New England Motor Freight
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New England Motor Freight, Inc. is one of the largest Less than truckload carriers in the Northeast U.S., based out of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The company was founded in 1977. Abbreviated NEMF, it is one of several transportation companies controlled by CEO Myron "Mike" Shevell and his family company, Shevell Group. NEMF employs 1,385 drivers and operates 1,446 power units.
NEMF was awarded the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council Carrier of the Year award in 2005 and 2007, under the Regional-Northeast category.
Currently, most New England Motor Freight tractors are governed to a speed of 68 mph (109 km/h). Tractors consist of Ford, International, Mack, and Volvo, both single axle and twin screw, sleeper cabs and day cabs. The tractors consist of both automatic and manual transmissions. Most newer tractors are either Mack or Volvo, Recently NEMF purchased new equipment which included in the most recent acquisitions are 57 Mack CX613 Tandem Axle Tractors (2012), 10 Volvo 670 Sleepers (2012), 6 International 9200 Tandem Axle Tractors (2012), and 6 Freightliner Cascadia Tandem Axle tractors (2012). The company has also purchased 50 Nissan 5000 lb capacity forklifts and 100 Great Dane 53’ trailers with an option for an additional 100 before year end.
According to NEMF Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Connery, the company is testing tractors from a number of manufacturers to determine which best meets the needs of the company moving forward. NEMF intends to replace 100 to 150 tractors per year over the next three to four years. They will also add a minimum of 400 new trailers to their fleet over the same period. Connery added that NEMF has set its sights on purchasing the most fuel efficient and eco-friendly equipment to meet the needs of its customers.
Linehaul drivers work night shifts driving from terminal to terminal. Pick-up and Delivery (P&D) drivers work day shifts and deliver locally from their terminal. Daycab tractors are shared by linehaul and P&D drivers, this is called slip-seating. While sleeper cabs are usually assigned to only one driver. Linehaul drivers will sometimes layover at other terminals at the end of their shift and then return to their home terminal the next day. Some linehaul drivers are on "bid" runs, which is a set run every night. However their run can be changed as deemed necessary but is usually consistent. Some bid runs are "turns" which the driver returns to his or her home terminal every day.
Mike Shevell and NEMF both have connections to the American Mafia according to an investigation conducted by the federal government. In a racketeering suit filed by the U.S. Attorney in 1988 Shevell was accused of making Mafia payoffs and having an eleven-year corrupt relationship with Tony Provenzano, a Genovese family mobster and former union leader who was convicted of racketeering and murder. The matter was settled with no admission of wrongdoing. Shevell's daughter, Nancy Shevell, is an NEMF vice president. She married musician Sir Paul McCartney on October 9, 2011.
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