Southeastern Freight Lines

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Southeastern Freight Lines
Private
IndustryTransportation
Founded1950
FounderW. T. Cassels
HeadquartersLexington, South Carolina
Area served
United States
Key people
W. T. "Tobin" Cassels III (President)
SubsidiariesSoutheastern Logistics Services
Websitewww.sefl.com

Southeastern Freight Lines, abbreviated as SEFL, is a privately owned American LTL trucking company located in Lexington, South Carolina that operates in the Southeastern and Southwestern United States.[1] It is the 11th largest LTL American carrier with a revenue of over $1 billion.[2][3]

History[edit]

Southeastern Freight Lines was founded in 1950 by William T. Cassels in Lexington, South Carolina. The company first had 14 trucks and 20 employees with a $5,000 loan.[4] In 1975 W. T. "Bill" Cassels, Jr. became President of Southeastern Freight. The Florence facility was opened in September 1953 where Bill Cassels, Jr. operated one of three trucks.[5] On October 2, 1987 W. T. Cassels died leaving his son Cassels, Jr. as CEO of Southeastern Freight. "Tobin" Cassels III, who worked at Southeastern Freight since 1973, became President in 2001. The Augusta was established in March 1976.[6] The expansion into the Southwest began in the 1990s with the establishment of a facility in New Orleans in 1996.[7] Southeastern Freight expanded into the Texas market by expanding in Tyler in 2005.[8] Eight years later Southeastern Freight further expanded in Texas with a Houston facility on February 21, 2013 and a Lubbock facility on May 11, 2015.[9][10] International operations were expanded in October 2008 by offering four shipping options to Mexico.[11] Kentucky operations of Southeastern Freight was established in 2015 with expansions to Lexington, Louisville and Bowling Green.[12] On November 2, 2015 the West Atlanta service center opened enabling service to customers of West Georgia and East Alabama.[13][14]

Operations[edit]

Southeastern Freight Lines operates 88 service centers in the Southeast, Southwest and Puerto Rico with a primary focus on next-day delivery, using its own line of semi-trailer trucks. The service centers were established to provide customers with reliable deliveries.[15] There is also a network of service partners for transportation to other areas of the United States not in the South. Transportation internationally includes Canada, Mexico, and the United States Virgin Islands.[16][17]

In 2011, Southeastern Logistics Solutions was launched as a subsidiary of Southeast Freight to provide expedited service and multi-modal transportation. Southeastern Logistics Solutions focuses on projects that require a partnership capacity.[18][19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Southeastern celebrates 60 years". Canadian Shipper. April 20, 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Southeastern US LTL carrier expands in Canada". Journal of Commerce. February 14, 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Southeastern Freight Lines expands services across Kentucky". American Journal of Transportation. February 9, 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Southeastern Freight Lines Celebrates 60th Anniversary". Layover. April 9, 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Southeastern Freight Lines' Florence service center celebrates 60 years of service". Vehicle Service Pros. September 4, 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Southeastern Freight Lines' Augusta Service Center Celebrates 40 Years of Service". DC Velocity. March 10, 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Southeastern Freight Lines Celebrates Milestones of 2 Service Centers". American Journal of Transportation. March 11, 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Southeastern Freight Lines announces multi-million dollar expansion of Tyler facility". CBS 19. September 20, 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Southeastern Freight Lines opens new service center in Lubbock". American Journal of Transportation. May 11, 2015.
  10. ^ Ryan, Molly (February 21, 2013). "Trucking company to open Houston service center, add 100 employees". Houston Business Journal. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Southeastern Freight Lines expands operations to Mexico". Commercial Carrier Journal. October 16, 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  12. ^ Mann, David (February 9, 2015). "Southeastern Freight Lines expands into Kentucky". Louisville Business First. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Welcome to the West Atlanta service center". ltlfreightsefl.com. Southeastern Freight. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  14. ^ "William T. Cassels, Jr. Legacy of Leadership Profile". media.knowitall.org. South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  15. ^ Yates, Scott (October 6, 2011). "Southeastern Freight Lines' Investment in Service Center Density Continues to Pay Off". National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Regional LTL Service". sefl.com. sefl. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Southeastern Freight Lines expands Canadian service". trucknews.com. February 9, 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  18. ^ Berman, Jeff (January 5, 2011). "Southeastern Freight Lines expands service line with launch of Southeastern Logistics Services". Logistics Management. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  19. ^ Moss, Mike (January 4, 2011). "Southeastern Freight Lines Launches Southeastern Logistics Solutions". Layover. Retrieved 16 March 2016.

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