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Southeastern Freight Lines Opens New Service Centers in Texarkana, Arkansas and Corpus Christi, Texas

New Facilities Enable Growth and Advancements to Serve Customers

LEXINGTON, S.C. (December 20, 2022) – Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced the opening of two relocated service centers in Texarkana, Arkansas and Corpus Christi, Texas.

The new Texarkana service center, located at 4100 East 19th Street, consists of 37 dock doors and 25 associates. Its state-of-the-art interior finishes and the addition of over a dozen dock doors allow for future growth and will streamline transit times and cross-dock operations.

“Our new facility will empower all associates to continue the execution of best-in-class operations, cultivate financial strength and serve our customers in a greater capacity,” said Michael Groover, service center manager. “It’s been a pleasure to watch our service center grow over the years, and I look forward to being a part of this next chapter.”

Previously located at 3201 East 50th Street, the Texarkana Service Center opened for business in 2007 with 18 dock doors.

The new Corpus Christi service center, located at 5717 Bear Lane, opened December 5 and consists of 50 dock doors.

“Since we first opened our doors, the Corpus Christi associates have always prioritized completing efficient and timely deliveries,” said James Carman, service center manager. “We look forward to utilizing the new and improved facility to further this long-standing mission and continue implementing Quality without Question services throughout Texas.”

Previously located at 533 Navigation Road, the Corpus Christi Service Center opened for business in 2003.


Southeastern Freight Lines' Puerto Rico Service Center Celebrates 25 Years of Service

LEXINGTON, S.C. (December 7, 2022) – Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 25 years of quality without question service at the Puerto Rico service center.

Located in Guaynabo, the service center opened for business in 1997 with eight associates. Since then, the facility has grown to 15,650 square feet of warehouse space, including two double doors, an office and a loading dock area for nine containers. Currently, 11 associates and 11 independent contractor drivers work at the facility.

Drivers Ricardo Rivera, Jose Bauza and Waldemar Pol are celebrating professional milestones after joining the Southeastern team in the late 1990s and continue to serve the company’s internal and external customers today. Evelyn Hernandez, a customer service associate, celebrated 20 years at the Puerto Rico service center in November, and Service Center Manager Tony Roldan will reach his 20-year milestone in January 2023.

“Since the Puerto Rico service center’s establishment in 1997, our associates have served the region with excellence,” said Roldan. “Our goal is to continue innovating our quality processes in order to grow our presence in Puerto Rico and cultivate meaningful relationships with new and existing customers and associates.”

Over the years, the service center has given back to the Puerto Rico community, most recently as part of Southeastern Serves, a program dedicated to giving back to communities across Southeastern’s footprint by having associates of all levels get involved with providing for the less fortunate. Puerto Rico associates have donated time and resources in partnership with organizations such as La Casa Ronald McDonald Puerto Rico, Iniciativa Comunitaria and Hogar de Niñas de Cupey.

The Puerto Rico service center was the 49th service center opened by Southeastern Freight Lines since its founding in 1950. The company now operates 89 service centers spanning 13 states, Canada and Puerto Rico and has undergone numerous upgrades in trucks and trucking technologies.


Southeastern Freight Lines Recognized as Schneider Logistics 2021 Carrier of the Year Award Winner

LEXINGTON, S.C. (December 5, 2022) – Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been recognized by Schneider Logistics as a 2021 Carrier of the Year award winner.

Schneider, a premier multimodal provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services, selected Southeastern for the honor from its network of more than 60,000 carriers. The Carrier of the Year Awards acknowledge companies that exceed service standards and demonstrate superb performance in Schneider Logistics’ key scorecard areas: high load acceptance, exceptional service, clear communication and overall FourKites visibility.

“Southeastern’s strong partnership with Schneider Logistics dates back many years. It’s been a pleasure to work alongside their team to enhance our quality-driven results,” said Algie Grubbs, National Account Manager for Southeastern Freight Lines. “This award is a direct testament to each of our associates’ commitment to providing world-class service and building meaningful client and partner relationships. On behalf of the entire Southeastern team, I’d like to thank Schneider Logistics for this recognition.”

Schneider Logistics hosted an awards ceremony at Lambeau Field, the legendary home stadium to the Green Bay Packers located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on October 6 where Keith Huggins, Vice President of National Sales for Southeastern Freight Lines, accepted the prestigious award on behalf of Southeastern.


Southeastern Freight Lines Celebrates 70 Years of Service at its Charleston and Savannah Service Centers

LEXINGTON, S.C. (August 31, 2022) – Southeastern Freight Lines, leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 70 years of "Quality Without Question" service from its service centers in Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

Both service centers opened in 1952 and have seen significant growth since establishment. Charleston began operations with five dock doors and six associates and has grown to 63 dock doors and 92 associates.

"This anniversary marks an important milestone for our service center," said Mark Davis, Charleston’s service center manager. "While we have experienced seven decades worth of tremendous growth, we don’t have any plans to stop innovating our quality process. Our service center will begin expanding our facility to include an additional 50 dock doors at the end of this year. I’m looking forward to the future development of the Charleston service center and am excited for our team to continue driving success."

Savannah started with just one dock door and the facility now consists of 90 dock doors and 70 associates.

"We are humbled by the relationships we’ve cultivated with both customers and associates over the last 70 years.” said Adam Lake, Savannah’s service center manager. “Our 90-door facility and 70 associates has allowed us to timely process our freight and provide quality service to our loyal customers in Savannah and beyond. Many thanks to the decades of associates who have believed in our philosophy of providing "Quality Without Question" service. We look forward to providing excellence for many years to come."

Over the years, the Charleston and Savannah service centers have given back to their communities, most recently through Southeastern Serves, a program dedicated to having associates of all levels volunteer in their local communities to assist needy individuals.

As a part of the Southeastern Serves mission, the Charleston service center has volunteered with organizations such as Samaritans Feet and League of Dreams. In addition, the service center donated knitted gifts to international seafarers through the Christmas at Sea organization, supporting the thousands of U.S. mariners working on the Mississippi River System and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterways. Valuing the same commitment to community, the Savannah service center has supported the Treutlen House by providing landscaping and remodeling services on the grounds of the foster home for the 10- to 21-year-old boys living on the property.

The Charleston service center was the third service center opened since the company’s establishment in 1950. Soon after, the Savannah service center was founded as the fourth location. Southeastern now operates 89 service centers spanning 13 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.


Southeastern Freight Lines’ Charlotte Service Center Celebrates 50 Years of Service

LEXINGTON, S.C. (September 22, 2022) – Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 50 years of quality without question service at the Charlotte, North Carolina service center.

Located at 4524 Reagan Drive in Charlotte, the service center opened for business in the summer of 1972 with eight dock doors and six associates. Since then, the facility has grown to 122 dock doors and 260 associates. As part of its expansion efforts, the Charlotte service center is undergoing a three-phase real estate transformation that includes significant updates to the service center’s facilities and business processes in the coming years.

Three employees are celebrating professional milestones after joining the Southeastern team in the 1970s and continue to serve the company’s internal and external customers today:

  • Linehaul driver Bernie Burris, 46 years
  • Freight handler Robert Ledbetter, 45 years
  • Freight handler Chip Wood, 45 years

“The associates at the Charlotte service center exemplify Southeastern’s culture and understand the value of providing best in class customer service,” said Kyle Donahue, service center manager. “Our associates’ hard work combined with Southeastern’s commitment to growth, development and Quality Without Question processes are sure to propel Charlotte’s success for decades to come.”

Over the years, the service center has given back to the Charlotte community, most recently as part of Southeastern Serves, a program dedicated to giving back to communities across Southeastern’s footprint by having associates of all levels get involved with providing for the less fortunate. Charlotte associates have donated resources and provided shelter in partnership with organizations such as Samaritan’s Feet International, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Charlotte and Roc Solid Foundation.

The Charlotte service center was the seventh service center opened by Southeastern Freight Lines since its founding in 1950. The company now operates 89 service centers spanning 13 states, Canada and Puerto Rico and has undergone numerous upgrades in trucks and trucking technologies.


Southeastern Freight Lines Celebrates 70 Years of Service at its Charleston and Savannah Service Centers

LEXINGTON, S.C. (August 31, 2022) – Southeastern Freight Lines, leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 70 years of "Quality Without Question" service from its service centers in Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

Both service centers opened in 1952 and have seen significant growth since establishment. Charleston began operations with five dock doors and six associates and has grown to 63 dock doors and 92 associates.

"This anniversary marks an important milestone for our service center," said Mark Davis, Charleston’s service center manager. "While we have experienced seven decades worth of tremendous growth, we don’t have any plans to stop innovating our quality process. Our service center will begin expanding our facility to include an additional 50 dock doors at the end of this year. I’m looking forward to the future development of the Charleston service center and am excited for our team to continue driving success."

Savannah started with just one dock door and the facility now consists of 90 dock doors and 70 associates.

"We are humbled by the relationships we’ve cultivated with both customers and associates over the last 70 years.” said Adam Lake, Savannah’s service center manager. “Our 90-door facility and 70 associates has allowed us to timely process our freight and provide quality service to our loyal customers in Savannah and beyond. Many thanks to the decades of associates who have believed in our philosophy of providing "Quality Without Question" service. We look forward to providing excellence for many years to come."

Over the years, the Charleston and Savannah service centers have given back to their communities, most recently through Southeastern Serves, a program dedicated to having associates of all levels volunteer in their local communities to assist needy individuals.

As a part of the Southeastern Serves mission, the Charleston service center has volunteered with organizations such as Samaritans Feet and League of Dreams. In addition, the service center donated knitted gifts to international seafarers through the Christmas at Sea organization, supporting the thousands of U.S. mariners working on the Mississippi River System and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterways. Valuing the same commitment to community, the Savannah service center has supported the Treutlen House by providing landscaping and remodeling services on the grounds of the foster home for the 10- to 21-year-old boys living on the property.

The Charleston service center was the third service center opened since the company’s establishment in 1950. Soon after, the Savannah service center was founded as the fourth location. Southeastern now operates 89 service centers spanning 13 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.


SEFL Delivers Quality Without Question Service into Canada

LEXINGTON, S.C. (August 8, 2022) – Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has enjoyed sustainable and rapid growth in U.S.-Canada cross border operations via SEFL Canada. Bolstered by robust relationships north of the border, SEFL Canada provides daily service into Canada’s two largest markets, Ontario and Quebec.

International business development has been a key segment for SEFL for 25 years, with Canada serving as a prominent piece of the company's business model along the way. In moving commodities like paper, textiles, chemicals and high-value goods between borders, SEFL Canada is extending its signature "Quality Without Question" service to our northern neighbors.

"The relationships we've fostered across Canada, not only with our customers, but with key business stakeholders at the governmental level, have paved the way for our current and continued success," said David Atkinson, Director of International Business for SEFL. "We are proud to be able to deliver our trademark quality service to the Canadian market and look forward to what the future holds for our cross border operations."

SEFL's commitment to customer satisfaction was recognized and validated by a recent visit to the El Paso, Texas Service Center by the Consul General of Canada, Rachel McCormick. While on-site, McCormick met with members of the SEFL team, who engaged in discussions around supply chain challenges, fleet electrification and cross border relations. SEFL's involvement in these conversations places the brand on the forefront of the latest developments in cross border operations and lays the groundwork for continued success between the company and the Canadian government.


Southeastern Freight Lines Recognized as C.H. Robinson 2022 Carrier of the Year Award Winner

LEXINGTON, S.C. (June 27, 2022) – Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been recognized by C.H. Robinson as a winner of its 2022 Carrier of the Year Awards.

C.H. Robinson, one of the world’s largest global logistics companies, selected Southeastern for the honor from its network of more than 85,000 contract carriers.

The Carrier of the Year Awards acknowledge companies that have demonstrated exceptional quality of service and operational excellence, including timeliness, reliability and adoption of technology to increase efficiencies for their business and customers.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award from one of the foremost leaders in today’s logistics space,” said Austin Miller, National Account Manager for Southeastern Freight Lines.

“This could not have been accomplished without our associates and their unwavering commitment to delivering service that is second to none. We would like to extend our thanks to C.H. Robinson for this recognition and look forward to carrying this momentum forward in our relationship.”

C.H. Robinson hosted an awards ceremony at its Eden Prairie, Minnesota headquarters on May 24 where Miller accepted the prestigious award on behalf of Southeastern.

Now in its fifth year, the in-person celebration brought together both 2021 and 2022 Carrier of the Year honorees.


Southeastern Freight Lines Recognized as Transplace 2021 Regional LTL Carrier of the Year

LEXINGTON, S.C. (May 23, 2022) – Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been recognized as the Transplace 2021 Regional LTL Carrier of the Year.

Transplace, an Uber Freight company and premier provider of logistics technology and services, acknowledges carriers that have gone above and beyond the call of duty by providing on-time

service and notable volume and speed of operations, all while implementing exceptional customer service, responsiveness and accuracy across business processes.

Transplace chose Southeastern based on the value the company has added to its commercial and operational relationships within its transportation and logistics network.

“We are honored to once again receive this award from one of the world’s top transportation service providers,” said Austin Miller, National Account Manager for Southeastern Freight Lines.

“This recognition serves as a testament, not only to the unrivaled quality of our service, but also the ongoing commitment of our associates to upholding Southeastern’s values and culture across operations.

We would like to thank Transplace for recognizing our company and look forward to strengthening our relationship in the months to come.”

After accepting the award virtually last year, Miller attended the 2022 Transplace Virtual Carrier Symposium,

an event providing education, recognition and appreciation for its transportation carriers in Arlington, Texas,

and was honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of Southeastern.


Southeastern Freight Lines Announces New Regional Structure

LEXINGTON, S.C. (May 17, 2022) – Southeastern Freight Lines, Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has implemented a new regional structure this month that expands its organizational framework from six to eight regions.

The regional restructuring is part of a business strategy that enables regional leadership to invest more time in the service centers with Southeastern’s associates.

By reducing the size of each region, regional leadership is better equipped to address the increase of freight volumes and combat industry strains such as the driver shortage.

With eight regions, Southeastern furthers its pursuit of operational excellence and commitment to associate development at the field level.

“As a company, we are continuously working to advance our culture, provide quality service to our customers and solidify our vision of being the best and biggest in the Sunbelt,” said Coley Campbell, Senior Vice President of Operations for Southeastern Freight Lines.

“We believe this new structure will allow us to continue growing our footprint in the Sunbelt while ensuring we keep our associates and culture at the forefront.

We anticipate these changes will have a positive impact on our associates, which inevitably will have a very positive impact on our customers and organization as a whole.”

As part of the organizational restructuring, Brian Schulz has been promoted to Vice President of Service Center Operations – Regions 4, 5 and 7

while Austin Winters, Jason Hood and Mark Coggin have each been promoted to the role of Regional Vice President for their respective territories.

The new structure has also opened a number of other leadership growth opportunities at the service center management level where more than a dozen additional Southeastern team members are taking on new positions.


Southeastern Freight Lines Celebrates Major Milestones at its Jacksonville and North Atlanta Service Centers

LEXINGTON, S.C. (March 2, 2022) – Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating years of “Quality Without Question” service from its service centers in Jacksonville, Florida and North Atlanta, Georgia. The Jacksonville service center has now been in business for 35 years and the North Atlanta service center has been in business for 30 years.

Both service centers have enjoyed significant growth since establishment. Jacksonville began operations with 10 associates and 12 dock doors and has since grown to 190 associates and 125 dock doors.

There are six Jacksonville associates celebrating professional milestones. Linehaul Drivers Harold Inman and Tim Scardasis, Pickup and Delivery Drivers Paul McKinley and Steve McCorkel, International Supervisor Angela Foster and Safety Specialist Randy Hand have each been serving Southeastern’s internal and external customers at the Jacksonville service center since its opening in 1987.

“I am proud of the impact that our service center has had in helping Southeastern uphold its commitment to Quality Improvement these past 35 years,” said Dan Perez, service center manager for Jacksonville. “Our team of dedicated employees have worked tirelessly to grow the service center to the success story it is today, and we are excited to continue cultivating our various partnerships and adding value to Southeastern’s transportation processes for years to come.”

North Atlanta started with 122 dock doors and the facility today consists of 173 dock doors and 387 associates.

Three employees have been working at the North Atlanta service center since its opening in 1992 and remain active with Southeastern today: Ray Tucker, an associate within the fleet department, and Eddie Bailey and Yancy Chambers, associates within the pickup and delivery department.

“It’s rewarding to look back and reflect on the immense growth that has taken place here in North Atlanta,” said Russ Brien, service center manager for North Atlanta. “Our dedicated employees and numerous tenured leadership associates have been the root of our service center’s success. They have worked hard to live Southeastern’s culture and establish momentum that continually provides quality results for our customers.”

Over the years, the Jacksonville and North Atlanta service centers have given back to the surrounding communities, most recently through Southeastern Serves, a program dedicated to having associates of all levels volunteer in their local communities to assist needy individuals.

As a part of the Southeastern Serves mission, the Jacksonville service center has volunteered with many organizations, including March of Dimes, Seamark Ranch and Gabriel House of Care. Valuing the same commitment to community, the North Atlanta service center has donated canned food to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and The Quinn House, as well as sponsored Christmas gifts to spread holiday cheer to the children at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter.

The Jacksonville service center was the 21st service center opened since the company’s establishment in 1950. Shortly thereafter, the North Atlanta service center was founded as the company’s 30th location. Southeastern now operates 89 service centers spanning 13 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.


Southeastern Freight Lines Recognized as 2020 Echo Global Logistics Regional LTL Carrier of the Year

LEXINGTON, S.C. (October 12, 2021) – Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been recognized as the 2020 Echo Global Logistics Regional LTL Carrier of the Year.

Echo, a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, created the Regional LTL Carrier of the Year award to honor one regional LTL carrier that best meets their quality standards and who Echo's nationwide personnel most enjoy doing business with and trust with their freight. Southeastern was given this award due to their quality client communication, employee training and development, web capabilities and their consistent, high-level performance.

"Our recognition as Echo's Regional LTL Carrier of the Year is a direct reflection of our commitment to continuous improvement, adding value and providing quality service through the utilization of collaborative, strong business partnerships," said Andy Carpenter, national account manager for Southeastern Freight Lines. "We are grateful for this honor, and the entire team is looking forward to continuing to foster our partnership with Echo for years to come."

"Southeastern has consistently risen to high levels of measure against our quality standards with both our customers and teammates," said Mark Redini, senior vice president of LTL for Echo Global Logistics. "Southeastern has regularly met these standards over the better part of a decade by virtue of being a three-time Carrier of the Year Award winner and a six-time Platinum Award winning carrier, which is given to carriers that provide clear communication and excellent service."

Carpenter, alongside Southeastern Freight Lines' Keith Huggins, vice president of national accounts, and Mike Redden, director of national accounts, accepted this award at the Echo headquarters in Chicago late August.

About Southeastern Freight Lines
Southeastern Freight Lines, a privately-owned regional less-than-truckload transportation services provider founded in 1950, specializes in next-day service in the Southeast and Southwest and operates 89 service centers in 13 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Southeastern has a network of service partners to ensure transportation services in the remaining 36 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico. Southeastern Freight Lines provides more than 99.35% on-time service in next day lanes. A dedication to service quality and a continuous quality improvement process that began in 1985 has been recognized by more than 500 quality awards received from customers and associations. For more information, please visit www.sefl.com and www.facebook.com/SoutheasternFreight.

About Echo Global Logistics
Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECHO) is a leading Fortune 1000 provider of technology-enables transportation and supply chain management services. Headquartered in Chicago with more than 30 offices around the country, Echo offers freight brokerage and Managed Transportation solutions for all major modes, including truckload, partial truckload, LTL, intermodal, and expedited. Echo maintains a proprietary, web-based technology platform that compiles and analyzes data from its network of over 50,000 transportation providers to serve 35,000 clients across a wide range of industries and simplify the critical tasks involved in transportation management. For more information on Echo Global Logistics, visit: www.echo.com.

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Media Contacts
Katie Davis
Largemouth Communications (on behalf of Southeastern Freight Lines)
katie@largemouthpr.com
(919) 459-6562

Echo Global Logistics
Investor Relations:
Zach Jecklin
SVP of Strategy
Echo Global Logistics
312-784-2046

Media Relations:
Christopher Clemmensen
SVP of Marketing
Echo Global Logistics
312-784-2132


Southeastern Freight Lines Celebrates 40 Years of Service at its Hazlehurst and Valdosta Service Centers

LEXINGTON, S.C. (October 5, 2021) – 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 service centers in Hazlehurst and Valdosta, Georgia.

Both service centers opened in 1981 and have seen significant growth since establishment. Hazlehurst began operations with six dock doors and has grown to 30 dock doors and 31 associates today.

Celebrating a professional milestone, Linehaul Driver Eric Hester began serving Southeastern's internal and external customers at the Hazlehurst service center when it originally opened in 1981 and recently retired after 40 years of service.

"Over the past four decades, the associates at the Hazlehurst service center have continued to serve the region with excellence," said Vic Burton, service center manager. "The great success and achievements our service center has seen since its opening is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our team. We're looking forward to continued improvement for years to come."

Valdosta started with nine dock doors and seven associates, and the facility now consists of 107 dock doors and 77 associates.

Three original employees have been working at the Valdosta service center since opening and remain active with Southeastern today: Assistant Service Manager Craig Moore, Linehaul Driver David Morris and Pickup and Delivery Driver Brett Vincent.

"It's been a privilege and an honor to be able to see the Valdosta service center grow over the years to where it is today," said Leggett Lovan, service center manager. "I'm incredibly proud of our dedicated associates who consistently provide Quality without Question service. Our team has always strived for excellence every single day and will continue to work toward continuous measurable improvement."

Over the years, the Hazlehurst and Valdosta service centers have given back to the Georgia community, most recently through Southeastern Serves, a program dedicated to having associates of all levels volunteer in their local communities to assist needy individuals.

As a part of the Southeastern Serves mission, the Hazlehurst service center has participated in the Hugs for Soldiers Program and worked with the local Department of Family and Children Services to donate gifts to needy families during the holidays. Valuing the same commitment to community, the Valdosta service center has volunteered at local soup kitchens and partnered with a local church to provide the homeless with a hot shower, clothing and food.

The Hazlehurst service center was the 12th service center opened since the company’s establishment in 1950. Soon after, the Valdosta service center was founded as the 13th location. Southeastern now operates 89 service centers spanning 13 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.


Southeastern Freight Lines Recognized as One of America's Best Large Employers by Forbes

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Sept. 2, 2021) - Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced its recognition as one of America's Best Large Employers by Forbes.

Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to survey 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. The survey participants rated their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family and to nominate organizations other than their own.

"We are honored and humbled by this recognition from Forbes. Being recognized as one of 'America’s Best Large Employers' is a direct reflection of our company's people-first culture, built one event at a time over the last 70 years," said Tobin Cassels, president for Southeastern Freight Lines. "Our associate’s willingness to recommend Southeastern to friends and family is a testament to our culture."

The final Forbes list ranks the 500 large and 500 midsize employers that received the most recommendations from survey participants. Last year, Southeastern was also recognized by Forbes as the Best Employer in South Carolina.

For more information about working at Southeastern, visit the careers page on www.sefl.com.


Southeastern Freight Lines’ Albany Service Center Celebrates 45 Years of Service

LEXINGTON, S.C. (August 12, 2021) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 45 years of quality without question service at the Albany, Georgia service center.

Located at 1115 Centennial Ave. in Albany, the service center opened for business in summer of 1976, with 20 dock doors and 18 associates. Since then, the facility has grown to 44 dock doors and over 44 associates.

Seven employees are also celebrating professional milestones after joining the Southeastern team in the 1980s and continue to serve the company’s internal and external customers today:

  • Senior Linehaul Driver - Wayne Swords, 40 years
  • Outbound Supervisor - Phil Macolly, 38 years
  • Inbound Supervisor - Mark Horne, 37 years
  • Senior Pick Up and Delivery Driver - Kirk Mason, 34 years
  • Fleet Services - Britt Olson, 34 years
  • Combo Driver - Al Attell, 33 years
  • Fleet Services - Mark Lasseter, 33 years

“It’s important for us to recognize our senior associates who helped build and grow the Albany service center more than 30 years ago, and who continue to provide the same Quality without Question service today,” said Tommy Herndon, service center manager. “Forty-five years is an incredible milestone for our service center, and we look forward to serving our customers for many more years to come.”

Over the years, the service center has given back to the Albany community, most recently as part of Southeastern Serves, a program dedicated to contributing to communities across Southeastern’s footprint by having associates of all levels get involved with providing for the less fortunate. Initiatives have included food drives to collect soup and other canned and dry goods for donations and helping prepare food packages for Kids Against Hunger.

The Albany service center was the ninth service center opened by Southeastern Freight Lines since its founding in 1950. The company now operates 89 service centers spanning 13 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, and has undergone numerous upgrades in trucks and trucking technologies.


Southeastern Freight Lines Recognized as 2020 Total Quality Logistics Preferred LTL Carrier of the Year

LEXINGTON, S.C. (July 22, 2021) Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been recognized as the 2020 Total Quality Logistics (TQL) Preferred LTL Carrier of the Year for the Southeast region.

TQL, one of the largest freight brokerage firms in North America, created the Preferred LTL Carrier Program to designate the highest-ranked LTL carriers for its customers. Southeastern earned “Preferred” status based on the market share it handles of TQL shipments in its network, on-time percentage, claims percentage and its technology integration capabilities throughout the year.

“Earning ‘Preferred’ status with a company that mirrors our commitment to exceeding customer expectations speaks volumes to the Quality Without Question service our team provides,” said Toby Toburen, national 3PL manager for Southeastern Freight Lines. “This recognition is a result of our growing partnership with TQL, and we look forward to continuing to share our expertise, merge our capabilities and enhance our results. The entire Southeastern team is grateful to be receiving this award.”

Southeastern is recognized as a Preferred LTL Carrier on TQL TRAX and featured on the TQL website. Toburen accepted the plaque from the LTL Carrier department at Total Quality Logistics.


About Southeastern Freight Lines

Southeastern Freight Lines, a privately-owned regional less-than-truckload transportation services provider founded in 1950, specializes in next-day service in the Southeast and Southwest and operates 89 service centers in 13 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Southeastern has a network of service partners to ensure transportation services in the remaining 36 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico. Southeastern Freight Lines provides more than 99.35% on-time service in next day lanes. A dedication to service quality and a continuous quality improvement process that began in 1985 has been recognized by more than 500 quality awards received from customers and associations. For more information, please visit www.sefl.com and www.facebook.com/SoutheasternFreight.


About Total Quality Logistics

At Total Quality Logistics (TQL), we create greater supply chain efficiencies for our customers by combining industry-leading technology and unmatched customer service. Customers and carriers turn to us daily to solve their transportation needs with competitive pricing, continuous communication, and a commitment to do it right — every time. Annually, we move more than 2+ million loads across the nation through our comprehensive portfolio of logistics services and our network of 90,000+ carriers. In addition, through TQL Cares and the TQL Foundation, our company and employees make the world a better place by donating thousands of volunteer hours and millions of dollars each year. TQL is proud to be the naming rights sponsor of TQL Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer’s FC Cincinnati. Founded in 1997 in Cincinnati, Ohio, TQL is one of the largest freight brokerage firms in the nation, with 5,000+ employees in 56 offices across the U.S. Learn more at TQL.com.


Media Contacts:

Katie Davis

Largemouth Communications (on behalf of Southeastern Freight Lines)

katie@largemouthpr.com

(919) 459-6562


Julia Fulton

Total Quality Logistics

PublicRelations@tql.com

(513) 495-6767


Baton Rouge-Area Deputy Receives Stuffed Animal Delivery for Local Children

LEXINGTON, S.C. (July 1, 2021) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, , is donating a 55-gallon drum full of stuffed animals and an empty 55-gallon drum for storage to aid a local police officer in his mission to comfort children he encounters while on the job.

Deputy Corey Caillet with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office moved the Iberville Parish community with a social media post requesting stuffed animal donations to give to children involved in accidents or bad situations.

“Some of the circumstances we see on the job can be intimidating or scary for children, so it’s nice to be able to have something to give them a sense of comfort,” said Caillet. “It’s amazing to see the solace one stuffed animal can give a child.”

Southeastern quickly became involved in Caillet’s philanthropic mission by collecting donations at its service center located in Port Allen. Southeastern associates filled the 55-gallon drum with stuffed animals within less than a month, in addition to monetary donations. The toys were delivered to Caillet and other deputies from the department.

Alyssa Chatelain, customer service administrator II at Southeastern’s Port Allen service center and Caillet’s friend of 20 years, trailblazed the company’s contribution to the toy drive and encouraged her own six-year-old daughter to donate.

The abundance of support from the community and Southeastern has inspired Caillet to explore turning his initiative into a nonprofit. “I’m always collecting stuffed animals,” said Caillet. “The smile on these kids’ faces it brings, it’s really something.”

The service center collection is part of Southeastern Freight Lines’ company-wide “Southeastern SERVES” program, dedicated to giving back to communities across its footprint by having associates of all levels get involved with providing for the less fortunate. Over the years, Southeastern’s service centers have volunteered in local communities with organizations such as The Miracle League and Toys for Tots.


Southeastern Freight Lines Recognized as Transplace 2020 Carrier of the Year

LEXINGTON, S.C. (June 10, 2021) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been recognized as the Transplace 2020 Regional Carrier of the Year.

Transplace, one of the world’s largest transportation service providers, acknowledges carriers that have gone above and beyond the call of duty by providing the highest levels of service, embracing technology for improved visibility and establishing quality relationships amongst stakeholders. Transplace chose Southeastern based on the company’s overall spend and market share within its territory, automation and touchless execution metrics and operations feedback taken from a survey measuring aspects of carriers’ performance.

"It is an honor to be named the Regional Carrier of the Year by one of the world’s largest transportation service providers," said Austin Miller, national account manager for Southeastern Freight Lines. “This award demonstrates our commitment to customer satisfaction and appreciation for our strong partnerships. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Transplace for this honor and commend our associates for the hard work and dedication to Southeastern’s commitment of Quality without Question service.”

Miller attended the 2021 Transplace Virtual Carrier Symposium, an event providing education, recognition and appreciation for more than 32,000 transportation carriers, and was honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of Southeastern.


Southeastern Freight Lines Celebrates 30 Years of Service at its Huntsville and Montgomery Service Centers

LEXINGTON, S.C. (June 10, 2021) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, this year is celebrating 30 years of “Quality Without Question” service from its service centers in Huntsville and Montgomery, Alabama.

Both service centers opened in early 1991 and have seen significant growth since establishment. Huntsville began operations with 20 dock doors and 15 associates and has grown to 44 dock doors and 50 associates.

Four original employees have been working at their respective service centers since opening and remain active with Southeastern today: linehaul drivers Blake Coleman and Lonnie Toney and pickup and delivery driver Randy Campbell of the Huntsville service center, as well as linehaul driver Jesse Keeble of the Montgomery service center. Archie Blevins, linehaul driver for the Montgomery service center retired last year after 29 years of service.

“The dedicated employees in Huntsville have made this service center a key contributor to the Southeastern network,” said Adam Darling, service center manager. “Since the opening of the Huntsville service center, the impact and growth we’ve experienced is an exciting indicator of what’s to come in the approaching decades.”

Montgomery started with 16 dock doors and 10 associates, and the facility now consists of 37 dock doors and 31 associates.

“Reflecting on the Montgomery service center’s 30 years in business, it’s rewarding to see the impact that we have had across the region,” said Brandon Graham, service center manager. “We’re looking forward to continuing our community outreach and cultivating relationships with our associates, customers and partners.”

Over the years, the Huntsville and Montgomery service centers have given back to the Alabama community, most recently through Southeastern Serves, a program dedicated to having associates of all levels volunteer in their local communities to assist needy individuals.

As a part of the Southeastern Serves mission, the Huntsville service center held a fundraiser event to raise money for CASA Mud Volleyball. In addition, the service center took part in coaching baseball at The Miracle League for children with mental and physical disabilities. Valuing the same commitment to community, the Montgomery service center held a holiday toy drive in collaboration with Toys for Tots and collected backpacks to donate to school-aged children.

The Huntsville service center was the 28th service center opened since the company’s establishment in 1950. Soon after, the Montgomery service center was founded as the 29th location. Southeastern now operates 89 service centers spanning 13 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.


Southeastern Freight Lines Opens New Service Center in Amarillo, Texas

New Facility Enables Growth and Advancements to Serve Customers

LEXINGTON, S.C. (May 17, 2021) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced the opening of a relocated service center in Amarillo, Texas.

The new service center, located at 4814 SE 22nd Avenue, consists of 33 dock doors and 22 associates. It is housed on more than five acres, allowing for future growth, and features a large open office space equipped with a state-of-the-art conference room for meetings and training.

“With increasing economic growth in the Amarillo area, this is an ideal time to relocate our Amarillo service center to a larger location,” said Aaron Strobel, service center manager. “The increase in dock doors and associates will enable us to continue to serve our area customers with Quality without Question service. We always aim to increase efficiency and timeliness of deliveries and look forward to working with our great team in the new service center to meet our customers’ needs.”

Previously located at 601 Ross Road, the Amarillo Service Center opened for business in 2003 with 22 dock doors and 4 associates.


Southeastern Freight Lines’ Augusta Service Center Celebrates 45 Years of Service

LEXINGTON, S.C. (May 6, 2021) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, is celebrating 45 years of quality without question service at the Augusta, South Carolina service center.

Located at 1040 Edgefield Rd. in N. Augusta, the service center opened for business in spring of 1976, with 12 dock doors and 10 associates. Since then, the facility has grown to 54 dock doors and over 55 associates.

Customer Service Representative Angela Hollar is also celebrating a professional milestone, as she has been at the Augusta service center since March 1977 and continues to serve our internal and external customers today.

“As we celebrate this milestone in Augusta, it’s amazing to reflect on the meaningful relationships we’ve built with our customers and associates over the past 45 years, like Angela, who has been a part of our team since 1977,” said Keith McDonald, service center manager. “We’re excited to continue providing Quality without Question service to our customers with our great team year-after-year.”

Over the years, the service center has given back to the Augusta community, most recently as part of Southeastern Serves, a program dedicated to giving back to communities across Southeastern’s footprint by having associates of all levels get involved with providing for the less fortunate. Initiatives have included delivering food in partnership with Meals on Wheels and helping serve and clean up Thanksgiving meals for NHC HealthCare North Augusta residents and their families.

The Augusta service center was the eighth service center opened by Southeastern Freight Lines since its founding in 1950. The company now operates 89 service centers spanning 13 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, and has undergone numerous upgrades in trucks and trucking technologies.

Southeastern Freight Lines was recently recognized as the Best Employer in South Carolina by GOBankingRates and was recognized by Forbes as Best Employer in South Carolina in its second annual ranking of America’s best employers by state last fall.


Southeastern Freight Lines Recognized as Best Employer in South Carolina by GOBankingRates

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Jan. 25, 2021) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced its recognition as Best Employer in South Carolina by GOBankingRates.

GOBankingRates used data from market research company Statista, global media, branding and technology company Forbes and Recruit Holdings' HR technology business Glassdoor to identify organizations liked best by current and former employees in, “The Best Place To Work in Your State.”

Forbes recognized Southeastern Freight Lines as Best Employer in South Carolina in its second annual ranking of America’s best employers by state last fall.

“We are honored to receive this acknowledgment from GOBankingRates, compiled based off feedback from our current and past employees,” said Richard Slater, vice president of field sales at Southeastern Freight Lines. “It is the culmination of the over 8,500 people who work at Southeastern who represent our values, our brand, and our commitment to serving with excellence in all that we do. We understand that in order to create this culture and standard of excellence across our organization, we must be invested in the well-being of each of those individuals and this award is a testament that this commitment is real.”

South Carolina is home to Southeastern’s corporate office in Lexington as well as five service centers located in Augusta, Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville, employing 1,132 associates across the state. The company recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, including 70 years of service out of the Columbia service center.

In 1950, as Southeastern’s corporate office and headquarters, the Columbia service center originally employed eight people who served the corporate office and also ran the terminal. Today, the Columbia service center has grown to 102 dock doors and more than 160 employees and is located at 4025 Sunset Blvd. The corporate office employs an additional 540 employees out of its Lexington, South Carolina, headquarters at 420 Davega Road.

For more information about working at Southeastern, visit the careers page on www.sefl.com.


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