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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.


Roadrunner Intermodal Services Invests in Equipment to Benefit Customers and Drivers

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Roadrunner Intermodal Services invests in new tractors to support drayage capacity growth in key national cargo hubs.

PEACHTREE CITY, GA — June 12, 2019 — Roadrunner Intermodal Services announced it has invested in new equipment to enhance its fleet, improve the driver experience and strengthen service for customers.

Roadrunner Intermodal Services acquired over 60 new tractors to better serve shippers who utilize major U.S. ports and railway hubs. This investment will continue to support Roadrunner Intermodal Services’ ability to provide flexible and responsive drayage solutions. The new equipment is expected to help improve safety, reduce breakdowns, improve fuel efficiency, provide a better driving experience and minimize carbon emissions.

“The addition of over 60 new tractors will further solidify our position as a reliable, leading intermodal services provider in over twenty key markets including Chicago, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Charleston and Savannah. The new equipment will also allow us to provide enhanced shipping services to our customers in high-volume freight markets,” said Ben Kirkland, President of Roadrunner Intermodal Services.

“Our focus remains on improving the driver experience. The investment in additional equipment is just one of the ways we are working to enhance driver satisfaction. We expect that newer, more reliable equipment will further augment our ability to deliver our customers’ goods safely and on time, which is our primary goal,” continued Kirkland.

R+L Carriers Bolsters Capacity with Latest Service Center – Hagerstown, MD

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Wilmington, OH – R+L Carriers continues their aggressive growth with the expansion of their Hagerstown, MD facility. The newly built 60-door facility will provide customers with enhanced service and reduce transit times for many local delivery routes. The state-of-the-art Service Center enables R+L Carriers to hire additional employees and support the growth of the Hagerstown economy.

The stand-alone service center is over 83,700 sq. ft., on 16.3 acres and features a 60-door dock, maintenance shop, wash bay, and fueling station.

Serving HAGERSTOWN, MD + Surrounding Major Markets

Frederick, MD Williamsport, MD
Cumberland, MD Gettysburg, PA
Martinsburg, MD

Hagerstown, Maryland – Service Center 12037 GREENCASTLE PIKE HAGERSTOWN, MD 21740

YRCW Carriers Announce A 4.9% General Rate Increase effective on March 2, 2020

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YRC Worldwide carriers announce effective March 2, 2020, there will be a general rate increase (GRI) of 4.9% on base rates for non-contractual shipments in the United States and Canada however the impact on specific shipments may vary.

This GRI is necessary to offset the economic impact of inflationary costs across the transportation industry and to support on-going improvements to our service. YRC Freight continues to invest in key areas to keep pace with a growing market and to enhance capacity and service, including driver recruitment and training, new equipment and new technology. These investments will allow YRC Freight to consistently meet our customers’ needs to the highest standard of service.


PITT OHIO Wins American Trucking Associations’ President’s Trophy

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PITT OHIO, a leader in regional and national logistics services, announced today the receipt of the prestigious American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) President’s Trophy in the Over 100 Million Miles category. This marks the seventh time PITT OHIO has received this award; winning every year the company has been eligible.

The ATA President’s Trophy is the highest safety award available to motor carriers in the United States and is presented annually to only three motor carriers to win. A company is judged to be outstanding on the basis of its safety record, program and community outreach activities by top motor carrier safety professionals as well as commercial vehicle enforcement personnel.

“This was truly a team effort,” Jim Fields, PITT OHIO’s Chief Operating Officer stated. “Our operations, safety and vehicle maintenance teams work together to keep safety in the forefront of every second, minute, hour and day for everything we do.”

Due to the company’s growth, PITT OHIO was elevated to the over 100 Million Miles Category for the first time.