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ArcBest Carrier ABF Freight Announces 2021 Load Team

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FORT SMITH, Arkansas, February 25, 2021 — ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, is pleased to announce that its less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight® has selected members of the 2021 ABF Freight Load Team.

The ABF Freight Load Team is an elite group of freight-handling professionals from ABF service centers throughout North America.

Members of the 2021 ABF Freight Load Team are: Roger Anderson of Cincinnati, Ohio; Mike Auer of Scranton, Pennsylvania; Alan Block of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Trent Caldwell of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jose Carreno of Salt Lake City, Utah; James Croce of Providence, Rhode Island; Jeff Davis of Denver, Colorado; Jeremy Enders of Carlisle, Pennsylvania; David Fender of Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Jody Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia; William Joyce of Kansas City, Missouri; Tony King of Little Rock, Arkansas; Darren McCarter of Knoxville, Tennessee; Ernesto Morales of Laredo, Texas; Jason Perdue of Dayton, Ohio; Jake Potter of Springfield, Missouri; Kinneth Rodges of Dallas, Texas; Bobby Smith of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Michael Villarreal of South Chicago, Illinois; and Johnny Zydel of Phoenix, Arizona.

“The 2021 ABF Load Team is made up of true professionals who are meticulous in providing a positive customer experience with every single shipment they handle,” said Andy Upchurch, vice president – service center operations for ABF Freight. “They have proven to be experts in their field and understand the importance of delivering shipments on time, damage free and intact. Their knowledge and skillsets make them a valuable resource for ABF and our customers.”


Estes Recognized With 2021 Top Workplaces USA Award

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Energage has recognized Estes with its 2021 Top Workplaces USA award. This award honors organizations who are committed to creating a people-centered culture, and making their employees feel valued. Competing against more than 1,100 organizations, Estes was recognized with distinction for its company values, management, policies, and innovation. Click here to learn more.

About Estes Express Lines

Estes is the largest, privately-owned freight carrier in North America. As an asset-based transportation and custom-logistics solutions provider, Estes delivers responsive freight solutions across a vast regional, national, international, and global footprint. The Richmond, VA-based, fourth-generation company has 90 years of freight shipping expertise and has worked through the decades to build a robust transportation network, a reputation for financial stability, and an award-winning safety record. Estes offers comprehensive freight shipping solutions, including Less Than Truckload (LTL), Volume and Truckload, Time Critical, Custom Shipping and Logistics, and Final Mile.

ArcBest Named One of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes

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FORT SMITH, Arkansas, February 15, 2021 — ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as one of America’s Best Large Employers for 2021. The award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

“Our employees live out our values every day as we work to be a trusted partner for our customers and make it easy for them to do business,” said Judy R. McReynolds, ArcBest chairman, president and CEO. “This award recognizes the strength of our values-driven culture, which is a foundational differentiator for us and at the heart of everything we do. We are very honored to be recognized.”

ArcBest is ranked No. 446 of the top 500 best large employers in the country and is included alongside 14 others in the transportation and logistics industry.


Estes Express Lines Announces 2021 General Rate Increase

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RICHMOND, VA—At Estes, we’re proud to be a carrier our customers can count on, and we’re committed to enhancing the shipping experience for those who put their trust in us every day. That’s why we’re proud to invest in technology, resources, and equipment that make it even easier to ship with us—particularly during these extraordinary times.

In order to continue delivering the reliable freight solutions and exceptional shipping experiences our customers have come to expect of us these past 90 years, Estes will be implementing a General Rate Increase (GRI) on February 1, 2021. This GRI will help offset the rising costs of technology, but it will also help us account for the growing costs of maintaining a stable operational structure, driver recruitment and retention, our employee base, and company-wide safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


ABF Freight President Tim Thorne To Retire Later This Year

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FORT SMITH, Arkansas, January 11, 2021 — ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, today announced that Tim Thorne, president of ArcBest less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight®, will retire effective June 30, 2021, after a 31-year career with the company.

Seth Runser, ABF vice president – linehaul operations, will be promoted to the new role of ABF chief operating officer, effective Feb. 1, 2021, and will become ABF president on July 1, 2021.

Thorne has been president since October 2014. He joined ABF in 1990 as a supervisor assistant after serving as a captain in the U.S. Army. Prior to becoming president, Thorne held increasing roles of responsibility — as a service center manager in Alabama, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, as a regional vice president – operations in Utah and as vice president – linehaul operations.


Estes President Wins Person of the Year 2019

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Philadelphia, PA — Estes Chairman and CEO Rob Estes was named Person of the Year by the Traffic Club of Philadelphia in a ceremony on January 23, 2020 at the city’s Union League.

The Traffic Club of Philadelphia has been honoring influencers in the transportation industry with this award for decades, and recognizes individuals who have made major contributions on a local, national, or global level.

“I am humbled to receive this recognition from the Traffic Club of Philadelphia,” said President and CEO Rob Estes. “Their mission of promoting and educating others about the transportation industry is one I value and support. I’m so honored to be recognized for playing a part in that mission.”

Founded in 1908, The Traffic Club of Philadelphia is one of the nation’s oldest transportation clubs. The professional association promotes transportation, supply chain, and logistics by networking, sharing best practices, and providing educational scholarship grants to the next generation of transportation professionals.


Avoiding logistics breakdowns by winter-proofing hauling operations

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With winter storms blowing across North America, it is that time of the year when trucking fleets prepare checklists to ensure smoother operations during extreme temperature swings. FreightWaves spoke with John Luciani, the COO of LTL services at A. Duie Pyle, the transport and logistics provider, to understand what companies can do to operate their supply chains without interruptions in winter.

“In our capacity as a regional LTL provider, we have a preparation checklist that we run through, which includes details on when to fuel and instructions on preparing the power equipment for the season. Good preventative maintenance practices are followed to ensure windshield wipers, air dryers and DEF tanks do not have freeze-ups or breakdowns during the season,” said Luciani. “Fleets should also consider blended fuel, which can help prevent possible breakdowns due to gelling.”

This apart, drivers will have to be trained to handle adverse conditions without calling in backup unless the situation turns severe. For instance, truckers need to know how to install snow chains on their tires, and more importantly, recognize when they would have to be fitted.


A. Duie Pyle Awarded Traffic Club of Philadelphia’s Company of the Year

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WEST CHESTER, Pa., Jan. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A. Duie Pyle (Pyle), the premier provider of asset and non-asset based transportation and supply chain solutions in the Northeast, has been named Company of the Year at the Traffic Club of Philadelphia’s 112th Annual Dinner, which recognizes the contributions made by local shipping and logistics companies to the Greater Philadelphia area. The ceremony took place from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, at the Union League of Philadelphia.

After polling industry professionals and discussing with industry leaders, Pyle’s name repeatedly surfaced when the Traffic Club of Philadelphia was deciding on its Company of the Year.

“Most of us in the industry who use LTL services in the Northeast know that A. Duie Pyle is the ‘go-to’ carrier,” said Janit Stahl, Vice President of the Traffic Club of Philadelphia. “Pyle gets the job done professionally, and there’s a strong level of trust that is important when freight is being moved for a customer.”

Stahl also mentioned that Pyle’s dedication to using energy efficient equipment and responsible, cost-effective practices also stood out from other carriers. It has a focus on the future with respect to environmental impact. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the Traffic Club of Philadelphia in this ceremony steeped in historic tradition,” said Peter Latta, CEO and Chairman of A. Duie Pyle. “At Pyle, we strive to provide consistent and exceptional supply chain services for our customers and an enduring culture for our employees. Winning this and other awards is extremely rewarding for our team and affirms our company-wide efforts that make superior service possible.”

Over the last year, Pyle has won a variety of awards, including the Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 2019 SDCE 100 Award, 2019 Food Logistics Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers List, 2019 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Supply Chain Award, and Food Logistics’ 2019 Top Green Providers List.


ABF Freight to Pay 2019 Profit-Sharing Bonus to Eligible Union Employees

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  • Bonus payment for reaching 95.2 percent operating ratio achieved in 2019
  • Payment to all eligible union employees, representing nearly all union employees, is first in company’s history

FORT SMITH, Arkansas, January 30, 2020 — ABF Freight, the less-than-truckload carrier of ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), announced it will pay a profit-sharing bonus to all qualifying union-represented employees in return for the company achieving a 95.2 percent operating ratio in 2019.

“Returning ABF to historical margins has been a long-term goal, and the bonus payment is something we have hoped to do for some time,” said ABF President Tim Thorne. “Thanks to successful yield initiatives, focused account management and prudent cost management, we reached the required levels to pay the bonus and we thank all of our employees for their hard work and dedication to the company and our customers. This is a proud day for ABF.”

The profit-sharing bonus for employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, ABF’s largest bargaining group, will be 1 percent of qualifying employees’ W-2 earnings as specified in the 2018 ABF National Master Freight Agreement ratified in July 2018. Employees in smaller union groups will receive similar payments. The total number of employees who will receive the bonus is approximately 7400.

This is the first time in ABF’s nearly 100-year history that a profit-sharing bonus will be paid to all eligible union-represented employees in return for hitting specific financial targets. Only a small group is ineligible this year, having been paid last year. Operating ratio refers to the ratio of operating expenses to operating revenue and is generally considered a measure of profitability and efficiency in the trucking industry. According to terms of the collective bargaining agreement with the IBT, the bonus will be paid by check within 60 days of the 2019 calendar year-end.