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Southeastern Freight Lines Celebrates 65 Years of Service at its Charleston and Savannah Service Centers

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Celebrating decades of experience, and many more to come.

LEXINGTON, S.C. (April 20, 2017) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services is celebrating 65 years of quality without question service from two of its very first service centers, Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, this year.

The Charleston service center opened for business in 1952, with five dock doors and six associates. Throughout the more than six decades of service, the Charleston location has relocated on three occasions due to continued growth and expansion of service offerings in South Carolina. It is now located at 1140 Business Park Lane in Summerville, South Carolina with 63 dock doors and 80 associates.

The Savannah service center opened for business that same year in what is now the Savannah State Farmer’s Market. The location had one dock door. In the 1970’s the location moved to 1717 Old Dean Forest Road in Pooler, Georgia, where it stands today. Growing from its humble roots, the location now features 58 dock doors and employs 70 associates.

“As we celebrate these incredible milestones in Charleston and Savannah, it’s humbling to look back at the impact and growth we’ve experienced,” said Tobin Cassels, president, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Throughout these 65 years, our quality without question culture and commitment to infrastructure has allowed us to expand and deliver more shipments decade after decade. We look forward to continuing to serve our customers and celebrate more monumental milestones.”

Charleston and Savannah were vital locations as Southeastern expanded to six service centers in the 1960’s. Since then, the company has opened 89 service centers spanning 14 states, Canada and Puerto Rico and has been recognized by more than 400 quality awards received from customers and associations for high service standards and innovative trucking technologies.

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Southeastern Freight Lines Opens New Service Center in Garland

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New Location Enhances Service Throughout Texas

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Feb. 13, 2017) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced the opening of a new service center in Garland, Texas. The new facility, located at 3301 W. Miller Road in Garland, features 104 dock doors.

“As the fourth permanent service center location opened in the state within the past 18 months, this opening solidifies Southeastern’s continued focus on our customers in the Texas market,” said David Turner, regional vice president of operations, Southeastern Freight Lines. “We look forward to providing our ‘quality without question’ service to even more customers in and around Texas.”

To oversee daily operations, Southeastern has promoted Matt Hughes to service center manager in Garland. Hughes has more than 14 years of experience with Southeastern, most recently serving as assistant service center manager in Southeastern’s facility in Dallas, Texas.

This is the third service center serving the Dallas Fort-Worth metro area, allowing for earlier deliveries, pick-ups and more flexibility in overall services. It also expands Southeastern’s capacity and infrastructure.

The new facility will employ 72 associates, from service center managers to pick-up and delivery drivers.

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Feeding Children Everywhere Brings Mission to Columbia

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Social charity partners with Southeastern Freight Lines to package 40,000 meals.

LEXINGTON, S.C. (January 18, 2017) Today, Orlando-based non-profit, Feeding Children Everywhere shared their mission of empowering and mobilizing volunteers to assemble healthy meals for hungry children to Columbia, South Carolina. Southeastern Freight Lines, a leader in regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, hosted a hunger project, preparing 40,000 meals to be donated to local Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Formed in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Feeding Children Everywhere has grown from a movement conceived around a dining room table to a social charity with a far-reaching impact, mobilizing more than 421,000 volunteers to package 62 million healthy meals for hungry children in 49 countries around the world.

The local hunger project will provide 40,000 healthy meals for hungry children in the community, consisting of lentils, white rice, dehydrated vegetables and pink Himalayan salt. Feeding Children Everywhere works directly with a nutritionist to honor their commitment to provide the healthiest meal possible to children around the world. They provided all of the materials and set up for the hunger project to create an assembly line for volunteers to work together efficiently and make a difference in their community.

“It is truly a dynamic experience to witness,” said Brad Fleming, strategic partnerships manager, Feeding Children Everywhere. “The music is booming, lentils are flying and a sea of Southeastern volunteers in hairnets, transcending across age, race, gender and department are working together to make a tangible difference in the fight against global hunger, with a specific focus on their local community.”

The hunger project was the first “Southeastern Serves” campaign for Southeastern Freight Lines in 2017. The Southeastern Serves program is dedicated to giving back to communities across Southeastern’s footprint by having associates of all levels get involved with providing for the less fortunate.

“Southeastern places a high priority on giving back,” said Mike Heaton, senior vice president, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Feeding Children Everywhere allows us the opportunity to serve and engage employees in the cause, providing meals for those at risk in our local community. We encourage other businesses to get involved and make an impact on global hunger.”

In 2016, Southeastern recruited 881 volunteers and logged 2,800 total hours of community service across the Southeast, ranging from volunteering at food drives and soup kitchens, to providing school supplies and doing yard work.

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Southeastern Freight Lines Serves 2,800 Hours in 2016

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Gives Back Through “Southeastern Serves” Program

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Jan. 17, 2017) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced its participation in more than 2,800 total hours of community service in 2016 as part of the “Southeastern Serves” program.

Southeastern Serves is a program dedicated to giving back to communities across Southeastern’s footprint by having associates of all levels get involved with providing for the needy.

“We are fortunate enough to share our commitment to providing quality service not only to our customers but to less fortunate individuals throughout the communities we serve,” said Mike Heaton, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Southeastern Freight Lines. “Through the Southeastern Serves program, we are able to give back and strengthen the communities who support us year after year.”

This year, 881 participants, including Southeastern associates and their friends and family members, participated in Southeastern Serves projects ranging from volunteering at food drives and soup kitchens, to providing school supplies and yard work.

Most recently, Southeastern’s Miami service center collected almost 1,700 pounds of food to donate to the Star of the Sea Outreach Mission, serving those in need across 34 locations from Key Largo to Key West, Florida. Additionally, the Greenville, South Carolina service center helped The Pendleton Place revamp their playground this past May, spreading mulch, repairing damaged equipment and creating a barrier so the mulch would not wash away. Over in Texas, 35 volunteers from the El Paso service center cooked a homemade fajita dinner in April for the families living at the local Ronald McDonald House.

“The opportunity Southeastern has to support so many deserving organizations and individuals throughout the year as part of the Southeastern Serves program is humbling. We look forward to the new community service projects that await us in the coming year,” said Heaton.

This is the fifth year for the Southeastern Serves program.

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Southeastern Receives Eaton’s 2015 Supplier Excellence Award

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Four original employees celebrate 35 years with company

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Oct. 18, 2016) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has received the 2015 Supplier Excellence Award from diversified industrial manufacturer, Eaton.

The Supplier Excellence Award is presented annually to suppliers based on quality, productivity, cost reduction, innovation and technological advances. Southeastern was selected for providing exceptional quality and on-time performance. In addition, Southeastern was also recognized for its contribution to cost and inventory management, increased capacity for shorter lead times, increased factory productivity, customer service, contingency planning, electronic commerce and waste reduction.

Eaton presented the award to Southeastern at the 2016 Eaton Supplier Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

“As one of 74,000 suppliers globally, being recognized to receive this award from Eaton is a true testament to our commitment to deliver “best in class service” to our customers,” said Tommy Keeton, national account manager, Southeastern Freight Lines. “We have a great partner in Eaton and look forward to continuing our work with them for many years to come.”

The Supplier Excellence Award reflects Southeastern’s excellence in the industry and its goal to maintain a “quality without question” culture.

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Southeastern Freight Lines’ Valdosta Service Center Celebrates 35 Years of Service

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Four original employees celebrate 35 years with company

LEXINGTON, S.C. (August 24, 2016) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 35 years of quality without question service from its Valdosta, Georgia service center this August.

Located at 2126 West Hill Avenue, the Valdosta service center originally opened for business in August of 1981 and currently features 68 dock doors and employs 75 associates.

The facility is also celebrating the anniversaries of four original team members: Craig Moore, Assistant Service Manager, David Morris, Line Haul driver, and Brett Vincent, P&D driver. All three employees have been with the Valdosta service center since its opening in 1981 and are celebrating 35 years with the company.

“Thirty-five years ago, the Valdosta service center opened its doors and brought a new culture of trucking to the region,” said Algie Grubbs, regional vice president of operations, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Since opening, the Valdosta service center has experienced tremendous growth, increasing from its original eight employees and nine dock doors, and we could not be more proud to recognize their growth.”

The Valdosta service center was the 13th service center opened by Southeastern Freight Lines since its founding in 1950. Since then, the company operates 88 service centers spanning 14 states, Canada and Puerto Rico and has undergone numerous upgrades in trucks and trucking technologies.

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Southeastern Freight Lines’ Hazlehurst Service Center Celebrates 35 Years of Service

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One employee celebrates 32 years with company

LEXINGTON, S.C. (June 30, 2016) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 35 years of quality without question service from its Hazlehurst, Georgia, service center this June.

Originally opened for business in June of 1981, the Hazlehurst service center, located at 9 Matthews Drive, features 30 dock doors and employs 30 associates.

The service center also recognizes Eric Hester, linehaul driver, who has been with the Hazlehurst service center since 1984 and is celebrating 32 years with the company.

“The Hazlehurst service center has thrived for over three decades in this region, experiencing growth as a direct result of our dedication to putting customers first,” said Vic Burton, service center manager, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Since opening in 1981, we’ve built lasting relationships with our customers and look forward to continuing to provide quality without question service for many years to come.”

Hazlehurst was the 12th service center opened by Southeastern Freight Lines since its founding in 1950. Today, the company operates 88 service centers spanning 14 states, Canada and Puerto Rico and has undergone numerous upgrades in trucks and trucking technologies.

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Southeastern Freight Lines’ Baton Rouge Service Center Celebrates 20 Years of Service

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Original employee celebrates 20 years with company

LEXINGTON, S.C. (March 31, 2016) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 20 years of quality without question service from its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, service center this March.

Originally opened for business in March of 1996, the Baton Rouge service center, located at 2700 Highway 1 North, features 69 dock doors and employs 48 associates.

The service center is also celebrating Linehaul Driver Barrett Sylvan, an original associate who has been with the Baton Rouge service center since its opening in 1996 and is celebrating 20 years with the company.

“The Baton Rouge service center first opened its doors two decades ago, bringing a new dimension of professional service and trucking culture to the market,” said Dan Poteat, service center manager, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Since opening, Southeastern has expanded numerous times in this region, growing from 19 original employees, expanding from 16 to 69 doors and developing long-lasting relationships with our customers over 20 years of operation.”

The Baton Rouge service center was the 47th service center opened by Southeastern Freight Lines since its founding in 1950. Since then, the company operates 88 service centers spanning 14 states, Canada and Puerto Rico and has undergone numerous upgrades in trucks and trucking technologies.

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Southeastern Receives Sharp Electronics’ 2014 LTL Carrier of the Year Award

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LEXINGTON, S.C. (June 8, 2015) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been recognized for its outstanding service performance as the 2014 Sharp LTL Carrier of the Year by Sharp Electronics Corporation, a manufacturer of unique electronic products and solutions.

This is the third year for the award program and Southeastern has been recognized every year. The award is based on three main criteria: cut time performance, EDI 214 urgency and on-time delivery.

“Southeastern Freight Lines has been the top overall rated LTL carrier in our network for three consecutive years,” said Brian S. Yablonski, manager, Logistics Analysis and Transportation at Sharp Electronics. “Southeastern’s attention to our account and the service it provides has been unprecedented and we are grateful to have them as a carrier.”

“We are honored to have been named the 2014 LTL Carrier of the Year by Sharp Electronics and value the outstanding relationship we have developed with them over the last few years,” said Trey Fudger, national account manager, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Receiving this award for the third consecutive year shows Southeastern’s dedication to providing top quality service for Sharp Electronics and all of our customers.”

About Sharp Electronics Corporation: Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home entertainment products, appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, solar energy solutions, LED lighting and mobile communication and information tools. Leading products include AQUOS® LED TVs, Insight® Microwave Drawer® ovens, Notevision® multimedia projectors and Plasmacluster® air purifiers.

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Southeastern Receives BASF’s Supplier of the Year Less Than Truckload Award

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LEXINGTON, S.C. (May 27, 2015) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced it received the “Supplier of the Year Less Than Truckload Award” from BASF, the largest chemical company in the world.

This is the third time in the last five years that Southeastern has earned the prestigious Supplier of the Year distinction from BASF.

BASF has several shipping locations across Southeastern’s direct service area. Associates from Pasadena, Texas, to Mobile, Alabama, to Central, South Carolina and multiple locations in between, all played a role in providing first-class service that led to Southeastern’s recognition from BASF.

“We appreciate this honor from BASF, recognizing our commitment to provide our customers the highest quality LTL service, ” said Trey Fudger, national account manager, Southeastern Freight Lines. “We take tremendous pride in working with BASF, and we look forward to continuing our long-term partnership.”

Fudger and Southeastern’s Senior Vice President of Sales Mike Heaton accepted the award during a recognition ceremony on March 10 in Morristown, New Jersey.

The Supplier of the Year award reflects Southeastern’s excellence in the industry and its goal to maintain its “quality without question” culture.

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