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Schneider National to open new Phoenix-based facility, add 200 driver jobs

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
August 14, 2013

Schneider National, the nation’s second-largest truckload carrier which traditionally has been a major player in long-haul intermodal traffic, recently announced it plans to add 200 truck drivers in Arizona and open a facility in Phoenix that will open next month.

The Green Bay, Wis.-based company said it has experienced more than 40 percent growth in load volume for its van truckload service in the past year, adding that the new location in Phoenix will compliment its base of operations and customer service in the West, which includes facilities in Fontana, Calif.; French Camp, Calif.; North Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Ore., with its Western Regional offering serving customers in 11 western states.

“Customers continue to explore ways to improve their supply chains, and regional service is a smart solution,” said Dave Geyer, senior vice president and general manager of Schneider Van Truckload, in a statement. “Our Western Regional service — which specializes in shipments that are 500 miles or less — was the first to launch in 2008. Customers, drivers and owner-operators have seen tremendous value, and expansion in the West will enable our growth.”

A Schneider spokesperson told LM that the company began its transformation to offer Regional service in 2008, beginning with Western Regional service. The transformation was completed in 2010, with Schneider offering Regional truckload service in the 48 contiguous states through hubs in four regions. Schneider’s Regional service complements its Long Haul, Team Expedited, Dedicated and Bulk truckload services and provides tailored solutions for shippers’ needs.

“Phoenix has been on our radar as a potential hub in our Western Region for some time,” the spokesperson said. “Our growth in the past year has driven the timing of the facility opening. The new Phoenix location will complement Schneider’s base of operations and customer service in the West. One call and customers get local drivers and market-specific customer service reps who know the region like the back of their hand. Our Regional service provides customers all the benefits of a big carrier focused solely on a regional business. This includes a Regional-based fleet with capacity to ensure that our people and equipment are always there when called upon, superior service from drivers who work exclusively in the region and understand each customer’s needs and in-market decision-making that empowers account teams to make the calls they need to meet customer demands and expectations.”

Schneider also has an existing on-site Dedicated account and intermodal facilities in the Phoenix area.

Going forward, the spokesperson said that like it has have done in other regions and within regional hubs, Schneider will continue to build its capacity to meet and grow with customer demand along with growing its driver capacity by 200 in Arizona and identifying non-driver associates to staff the Phoenix office.

“Just as in our existing offices in Fontana, Calif.; French Camp, Calif.; North Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Ore., Phoenix will be a primary hub for managing customers’ transportation and logistics within our Western Region,” the spokesperson said.

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Jeff Berman
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Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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