsdale Transportation Ltd., will remain in a consulting role.
“We built our business from the ground up and are very proud of where we are today,” said Greg Ridsdale, vice-president, Ridsdale Transport Ltd.  “By joining Manitoulin, I know what we have created will flourish and that our customers will benefit from the many additional services that the Manitoulin Group of Companies can provide them.  I’m thrilled about the future as we continue to evolve.”

“We are excited about Ridsdale’s merge with Manitoulin and the positive outcome it brings to customers,” added Smith.  “Manitoulin continues to seek out customer-focused businesses that will contribute significantly to our service capabilities.  Ridsdale’s motto ‘we carry through’ speaks to the reliable service the company has

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Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Greg_E on September 09, 2015, 04:58:42 PM
Con-Way was bought out by XPO Logistics.  :o

"All of the acquired operations - Con-way Freight, Menlo Logistics, Con-way Truckload and Con-way Multimodal - will be rebranded as XPO Logistics."



Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/xpo-logistics-to-acquire-conway-20150909-01409#ixzz3lHyq0ZE7
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Paul Kane on September 09, 2015, 07:14:13 PM
Wow, anyone see that coming?
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Ray F on September 10, 2015, 03:01:20 AM
Con-Way was bought out by XPO Logistics.  :o

"All of the acquired operations - Con-way Freight, Menlo Logistics, Con-way Truckload and Con-way Multimodal - will be rebranded as XPO Logistics."



Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/xpo-logistics-to-acquire-conway-20150909-01409#ixzz3lHyq0ZE7
Wow I didn't even know XPO logistics, was actually Express-1 Expedited Solutions but with a Name Change. I guess this move does make Sense though, Business wise  :-\

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XPO_Logistics
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Jon_G on September 10, 2015, 01:57:41 PM

Wow! That is definitely big news. XPO bought European-based Norbert Dressangle earlier this year. I did not realize Con-way had a less than stellar year, as LTL seems to be doing well overall. I wonder if the owners were ready to sell.

Jon
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: pacarhauler on April 09, 2016, 10:35:20 AM
Still says Con Way 4-4-16;
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1461/26308533885_41d564d5bc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G5N7xP)Kenworth T680 &quot;Conway&quot; (https://flic.kr/p/G5N7xP) by Dick Copello (https://www.flickr.com/photos/carhaul/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: RedStapler on August 13, 2016, 11:01:48 AM
DC Velocity on LTL Market Concentration

The top 10 LTL carriers control 77 percent of the $37 billion market, while the top 25 control 94 percent, according to data published in late June by BB&T Capital Markets, an investment firm. Given the dominance of a few players, there isn't much room for cost-conscious shippers to maneuver as long as carriers stay disciplined.


http://www.dcvelocity.com/articles/20160803--business-down-prices-up-for-ltl-carriers-oligopolies-are-a-good-thing/
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on August 14, 2016, 05:06:39 AM
Red Stapler - Lodge Members -

Your report notes, ...Given the dominance of a few players, there isn't much room for cost-conscious shippers to
maneuver as long as carriers stay disciplined...
Hmmmm... The Bitter Fruits of De-Regulation? We are right back
where we started from, all over again? 'Cept here, we now have "3PL" (broker) scammers getting their pieces?

We may infer, each in our own way, the "...cost-conscious shippers..." on the road to check with "...go to Helen
Waite"? If they have time to await a truck which may be passing thru for a hot shipment for Santa Rosa, NM;
Burley, ID, and so on. It a fool's errand?

Hmmm... Enthusiasm for use of word, "oligopoly" may be a bit foolish or silly?  See a classic definition:
http://www.investopedia.com/terms/o/oligopoly.asp (http://www.investopedia.com/terms/o/oligopoly.asp)

Facts are facts. The LTL business demands much investment of funds so to provide national services. It remains,
does it not, that even the smallest of points with three (or so) carriers, all ready, willing and able in services with
LTL shipments.


............................ Vern..........................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on November 25, 2016, 07:08:23 AM
Manitoulin Expands in Ontario

From: Trucknews.

Manitoulin Transport utilizes three new terminals in southeastern Ontario,
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Manitoulin Transport has southeastern Ontario covered, now providing direct service to all towns and cities via three terminals in Cornwall, Peterborough and Kingston.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Chris_E on December 29, 2016, 08:05:32 PM
Saia to expand to the Northeastern US in 2017.

http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=43686&t=Saia-to-Expand-Into-Northeast-Next-Year (http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=43686&t=Saia-to-Expand-Into-Northeast-Next-Year)
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on December 29, 2016, 08:14:32 PM
Interesting stuff here re Saia. 8) Gotta wonder who some of the smaller carriers might be that they would look to acquire? ??? Also wonder if the XPO/Con-way thing is just a quick flip and maybe they sell off the LTL part to Saia? ???
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Chris_E on December 31, 2016, 07:51:03 AM
I doubt Saia would be that ambitious to acquire XPO. It'd likely be a smaller Northeastern carrier. Problem is there's not may of them left.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: hwyhaulier on January 02, 2017, 11:24:34 AM
Charlie - Chris_E - Lodge Members -

FWIW. Your writer did a most interested reading of the line's precise statements in the TT release.
Appears to be quite a cautious and prudent plan of planned incrementalism?

IMHO, doubtful the Con-Way enterprise would be of much interest? Except, and of course, it would
come up on something of a "fire sale"?

....................... Vern .......................
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Chris_E on January 02, 2017, 05:02:35 PM
Yes Vern, it sounds like they'll be starting a "grass roots" operation up here. Should expect to start seeing them around here in April.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: charlie on January 02, 2017, 05:21:35 PM
My suspicious mind is wondering if this is the opening salvo in southern outfits invading the north? ??? ;D I always see SEFL units running the PATP east of Harrisburg to interline with A. Duie Pyle & have seen a Wilson rigs north of Baltimore on I-95. Just wondering how ambitious other LTL outfits might become once SAIA opens the door? ???
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Chris_E on January 02, 2017, 05:45:47 PM
I don't think this is indicative of any industry paradigm shift, at least not yet. The Northeastern US is a tough nut to crack in the LTL world if one doesn't already have an existing customer base. I'd imagine that, at least for now, the carriers that be are fine with their current service areas and arrangements. If not, a merger would likely take place rather than starting up fresh. I think Saia's making the push because they want national status and this is the only area they don't yet service.
Title: Re: Industry News - LTL Only
Post by: Rob Archer on January 08, 2017, 11:49:55 AM
Meyers Transport Belleville ON is closing

A longtime Belleville trucking company shutting down its operations after almost 90 years on the road.

In a press release Friday afternoon Meyers Transport Chairperson Natalie Meyers, says the company will stop shipping freight as of January 20th this year, but related companies Mortrans Inc in Belleville and Mosaic Logistics in Peterborough will continue to operate and be owned by the family.

Meyers calls it “a sad day” for her family” and says the decision wasn’t made lightly, but the company “recognizes that things change” and that “it’s time to reset the focus and move on”.

Meyers says the process of winding down the company will take some time, and the office staff will continue to work as long as there is work for them or until they find new employment.

Unfortunately, this change will mean laying off 17 employee drivers and 6 independent brokers in the Belleville area on the 20th. “I have always been very proud of the Meyers’ drivers, their professionalism and attention to safety and customer service. We will be doing all we can to help them find new employment as quickly as possible,” says Meyers.

She adds “this is a sad time at Meyers Transport right now, but I am incredibly impressed with the professional manner in which all have accepted the news and are continuing to perform their duties as service our customers. It has been an honour and a privilege to work with all of them.”