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2009-08-25

TRUCKING INDUSTRY STORIES * USA

* Logistics firm reveals what fuels its growth as its competitors run off the road

Vineland,NJ,USA -NJ Bizz, by Shankar P. -24 Aug 2009: ... The 77-year-old NFI operates nearly 10,000 vehicles and 15 million square feet of warehouse space at 50 locations nationwide, including nine in New Jersey... By all indications, NFI has dodged the recession. The company’s eight divisions are on pace to increase its 2008 revenue, which was nearly $750 million, by 5 percent to 10 percent, said Sidney Brown, its chief executive... Brown represents the third generation of the family-owned business, which was founded by his grandfather. Brown runs the company with brothers Ike and Jeffrey, who are vice chairmen; his father, Bernard, is the group chairman... Sidney Brown broadly attributed NFI’s growth in the current recession to an aggressive business approach and an emphasis on customer service, but pointed specifically to two major drivers: it has picked up new customers deserted by smaller trucking and logistics firms that folded in the recession, and its strategy of maintaining a younger fleet that’s fuel efficient and less prone to breakdowns appeals to its clients. Vehicles in NFI’s fleet are equipped with advanced satellite tracking and communication devices to enable round-the-clock cargo monitoring; many of its rivals don’t offer this, Sidney Brown said... (Photo by Christina Mazza - Sidney Brown, chief executive of NFI, stands by a truck at the company’s Cherry Hill location. He says the company has grown in the recession by increasing customer service and strengthening its current fleet)


* HELL ON WHEELS - Sherry Martinez and crew exorcised the demons of a troublesome truck, known as “666,” with some devilish customizations

Mira Loma,CAL,USA -Customs Rigs, by Ashley Vice -Aug 2009: -- Sherry Martinez’s 1990 Peterbilt 379, affectionately known around Southern California as either The Mean Bitch or 666, is visually hell on wheels born from personal trials and tribulations...
Martinez says her Pete, the first of three tricked-out trucks in the Mira Loma, Calif., based Jessica Martinez Trucking fleet, was designed to match the tough times that came with going independent...

Transforming her truck into a showstopper was a family affair, says Martinez, who took a hands-on approach to customizing her rig. The 425hop Cat engine and the running gear are stock, but that can’t be said for the exterior...

Martinez, Paul, and Ernie and Jermaine Rubio painted the truck candy cobalt blue in the open shop behind their house while SoCal pin-striping legend Wild Bill airbrushed ghost flame and skull graphics... (Photos by Bruce W. Smith)

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