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Access America Expands

RAMSEY, MN – Access America Transport, a leading third-party logistics company has finished the relocation of their Minneapolis office located in Ramsey, MN. The company has moved into the 15,000 sq. ft. office with space for over 150 employees. “We expect our workforce of 50 employees to double in 2011. This office space will help to accommodate the anticipated growth of our branch,” said Steve Cox, Regional Vice President. The company is actively hiring and tripled its Minneapolis workforce during 2010.

Access America Transport operates seven locations and specializes in truckload, less-than-truckload, and supply chain management services. The company was recognized by Inc magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in America during 2010. Access America is ISO 9001:2008 certified, SmartWay approved and an industry leader in technology.

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Access America Transport Launches New Website

CHATTANOOGA, TN. – Access America Transport, one of the fastest growing transportation companies in the United States, has launched a new website with industry leading capabilities to better serve its customers as the company continues to build on its tremendous growth in 2010.

“One of the ways Access America has stayed ahead of our competition over the last decade is by applying our forward thinking approach to every step of supply chain management,” said AAT President Chad Eichelberger. “In today’s marketplace that means deploying the very best online tools and strategies to keep our customers moving forward.”

Access America’s new website features the latest in search engine optimization which immediately generated the highest levels of web traffic in the company’s history. In addition to an updated user interface, AAT’s new online presence offers greatly increased functionality for customers booking freight, tracking shipments or submitting payments.

“In the first week that the new site has been live we’ve not only received positive feedback from our customers across the country, but we’ve seen a nearly 60% increase in the number of visitors interacting with Access America online,” said Ted Alling, CEO of Access America Transport. “As 2011 promises to be AAT’s most successful year ever, a continually improving presence on the web is critical to remaining a leader in our industry.”

Access America Transport is widely recognized as one of the fastest growing transportation companies in America with seven locations across the country. The company’s services include: truckload, less-than-truckload, and supply chain management. Access America is ISO 9001:2008 certified, SmartWay approved and an industry leader in technology.  Earlier this year AAT was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America. Visit their new website at www.accessamericatransport.com.

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The Trend Away from Trucking

US companies will need to diversify their transportation models to compete in today’s cost-cutting climate.  Many American companies that control their shipping are being forced by market forces to reexamine how they move assets and get their product to market.

A Traffic Manager for a major European automobile manufacturer once told me that that in Europe they do 90% of their shipping by rail and only 10% by truck. And in America it is exactly the reverse.

There are many reasons for this dichotomy, having to do with the proximity of population centers, the age of infrastructure, etc.  But as more and more US companies look to cut expenses and save money on shipping, rail and other modes of transportation are taking a more prominent role in America.  It is becoming apparent that US shippers – retailers, manufacturers, and service providers moving their assets – will need to become familiar with multiple modes of transportation in order to remain competitive.

Transportation companies are taking notice of this shift in thinking.  More and more are beginning to add multimodal approaches to their transportation quotes, and are conducting cost analyses to compare combinations of trucking, rail, and even barge services for lanes and projects that might have only been considered as trucking candidates in the past.

For instance, a plant relocation moving from one rail served location to another should involve a transportation provider that can analyze the costs and benefits of rail and truck and know how to use a combination of the two to maximize efficiencies and cost effectiveness.  Ignoring one mode or the other could be a significant missed opportunity to cut costs.

Regular movements over longer distances are particularly attractive to rail carriers and often command lower rail rates.  Even if a shipper does not have rail access at origin and destination, longer distances can allow the costs of transloading to be absorbed by these long haul discounts.

A little research to find a transportation provider with multimodal expertise could provide a great benefit to any shipper with the imagination to think outside of the box and the drive to cut expenses.

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Access America Transport has promoted Brian Vogel to Regional Sales Director

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Access America Transport, a leading third-party logistics company has promoted Brian Vogel to Regional Sales Director. Brian began his career with Access America in 2007 at the company’s Minneapolis office. His team is one of the fastest growing in the company.

“Brian has quickly grown his group to 10 people. Brian believes in developing long term relationships with his customer and carrier base,” said Access America Transport Regional VP Steve Cox. “This has led to that explosive growth.”

Access America Transport is one of the nation’s fastest growing logistics companies with seven locations across. The company’s services include: truckload, less-than-truckload, and supply chain management. The Minneapolis operation is one of Access America’s largest and is located in the Minneapolis suburb of Ramsey. Access America 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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Looking Ahead to 2011

Access America Transport has had a record-breaking 2010 and we have very high expectations for 2011. 2011 will be a transitional time for our industry as shippers, carriers and 3PL’s begin to understand the full impact of the implementation of new regulations such as CSA 2010. We believe our model and planning allow us the ability to respond quickly to any possible scenario that might affect the freight market.

Access America Transport has preemptively implemented several measures related to the CSA 2010 rollout that we hope will ease the transition for our partners.While the overall affect on supply and demand remains to be seen, we believe that ultimately the new regulations will make our highways safer. How does this affect our business?  The new measures have changed the way we vet our partner carriers and build relationships. Previously, we looked solely at SAFESTAT scores and safety ratings as our leading indicators of a carrier’s ability to safely transport a shipment. Access America Transport will now look at each basic principle of CSA 2010 to make this type of determination.

Access America Transport has been in communication with our largest partners for quite some time concerning these new measures. It is our hope that this dialogue has helped mitigate some potential problems. We are also exploring possible monetary and non-monetary incentives for carriers whose scores are in the top percentile. We have worked with many of our customers to educate them in order to ensure a smooth transition on their end as well. Our early indicators show that there could be anything from a slight affect to a major upheaval on the market based on increased demand for hiring and retaining the safest drivers. We have always used a weighted scale which incentivizes our logistics coordinators to work with partners with superior safety ratings. We have found this logic has typically translated over in the form of superior service for our customers.

Access America Transport appears poised for another stellar year of growth in 2011. We believe CSA 2010 is certainly going to change our industry, but that preparation and understanding these new metrics will be the keys to success. Access America will continue to focus on continuous improvement and increasing efficiency. We will not waiver from our commitments to customers and partner carriers.We anticipate substantial growth over the coming months and will abide by those same principles of commitment, quality, service and integrity in our business practices.

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Access America Transport has promoted Chad Eichelberger to President

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Access America Transport has promoted Chad Eichelberger to President of the Chattanooga, Tenn based transportation company while co-founder and former President Ted Alling will step into a long-term planning role as CEO after leading AAT to eight years of consecutive growth.

“Chad’s knowledge of the transportation industry, his tremendous work ethic and effective management skills have been integral to AAT’s success since 2005,” said Alling, who has served as President since the company’s inception. “It became very clear that he was the right person to take over all day to day operations of the company as AAT is poised for enormous growth in the next few years.”

Eichelberger started his career at Access America Transport as a logistics coordinator in 2005 and rose to Vice President last year after several promotions. On Eichelberger’s watch as Vice President Access America has grown its total sales from $52 million in 2009 to pushing the $100 million mark for 2010 and firmly establishing itself as an industry leader.

“As Access America prepares for a big 2011, we remain committed to the forward thinking that has made us successful in the critical role we play in the supply chain of our customers,” said Eichelberger. “Our past and future success at Access America is a result of having the finest employees in the industry and I look forward to leading that outstanding team in the years to come.”

Access America Transport is widely recognized as one of the fastest growing transportation companies in America with seven locations across the country. The company’s services include: truckload, less-than-truckload, and supply chain management. Access America is ISO 9001:2008 certified, SmartWay approved and an industry leader in technology.

Earlier this year AAT was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America. Visit their website at http://accessamericatransport.com

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Freight Consultants: A Complete Supply Chain Option

Access America enables our day to day operations of moving freight into the hands of the most talented people in the transportation industry.  Many companies speak about Supply Chain Operations, yet have a hard time communicating within Divisions.  It has always been AAT’s goal to provide the best customer service, knowledge and price to our customers.  We believe that when you present the right environment to your employees and teach them how to manage a small business that success follows.

Our Freight Consultants are empowered to find customers, find carriers and ultimately put the 2 together.  Most importantly they are given the opportunity to succeed and watch a load from “Cradle to Grave”.  There is always one point of contact for the shipment; both the customer and carrier deal directly with our FC.  It has always been our goal to have customers not just be a number, but rather a partner.   This is the same with our carriers too, without a strong carrier base a 3PL would be without a way to get the shipment from point A to B.  Communication is key…  We are in direct contact with the shipper as well as the carrier.  There are no divisions to “pass” off the freight to in order to have a carrier be put on the load.  As well as our carrier partners can have complete access via a web-based TMS to see our available loads.  If they see a load they want then the carrier will simply call the FC responsible for the load and arrange for pick up.  Simplicity seems best, but common sense seems even better.  Our FCs are capable of moving a single load up to handling a RFP with thousands of lanes.

All of our Freight Consultants have a complete multi-mode knowledge and are experts in the industry when it comes to “A Complete Supply Chain Option”.

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Access America Transport has promoted Mike Stangl to Regional Sales Director

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Access America Transport, a leading third-party logistics company has promoted Mike Stangl to Regional Sales Director. Mike began his career with Access America in 2007 at the company’s Minneapolis office. Mike and his team handle transportation for some of North America’s largest shippers.

“Mike’s commitment and hustle continue to help drive our growth,” said Access America Transport Regional VP Steve Cox. “Mike’s leadership has been instrumental in the development of his teammates.”

Access America Transport is one of the nation’s fastest growing logistics companies with seven locations across. The company’s services include: truckload, less-than-truckload, and supply chain management. The Minneapolis operation is one of Access America’s largest and is located in the Minneapolis suburb of Ramsey. Access America 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 has been recognized as one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc Magazine

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Access America Transport, a leading third-party logistics company, has been recognized by Inc Magazine as one the nation’s fastest growing private companies. Access America Transport ranked No. 483 on the list with three-year growth of 619.2%.

“We are thrilled to be included on a list with so many other successful companies,” said Access America President Ted Alling. “It is gratifying for our employees to have their hard work and commitment recognized by Inc.”

Access America Transport is a third-party logistics company based in Chattanooga, TN. The company operates six additional locations and specializes in truckload, less-than-truckload and supply chain management services. The company 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 has been recognized as one of America’s 50 Most Engaged Workplaces for 2010

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Access America Transport, a leading third-party logistics company, has been recognized as one of America’s 50 Most Engaged Workplaces for 2010 by I Love Rewards. I Love Rewards is a leading web-based provider of employee rewards, recognition and service award solutions. Access America Transport will be recognized next month at the annual ACE event in Toronto.

“Our employee engagement has a direct impact on productivity and morale,” said Access America Director of Compliance. “We believe maintaining a positive workplace environmental is vital to the continued growth and success of Access America.”

Access America Transport is a third-party logistics company based in Chattanooga, TN. The company operates six additional locations and specializes in truckload, less-than-truckload and supply chain management services. The company is ISO 9001:2008 certified, SmartWay approved and an industry leader in technology.

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