Schneider National

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Headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin
SNI Truck
SNI truck, rear view

Schneider National, Inc. is the largest privately owned[1] truckload carrier in North America.[2] Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the company maintains 21 regional operating centers in the United States. The company was founded in 1938 by A.J. Schneider.[3]

The company is the fifth-largest of all trucking & logistics companies in the United States based on annual revenue. It operates 14,000 tractors and 40,000 trailers.[citation needed] Schneider drives more than five million loaded miles per day, and provides services to more than two-thirds of the companies in the Fortune 500.[4] The company operates in the 48 contiguous states, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Mexico. It has three major areas of business; truckload, intermodal, and logistics. Schneider gained ISO 9001 certification on July 20, 1998.[5]

Schneider Specialized Carriers, a provider of flatbed and oversize/overweight load services was sold to Maverick USA Inc. in 2006.[6]

Schneider was well known for its Omaha orange-PMS 165 tractors and trailers (although their training literature calls it "international safety orange"). Known both inside and outside of the company as "pumpkin trucks", they were originally painted Omaha orange and black after being leased to Allied Van Lines early in the history of the company.[7] The company no longer provides any type of household moving or storage services, but kept the colors. In recent years the company has purchased tractors and trailers in colors other than Omaha Orange, generally to satisfy specific dedicated customers, but with the added benefit of being easier to resell. The company does, however, continue to purchase the majority of equipment in Omaha Orange livery.

Once primarily composed of Navistar International cab over tractors, the fleet of 14,000 tractors has now become almost entirely Freightliner Cascadias, Century Class, & Columbias, both day cabs and sleeper cabs. Schneider has teamed up with Wabash National to provide the company with its 40,000 trailers. Recently, Schneider National has expanded from over-the-road trailers into container shipments designed for intermodal transportation.[8] Intermodal transport consists of two parts, the trailing unit and the container. The trailing unit is often called the chassis. This is a secure wheeled platform to hold the container. The majority of the fleet is governed to a maximum speed of 60 mph (97 km/h), to put an emphasis on safety and improve fuel economy.[9]

Schneider has expanded its operations into the People's Republic of China, providing 3rd party logistics services within China for some time. It has just recently[when?] been granted provisional authority to operate a fleet of trucks domestically within China, becoming the only American owned trucking company to be granted this authority.[10]

Schneider National's Intermodal department works directly with the major North American rail carriers, including the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern Railway, Kansas City Southern de México, and Canadian National Railway. The company also has an operating center at the CSX railyard in Marion, Ohio. This collaboration with the CSX, KCS, and BNSF allows Schneider to bypass Chicago and avoid congestion delays.[11]

In 2011, sub-contractors, Impact Logistics and Premiere Warehousing Ventures, which were employed at Schneider Logistics warehouses in Mira Loma, California were fined by the California State Labor Department for disregarding federal and state wage laws.[12] “California Labor Commissioner Julie Su said in an interview that the Schneider facility on South Hamner Avenue is actually two buildings, and that most of the goods that move through the distribution center go to area Wal-Mart stores.”.[13] According to an ethics complaint that Warehouse Workers United filed with Wal-Mart, there was “widespread wage-theft resulting from a piece-rate system for unloading containers, failure to pay employees for the time they actually worked and other violations of state and federal wage and hour law.”[14]

During the April 3, 2012 tornado outbreak in the Dallas area, a Schneider National facility, with many of the trucks, was heavily impacted; trailers were lifted and thrown hundreds of feet into cars and homes.

Company divisions[edit]

Schneider National, Inc.

  • Parent company to the business units
  • Schneider National Carriers
    • Non-Union truckload dry freight division. This is the company most recognizable and known for the "Orange Box". Within SNC there are several business segments:
      • 48 State/Canada Solo
      • Regional Solo
      • 48 State/Canada Team, Expedited Services
      • Dedicated
      • Truck Rail, focusing on Intermodal operations
  • Schneider Transportation
    • A small subsidiary, with company drivers represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Operates much like SNC, through brokerage arrangements. This was the original drayage company before the company went non-union in the 1980s. No new union drivers are hired for this division, but children of current drivers who are in the IBT have the ability to hire on. Tractors driven by these drivers will have an additional logo in the shape of a squared "S" in addition to the regular SNI logos.
  • Schneider National Bulk Carriers
  • Schneider Logistics
    • Supply chain management.
  • Schneider Logistics (Tianjin) Co. Ltd.
    • Provides transportation and logistics services in the People's Republic of China.
  • Schneider Finance
    • Lease a Truck - Provides owner-operators with tractor leasing and purchasing options.
    • Freight Payment - payment services for customers.


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