Less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier Southeastern Freight Lines hauls freight throughout the southern US with a fleet of about 2,000 tractors and 6,000 trailers. (LTL carriers consolidate freight from multiple shippers into a single truckload.) Southeastern Freight Lines operates from a network of about 75 terminals in a dozen states, plus Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Clients have included Lowe's and Masco. Through partnerships with carriers including A. Duie Pyle, Dayton Freight, and Oak Harbor Freight Lines, Southeastern Freight Lines provides service throughout the US, Mexico, and Canada. Southeastern Freight Lines is controlled by the Cassels family, which also owns truckload carrier G&P Trucking.
Although the company continues to concentrate on its core territory, new facilities allow Southeastern to offer next-day and other services to additional markets. To attract and retain more business, Southeastern has introduced a new subsidiary, Southeastern Logistics Solutions. The logistics unit manages truckload and multimodal transportation services in the US through various transportation partnerships, thereby providing a single-source solution for customers needing several types of carriers.
Southeastern has also built out its network of service centers. Since 2008, it has offered service in Mexico and opened a 30,000-sq.-ft. warehouse across the border in nearby Laredo, Texas. In addition, the company launched a new $4 million terminal in Virginia and expanded its Savannah, Georgia, service center. In 2010 it began providing same-day Oklahoma-Texas service to win business with oil and gas exploration customers.
Nonetheless, Southeastern has suffered along with the rest of the trucking industry as fuel prices soared to record prices in 2008 followed by a sharp drop in freight demand and an economic recession. To help reduce labor and fuel costs, Southeastern invested in dock management and route planning technology. – less