Friday, July 24, 2020

ATA Report Gives Insights on US Trucking Industry at Close of 2019

Founded in the early 1940s, Seward Motor Freight originally hauled freight between Omaha and Seward, Nebraska and the surrounding towns as a “Less than a Truck Load” operation. Today, Seward Motor Freight has grown significantly and changed their business model to a “Truck Load” operation across the Midwest, Central, South and East areas in the United States. The company has been a supporter and member in the American Trucking Association (ATA) for over 25 years. According to ATA’s American Trucking Trends 2020 report, the trucking industry carried 11.84 billion tons of freight across the country in 2019 generating $791.7 billion in revenue. The industry accounted for 80.4 percent of all US freight. The report also stated that trucks moved 67.7 percent of surface freight between the United States and Canada and 83.1 percent of freight with Mexico. In total, trucks moved $772 billion worth of cargo between the United States and its neighbors. Interestingly, 91.3 percent of carriers operated a fleet of six or fewer trucks. Slightly over 97 percent operated 20 of fewer trucks. On the jobs front, the trucking industry supported 7.95 million jobs, including 3.6 million driver jobs. Looking at driver demographics, men made up 93.3 percent of truckers. Women comprised a paltry 6.7 percent. Minorities made up 41.5 percent of truckers.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Most Popular Tractor-Trailer Truck Brands

Seward Motor Freight is a long haul freight company based in Seward, Nebraska, that has been in operation since the 1940s. Fully committed to its drivers, Seward Motor Freight is a dry van company with a fleet consisting of Peterbilts, Volvos, and International trucks.

The most popular truck brand in the US is Freightliner. Owned by Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner was established in 1942 accounts for almost a third of all new trucks purchased in the United States.

Freightliner is closely followed by International. International’s parent company, Navistar, is owned by the Volkswagen Group and is one of the world’s leading truck manufacturers. International trucks make up about 23 percent of the market share, according to data from 2018.

Third in line is Peterbilt, along with Kenworth and PACCAR. Those three brands are under the same ownership, and PACCAR had a record year in 2019, with almost 200,000 trucks sold.

Finally, Volvo is a consistently growing player in the US market, and it has a new plant in Virginia. Volvo trucks are becoming more popular, and some estimate they might overtake PACCAR in the near future.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Working Limits for Truck Drivers

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Christian Record Services Sponsors Children at Blind Camp

A truckload carrier company in Nebraska, Seward Motor Freight has a proven reputation for on-time freight delivery throughout the Midwest, South, Southeast, and East Coast. An active partner in various community causes, Seward Motor Freight supports organizations such as Christian Record Services.

A charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for legally blind individuals, Christian Record Services offers free publications in audio format, braille, and large print. The organization also sponsors children to attend camps through the National Camps for Blind Children each winter and summer. Christian Record Services covers the cost of room and board at several beautiful summer camp settings, among them Camp Blue Ridge in Montebello, Virginia, and Kulaqua Independent Living Camp in High Springs, Florida.

All blind camps are state certified and adhere to high standards of safety. Campers can enjoy a range of activities such as archery and arts and crafts, all intended to increase their sense of independence and confidence.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

A Brief History of Trucking and the Interstate Commerce Commission

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Truckers Prefer Deadheads Over Low-Paying Backhaul Loads

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Seward Motor Freight’s President an Acknowledged Business Leader

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A family enterprise, Seward Motor Freight was purchased and incorporated by Wayne and Joan Tanderup in 1969. With seven employs the couple grew the business, acquiring other small carriers in the 1980s. Seward Motor Freight now has long haul permits in all the lower 48 states. 

After the passing of her husband in 2006, Joan Tanderup assumed the role of President/CEO and continued to expand the motor freight company which now operates 100 tractors with 275 trailers and has over 100 employees. On September 6th the company will be celebrating Joan Tanderup’s 50th year of owning the company with live music, dinner, employee celebration picture and the 50th anniversary truck presentation. 

The company operations run from Pennsylvania to Utah and Minnesota to Texas. Their headquarters and fleet maintenance facility is located on 6.5-acre at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Highway 15 just south of Seward, Nebraska. On March 20, 2018, Concordia University, Nebraska honored Ms. Tanderup as the 2018 Outstanding Woman in Business during its 15th annual Women in Business luncheon. Hosted by Concordia University Business Club, the luncheon acknowledges and celebrates the servant leadership and accomplishments of Seward County businesswomen. In accepting the award, Ms. Tanderup noted that Seward Motor employees have also been a big factor in the company’s success, each contributing with their own unique skills and talents.