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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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Five trucking companies make Forbes’ 100 Most Trusted Companies list

Mega fleets Con-way (No. 4 in the CCJ Top 250), Werner (No. 10), Old Dominion (No. 12), Knight (No. 25) and Marten (No. 46) were among Forbes' annual 100 Most Trusted Companies list, released this week. Con-way, Knight, Old Dominion and Werner all ranked in the Mid Cap category, which consists of companies with a market cap between $1 billion and $5 billion. Marten scored in the Small Cap category, companies with a market cap between $250 million and $1 billion. The ...

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Schneider unveils new logo

Schneider unveiled a new logo March 18. The logo has a more contemporary look, designed to accurately reflect the areas Schneider serves, the company says. The company’s previous logo was introduced in 1985. Over the years, the company became more widely referred to as Schneider. The logo reflects this, but the company’s full name , Schneider National, Inc., will still be used for legal documents. Transition to the new logo will occur over time, including on the ...

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K&B Transportation Increases Pay

K&B Transportation, a refrigerated carrier out of Sioux, City, Iowa, will raise pay for company drivers on its Midwest Regional and National fleets, effective April 28.  This raise in pay will boost company driver compensation by three cents per mile.  Effective April 28, the starting wage for all new hires will now be 41 cents per mile, up from a prior 38 cents per mile for new hires. K&B Transportation also will continue its 2,500-mile guarantee ...

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Crete raising pay 2c per mile for owner-ops, company drivers

Crete Carrier Corp. announced March 12 that it would be raising pay 2 cents a mile for all national over-the-road drivers and owner-operators. The pay raise applies to drivers at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking and Hunt Transportation and will take effect April 1.

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