Monday, September 14, 2009

Con-Way Starts Regional Truck Service

18-month pilot program highly successful
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USA - Con-way Truckload, a full truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., today announced the launch of Con-way Truckload Regional, designed to complement the company’s existing long-haul services. The service is designed to specialise on routes of up to 600 miles.

“This is the ideal time for us to enter the regional, cartage and drayage business. About 70 percent of the freight in the transportation market travels less than 550 miles, and it’s a segment that tends to stay healthy even during challenging economic conditions,” said Herb Schmidt, president, Con-way Truckload.

“Between those factors, our access to secure, state-of-the-art facilities and our ability to take on the business without building additional infrastructure, this is a strategic growth opportunity with tremendous potential,” he added.

Through an 18-month pilot program, Con-way Truckload has been successfully providing regional service in an 11-state region. By the end of 2009, it plans to have 325 trucks dedicated to the new offering, and will add an additional 300 trucks in 2010. By 2011, the company’s goal is to have 1,000 trucks dedicated to nationwide regional service.