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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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Southeastern Freight Lines Opens New Service Center in Lubbock

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Additional Capacity Enhances Service throughout Northeastern Texas

LEXINGTON, S.C. (May 11, 2015) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced the opening of a new service center in Lubbock, Texas.

The new facility, located at 5701 Elm Avenue in Lubbock, features 37 dock doors.

To oversee daily operations of the new service center, Southeastern has promoted Kelly Brackeen to service center manager in Lubbock. Brackeen has 14 years of experience in warehousing and transportation, most recently serving as assistant service center manager in Southeastern’s facility in Tyler.

“By expanding our presence with this service center in Lubbock, we will be better positioned to increase Southeastern’s quality of service throughout northeastern Texas,” said Brackeen. “Southeastern Freight Lines has served local markets in Texas with best-in-class performance for several years and we look forward to continuing that same level of quality service in the Lubbock.”

The opening of Lubbock places Southeastern closer to its customer base, which will allow for earlier deliveries, pick-ups and over all better service.

“We are excited to officially begin operations in the new Lubbock service center, helping to better serve our customers in the region,” said David Turner, regional vice president of operations, Southeastern Freight Lines.

The new service center will open and begin operations on May 11.

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Southeastern receives Lowe’s top carrier award for the 8th straight year

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LEXINGTON, S.C. (Mar. 19, 2015) – Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been named Lowe’s LTL Carrier of the Year for 2014. In addition, Southeastern also received Lowe’s Platinum Service Award for 2014, which is the highest award designation possible for the home improvement retailer.

This is the eighth year in a row that Southeastern has earned the prestigious Platinum distinction by exceeding all four service goals set by Lowe’s.

Lowe’s measures carriers each week on meeting four primary objectives including on-time and claim-free deliveries – two of Southeastern’s primary operational objectives. Consistently exceeding all four standards earns the Platinum level recognition.

A continuous quality improvement process is the bedrock of Southeastern’s leadership in the industry. Through this framework, Southeastern measures every aspect of its business and strives to satisfy every customer completely, becoming more efficient in the process. Southeastern monitors data through the process every day to recognize any trends that fall outside of the goals, working with customers and the entire supply chain to address issues before they become problems.

“We appreciate this honor from Lowe’s and value the outstanding relationship we have developed over the years,” said Braxton Vick, senior vice president of corporate planning and development at Southeastern Freight Lines. “We absolutely welcome and thrive on being measured by our customers. Exceeding Lowe’s standards for eight straight years is a testament to the commitment our employees have in the quality improvement process.”

All customers benefit from Southeastern’s industry-leading performance, including 99.4 percent of next-day shipments delivered on time, 99.9 percent of shipments handled free of shortage or damage, and a 99.4 percent invoice accuracy measure.

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Southeastern Freight Lines Expands Services Across Kentucky

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Expansion Provides Quality Without Question Transportation Services throughout the Sun Belt

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Feb. 09, 2015) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced it is expanding its business across the Sun Belt region, opening four new service centers in Kentucky in response to a growing customer service need.

Strategically positioned across the state, Southeastern’s new service centers in Lexington, Louisville and Bowling Green, Kentucky, as well as Cincinnati, Ohio, will provide quality transportation services with streamlined efficiencies for customer shipments throughout the Kentucky and Cincinnati areas. The new service centers will maximize delivery performance and minimize travel time between service centers and Southeastern customers.

“Expanding into Kentucky is a natural extension of Southeastern’s footprint. After just recently celebrating 2014 revenue of $1 billion, the expansion comes at a natural time of growth for the company,” said Mike Heaton, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Having served in local markets across the Sun Belt with best-in-class performance for many years, we look forward to expanding the quality customer service we’re known for throughout the region by meeting customers’ needs in Kentucky.”

The new locations are as follows:

  • 1025 Goodwin Drive in Lexington, KY, featuring 24 dock doors
  • 2220 S. 7th Street Louisville, KY, featuring 48 dock doors
  • 2570 Russellville Road in Bowling Green, KY, featuring 22 dock doors
  • 5770 Este Avenue in Cincinnati, OH, featuring 40 dock doors

The new facilities will employ more than 40 associates, from service center managers to pick-up and delivery drivers. They are scheduled to open and begin operations on March 2.

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Southeastern Freight Lines proud to be among corporate partners with volunteer staff and financial support

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Resurrections is a helping hands ministry that hosts a lunch every Saturday in downtown Columbia, offering a hot meal and welcoming environment to those in need. Southeastern Freight Lines, a regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services provider headquartered in nearby Lexington, will partner throughout the year to feed Columbia’s homeless and hungry.

Resurrections, a non-profit organization, is supported entirely through donations and volunteer staff and hosts the weekly Saturday lunches at the Kelly Suggs Law Center in downtown Columbia. Without Resurrections and the donations of time, money and food from the Columbia community and companies like Southeastern, the homeless in downtown Columbia would have no consistent place to eat on Saturday.

“Our lunches are truly an effort of the community to help the community,” said Larry Nichols, director at Resurrections. “The efforts of Southeastern have been a true blessing to Resurrections and those we serve. Southeastern’s culture of community service and commitment by employees to the communities they serve is something they live in both word and action, and to see this company spirit flourish at our Saturday lunches has been truly remarkable and rare.”

Resurrections provides a full meal with hot dogs, fruit, chips, cookies, drinks and other food that is often homemade by volunteers, every Saturday, rain or shine, even on holidays. “Those we serve often tell us that if we were not there, they would not eat,” added Nichols.

“Southeastern is humbled to support the Columbia local community by partnering with this generous organization,” said Mike Heaton, a senior vice president at Southeastern Freight Lines. “Resurrections is a natural fit with the service culture we strive for at Southeastern in everything we do, and the Resurrections mission is the perfect opportunity for us to give back for the many blessings we have as individuals and as a company. We encourage other area businesses to learn more about the Resurrections ministry and opportunities for support.”

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About Resurrections
Resurrections serves hot dogs on Saturdays to Columbia’s homeless and hungry when traditional soup kitchens are closed. Each Saturday, Resurrections serves between 125 and 250 meals. Resurrections accepts donations of time, money or food from the community to make these lunches possible. One hundred percent of funds go directly to support this community effort with no paid volunteers.