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NEMF Expands to Indianapolis

New England Motor Freight (NEMF), the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced the opening of a new service center in Indianapolis, IN effective Monday July 27th. The Indianapolis terminal is located at 1702 South Belmont Street in Indianapolis. The facility, located on 6 acres has 44 dock doors and will be run by Terminal Manager, Jarrod Collins.

"NEMF has been in the Ohio and Chicago markets since 2006 and we have established a strong customer following in those areas. By expanding our presence with this service center in Indianapolis, we will be better positioned to increase NEMF's quality of service throughout the Midwest. This facility places us closer to our customer base and will allow us to continue to provide our customers with additional direct service points. We are excited to officially begin operations in the new Indianapolis service center", said NEMF's President Thomas Connery.

The terminal is situated on the south west side of the city, with easy access to all major interstates. The location allows for pickup and delivery operations in and around Marion and adjacent counties. Another added benefit is its close proximity to the Indianapolis International airport. (IND).

NEMF, a Less Than Truckload carrier that provides direct pickup and delivery services throughout the eastern United States and Puerto Rico and through partnerships services the entire continental U.S., Alaska and Canada.

You can look to the response of the government officials we met with to see just how successful the fly-in was. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staff members from both parties asked if they could reach out to us in the future when they need shippers' input.

Dayton Freight Lines Awarded 2015 Quest for Quality Award

DAYTON, OHIO … Dayton Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has won Logistics Management’s 2015 Quest for Quality award in the Midwest/North Central Regional LTL category. This is the sixth time DFL has been honored with this achievement.

The Quest for Quality awards are voted on by readers of Logistics Management magazine, and are regarded as one of the most important measures of customer satisfaction and operational excellence in the transportation industry. Each year, the study evaluates and measures transportation service providers across the nation utilizing criteria such as on-time performance, value, information technology, customer service and equipment/operations.

“This particular award is meaningful because it is based on customer opinions,” says Dave Brady, VP of Sales. “Dayton Freight is committed to helping our customers with their transportation needs – quickly, accurately and with total freight visibility. Our culture is one of servant leadership, and we are proud to serve so many great companies.”

Founded in 1981, Dayton Freight Lines is a private, union-free, LTL freight carrier headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. With 47 Service Centers in the Midwest region, Dayton Freight offers shippers 1 or 2 day service to thousands of points throughout a 12 state area. With their Strategic Alliance Network, they serve all of North America. Dayton Freight is currently ranked as the 16th largest LTL carrier in the country.

Highway Bill Update

On July 30th the Senate and House approved an $8 Billion, three month expansion of funding for highway programs and a 6 year highway policy designated to reform trucking regulations. The Senate’s multi-year legislation would reform several programs managed by legislators, one of which is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The legislation would remove from public view the safety scores that are part of the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability program until a comprehensive review takes place.

One of the long awaited and discussed topics of an Amendment to the bill that would require the secretary to examine the effect of allowing twin 33-foot trailers to operate around the country was not taken up. Sen. Roger wicker (R-Miss), who sponsored the Highway Bill said he would “continue to fight against harmful federal Mandate requiring all states to allow twin 33-foot trailers within their jurisdictions regardless of the state laws. I believe states are in the best position to make safety decisions about truck size”.

Twin 33-foot trailers have been supported by several transportation organizations as well as Trucking Companies in the Parcel and LTL sector. The use of Twin 33’s will offer significant cost efficiencies to these industries.

Pitt Ohio to Begin Service to Louisville on Aug. 17

Less-than-truckload fleet Pitt Ohio announced plans to expand its service area Aug. 17 to include the Louisville, Kentucky, market.

Pittsburgh-based Pitt Ohio said scheduling of pickups destined for the new market will begin Aug. 14. The new service is the 13th state in the direct network of the carrier that ranks No. 60 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers. Standard service transit times of one to two days have been set from most of the carrier’s network.

Geoffrey Muessig, chief marketing officer, said the expansion is intended to provide additional options for shippers. “Customers tell us that we can enhance their supply chains by providing reliable and dependable LTL service between the Mid-Atlantic states and Louisville,” he said in a statement.

“Current Pitt Ohio clients and new customers can anticipate the same level of performance in Louisville expected from Pitt Ohio elsewhere,” Vice President of Operations Brad Caven said.

Averitt Named LTL Carrier of the Year (Again!)

Walmart has named Averitt as it's 2014 LTL Regional Carrier of the Year, for the fourth straight year.

"Averitt Express has consistently provided Walmart with exceptional service, maintained excellent safety standards, and is a foremost leader in the transportation industry." -Kevin X. Jones, Vice President of Inbound Transportation, Walmart Stores, Inc.

What can NASSTRAC do for you?

NASSTRAC is a non-profit 501c6 Trade Association that provides, education, advocacy and provider relations opportunities to transportation, logistics and supply chain management professionals who manage freight across all modes. Regular members include manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and distributors, as well as third-party logistics companies. Associate members include providers of all modes, including Truckload, LTL, rail, ocean and air cargo.

Otherwise known as National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, NASSTRAC has been providing education, advocacy and provider relations opportunities since 1952.

NASSTRAC holds an annual conference each spring in Orlando, FL which is attended by over 300 transportation professionals to interact and learn from a strong education tract over three day period. There are educational tracts that include freight CEO’s as well as Wall Street Experts talking about the hot topics in the industry.

NASSTRAC also holds regional meetings 4 times a year that are on a much smaller scale but still offer many educational and networking opportunities. For more information on how to join NASSTRAC call 202-367-1174 or email

Diesel Prices Drop for 10th Consecutive Week

For the tenth consecutive week, diesel prices continue to fall. This week, average U.S. diesel prices dropped 5.5 cents to $2.668 from last week’s $2.723, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This week diesel is $1.185 per gallon cheaper compared to the same week last year. Diesel prices decreased in every region, with only California breaking the $3 per gallon mark at $3.024, down 4.8 cents from last week’s $3.072. The Gulf Coast saw the most significant price drop this week – down 7.5 cents to $2.536.

Average U.S. retail pump prices for gasoline also decreased by just over a nickel this week. Gas prices are down 5.6 cents to $2.689 per gallon. According to EIA, that is 82.6 cents cheaper compared to the same week last year.

Gasoline prices were down across the board this week. And only the West Coast and West Coast without California regions saw prices over $3 per gallon at $3.480 and $3.061, respectively.

This past April, U.S. generation of electricity fueled by natural gas exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time since EIA began its monthly generation data in 1973, the agency noted. According to EIA, April is traditionally the month when total electricity demand is lowest.

However, EIA’s latest Electric Power Monthly shows that coal’s generation share once again exceeded that of natural gas in May, the agency noted. “Total generation from coal- and natural gas-fired generators is seasonal: higher during summer and winter months when electricity demand is highest, and lower in the spring and fall when electricity demand is lower,” EIA said.

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