Friday, November 20, 2009

Schneider to Take Over Emersons Logistics

Freight Company Will Absorb Many of Existing Workers
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USA – Wisconsin-based truck and intermodal logistics provider, Schneider National, confirmed yesterday that it is to take over operations of the Emerson transportation division by the end of 2009. Schneider will provide Emerson with a dedicated fleet, including approximately 300 drivers.

St. Louis-based Emerson is a leading manufacturer of industrial automation equipment and tools, as well electronics and telecommunications products. The company has maintained its own transport division since 1962, with 170 trucks and 29 transport depots across the U.S.

However, the decision to select Schneider to carry out their logistics work should not see too many lay-offs. Mark Rourke, president, Truckload Services, at Schneider National says that: “Companies who transition their transportation work often assume that their professional, loyal drivers will be lost. That’s simply not the case.

“Schneider National recognizes that the collective experience and company knowledge these folks bring is invaluable and must be incorporated into the new transportation approach.”

He added that: “In today’s economic environment, operating a trucking company is tough enough when it’s your core competency; it’s even more challenging when it’s not your specialty.

“Companies like Emerson know that they can deploy their people and financial resources toward core strategies and leave the transportation work to us.”

“Schneider National’s Dedicated Services division has a proven reputation for reliability as a global logistics and transportation leader. This was a key factor in selecting them to handle Emerson’s domestic U.S. full truckload operations,” said Greg Fromknecht, Emerson’s vice president of Global Logistics.

“Their commitment to excellent service and preserving the integrity of the supply chain is critical for meeting the demands of our customers.”