SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 20, 2016
Matheson Trucking, Inc. announced that Brock M. Vann has been named Director of Operations with responsibility for overseeing both Matheson Postal Services and the Matheson Mail Transportation business units.
Vann comes to Matheson after serving as Regional Ramp Operations Manager with Schneider National, Inc. (SNI) of French Camp, California, where he was in charge of ramp operations in Stockton, Seattle and Portland as well as rail operations in Salt Lake City and Denver, over a nine-year period. Collectively these combined operations resulted in generating $93 million in revenue and shipped or delivered 83,000 freight loads in 2015 alone involving the supervision of a combined total of 118 drivers.
“We are pleased to welcome Brock to the Matheson team and know that his 21 years of experience with trucking and as a team operations manager for various transportation operations will be an asset to our company,” said Charles J. Mellor, Esq., Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Matheson Trucking, Inc.
While with SNI, Vann developed a management paper on the impact of California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations on SNI operations in the state. In addition, he also led most of SNI’s west coast Intermodal Operations with regard to service and safety, and was involved in a critical purchase decision to replace more than 200 trucks in California. Part of his overall responsibilities included training employees at all SNI locations on the use of intermodal dispatch tools and proven methods for improving freight optimization.
As a Lieutenant Commander and a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Navy, Vann received two Navy Achievement Medals for sustained, superior performance during operation Enduring Freedom in the wake of the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers in New York.
Vann graduated from Washington State University in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree and later served as a Professor of Transportation and as a member of the WSU Transportation Advisory Committee, where he created and taught a transportation course that launched the university’s first logistics curriculum. In 1997 he returned to WSU and earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
About Matheson Trucking, Inc.
Matheson is a privately-held, family owned and operated company with headquarters in Sacramento, California. The company traces its roots to 1962 when Robert and Carole Matheson founded R. B. Matheson Trucking, Inc. in Clayton, California. Today the firm manages a fleet of tractors, trailers, and aircraft ground support equipment, as well as maintenance facilities throughout the U.S. The company is a diversified national transportation carrier proudly serving the United States Postal Service (USPS) since 1964. Matheson offer specialized hauling, time sensitive material handling and transportation, underwing airport operations, and terminal handling services. As a business partner of the USPS, Matheson is committed to the belief that service must be reliable and convenient, and must improve continuously. The company takes pride in the fact that its service is consistently at or above the 99% performance level.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Matheson Trucking, Inc. has added 25 new compressed natural gas (CNG) and 12 liquified natural gas (LNG) tractors to its fleet as part of a companywide clean energy expansion program designed to improve air quality, lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and to decrease diesel fuel consumption on routes served by the Matheson Postal Services Division.
“With annual fleet distances driven totaling nearly 36 million miles, combining peak and non-peak times, we continue to search for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and GHG emissions to enhance the environment,” according to Debra White, vice president, Information Technology and Fleet Maintenance for Matheson Trucking, Inc. “We’re not doing this just to meet EPA clean air and state emissions standards, it’s the right thing to do.”
Driving 36 million fleet miles is like going around the globe 1,440 times (given earth’s circumference of 25,000 miles at the equator), or making 150 trips to and from the earth to the moon – a distance of 238,855 miles one way.
The company introduced 12 LNG Kenworth T880 day cabs in Oakland, CA., in January and has completed the deployment of 17 CNG Kenworth T680’s in Boise, ID. Matheson is in the process of taking delivery of eight additional CNG T680 sleeper cabs for its Los Angeles (LAX) to Seattle (SEA) runs.
The CNG tractors destined for Boise include five, three-axle sleepers; 10, three-axle day cabs, and two, single-axle day cabs. These tractors pull a mix of trailers in Boise, with most in the 53-foot long category, used to transport U.S. Postal Service mail along designated routes.
Last March and April, Matheson has also acquired 22 fuel-efficient diesel Kenworth T680 sleepers for use in Seattle, WA, and is currently deploying 24 additional diesel Kenworth T680 sleepers for use on a variety of the firm’s Salt Lake City routes – for a total of 46 new diesel tractors purchased in 2015.
“We plan to increase our inventory of green CNG tractors in the fleet wherever it is practical and cost effective to do so, and while diesel may still have an edge on long-haul routes, Matheson wants to move in a positive, responsible direction by becoming less dependent on fossil fuel,” said Joshua Matheson, vice president of operations.
Together these new vehicles bring the company’s tractor fleet total across all divisions to 262, excluding any rental tractors the company has in its nationwide network.
“Matheson is well underway toward achieving its goal of utilizing alternative technology and/or alternative fuels. We are a 98% Kenworth shop, with a few Freightliners and International tractors still in the fleet. We partnered with Kenworth, Agility Fuel Systems and Clean Energy Fuels Corporation to spec the most fuel-efficient tractors possible as well as to expand the network of natural gas fueling stations across the U.S. With the introduction of these new CNG and LNG tractors, Matheson estimates this will decrease the company’s diesel fuel consumption by 718,468 gallons per year,” said White.
Matheson’s Sacramento Maintenance Manager Daniel Shandy noted that benefits associated with using CNG fuel include reduced CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, with no need for Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), or a Selective Catalyst Reductions System (SCR). Matheson’s CNG tractors produce far less air pollution, virtually no smoke from the exhaust, as well as greater ease of maintenance.
“What is really impressive to me is that CNG-powered tractors are incredibly quiet with a decibel level that is really low,” Shandy said.
Jason Criner, Matheson’s Boise shop manager and a certified CNG cylinder and fuel system inspector (CNG-FSI), observed that in the event of an accident with tank damage, gas vaporizes into the atmosphere eliminating the need for an oil spill cleanup and increasing the safety margin for drivers and local communities.
“With a conservative range of 704 miles on a full tank, these CNG tractors are ideal for shorter routes where refueling may not be required for a roundtrip. However, both Boise and Salt Lake are within the range of local fueling companies which makes these regions a great place to start deploying CNG-fueled tractors,” Criner added.
During CNG refueling, heat is generated during the 3,600psi intake process, meaning gas expands requiring up to a 30 minute waiting period until the psi level returns to 3,000psi before the tank can be topped off top with another 15 to 18 gallons. In any business time is money, and saving a half hour or more is important for scheduling and on-time delivery.
Gary Sandquist, Matheson’s terminal manager in Boise supervising a staff of 67 employees, said his business unit has 17 CNG tractors deployed representing 20% of the Boise fleet. With shorter runs within his territory, refueling delays are not an obstacle.
Seventeen tractors were assembled in July 2015 at Kenworth’s 300,000 square foot plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, and then shipped to Fontana, California, where Agility Fuel Systems outfits them with natural gas tanks, hoses and related apparatus, according to Mike Graft, marketing manager with Agility. It takes only two to three days per tractor to make the CNG conversion. Following a pre-delivery, on-road inspection, these vehicles were ready for commercial use by the end of October.
About Matheson Postal Services: Matheson Postal Services, a division of Sacramento-based Matheson Trucking, Inc. (www.MathesonInc.com), is among the top 10 largest contract carriers for the United States Postal Service (USPS), transporting mail across the nation. 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 throughout the year for the USPS and has the ability to respond to their additional needs in minutes. Matheson also has the capacity to execute special projects for the USPS, including air container transportation through the use of roller-bed equipped trailers.
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SACRAMENTO, California (March 19, 2015) – Matheson Trucking, Inc. today announced the appointment of seasoned Civil Attorney Charles J. Mellor as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of this nationwide trucking and materials handling company that includes the Matheson Flight Extenders Division.
Mr. Mellor has 26 years of experience as a trial attorney, mediator and advisor to mid-size corporations, boards of directors and principals of family-owned businesses concerning both operational, risk management and civil litigation matters. Over the years he also founded and served on the boards of several diverse nonprofit organizations addressing the concerns of underserved populations, young adults and those in need.
“We are pleased to welcome Chuck to our company,” said Mark Matheson, CEO of Matheson Trucking, Inc. “He has worked with us as a consulting General Counsel for a year focusing on operational issues and monitoring litigated matters. With an extensive background in contracts, mediation and litigation — as well as employment law and alternative dispute resolution — he is accomplished when it comes to analyzing sound litigation strategies. Chuck possesses strong leadership skills, an excellent reputation for ethical professional conduct and has the ability to develop innovative resolution options. He is already a key asset to our management team and someone we have come to rely on to provide expert counsel to help guide our business as we move forward.”
In 1989 Mr. Mellor was admitted to the California State Bar, admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Divisions, and also admitted to practice in the Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He served as a trial attorney for a leading insurance company until 1996, when he established a private law firm advising various corporations as General Counsel. He has achieved a “Superb” 9.1 rating for business legal services by AVVO, the legal services online rating system, based on his experience, industry recognition and professional conduct.
He serves as a Judge Pro-Tem for the San Diego Superior Court and has served as a Judge Pro-Tem Panelist in Marin County, CA. Mr. Mellor has been a registered arbitrator/mediator in San Diego, Sonoma, Marin, Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties. In addition, he is a member of the San Diego and Los Angeles Bar Associations in California as well as the American Bar Association.
Matheson Trucking, Inc. headquarters is based in Sacramento, California. The company provides a comprehensive range of local and long haul trucking, ground support and airport terminal handling services to its customers in 23 U.S. hub cities nationwide and has some 1,200 employees.
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.
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…
CINCINNATI, Ohio (March 17, 2014) – Matheson Flight Extenders has announced plans to co-locate its priority mail terminal handling operations at the United States Postal Service (USPS) center at 76 Clay Drive in Hebron, Kentucky. This USPS building is on the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and 15 miles from downtown Cincinnati. The exact date for the move has yet to be determined, but Matheson said it would most likely occur early in the second quarter and will involve all 23 employees at the company’s present location.
Matheson is currently located at 3340 Logan Road in Florence, Kentucky, an 8,500 square foot facility that has served as the company’s regional hub for the past four years. The UPSP location will give Matheson 10,000 square feet of space to expand its cargo acceptance and truck loading services for Priority Mail to FedEx aircraft at the airport. The new site is on the north ramp and only six minutes from the main terminal and will cut five minutes off the drive time from Matheson’s former site.
“In the shipping business, time is money,” said Glen Gates, president of Matheson Flight Extenders. “Our ability to share a building with USPS is a win-win for both of us saving time in the loading and unloading of mail and by helping both of us maximize efficiencies when it comes to sorting, build up/break bulk activities and maintaining on-time performance.” Read More…
Dynamic Routing, Zone Jumping, Commercial Pick & Pack, Dedicated Drop Units, Paperless Operations, and New Federal Fuel Regulations for Trucks
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland (March 16, 2014) – The Matheson Flight Extenders management team analyzes current issues and new developments to determine their impact and potential benefit for the transport industry and the U.S. Postal System. Here are some company perspectives on emerging trends.
“There are several innovative methodologies on the horizon, or currently in development, that have real potential for improving operational efficiency,” said Glen Gates, President of Matheson Flight Extenders. “Our mission and responsibility is to carefully examine new ideas. We owe it to ourselves and our customers to see if these methods will truly lead to better outcomes for all concerned.”
For example, dynamic routing is being considered as a future model for the U.S. Postal Service and its suppliers as a way to save time and money. Now, before a vehicle leaves its starting point, an initial route plan is established between predetermined sites. Instead of fixed, scheduled routes, dynamic routing can assist a carrier in combining loads along the way so that the truck may add or delete scheduled stops depending on demand, if new requests appear, the initial route is adjusted to fulﬁll them. Read More…
Matheson Sets Five-Year Growth Plan
To Expand Utilization Capacity 60 Percent
Interim Goal Includes Hiring Over 300
Holiday Workers With Emphasis on Veterans
MIAMI, Florida (November 6, 2013) – Matheson Flight Extenders Division President Glen Gates announced today at the Air Cargo America Conference that the company has established a five-year strategic plan beginning in 2014 designed to grow and diversify the business by more than 60 percent through 2019. The company plan includes acquiring new commercial customers in areas served by its 16-city network of air cargo terminals in the U.S. as well as by expanding existing relationships.
“We have the infrastructure in place today to ramp up operations around the clock at all of our locations, enabling us to potentially triple our current package handling volume and keep pace with expected future demand as business activity continues to increase in a post-recessionary market,” Mr. Gates said. “Last year we processed over 600 million pounds of high priority shipments, and we are already seeing an early and steady rise in package traffic this fall.”
To cope with this annual holiday spike, Matheson will hire more than 300 part-time workers during November and December as Priority Mail and commercial package volumes grow through the Christmas shopping season. At the same time, the company is placing a priority on hiring returning veterans to honor their service and give them a head start back into the workforce.
According to Mr. Gates, “Customer confidence is returning to the market after an extended period of near stagnation. Domestic manufacturing is up, and international shipments have increased. These and other noteworthy factors are a cause for optimism.”
For example, on July 30, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released June figures showing a 1.2% year-on-year expansion in global air-freight demand. Although weak, IATA said this is an improvement when compared to the 0.9% year-on-year demand growth recorded in May and the 0.1% growth realized over the first half of the year.
“Given these positive signs down the road, if a commercial firm wants to catch the next wave of industry and economic expansion, now is the time to establish a relationship with a reliable freight forwarding company with a track record of on-time performance and the capacity to handle both small or large shipping needs.” Read More…
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