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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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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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Celadon buying 1,500 new tractors

Celadon Trucking this month announced it will be buying 1,500 new tractors, consisting of Kenworth T680 tractors from Paccar, along with some LoneStar and ProStar models from International. Kenworth T680 tractors from Paccar as well as LoneStar and ProStar models from International. The Kenworths will be used by the company’s Expedited team operations, the LoneStar models by the Lease Purchase division and the ProStar tractors will refresh the company’s core driving fleet.

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Prime’s same-sex trainer policy discriminates against women, court says

A U.S. district court has agreed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s determination that the same-sex trainer policy of Prime Inc. is discriminatory.

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Maverick builds multi-million driver training facility

Maverick Transportation last week, unveiled a new 13,000-sq.-ft. driver training facility that has multiple classrooms and five training bays.  The North Little Rock, Ark.-based company invested $4 million into the facility, which is capable of housing 210 driver students at once.  Maverick says 75 percent of the people that apply for driving positions at the company have no prior experience. It also said it received more than 50,000 applications last year for driving positions.  Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe ...

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C.R. England opens new terminal, adds LNG trucks

C.R. England (No. 14 in the CCJ Top 250) announced the opening last week of a 48,000-sqaure-foot. terminal in Colton, Calif., and the addition of 10 new liquefied natural gas-powered trucks for its Southern California fleets.  The 34-acre facility has a 30,000-square-foot maintenance shop with eight service bays and a truck wash; an 18,000-square-foot driver resource center where drivers can do laundry, watch TV, play games and exercise; parking for more than 250 tractors and 350 ...

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New Century abruptly closes and files for bankruptcy, driver sues for lack of notice

The 1,000-truck New Century Transportation has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 7. It has also been hit this week with a class-action lawsuit from a driver, who alleges the company violated federal law by not giving drivers a written notice 60 days prior to their dismissal.

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TransForce buys Transport America for $310M

TransForce (No. 8 in the CCJ Top 250) announced June 2 it has entered into an agreement to acquire Transport America for $310 million from Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison. Transport America is a dry van truckload carrier that has 12 terminals, 2,000 staff and independent contractors, 1,500 tractors and 4,400 trailers. "This acquisition will immediately provide TransForce with a critical mass in the highly-fragmented TL sector in the United States and we stand to benefit from ...

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Schneider to pay $21M to settle labor lawsuit from warehouse workers

Schneider Logistics Transloading and Distribution and Wal-Mart have agreed to pay $21 million to settle a wage-and-hour lawsuit brought by 1,800 Southern California warehouse workers.

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DriveAtlas offering $5k sign-on bonus for owner-ops

DriveAtlas says it is hiring 200 new owner operators by year’s end. This hiring comes in response to a increases in shipment volume and household moving contracts, freight transportation and logistics services throughout 2014. In addition, the company teamed up with workforce mobility management companies Weichert Workforce Mobility, which also requires the need for additional drivers. The majority of the new fleet growth will be in the Shuttle Fleet, a nationwide drop and hook trailer ...

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