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Matheson Signs Agreement with Cathay Pacific Airways for Import/Export Air Cargo Services Between Portland and Asian Markets

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc., a subsidiary of Matheson Trucking, Inc., signed a freight consolidation agent agreement with Cathay Pacific Airways in October to provide import/export air cargo services at the Portland International Airport for goods transported to and from Oregon and Asian markets.

Josh Matheson, Vice President of Operations (left) and Charles Mellor, Chief Operating Officer for Matheson Trucking, Inc., with Oregon Governor Kate Brown at the launch of air cargo service between Portland and Asian markets on November 4, 2016.  Matheson Flight Extenders is handling import/export freight consolidation services for Cathay Pacific Airways at its facility at the Portland International Airport.

Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc. currently provides airport terminal handling services for U.S. mail in Portland. The company added eight employees to support twice-weekly arrivals and departures of Cathay Pacific’s 747-8F jumbo jet service officially launched November 4. These flights travel between Portland and Hong Kong via Los Angeles and Anchorage.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Matheson to once again expand into the international freight arena,” said Charles Mellor, Chief Operating Officer for Matheson. “We handled similar services for Asiana Airlines and are proud to be a key facilitator in the partnership between the Port of Portland and Cathay Pacific. Providing consolidation for import/export goods benefits the economy of Portland and businesses in the region.”

Mellor said Cathay contacted Matheson about providing consolidation services. “We quickly presented a bid and began negotiations. The referral was a result of our previous partnership with Asiana. We have the ramp space to park a 747 close to our hanger, making it more convenient to load and unload the aircraft.”

Several regional manufacturers, such as Nike, Columbia Sportswear and Intel, are interested in this direct air cargo service. Product categories that could be transported from Portland to Hong Kong include semi-finished footwear and apparel, electronics and perishable goods like blueberries, cherries, Dungeness crab and oysters.

Cathay Pacific expects to carry 40 to 60 tons of cargo from Portland every month, even more as demand rises. This new service saves weeks of shipping time compared with marine transport. Port officials said East Asia markets account for over half of Oregon’s air exports, valued at $4.3 billion, currently being shipped through other airports.

Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc. and Matheson Postal Services, Inc. are business units of Sacramento-based Matheson Trucking, Inc. In recent years, Matheson’s area of operation has expanded from the Western United States to border-to-border and coast-to-coast. The company provides dedicated local, intermediate, and long haul transportation services over the road, and also has operations at 27 airports across the country throughout the year for the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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Jobs in Billings, Montana

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 If you’re looking for a little extra money for the holidays – and want to help lot of your neighbors have a Merry Christmas – Matheson Flight Extenders would like to hear from you. Mark Matheson, president of parent company Matheson Trucking, Inc., says the company is looking to hire 50 additional people in Billings – 25 immediately, and 25 more for the Christmas season.

Matheson Flight Extenders handles and sorts packages for major shipping companies at 20 facilities across the United States. The job openings in Billings are part-time in the mornings, usually from 5:30 to 8:00, with pay starting at $11.20 per hour.  Matheson says the jobs can be a great fit for seniors or students, and that the company will hire people as young as 16.

Bulking up staff for the holiday season will be critical for parcel handlers. Last year, many consumers turned to Amazon.com and other online retailers to do at least part of their Christmas shopping. The resulting flood of packages overwhelmed the major shipping companies, resulting in many packages arriving late.
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Matheson Flight Extenders Develops an Innovative, Leading-Edge Productivity Model to Improve Efficiency

LOS ANGELES, California (March 6, 2014) – Matheson Flight Extenders has launched a comprehensive continuous improvement program designed to save time, eliminate waste and enhance operational efficiency to better serve its customers and increase profitability.

“We already achieve industry-leading on time performance results well above 99 percent, but there is always room for production model upgrades that can mean the difference between business as usual and setting the gold standard for the shipping industry,” said Glen Gates, president of Matheson Flight Extenders.  “When a truck comes into our dock, the packages go through 16 individual handling processes before they go out. The key to future success in our industry is based on our ability to continue to discover and implement operational efficiencies.”

He said in order to innovate, you first must realize that you have gaps, take steps to correct them and then implement best practices throughout your organization. “Just as Olympic athletes have to find ways to shave hundredths of a second off their runs to move from Bronze to Gold, shippers have to do all they can to stay competitive, add value and increase revenue when margin per pound is measured in hundreds or even thousands of a cent.  We’re looking for ways to the right of the decimal point where we can improve.” Read More…