Industry Briefs

Dayton Freight opens new Des Moines service center

Dayton Freight opened a new 52-door service center in Des Moines, Iowa, to provide faster service, increased capacity and more error-free deliveries. The Dayton, Ohio-based less-than-truckload company invested $7.5 million in the 28,000-square-foot facility and plans to add a maintenance shop later this year.

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K&B enhances holiday sign-on bonus program

K&B Transportation announced an enhanced holiday sign-on bonus program that the South Sioux City, Neb.-based company says equals out to an increase of more than 7 cents per mile. Drivers starting prior to Christmas will receive $400 orientation pay plus a $500 bonus on their second paychecks, followed up with another $500 bonus in late January. Working new hires also will qualify for a $250 operations bonus for running over the Christmas holiday. K&B also offers a ...

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Schneider Finance touts easier online credit application

Schneider Finance announced the creation of a one-stop online shop to help simplify business ownership for owner-operators. The revamped mobile-friendly SFITrucks.com website is designed for easy use and to offer a streamlined user experience, showcasing an easy-to-complete credit application for drivers looking to lease new or used trucks from SFI, a division of Green Bay, Wis.-based Schneider.

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Southeastern relocates Arkansas service center

Southeastern Freight Lines, a Lexington, S.C.-based less-than-truckload company, relocated its service center in Van Buren, Ark., near Fort Smith, in response to growing business in the region. The new facility employs more than 35 people and features 39 dock doors. “By increasing capacity and improving delivery efficiency, the new Van Buren facility will help to increase Southeastern’s quality of service throughout the Sun Belt,” says Scott Lackie, service center manager.

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Con-way Freight driver Painter hits 3 million safe miles

Con-way Freight, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based less-than-truckload company, announced that Larry Painter, a 30-year company veteran, became its sixth professional driver to achieve three million consecutive accident-free miles. Con-way Freight’s three-million-mile club also includes previous honorees James “Jackpot” Sutfin of Las Vegas, Nev.; Tom Syme of Palatine, Ill.; Tom Strissel of Mundelein, Ill.; David Frazier of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Doug Phelps of Clearfield, Pa. All continue to drive for the company today. “I think I speak for ...

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Goodyear offers big-fleet pricing package to owner-ops

A market-share leader in the sales and service of commercial tires to the largest fleets is rolling out out a special pricing package aimed at owner-operators and small fleets – and at improving its share of that market segment.

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TCA hosting health fairs at TA/Petro stops

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) will sponsor free health fairs at 18 TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers  across the United States. Reflecting the theme Make Your Destination Another Birthday, these events will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17, or Wednesday, Sept. 18, depending on the specific location. Set to coincide with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, the fairs will take place at the following TA/Petro locations: Sept. 17 Petro      – North Little Rock, Arkansas TA      – Ontario, ...

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Daseke buys Oregon Truck Co.

Daseke Inc., a group of flatbed and specialized carriers, announced it has acquired the Redmond, Ore.-based Central Oregon Truck Company. The transaction took place Aug. 1 and follows Gaffney, S.C.-based J. Grady Randolph Inc. joining Daseke, making the holding company one of the 20 largest flatbed and specialty carriers in North America. Other Daseke companies include Smokey Point Distributing and E.W. Wylie.  Rick Williams, one of the founders and CEO of Central Oregon Truck Company, said that ...

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Wabash named one of 50 best manufacturers

IndustryWeek has named Wabash National Corporation one of the 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers in the magazine’s July 2013 issue. To select the top 50 manufacturing companies, IndustryWeek evaluated members of its U.S. 500, a list of the largest U.S. public manufacturers, based on financial performance in the following six key areas from 2010 to 2012: inventory turns, profit margin, asset turns, return on assets, return on equity and revenue growth. Performance for the most recent year ...

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Mack opens merchandise shop at Pa. HQ

A Mack Shop is now open inside the Mack Customer Center in Allentown, Pa. The store will carry a full assortment of Mack-branded merchandise in a location convenient for visitors to the Mack Customer Center and the Lehigh Valley community. The 850 square-foot shop will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The store offers a selection of Mack merchandise and features Mack die-cast models representative of what visitors will see while touring ...

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