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Open Trucking Category => Anything Trucking Related => Topic started by: JoeLaForm on February 11, 2019, 01:55:25 PM

Title: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: JoeLaForm on February 11, 2019, 01:55:25 PM
http://www.nemf.com/new-england-motor-freight-files-voluntary-chapter-11-petition/


They have file for bankruptcy and are winding down operations as of today
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: charlie on February 11, 2019, 02:14:02 PM
 :o. Didn't they do this once before? ??? Guess the high dollar Petes they bought drained more money out of the company then the old R model Macks they ran. Hate to see any company go under but comments I've read for years haven't been too kind as to NEMF has been run. Guess Sir Paul didn't even have enough money to bail NEMF out.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: R. Buron on February 11, 2019, 02:33:46 PM
It's sad. I found the fleet very interesting. And yet the economy is very good....
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Greg_E on February 11, 2019, 03:38:27 PM
I left NEMF at the end of the summer once my teaching career started getting busier. They werenít in great shape by that time and Iím sad to see that a lot of the guys I worked with are out of a job. I have no doubt theyíll be able to find work somewhere else, but itís still tough.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: partsman88 on February 11, 2019, 04:17:35 PM
Sad, I always liked their livery. Candidate to be bought out? Surely there's some LTL company out there needing equipment.

Sucks for the employees though.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Greg_E on February 11, 2019, 05:39:15 PM
Sad, I always liked their livery. Candidate to be bought out? Surely there's some LTL company out there needing equipment.

Sucks for the employees though.
I think itís just going to be liquidation at this point. I could see Saia bolstering their young northeastern fleet with the new trailers NEMF has. Like Charlie said, a lot of the tractors are now within 10 years of age so I bet carriers buy those up quickly as well.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: charlie on February 11, 2019, 06:24:52 PM
Hope someone buys a Mack R model & a pup to display at the Macungie show someday. :)
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Greg_E on February 11, 2019, 06:34:36 PM
Hope someone buys a Mack R model & a pup to display at the Macungie show someday. :)
I donít know what will happen to those old Nations Way pups. Those things were BEAT. The Carrier trailers had a lot of life left in them though.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: charlie on February 11, 2019, 06:41:12 PM
IMO some pretty valuable real estate on the table here too. Elizabeth NJ & Elkton MD come to mind. :)
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Rob Archer on February 11, 2019, 06:51:26 PM
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I donít know what will happen to those old Nations Way pups. Those things were BEAT. The Carrier trailers had a lot of life left in them though.

Pups from Nations Way?
Those would be in excess of 30 years old!
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: charlie on February 11, 2019, 06:57:07 PM
Pups from Nations Way?
Those would be in excess of 30 years old!
By NEMF standards they would be considered new equipment Rob. ;D
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Greg_E on February 11, 2019, 07:27:49 PM
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I donít know what will happen to those old Nations Way pups. Those things were BEAT. The Carrier trailers had a lot of life left in them though.

Pups from Nations Way?
Those would be in excess of 30 years old!
They were, but I loaded a couple while I was there! Many still had the setup for garment racks back when NEMF and Eastern had a lot of clothing retail customers.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: R. Buron on February 13, 2019, 09:36:09 AM
I enclosed a video about Carrier Industries and by association about the Shevell Group.

http://www.carrierindustries.com/video.html
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Oso2 on February 13, 2019, 04:59:20 PM
Guess the high dollar Petes they bought drained more money out of the company then the old R model Macks they ran.

I highly doubt that the make of truck they chose was a big factor; Peterbilt probably made them the best offer . BTW, a lot of fleets have chosen Pete - so they aren't priced out of the ballpark.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: charlie on February 13, 2019, 05:08:08 PM
Guess the high dollar Petes they bought drained more money out of the company then the old R model Macks they ran.

I highly doubt that the make of truck they chose was a big factor; Peterbilt probably made them the best offer . BTW, a lot of fleets have chosen Pete - so they aren't priced out of the ballpark.

Shoulda put a  ;D :D after the sentence...Ö...it was meant as a joke. ::) Anyone whose watched NEMF over the years knows they liked to hang onto equipment...Ö...the new shiny wheels they bought came as a surprise to me. :o
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Greg_E on February 13, 2019, 08:17:11 PM
Guess the high dollar Petes they bought drained more money out of the company then the old R model Macks they ran.

I highly doubt that the make of truck they chose was a big factor; Peterbilt probably made them the best offer . BTW, a lot of fleets have chosen Pete - so they aren't priced out of the ballpark.

Shoulda put a  ;D :D after the sentence...Ö...it was meant as a joke. ::) Anyone whose watched NEMF over the years knows they liked to hang onto equipment...Ö...the new shiny wheels they bought came as a surprise to me. :o
They invested in millions of dollars in updated equipment between 2015 and 2018. A lot of money for sure but not enough to break the bank. Certainly many factors at play to cause Shevell to turn to this.

Word is the last day of operation is Friday and then NEMF is off the road.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: charlie on February 13, 2019, 08:33:06 PM
I read somewhere that they were too reliant on a couple of big companies (Amazon was one) & the low margins hurt them financially plus they had to tie up a lot of trucks for a couple of customers.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Rob Archer on February 14, 2019, 05:49:32 AM
I always hate when customers want rates so low that it is impossible for the service provider to make any money.
We, the outside service providing company, have to pay our employees and get a return on investment too.
No company should ever do so much business with one customer or sector that it threatens their survival.
Customers don't care!
Management has to care.
Sometimes owners get sick of shovelling money into a business and not getting a return.
If nobody wants to buy the business it will then get shout down.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: charlie on February 14, 2019, 06:05:23 AM
Interesting background about NEMF.


                                https://tandemthoughts.landlinemag.com/in-the-news/nemf-a-big-carrier-with-a-colorful-history-goes-bust/
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: R. Buron on February 14, 2019, 07:47:06 AM
Very interesting and instructive article charlie.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Greg_E on February 14, 2019, 08:34:46 AM
I read somewhere that they were too reliant on a couple of big companies (Amazon was one) & the low margins hurt them financially plus they had to tie up a lot of trucks for a couple of customers.
I also read about that and saw it first hand. We had too many trailers stuck at multiple Amazon warehouses on any given day. We also kept needing to fill loads at the same time to go out. I donít think NEMF had that kind of capacity, and if they did, it was barely enough.  Amazon is also notorious for cheap contracts with carriers on top of high demand for service. NEMF had plenty of other contracts but I assume they cut rates so low just to keep them while losing customers who werenít having their needs met.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: coloradogreen on February 14, 2019, 09:44:51 AM
Guess the high dollar Petes they bought drained more money out of the company then the old R model Macks they ran.

I highly doubt that the make of truck they chose was a big factor; Peterbilt probably made them the best offer . BTW, a lot of fleets have chosen Pete - so they aren't priced out of the ballpark.
Oso is absolutely right. The only way a Pete becomes high dollar is if it is owner-operator spec's. We haul chassis's for a mining outfitter that builds blasting trucks. Their standard offerings are on Peterbilt chassis's. Being as these rigs spend the entirety of their lives tromping in mud and mines, they aren't wildly fancy rigs. The interiors are as bare bones as it gets, rubber floors and mats, cloth seats, etc.

The only thing that makes their Pete's pricey is the all-wheel-drive running gear and specialized outfitting to accommodate the blasting gear.

Peterbilt and Kenworth will build you as bare bones "fleet trucks" as you like.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: partsman88 on February 14, 2019, 03:43:47 PM
That's quite a story Charlie, thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Wreckerman on February 15, 2019, 10:30:59 PM
You know, I'd always liked the NEMF livery and had wanted to make it "up north" and see some of their equipment some day.
I guess that's not gonna happen now, except (hopefully) at truck shows.
Wonder if they'll get bought out, and by whom, or if they'll just fade away and other companies will pick up their customers?
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: james j neiweem on February 16, 2019, 10:01:52 AM
If they were shipping Amazon prime materials shipping is free.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Greg_E on February 16, 2019, 10:24:25 AM
You know, I'd always liked the NEMF livery and had wanted to make it "up north" and see some of their equipment some day.
I guess that's not gonna happen now, except (hopefully) at truck shows.
Wonder if they'll get bought out, and by whom, or if they'll just fade away and other companies will pick up their customers?
Right now shippers who had been using NEMF are scrambling to try and find carriers who can meet their needs and have the capacity to do so. I saw a video that showed NEMF having 39 terminals in the northeast alone. I know Pyle, Pitt Ohio, and Ward would love the business but may not have enough resources to make it work for everyone. This could also be the break Saia needed to gain market share in New England.

Also, Pyle, New Penn, Estes as well as other companies are welcoming former NEMF employees with open arms. The northeast is a very tough area for the trucking business and weíll have to wait and see how this plays out!
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: soapman on March 02, 2019, 01:38:49 PM
yeah sad to see them go but I had heard how they hadnt been run well lately
Will Eastern Freightways still be in business? I saw two of their trucks yesterday
on the road
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Greg_E on March 02, 2019, 04:16:05 PM
yeah sad to see them go but I had heard how they hadnt been run well lately
Will Eastern Freightways still be in business? I saw two of their trucks yesterday
on the road
I think the other Shevell Companies has an extra month or so but NEMF ceases operations that Friday. I want to drive by the terminal soon but my schedule and the weather have gotten in the way.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: Huskidrive on March 02, 2019, 09:13:17 PM
On their facebook page.......https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206066247813390&set=p.10206066247813390&type=3
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: partsman88 on March 23, 2019, 05:34:53 PM
Was going through my archives looking for some other shots when I ran across these, all taken last year.  RIP NEMF.

May 2018 - Woodbridge:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7911/40486102763_b6faf93c6e_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24FBRQx)

Sept 2018 - Sterling:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7818/46536995205_d2b5b5b6bb_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dUjgmi)

Aug. 2018 - Woodbridge:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7821/33575932888_ece7c8910a_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/T9Zr5C)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7802/40486102643_c32e41a319_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24FBRNt)

I'm sure I have more from previous years but I'll share them when I run across them.
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: R. Buron on March 24, 2019, 11:27:17 AM
What a good idea to share partsman88 :D :D :D
Title: Re: New England Motor Freight is no more.
Post by: james j neiweem on March 30, 2019, 09:44:25 AM
Get your nemf 1/64 models while they last.