News from the fleets

JEVIC OPENS DETROIT FACILITY
Less-than-truckload provider Jevic Transportation has opened a new facility to serve the Detroit metro area.

Located on the Dix-Toledo Highway in Brownstown Township, the terminal is accessible from I-75. The facility sits on 16.5 acres and has 20 insulated doors on an 8,000-square-foot dock.

The company says the terminal was opened to meet demand for Jevic’s Breakbulk-Free Service, which minimizes transfers and favors “load-to-ride” deliveries.


ALL FREIGHT BOOSTS OWNER-OPERATOR PAY
All Freight Systems raised its owner-operator pay to $1 per mile, a 9-cent increase. The rate is paid on loaded and empty miles and includes a 100 percent fuel surcharge.

All Freight’s contractor package includes paid base plates, permits and bobtail insurance and reimbursement for tolls on company routes.

Based in Kansas City, Kan., All Freight also recently raised its customer rates.


GREATWIDE LAUNCHES LEASE PROGRAM
Greatwide Logistics Services launched Greatstart, a program designed to help company drivers become owner-operators.

Program participants acquire equity in the truck during the course of the lease. Contractors then become owners by paying off or financing the balance of the note at the end of the term.


TRANSPORT AMERICA RENOVATES OHIO SUPPORT CENTER
Transport America completed renovations at its North Jackson, Ohio, support center. The terminal now can house more than 200 drivers and includes improved showers, private lavatories and laundry facilities.

Additions include a driver recreation room with a 42-inch plasma television and a new wing of office space for support center personnel.

Transport America nearly doubled the facility’s parking capacity to accommodate 140 trailers and up to 100 tractors.


TRI-STATE LAUNCHES TRUCKLOAD DIVISION
Tri-State Expedited, based in Toledo, Ohio, has formed a new truckload division that offers drivers dedicated lanes, a 100 percent fuel surcharge, paid tolls, weekly settlements and advances on each load.


AWARDS & RECOGNITION
FIKES TRUCK LINE named Derrell Hearnsberger its 2006 Contractor of the Year. Runners-up were Charles Fowler, Randall Sanders and Edgar Tarrance.

MAVERICK TRANSPORTATION announced its Third Quarter Drivers of the Month: Scott Shy, July; Chris Foster, August; and Keith Graham, September.

CTL DISTRIBUTION named Charles Henry its October 2006 Bull Dog Award winner.

AVERITT EXPRESS inducted seven drivers into its Over 20 Team, celebrating drivers who have been with the company for 20 years: Bonnie Hopper, Charles Johnson, Larry Luton, Ronnie Henley Oliver, James Pojanowski, Tony Presley and Roger Turner.

CONTRACT FREIGHTERS INC. named its September Drivers of the Month: John Newkirk, contractor; Leonard and Sharon Locas, contractor team; Jose Herrera, company driver; and James and Janiece Martindale, company team.

DECKER TRUCK LINE selected its September Drivers of the Month: Keith Andrews, flatbed; and Bryan Thenhaus, reefer/van.

TRANSPORT AMERICA named its August Drivers of the Month: George Carney, Edward Eason, Steven Levine, William Piktel, David Stanley and Henry Woods.

PACLEASE honored Don Gullett of Lawrence, Kan., as its 2006 Driver of the Year.

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