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Coyote Logistics and Access America Transport To Merge

CHICAGO, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Coyote Logistics (“Coyote” or the “Company”) and Access America Transport (“AAT”), two of the fastest-growing third-party logistics (“3PL”) service providers in North America, announced today that their Boards of Directors have approved a definitive merger agreement. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2002, Chattanooga, Tennessee-based AAT handles multi-modal transportation including truckload, less-than-truckload, intermodal, flatbed, and specialized freight for shippers and carriers across the country.  Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will be one of the largest 3PL service providers in North America with run rate revenues of over $2 billion, 17 North American locations, approximately 40,000 contracted carriers and approximately 1,750 employees.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome the Access America team to the pack,” said Coyote CEO and Cofounder Jeff Silver.  “We are confident that our shippers and carriers will see the benefit of our newly expanded and dedicated customer service team. This merger reinforces our relentless commitment to shippers and carriers across North America. We now have more resources and better capacity to serve them.”

“This is the perfect marriage of two companies that share a common set of values and are each fiercely dedicated to the shippers and carriers of all sizes that we serve across North America,” said AAT CEO and Cofounder Ted Alling. “Coyote’s proprietary technology and backend support will bring a level of unprecedented sophistication to AAT shippers and carriers.”

The transaction is consistent with the strategies of both companies: to build a premier supply chain offering that provides services for all transportation needs.  Shippers and carriers will benefit from an expanded network, enhanced multi-modal transportation capabilities, and improved less-than-truckload services.

Jeff Silver will continue to serve as Coyote’s CEO, and Chad Eichelberger, president of AAT, will serve as the combined Company’s president of brokerage.

The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2014.

ABOUT COYOTE
Coyote Logistics LLC, headquartered in Chicago, IL, was founded in 2006 and is one of the most innovative, fastest-growing non-asset-based third-party logistics (“3PL”) service providers in North America.  Coyote provides truckload, less-than-truckload, and intermodal brokerage services as well as transportation management services through a nationwide network of transportation providers.  Coyote serves customers in a variety of industries, including food and beverage, forest products, metals, plastics, consumer products, and government services.  Coyote is a philanthropic supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Coyote is a privately held company, backed by financial partner Warburg Pincus LLC.

Coyote is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has been widely recognized for its innovation, growth, and strong culture. Crain’s Chicago Business named Coyote #1 on its Fast Fifty list, and the Chicago Tribune named Coyote to its list of Chicago’s Top Workplaces for four consecutive years. CEO and Cofounder Jeff Silver was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest category, and Chief Executive recognized him as CEO of the Year in the Overall Excellence category. Chief People Officer and Cofounder Marianne Silver was named to Forbes’s list of 11 Women Who Started Amazing Companies.

ABOUT ACCESS AMERICA TRANSPORT
Access America Transport (“AAT”) is a full-service transportation company based in Chattanooga, TN, that excels at all modes of transportation, including truckload (van, flatbed, and temperature-controlled), less-than-truckload, intermodal, and specialized freight for customers. The company operates nine locations across North America. Access America Transport was founded in 2002 by Ted Alling and Barry Large as the logistics division of Key-James Brick & Supply Inc. Soon after the initial concept, AAT diversified into other commodities and grew quickly.

AAT is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has been recognized for its growth and culture, including being ranked #9 among the top 25 of Forbes’s list of America’s Most Promising Companies in February 2013. AAT has been named to the Inc. 5000 list for three consecutive years; the Inbound Logistics Top 100 3PL Providers list from 2008 to 2013 (honorable mention Top 10 2011–2013); SupplyChainBrain’s 100 Great Supply Chain Partners; BusinessTN magazine’s Best Employer in Tennessee; and theStarTribune’s 2013 list of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota.

For more information, please visit www.coyote.com.

COYOTE CONTACT
Jodi Navta
VP, Marketing and Communications
T: 773.365.6020
E: jodi.navta@coyote.com

 

SOURCE Coyote Logistics

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Shipping Container Dimensions & Standard Sizes

Shipping container dimensions have been standardized, so they do not vary from one market to another, or from country to country. This is because they are made to international standards, making cross-border trade much easier. Containers can also be interchanged by shipping, rail and truck companies easily without having to make any adjustments whatsoever. The following are standard shipping container dimensions:

External Container Dimensions

The standard lengths of shipping containers are 10 feet, 20 feet, 30 feet and 40 feet. These containers have a standard external width of 8 feet. The height for standard containers is 8’6″ while High Cube containers have a height of 9’6″.

Internal Container Dimensions

Since containers are made from thick metal, the internal measurements are normally a little bit smaller than external measurements. The internal dimensions for the 10, 20, 30 and 40 feet containers are reduced to 9’2″, 19’3″, 29’4″ and 39’4″ respectively. The internal widths are also reduced to 7’7″. The internal height for standard containers is also reduced to 7’9″, while that of High Cube containers is reduced to 8’9″.

Carrying Capacity

Standard containers can carry 560, 1160,1760 and 2360 cubic feet of goods respectively in the 10, 20, 30 and 40 foot containers.

Companies that manufacture shipping containers have to adhere to these standards regardless of the type of materials they are using. Containers are designed to offer maximum carrying capacity while ensuring maximum stability of the road, bearing in mind the fact that traffic and trucking rules differ from country to another. Standard dimensions also make it easier for shipping companies to stack up the containers in their ships and shipping yards. After making a container, manufacturers are required to give each container a unique identification number.

It is important to note that refrigerated and insulated shipping containers have smaller internal measurements. They are also much heavier.

Types of Shipping Containers

The following is a list of standard shipping containers commonly used in the trucking industry.

- Flat rack
- Half height
- Open side
- Open end
- Standard
- Modular
- Liquid build (tank), and
- Refrigerated containers

Container shipping services are very important in the global trade. They must be used whenever individuals or corporations need to import items into the country. Using standardized containers makes loading, transportation, unloading and storage very easy. When you want to transport something anywhere within the United States, get a free freight quote from Access America Transport by filling out the form on the right.

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Global Trade Ranks Access America in Domestic Top Ten

Industry Publication Cites 24/7 Availability of AAT Employees By Cell Phone

Tuesday, November 11th – Chattanooga, Tenn. based logistics provider Access America Transport has been listed among the top ten third party logistics firms in domestic transportation management by Global Trade Magazine.

Global Trade credited Access America Transport’s success and partnerships with 46,000 truckload providers to its “willingness to do things differently.” As examples of Access America’s unique work culture the trade magazine mentioned co-founder Allan Davis’ company logo tattoo and a longstanding commitment to providing customers with employee cell phone numbers in order to ensure their point of contact is always available.

“As Access America has grown into an industry leader, we have made it a priority to maintain the same level of customer service that earned the trust of our earliest customers,” said Access America Transport President Chad Eichelberger. “Part of commitment includes giving our customers a single point of contact that they can rely on, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

“The major differentiator for Access America over the last ten years has been that we will do anything within our power to say ‘yes’ to our customers,” added Co-Founder and CEO Ted Alling. And you can’t say yes unless they can get in contact with you at all times.

Earlier this year Access America was named the 9th Most Promising Company in America by Forbes and was named to the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America in 2011.

Access America Transport is a third-party logistics company based in Chattanooga, Tenn. The company operates nine locations and specializes in truckload, less-thantruckload, and supply chain management services. AAT is ISO 9001:2008 certified, SmartWay approved and an industry leader in technology. Visit their website at www.aat.com

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AAT Parters with UT on Transportation White Paper

Download the white paper: Bridging the Divide – Access America Transport (PDF)

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Access America Transport Promotes Amber Miller to Vice President of Technology

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Access America Transport, a leading third-party logistics company is pleased to announce the promotion of Amber Miller to the position of Vice President of Technology. Access America Transport is one of the nation’s fastest growing third party logistics providers. Annual sales are expected to exceed $550 million by year end 2013.

Miller began her career with Access America Transport in 2007. “Amber has been instrumental in continuing to lead our efforts to develop, design, and implement technology solutions for our shipper and carrier partners throughout North America,” said AAT Chief Operating Officer Allan Davis. “We are thrilled to see her role continue to grow within our organization.”

Access America Transport is a third-party logistics company based in Chattanooga, TN. The company operates nine locations and specializes in truckload, less-than-truckload, and supply chain management services. AAT is ISO 9001:2008 certified, SmartWay approved and an industry leader in technology. Access America was recently featured by Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies. Visit their website at www.aat.com

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Access America Transport Opens Office On Gulf Coast

One of Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies Taps Jason Balius to Lead Mobile-Pensacola Branch

Today leading third party logistics provider, Access America Transport, announced the opening of their newest branch near Mobile, Alabama after completing the second quarter on pace for record total sales in 2013.

“As we continue to expand our presence in the Southeastern United States, making an investment in the Mobile-Pensacola area is a perfect fit,” said AAT President Chad Eichelberger. “Our Gulf Coast office will position us to serve the transportation needs of one of the hottest regions for manufacturing and industrial growth in the country.”

Access America Transport has tapped local entrepreneur and 10-year transportation professional Jason Balius to launch the Daphne, Ala. office, which is the company’s tenth branch.

“AAT’s eleven-year rise to being one of the country’s most trusted transportation providers is the result of having the best employees in our industry, “ said Eichelberger. “Jason embodies the kind of experienced leader we look for when we enter a new market.”

Sarah Stewart will be joining Balius as the Logistics Coordinator, bringing a background in both transportation and talent acquisition.

Started in Chattanooga, Tenn. in 2002, Access America Transport has become widely recognized as one of the fastest growing transportation companies in the United States with sales expected to exceed $500 million in 2013. Among Access America’s 6,000 customers are more than 100 of the Fortune 500.

Earlier this year, Forbes named AAT the ninth most promising company in America.

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Former UTC Basketball Coach John Shulman Joins Access America Transport

Access America Transport, a leading third party logistics provider based in Chattanooga, Tenn., announced that John Shulman has been named Director of Sales. In March, Shulman left the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he served as the head men’s basketball coach for nine years and twice reached the NCAA Tournament.

“John’s intensity and passion make him a perfect fit at Access America,” said Jason Provonsha, who was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales. “His track record as a recruiter and motivator speaks for itself; he will be an incredible asset to our corporate sales team.”

Access America Transport is coming off a record sales year in 2012 with over 85 Fortune 500 companies as customers. Total sales are expected to exceed $550 million in 2013. “The competition in Division I sports is fierce, but the relentless drive at Access America to be an industry leader and deliver the best customer service possible is on another level,” said Shulman. “I’m excited to be a part of their unique culture and look forward to playing a role in
making AAT a billion-dollar company.”

Before being hired at UTC’s head men’s basketball coach in 2004, Shulman was an assistant coach on Jeff Lebo’s staffs at Tennessee Tech and UTC. He and his wife, Amy, live on Missionary Ridge with their three sons.

“Access America is a people company. We are constantly looking for people of John’s caliber to make us better and keep our momentum going,” said Access America CEO and co-founder Ted Alling. “And it doesn’t hurt that John is best in the clutch and was nearly unbeatable as a coach if he had a lead in the final minutes.”

Earlier this year Forbes named Access America Transport its 9th Most Promising Company in America. The company operates nine locations and specializes in truckload, less-thantruckload, and supply chain management services. AAT is ISO 9001:2008 certified, SmartWay approved and an industry leader in technology. Access America was recently featured by Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies. For more information, visit www.aat.com.

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Access America Transport Promotes Jason Provonsha to Senior Vice President of Sales

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Access America Transport, a leading third-party logistics company is pleased to announce the promotion of Jason Provonsha to the position of Senior Vice President of Sales. Access America Transport is one of the nation’s fastest growing third party logistics providers. Annual sales are expected to exceed $550 million by year end 2013.

Provonsha formerly held the position of VP of Sales for AAT. “Jason’s dedication to our customers, carriers, and employees has helped position Access America as one of the largest and fastest growing third-party logistics providers in North America,” said AAT president Chad Eichelberger. “We are thrilled to see him continue to expand his role within our organization.”

Access America Transport is a third-party logistics company based in Chattanooga, TN. The company operates nine locations and specializes in truckload, less-than-truckload, and supply chain management services. AAT is ISO 9001:2008 certified, SmartWay approved and an industry leader in technology. Access America was recently featured by Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies. Visit their website at www.aat.com.

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Access America Transport Recognized by Forbes

Access America Transport, a leading third-party logistics company is pleased to announce the company’s inclusion on Forbes list of America’s Most Promising Companies for 2013. Access America has been listed at No. 9 on the annual ranking – a list of one hundred privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. AAT is one of the nation’s fastest growing third party logistics providers. Annual sales are expected to exceed $575 million by year end 2013.

Methodology:
One metric never says it all. For the Most Promising list, Forbes strove for a holistic gauge of young, privately-held companies, trying to pin down their trajectories by looking at a slew of variables. Over the course of six months Forbes reviewed thousands of applications. The final assessment is based on growth (both in sales and hiring), quality of management team and investors, margins, market size and key partnerships. Forbes turned to CB Insights, a Manhattan-based data research firm that specializes in assessing private companies, to refine the search. Their MOSAIC software scans 45,000 sources to measure a company’s health. A new distribution deal, for example, marks a positive signal, while the loss of an executive is a negative. MOSAIC gathers those myriad signals into a final score that Forbes uses as an initial guide in producing the list. After verifying sales numbers, speaking with each company and debating their merits and blemishes, Forbes produces a final ranking.

Access America Transport is a third-party logistics company based in Chattanooga, TN. The company operates nine locations and specializes in truckload, less-than-truckload, and supply chain management services. AAT is ISO 9001:2008 certified, SmartWay approved and an industry leader in technology. Visit their website at http://www.accessamericatransport.com

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Access America Transport’s Twin Cities branch to add 500 jobs over 5 years

Reposted from Pioneer Press / TwinCities.com
Access America Transport, a national third-party logistics provider, says it expects to add 500 jobs to its fast-growing Twin Cities branch office in the next five years.

On Friday, Jan. 25, Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Access America will celebrate moving its Twin Cities office from space it has outgrown in Ramsey to 30,000 square feet of leased office space in Brooklyn Park, where it will have room to grow.

Access America, which acts as a broker between clients with shipping needs and trucking companies, added about 100 employees to its Twin Cities operations in the past two years, said Steve Cox, an executive vice president who heads the Brooklyn Park office.

“It’s why we don’t think we should have any issue hitting 500 jobs in five years,” Cox said.

The company expects to hire between 80 and 90 new workers just this year, he said.

Access America was founded in 2002 in Tennessee. Cox, a Minneapolis native, said he established the Twin Cities branch in Ramsey in 2006 after working for the company in Tennessee.

The Ramsey office began with a humble 400 square feet for just himself and a new employee hired straight out of college, Cox said.

Since then, the Twin Cities outpost grew to about 15,000 square feet and has become Access America’s second-largest office in sales, contributing $145 million to the company’s expected $360 million in 2012 revenue, Cox said.

The office in Brooklyn Park includes 190 cubicles arranged in a horseshoe shape. It has

enough space for 300 employees. If the company needs more room, it has right of first refusal on some adjacent office space, Cox said.

“There’s a constant, loud chatter. It really gets everyone’s adrenaline going, and everyone likes that,” he said, likening the atmosphere to a brokerage floor.

The Upper Midwest seems to attract third-party logistics providers, Cox said. C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., the largest U.S. provider with $10.34 billion in revenue in 2011, calls Eden Prairie home. Many of Access America’s competitors operate out of Chicago, Cox said.

Third-party logistics providers like to tout their size because clients need reassurance that the broker has the financial heft to weather setbacks, Cox said.

Access America works with more than 20,000 trucking companies and counts 75 Fortune 500 companies as customers, including Anheuser Busch and Caterpillar Inc., company officials said.

The job of third-party providers, Cox said, is to make sure loads are picked up and delivered on time. The task requires constant communication with the client and the trucking companies.

“We have a saying — if the customer calls you and asks, ‘Where’s your truck?’ then you’ve failed,’ ” he said. “We want the customer to hand their load off to us and not think about it again.”

The company expects to announce Friday that it will seek a state job training grant in partnership with St. Cloud State University to provide Access America with a steady stream of job candidates, Cox said. About half of the company’s employees are St. Cloud graduates, he said.

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