After 38 Years, David Formella is Still Trucking

When David Formella started driving at age 20, he couldn’t imagine he’d stick with trucking for nearly 40 years. His tenure is evidence that anyone dedicated to learning a new career can succeed in it for a lifetime. Case in point – when he started, he didn’t even know how to drive a truck! With time — and driving lessons –he discovered a career (and a company) that he’s loved for decades.

“With the number of changes I’ve seen over the years in the trucking industry, one thing has remained the same: the freedom and beautiful scenery you experience on the open road.” – David Formella

With help from DNJ owner Joe Tovo, Jr., David was able to get a handle on maneuvering big rigs. Over the next four decades, he witnessed he company’s expansion across the Midwest and the growth of technology in the cabs he’s driven. “Back when I started, you didn’t have phones or computers in your truck with you. A payphone was your best friend.”

Now, drivers communicate more easily and quickly, thanks to cell phones. What’s more, dispatchers monitor weather and traffic to determine the best route for a driver’s destination. They also utilize in-truck technology to keep track of deliveries via satellites and GPS.

This also allows the driver’s focus to stay fixed on the road ahead, which David says is most important for a lasting career in trucking.

“As a driver, you must be mindful of others on the road and always try to expect the unexpected. Safety is key, especially if you want to drive for as long as I have.”

His commitment to staying safe on the road has allowed him to go home every night for as many years as he’s dedicated to DNJ.

Memphis firm IMC Companies hires executive vice president of national sales

IMC Companies has named its first executive vice president of national sales, a move that company officials say reflects recent growth beyond Memphis and the South.

The Memphis-based company announced it has hired Donna Lemm, former vice president of sales and marketing for Mallory Alexander, for the position. To read more, visit The Commercial Appeal.

Technology is essential to the future of drayage

IMC Companies’ Chairman Mark H. George spoke to JOC.com in late 2016 about the future of drayage as the industry faces major change on the ocean carrier side and the importance of technology investment as well as his company’s Northeast expansion plans. To view this interview visit the Journal of Commerce.

IMCC in the News

IMC Companies’ announcement about our first ever Vice President of National Sales was featured today in the Commercial Appeal. Click Here.

Also, a video interview with IMC Companies Chairman Mark H. George has been posted on the Journal of Commerce website. Click Here.

Conversation With…Mason George of IMC Global Solutions LLC

Mason George, a native Memphian graduated from Memphis University school in 2005 and went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Samford University in 2009. He married his wife, Malaney, and moved to Kansas City to open a container drayage terminal for the company of his father, Mark George: Intermodal Cartage Co. Inc (IMC).

In 2013, after having found success in the Midwest, the couple moved back to Memphis, where Mason George started an international freight forwarding division for IMC Cos. To read more, visit the Memphis Business Journal.

DCLI to Raise Chassis Fees; Trucking Response Mixed

Direct ChassisLink Inc. will raise daily chassis rates it charges truckign companies to haul contianers from ports in the Southeast, Gulf Coast and Midwest beginning Dec. 15, following similar increases from Trac Intermodal and Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. this summer.

DCLI will raise rates 50 cents in the Southeast and Gulf Coast to $19 and $19.50, respectively, and 75 cents in the Midwest to $20.

To read more, visit Transport Topics.

Lawmakers Working to Boost Local Logistics, Transportation Sectors

Lawmakers representing the Memphis area on both the state and federal levels are taking steps to help the area’s transportation and logistics sectors in 2017 – from a second swipe at a federal grant to redevelop Lamar Avenue to the resubmission of a state bill that would incentivize companies for reducing wait times for truck drivers.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is working on the second attempt at the FASTLANE Grant after the U.S. Department of Transportation turned down the state’s first application in June. The $180 million would have gone toward the $300 million redevelopment of the Lamar Avenue corridor of U.S. 78, which remains constricted for trucking flow.

To read more, visit The Daily News.

Trans-Pacific cargo rolled on spot rate strength and late peak-season surge

US importers are riding an increase in rolled cargo, as trans-Pacific eastbound spot rates hold at levels at twice that of some contracted prices and vessel utilization inches up on a late peak-season surge.

While the increased freight rates provide a measure of relief to an ocean carrier industry that is expected to loose as much as $10 billion globally this year, it is uncertain how much longer the current peak-season conditions in Asia-US trade will last. Some carriers are telling shippers that cargo will keep getting rolled through the month, while others are warning to expect spot rate cargo to gain preference over contracted cargo into November, a handful of US importers told JOC.com.

To read more, visit the Journal of Commerce.

IMC Companies Completes National Footprint with Acquisition of Progressive Transportation Services

Memphis-based IMC Companies is adding another top-tier company to its family of brands. Effective July 1, California-based Progressive Transportation Services (PTS) has become part of IMC Companies, a national leader in intermodal logistics. PTS will continue to serve customers throughout the entire west coast market, and will now operate as part of IMC Companies.

This brings the number of brands under the IMC Companies umbrella to nine including Atlantic Intermodal Services (AIS), DNJ Intermodal Services (DNJ), Frederick Intermodal (FI), Gulf Intermodal Services (GIS), IMC Global Solutions (IGS), Intermodal Cartage Company (IMCG), National Drayage Services (NDS), Ohio Intermodal Services (OIS), and now Progressive Transportation Services (PTS).

“A desire to expand our geographic footprint led us to do an extensive search over the past two years to find the right company to give us an established presence in California,” said Mark H George, Chairman of IMC Companies. “We vetted more than 25 companies and chose PTS above all based on their stellar performance record, service offerings and core values that are aligned with those of our organization.”

With locations in Los Angeles, Oakland and Stockton, PTS is an industry leader in California and is the largest container drayage company headquartered in Long Beach, CA. The company also provides container transloading and warehousing services. The acquisition of PTS completes IMC Companies’ national footprint as it can now handle freight in any major rail or port facility in the entire United States. With this acquisition comes the addition of all PTS facilities, rolling stock and the company’s 250 team members. This brings the employee count for IMC Companies to more than 2,000 team members across the nation dedicated to providing international supply chain solutions.

For more information on Progressive Transportation Services, visit www.progressive-transportation.com.

About IMC Companies:
IMC Companies is a national network of intermodal logistics businesses providing an array of services including container drayage, customs brokerage, truck brokerage, freight forwarding, warehousing, chassis provisioning and secured container storage. To learn more about IMC Companies family of brands, visit www.imccompanies.com.

Atlantic Intermodal Services Named Mid-Atlantic Trucking Company of the Year by Evergreen

Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation recently announced that it awarded Atlantic Intermodal Services with the prestigious Trucking Company of the Year award for the Mid-Atlantic region. In a congratulatory letter to AIS, Evergreen’s president, Roy Amalfitano, noted that, “Atlantic Intermodal Service’s consistent level of performance as a transportation partner has earned this recognition.”

AIS president, Jeff Banton, noted that, “This award goes to our entire Norfolk Region who continually provides stellar service and handles the Mid-Atlantic region for Evergreen.” Team members from the Greensboro office at AIS include Sue Collins, Ashley Madden, William Miller and Kelly Smith. Team members from the Norfolk office at AIS include Frank Borum, Lauren Forbes, Susie Gresham, Janet Hirsch, Shelby Iniguez, George Jurak, Gerry Mills and Brooke Rutherford. Thank-you also to the hardworking drivers in the Norfolk Region that delivered the service.

Atlantic Intermodal Services is part of the IMC Companies family of brands, a national network of intermodal logistics businesses providing an array of services including container drayage, customs house brokerage, truck brokerage, freight forwarding, warehousing, chassis provisioning and secured container storage.  To learn more about IMC Companies family of brands, visit www.imccompanies.com. For more information on Atlantic Intermodal Services, visit www.atlanticintermodal.com.