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Southeastern Receives Lowe's Top Carrier Award for the 10th Straight Year

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 2016. In addition, Southeastern also received Lowe's Platinum Service Award for 2016, which is the highest award designation possible for the home improvement retailer.

This is the tenth 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. We absolutely welcome and thrive on being measured by our customers. Exceeding Lowe's standards for ten straight years is a testament to the commitment our employees have in the quality improvement process.


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

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.


Southeastern Freight Lines Opens New Service Center in Garland

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.


Feeding Children Everywhere Brings Mission to Columbia

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.


Southeastern Freight Lines Serves 2,800 Hours in 2016

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.


Southeastern Receives Eaton’s 2015 Supplier Excellence Award

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


Southeastern Freight Lines’ Shreveport Service Center Celebrates 20 Years of Service

Three original employees celebrate 20 years with company

LEXINGTON, S.C. (March 29, 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 Shreveport, Louisiana, service center this March.

Originally opened for business in March of 1996, the Shreveport service center features 54 doors and 53 associates.

Three original employees are also celebrating anniversaries at the service center this month. Tim Joyce, pick-up and delivery driver, Richard Laux, linehaul driver, and Ken Bazzell, regional vice president of sales, have been with the Shreveport service center since its opening in 1996 and are celebrating 20 years with the company.

“After 20 years of service in Shreveport, our team is continuing to make a significant impact in our market through the quality without question culture our company operates by,” said Jacob Smith, service center manager, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Through state of the art equipment and extraordinary service, we have built lasting relationships with our customers and look forward to another 20 years of service in Shreveport.”

The Shreveport service center was the 48th 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.


Southeastern Freight Lines’ Augusta Service Center Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Two original employees celebrate 40 years with company

LEXINGTON, S.C. (March 10, 2016) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 40 years of quality without question service from its Augusta, South Carolina, service center this March.

Located at 1040 Edgefield Road, the Augusta service center originally opened for business in March of 1976 and currently features 50 dock doors and employs 57 associates.

Two original team members are also celebrating anniversaries at the service center this month. Steve Weeks, pick-up and delivery supervisor, and Angela Hollar, customer service representative, have both been with the Augusta service center since its opening in 1976 and are celebrating 40 years with the company.

“Four decades ago, the Augusta service center opened its doors and brought a new culture of trucking to the region,” said Keith McDonald, service center manager, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Since opening, the Augusta service center has experienced tremendous growth, increasing from its original eight employees and 16 dock doors, which is a testament to the commitment of our team to provide quality without question service to our customers.”

The Augusta service center was the 8th 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 upgrades in trucks and trucking technologies.


Southeastern Freight Lines’ New Orleans Service Center Celebrates 20 Years of Service

Two original employees celebrate 20 years with company

LEXINGTON, S.C. (March 10, 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 New Orleans, Louisiana, service center this March.

Originally opened for business in March of 1996, the New Orleans service center, located at 1525 Sams Avenue, features 76 dock doors and employs 75 associates.

The service center is also celebrating Account Managers Kenny Barrett and Richard Furtado, two original associates who have been with the New Orleans service center since its opening in 1996 and are celebrating 20 years with the company.

“The New Orleans service center has thrived for two decades in this region, experiencing growth as a direct result of our dedication to putting customers first,” said Scott Chamberlin, service center manager, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Through our professional drivers, state of the art equipment and quality without question service model, we look forward to many more years of continued growth and success.”

The New Orleans service center was the 46th 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.


Southeastern Freight Lines’ Huntsville Service Center Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Four original employees celebrate 25 years with company

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Feb. 24, 2016) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 25 years of quality without question service from its Huntsville, Alabama, service center this February.

The Huntsville service center, located at 6630 Swancott Road, originally opened for business in February of 1991, and currently features 37 dock doors and employs 42 associates.

The service center is also celebrating the anniversaries of four original team members, Linehaul Drivers William Byrd, Blake Coleman and Lonnie Toney, as well as Pick-up and Delivery Driver Randy Campbell. All four employees have been with the Huntsville service center since its opening in 1991 and are celebrating 25 years with the company.

“When Southeastern’s Huntsville service center first opened its doors in 1991, it introduced a new culture of trucking in Alabama that has lasted a quarter-century,” said Austin Winters, service center manager, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Our professional group of associates, state of the art equipment and quality without question service model has allowed our service center to experience significant growth over the years while building lasting, loyal relationships with our customers.”

To assist its services in Canada, Southeastern will support deliveries from its gateway service center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Huntsville service center was the 28th 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.


Southeastern Freight Lines’ Montgomery Service Center Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Two original employees celebrate 25 years at facility

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Feb. 18, 2016) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 25 years of quality without question service from its Montgomery, Alabama, service center this February.

Originally opened for business in February of 1991, the Montgomery service center, located at 5000 Westport Blvd., features 37 dock doors and employs 32 associates.

The service center is also celebrating Linehaul Drivers Jesse Keeble and Archie Blevins, who have been with the Montgomery service center since its opening in 1991.

“As we celebrate a quarter-century of service in Montgomery, it’s incredible to look back at the impact we’ve had on our customers through the quality without question culture our team operates by,” said Jeff Sittnick, service center manager, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Since opening 25 years ago, we’ve built lasting relationships with our customers and provided quality service through our great associates, state of the art equipment and dedication to putting customers first.”

The Montgomery service center was the 29th 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.


Southeastern Freight Lines Enhances Canada Cross-Border Delivery Service

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Feb. 9, 2016) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced it is now providing seamless, door-to-door cross-border delivery between Canada and the United States.

Southeastern’s enhanced offerings include an international through service for Canadian trade, delivering shipments on its own freight bill. Operating out of Toronto, Southeastern’s Canadian team will streamline operations to service customers between our direct U.S. service area and all points in Canada. Customers will benefit from a dedicated customer service representative located in Canada.

“The new and improved Canada cross-border service is a natural extension of Southeastern’s U.S. brand, focused on bringing the same quality without question service in the states to our Canadian customers,” said Bob Bullock, vice president of international for Southeastern Freight Lines. “After extending services into Kentucky and Ohio in 2015, the Canadian service enhancement comes at a natural time of growth for the company. We look forward to providing quality transportation services with streamlined efficiencies into and out of Canada.”

With Southeastern’s enhanced service, transnational customers will be able to ship between Canada and the U.S., rely on door-to-door delivery, trace shipments from start to end, receive quality without question service, and pay bills directly to Southeastern.

To assist its services in Canada, Southeastern will support deliveries from its gateway service center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

For more information, please email Southeastern’s Canada Customer Service Desk at canadahelp@sefl.com.


Southeastern Freight Lines Recognized as Expeditors’ 2015 Environmental Partner of the Year

LEXINGTON, S.C. (January 19, 2016) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has received the Expeditors Environmental Partner of the Year Award for 2015 from the Atlanta branch.

Expeditors, a global logistics company, recognized Southeastern for its outstanding service, performance and commitment to environmental sustainability.

“Environmental sustainability is very important to our customers, and we are focused on partnering with companies that share our passion for protecting the environment,” said Cassandra Bellows, district services manager at Expeditors. “We depend on Southeastern to get our cargo from point A to point B, but we also depend on them for consistent low claims, timely freight delivery, accurate and timely event management, freight security and the company’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.”

Southeastern was selected for the award for its proactive investment in new environmentally-friendly technologies, as well as for its efforts in reducing its overall carbon footprint.

"It is an honor to be recognized by Expeditors, a company that is committed to sustainability, for our efforts to be an environmentally-conscious and resourceful company," said Mike Grauel, regional vice president of sales at Southeastern Freight Lines. "The culture at Southeastern is not only shaped by our commitment to providing outstanding service, but also by our efforts to make a difference in the world we all share.”


Southeastern Freight Lines Serves 2,500 Hours in 2015

Gives Back Through “Southeastern Serves” Program

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Jan. 12, 2016) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, recently announced participation of 2,590 total hours of community service in 2015 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 involved with providing for the needy.

“We are committed to share our passion for providing quality service to our customers and to the 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, 840 participants, including Southeastern associates and their friends and family members, partook in Southeastern Serves projects ranging from volunteering at food drives and soup kitchens, to providing school supplies and yard work.

Most recently, Southeastern’s Region II service centers, which include more than 20 facilities operating in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, participated in a region-wide volunteer project assisting Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse® program. Together, the Region II service centers collected over 300 shoeboxes to gift many deserving children across the country.

“The opportunity to support so many deserving organizations and needy people throughout the year is humbling. We look forward to the new community service projects that await us in the coming year,” said Heaton.

This is the fourth year for the Southeastern Serves program.


Southeastern Freight Lines Receives Quest for Quality Award 32 Years in a Row

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Sept. 21, 2015) Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been honored with Logistics Management’s 2015 Quest for Quality Award in the South/South Central Regional LTL category. This is the 32nd year in a row Southeastern has received this award.

The Quest for Quality Awards are the gold standard for customer satisfaction and performance excellence for carriers, ports and logistics providers worldwide.

"We are honored to once again be recognized with this award by Logistics Managementand its readers, the industry’s most influential shippers," said Mike Heaton, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Southeastern Freight Lines. "Each year, Logistics Management surveys its readers to evaluate transportation service providers and having been recognized for 32 consecutive years speaks volumes to Southeastern’s commitment to providing quality customer service.”

Logistics Management’s Quest for Quality survey is the most respected third party survey of its kind in the transportation and logistics industry. Transportation service providers are evaluated on performance, value, information technology, customer service and equipment and operations. Please click here to learn more about this year’s awards.

The driving force behind Southeastern’s success is its commitment to adding value throughout all aspects of serving customers and providing “quality without question.” Southeastern’s emphasis on reliable service has resulted in more than 400 quality awards from some of the most respected companies in the United States. These awards reflect Southeastern’s trustworthiness and dedication to customer satisfaction.


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

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.


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

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.


Southeastern Freight Lines Opens New Service Center in Lubbock

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.


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

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.


Southeastern Freight Lines Expands Services Across Kentucky

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.


Southeastern's Fritz Missel Receives Plunkett-Stoioff Award at South Carolina International Trade Conference

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Oct. 16, 2014) - Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced Fritz Missel, International Business Development Manager at Southeastern Freight Lines, has received the 2014 Plunkett-Stoioff Award. The award was presented at the 41st Annual South Carolina International Trade Conference (SCITC) in Charleston, South Carolina.

Each year, the Plunkett-Stoioff Award recognizes one logistics professional from the trucking or maritime community in South Carolina who epitomizes the level of professionalism and character the SCITC wants its members to embody.

Missel joined Southeastern in 2005 after retiring from 25 years of service at Roadway.

"Fritz has an impeccable reputation not only within Southeastern where he leads international sales efforts in the Charleston market, but also among the industry community," said Keith Huggins, regional vice president, Southeastern Freight Lines. "Fritz is a proud embodiment of the SCITC and we are honored to call him a member of the Southeastern team."

The Plunkett-Stoioff Award is named for two of the founding members of the SCITC. John Stoioff, one of the award's namesakes, retired from Southeastern Freight Lines in 1991.

Southeastern Freight Lines is a long-time supporter and participant of the SCITC.


Southeastern Freight Lines Receives Quest for Quality Award 31 Years in a Row

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Oct. 13, 2014) - Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been honored with Logistics Management's 2014 Quest for Quality Award in the South/South Central Regional LTL category. This is the 31st year in a row Southeastern has received this award.

"We are delighted to again receive this award," said Mike Heaton, senior vice president at Southeastern. "Logistics Management surveys its readers to evaluate transportation service providers and being recognized consistently for 31 years is a true testament to Southeastern's commitment to providing quality customer service."

Logistics Management's Quest for Quality is the most respected third party survey of its kind in the transportation and logistics industry. Each year this survey evaluates and measures transportation service providers, determines relevant criteria when customers select a provider and examines performance measurements to meet customer expectations. Attributes evaluated include performance, value, information technology, customer service, and equipment and operations. Please click here to learn more about this year's awards.

The driving force behind Southeastern's success is its commitment to adding value throughout all aspects of serving customers and providing "quality without question." Southeastern's emphasis on reliable service has resulted in more than 400 quality awards from some of the most respected companies in the United States. These awards reflect Southeastern's trustworthiness and dedication to customer satisfaction.


Southeastern Freight Lines Earns 2014 NASSTRAC Carrier of the Year Award

LEXINGTON, S.C. (May 22, 2014) - Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, was recognized as a 2014 Carrier of the Year by NASSTRAC in the Regional-Southeast category.

In its annual Carrier of the Year Awards program, NASSTRAC recognizes carriers that have demonstrated excellence in transportation. Southeastern was graded on a quantitative scale in five key areas, including customer service, operational excellence, pricing, business relationship and leadership/technology.

"Being recognized by NASSTRAC as a regional Carrier of the Year for the third year in a row validates the Quality Without Question culture that runs throughout Southeastern," said Mike Heaton, a SEFL senior vice president. "This award illustrates the commitment of Southeastern and our employees to provide the highest quality service to all of our customers."

The NASSTRAC Carrier of the Year program is co-sponsored by Logistics Management, a leading trade magazine for buyers of logistics services.


Southeastern Freight Lines Opens New Service Center in Lafayette Area

Additional Capacity Enhances Service throughout Louisiana

LEXINGTON, S.C. (May 12, 2014) - Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, announces the opening of a relocated service center in Carencro, Louisiana, in response to growing business in the region.

The new Carencro service center, located at 4230 NE Evangeline Thruway, will employ 43 associates and features 5,000 square feet of office and warehouse space and 45 dock doors.

As shipments continue to grow in the region, this new service center will help Southeastern streamline efficiencies for customer shipments throughout Louisiana.

"By expanding our presence with this service center in the Lafayette area, we will be better positioned to provide Southeastern's quality without question service to local markets throughout Louisiana," said Scott Slagle, service center manager for Southeastern Freight Lines in Carencro. "Southeastern Freight Lines has served local markets in Louisiana with best-in-class performance for several years and we look to continue this quality service in Carencro for many years to come."

The new service center will enhance delivery performance and reduce travel time between service centers and Southeastern customers. In addition, the new service center boasts many sustainable and unique features, including a generator, motion detectable lighting and LED swing arm lighting.

The additional capacity of the new service center also permits Southeastern to handle more freight supporting existing and future customers, with room for business growth.

The new service center will open and begin operations on May 12.


Southeastern Freight Lines Goes Mobile with Onboard Technology

LEXINGTON, S.C. (May 5, 2014) - Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced its more than 2,850-tractor fleet now features a new, upgraded onboard mobile system that increases efficiencies by seamlessly integrating new custom applications to improve its already industry-leading customer service. The system is known as Blu.2 and is provided by PeopleNet, a leading provider of onboard technology in the trucking industry.

The revamped onboard technology enhances customer service and the safety of its drivers' environment by utilizing applications that incorporate the location, navigation, vehicle performance, and other data surrounding a truck and its route. For example, Southeastern's fleet services department can now monitor the health of vehicles while they are on the road, sending advanced notifications if service may soon be required or alerting the maintenance team if a truck experiences an issue such as overheating.

"With the advanced Wi-Fi capabilities of our newly adopted mobile technology, automatic relays of information are continuously sent through the server, such as vehicle mileages and pick-up and delivery information," said Braxton Vick, senior vice president of corporate planning and development, Southeastern Freight Lines. "This opens the door for Southeastern to better monitor its fleet by being able to collect data instantaneously across our onboard mobile system's telecommunications network."

The new onboard technology comes in a mobile device and accommodates the carrier's customized fleet management applications, including electronic driver logs and driver vehicle inspection reporting solutions.

With a strong technology infrastructure, Southeastern is able to collect and mine data to support its mission of customer service excellence.

"In the fast-paced LTL industry, our drivers need to be able to access company and client data quickly and at any time during their journeys," said Vick. "This system-wide upgrade allows Southeastern's drivers to enhance customer service by providing readily available information and applications, while also providing new opportunities for applications to be added in the future."

Southeastern has been a leader in innovation across the fleet industry for the past 22 years by consistently upgrading its onboard technology to meet market demands, including prompt inventory, short-order scheduling, swift customer response, internet tracking and mobile computing. This is the fifth generation of updates to Southeastern's onboard technology system.


Southeastern receives Lowe's top carrier award for the 7th straight year

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Mar. 17, 2014) - Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been named Lowe's Platinum Carrier of the Year, the highest award designation possible for the home improvement retailer.

Southeastern is the only carrier LTL carrier to receive this Platinum-level award in consecutive years. This is the seventh-year in a row that Southeastern has earned the prestigious Platinum distinction by achieving all four 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. Meeting Lowe's standards for five straight years are 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.


Southeastern Receives Echo Global Logistics' 2013 Regional Carrier Award

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Mar. 18, 2014) - Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has received the 2013 Echo Global Logistics Platinum Award for Outstanding Regional LTL Carriers Service. Echo recognized Southeastern as a regional LTL carrier with outstanding service, performance and commitment to their clients and employees.

The award is based on various categories of qualitative and quantitative metrics, covering quality of client communication, invoice accuracy, claims, responsiveness, ecommerce and web capabilities, employee training and development.

The regional carrier award reflects the excellence of Southeastern in the industry and their commitment to a continuous quality improvement process. Southeastern strives to satisfy every partner completely through measuring all aspects of the business relationship. "The Southeastern review process includes daily data monitoring and working with clients and employees to address any issue that are identified through their processes," stated Echo Global Logistics Vice President of LTL Carrier Relations, Mark Redini.

"We are honored to have received this award from Echo for the second year in a row and value the outstanding relationship we have developed with Echo over the years," said Southeastern Senior Vice President Mike Heaton. "This industry recognition highlights the commitment of Southeastern and our employees to serve Echo and all of our third-party logistics clients."

About Echo Global Logistics

Echo Global Logistics, based in Chicago, is a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, delivered on a proprietary technology platform, serving the transportation and logistics needs of its clients. Echo maintains a web-based technology platform that compiles and analyzes data from its network of over 24,000 transportation providers to serve its clients' shipping and freight management needs. Echo procures transportation and provides logistics services for clients across a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, consumer products and retail. For more information on Echo, visit: www.echo.com.


Southeastern Freight Lines Opens New Service Center in Jacksonville, FL.

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Jan. 20, 2014) - Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, announces the opening of a new service center in Jacksonville, Fla.

The new Jacksonville service center, located at 3335 Edgewood Ave., features 125 dock doors, 22,000 square feet of office space and more than 19,000 square feet of warehouse space. Ten of the doors are dedicated for serving international customers in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands.

As shipments continue to grow, this new service center will help Southeastern streamline efficiencies for customer shipments in the Jacksonville area. The new Jacksonville service center replaces a previous facility and provides capacity to accommodate future growth.

The new service center will enhance delivery performance and reduce travel time between service centers and Southeastern customers. In addition, the new service center will boast many unique features, including an appointment warehouse, maintenance shop with eight truck bays, 16 line-haul bunkrooms for road drivers, and an integrated air system, allowing the easy filling of air bags that block and brace shipments to prevent freight from shifting during transit.

"With the addition of this service center in Jacksonville, we will be even better positioned to provide Southeastern's quality without question service to the local market," said Marty Coffey, service center manager for Southeastern in Jacksonville. "Southeastern Freight Lines has provided the Jacksonville market with 'best-in-class' performance for many years. With the opening of the new Jacksonville service center, our customers in the market will benefit even more from the added capacity with improved pickup and delivery times."

The Jacksonville service center employs 158 associates and is continuing to hire pickup and delivery drivers and freight handlers.


Southeastern Freight Lines Receives Expeditors' 2013 Performance Carrier of the Year Award

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Jan. 2, 2014) - Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has received the Expeditors Performance Carrier of the Year Award for 2013.

Expeditors, a global logistics company, recognized Southeastern's service center in Charleston, S.C. at the first annual Expeditors Vendor Appreciation Day for its outstanding service, performance and commitment to Expeditors' customers.

The award recognizes Southeastern for its commitment to on-time delivery and customer service; highlighting Southeastern's electronic data interchange (EDI) initiatives that allow for timely updates of delivery progress. Southeastern first started working with Expeditors out of its Charleston service center in May of 2013.

"We are honored to be recognized by Expeditors after just six months of doing business together and look forward to continuing to build on our relationship," said Mike Heaton, senior vice president, Southeastern. "This industry recognition highlights the commitment of Southeastern and our employees to serve Expeditors and all of our third-party logistics clients."

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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