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SACRAMENTO, California (June 28, 2017) – Matheson Trucking, Inc. has been named as a winner in the United States Postal Service’s Supplier Sustainability Excellence Award category, which is part of USPS’s annual Supplier Performance Award program.
In a letter announcing Matheson’s selection, Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan said, “Your company was selected for recognition because of its high level of performance in supporting the Postal Service during 2016. Your commitment to excellence was instrumental in helping us deliver superior service to our customers and achieve our mission of providing universal mail service to the American public. Your selection was endorsed by the Postal Service’s staff who have worked directly with your organization and who know firsthand about your outstanding performance.”
Putting this award into a broader context, a USPS spokesperson said that during fiscal year 2016, the Postal Service spent over $11.9 billion for transportation, supplies, services, facilities and equipment with a supplier base that included nearly 17,000 companies. Matheson Trucking, Inc. is one of only a dozen companies being recognized this year.
The Supplier Sustainability Excellence Awards were presented to recipients by Susan M. Brownell, vice president, Supply Management and Kristin A. Seaver, chief information officer and executive vice president with the U.S. Postal Service.
“This is indeed a great honor and evidence of how much we appreciate and value our long standing relationship with USPS that began 43 years ago,” said CEO Mark Matheson. “It takes a concerted team effort among those in multiple departments pulling together to promote our sustainability goals. Our firm is dedicated to a policy of increasing the use of clean energy fuels to improve air quality, decrease diesel fuel consumption and reliance on foreign oil, while helping to preserve our environment.”
This year Matheson added 27 new CNG tractors and 12 more will be ordered this fall bringing the company’s total number of natural gas-powered CNG/LNG vehicles to 64 — or 23% of its fleet. The company deploys natural gas-powered tractors on all of its USPS routes. Collectively, these tractors will replace more than 780,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year.
Upon returning from the June 14 USPS award ceremony in Washington, D.C., Chief Operating Officer Charles Mellor said, “Speaking for our entire management team, we want to extend our personal thanks to all employees for their performance and cooperative business relationship with the Postal Service this past year. Everyone at Matheson should take great pride in knowing the important role they have played in helping to keep our postal system the best in the world.”
About Matheson, Inc.
Matheson is a privately-held, family owned and operated company with headquarters in Sacramento, California. The company traces its roots to 1962 when Robert and Carole Matheson founded R. B. Matheson Trucking, Inc. in Clayton, California. Today the firm manages a fleet of tractors, trailers, and aircraft ground support equipment, as well as maintenance facilities throughout the U.S. As a diversified national transportation carrier, the company has proudly served the United States Postal Service (USPS) since 1964. Matheson offers specialized hauling, time sensitive material handling and transportation, underwing airport operations, and terminal handling services (THS). As a business partner of the USPS, Matheson is committed to the belief that service must be reliable and convenient, and must improve continuously. The company takes pride in the fact that its service is consistently at or above the 99% performance level.
Matheson Trucking, Inc. is adding 27 new compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors to its clean energy fleet in 2017 that will increase the company’s total to 64 alternative energy vehicles.
“Our firm is dedicated to a policy of increasing the use of clean energy fuels to improve air quality, decrease diesel fuel consumption and reliance on foreign oil, while helping to preserve our environment,” said Charles Mellor, chief operating officer. “These new CNG tractors are part of that ongoing commitment — with more to come.”
The company logs approximately 600 trips each day, totaling an average of 98,600 miles per day driven nationwide. Using natural gas reduces GHG emissions by approximately 30% compared to diesel with significant reductions in sulphur oxide and nitrogen oxide as well as 40% less CO2 (carbon dioxide).
Matheson began converting its fleet to clean energy-powered tractors in 2014. Last year the company had 25 CNG and 12 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tractors for a total of 37. This year 27 new CNG tractors are being added. Fifteen of these already support USPS shipments to and from the Los Angeles basin and Las Vegas, and 12 more will be ordered and placed in service this fall in Denver. They bring the company’s alternative energy fleet inventory to 64 tractors, or 26% of its fleet. Across all divisions Matheson’s fleet now numbers 286 tractors pulling a mix of 342 trailers with an average length of 53 feet.
“Our new CNG tractors display a fresh, contemporary brand identity with a logo symbolizing our growth and transformation, while also celebrating the culture of innovation we have built over a half century in business,” said Joshua Matheson, vice president, corporate operations. “It is our way of expressing our values and showing customers and the general public what Matheson is all about.”
According to Debra White, vice president for information technology and fleet maintenance, Matheson uses both CNG and LNG in its alternative fuel fleet depending on whether distances to be traveled are short or long haul, the applications involved, time to refuel and other factors. “We will continue to expand our fleet of natural gas or alternative fuel powered tractors wherever it is practical and cost effective to do so,” she said.
Today the company has nine Matheson Postal Services terminals supported by maintenance shops in eight western cities, and also provides Terminal Handling Services at 27 metropolitan airports across the country.
About Matheson, Inc.
Matheson is a privately-held, family owned and operated company with headquarters in Sacramento, California. The company traces its roots to 1962 when Robert and Carole Matheson founded R. B. Matheson Trucking, Inc. in Clayton, California. Today the firm manages a fleet of tractors, trailers, and aircraft ground support equipment, as well as maintenance facilities throughout the U.S. The company is a diversified national transportation carrier proudly serving the United States Postal Service (USPS) since 1964. Matheson offers specialized hauling, time sensitive material handling and transportation, underwing airport operations, and terminal handling services (THS). As a business partner of the USPS, Matheson is committed to the belief that service must be reliable and convenient, and must improve continuously. The company takes pride in the fact that its service is consistently at or above the 99% performance level.
SACRAMENTO (November 16, 2016) – Matheson Trucking, Inc., has been named as one of Top 50 Green Fleets in the nation for 2016 by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, an award recognizing trucking companies that are leading the industry in the adoption of green, sustainable practices, policies and technologies.
As one of the country’s five largest contract carriers for the U.S. Postal Service, Matheson is committed to lowering greenhouse gas emissions (GHS) by converting its fleet to use compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). The company supports the U.S. Postal Service’s sustainability goal of reducing diesel use by 20% by the year 2020 as well as industry plans designed to expand the Natural Gas Highway by creating a series of LNG fueling stations across North America for the country’s long-haul trucking fleet.
“Matheson is dedicated to decreasing diesel fuel consumption on routes we serve,” said Joshua Matheson, Vice President of Operations. “We are pleased to be honored by the editors of HDT for our ongoing efforts to improve air quality by lowering greenhouse gas emissions leading to a clean energy environment.”
For some fleets, this means using alternative fuels. For others, it involves striving to reach a 10-mpg goal for a Class 8 truck. According to HDT, it’s all about right-sizing the fleet and vehicles, route optimization, or hauling more freight in the same number of trailers.
HDT’s editors chose the Top 50 Green Fleets for 2016. Candidates are nominated online by gathering publicly available information gleaned from press releases, websites and case studies. The list is comprised of companies of all types and sizes, including government fleets, private fleets, for-hire fleets, as well as truckload, less-than-truckload, vocational and delivery fleets. Some fleets have fewer than 50 trucks, while others have more than 5,000. Firms selected have made a commitment to green, sustainable operations. HDT has been recognizing fleets with this special award since 2013.
About Matheson: Matheson Postal Services, Inc. and Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc. are business units of Sacramento-based Matheson Trucking, Inc. In recent years, Matheson’s area of operation has expanded from the Western United States to coast-to-coast. The company provides dedicated local, intermediate, and long haul transportation services over the road, and also has operations at 27 airports across the country throughout the year for the United States Postal Service (USPS).
Matheson Trucking, Inc., has received a Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) achievement award for its ongoing fuel transition program involving both compressed and liquefied natural gas conversions of 37 truck tractors in the Matheson Postal Services Division fleet.
The announcement came during the 29th annual North America NGV conference, expo and industry executive summit held at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, in September. NGVAmerica is a national organization dedicated to the development of a growing profitable and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas.
“It is indeed an honor for us to be singled out for special mention among such a large number of trucking firms across the U.S. for this distinguished award in recognition of our ongoing program to convert a significant portion of our fleet to clean, energy saving and fuel efficient natural gas,” said Mark Matheson, CEO and President of Matheson Trucking, Inc.
“We are dedicated to improving air quality as well as being in a position to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements by lowering greenhouse gas emissions in the states where we operate by decreasing diesel fuel consumption on routes we serve.”
According to NGVAmerica President Matthew Godleski, Matheson Trucking, Inc. is now among a select group of leaders that have had the greatest impact on advancing the NGV industry. “These awards provide an important opportunity to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of these leaders. The vision, leadership and hard work of this year’s recipients have had a significant impact on the advancement of the natural gas vehicle industry, and is helping others to realize the environmental and economic benefits of using clean-burning natural gas as a transportation fuel.”
About Matheson: Matheson Postal Services, Inc. and Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc. are business units of Sacramento-based Matheson Trucking, Inc. In recent years, Matheson’s area of operation has expanded from the Western United States to border-to-border and coast-to-coast. The company provides dedicated local, intermediate, and long haul transportation services over the road, and also has operations at 27 airports across the country throughout the year for the United States Postal Service (USPS).
Company Expands Fleet Adoption of Air Disc Brakes, Side Object Detection, and Collision Mitigation Systems; Soon to Adopt Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™
ELYRIA, Ohio – Oct. 6, 2016 – At Matheson Trucking, Inc., there are no second thoughts when it comes to safety.
“From the way we spec our tractors and trailers to the different types of safety technology we run, anything that’s cutting edge in the market that we can equip, we do – without hesitation,” said Dan Shandy, maintenance manager. “If we invest in advanced safety equipment on 25 trucks, and one of them helps save a life on the road, obviously it’s more than worth it.”
For years, Sacramento, California-based Matheson has turned to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in support of its safety-first philosophy, equipping tractors and trailers with air disc brakes, side object detection, full-stability, and collision mitigation technology. Matheson is a diversified national transportation carrier that has served the United States Postal Service since 1964, operating more than 30 locations across the country.
Matheson’s fleet encompasses roughly 280 tractors and will soon surpass a count of 500 trailers. And with each new delivery, the company puts more Bendix safety equipment on the roads. Matheson’s current tractor spec is the Kenworth T680, equipped with Bendix® ADB22X™ air disc brakes on steer and drive axles, Bendix™ BlindSpotter® Side Object Detection System, and Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ – A Collision Mitigation Technology. On its next truck order, Matheson will spec Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™, Bendix’s flagship driver assistance system. The company’s newest standard trailer specifications also include the ADB22X™, as well as the Bendix® TABS-6™ Advanced trailer roll stability system.
“We’re constantly striving with our employees, with our equipment, in every way, to provide a safe environment – not just for us and our customers – but for everybody who is around our employees or equipment on the highways,” said Debra White, vice president, information technology and fleet maintenance. “It’s a safety culture that encompasses everyone we interact with on and off the road.”
Built for Safety
Serving as the foundation for other Bendix advanced active safety systems, Bendix® ESP® full-stability technology is capable of addressing both roll and directional stability – recognizing and mitigating conditions that could lead to rollover and loss-of-control situations sooner than roll-only options. Full-stability systems also rely on automatic brake interventions involving the steer, drive, and trailer axles, whereas roll-only systems typically apply the brakes on only the drive and trailer axles. Full stability is the technology that NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) will require on tractors beginning August 1, 2017.
Built on Bendix ESP, Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ uses a radar sensor mounted to the front of a vehicle to provide active cruise control with braking features, along with collision mitigation technology (whether or not cruise control is activated) that delivers both warnings and active interventions to help drivers potentially avoid rear-end collisions, or at least help reduce their severity.
Bendix™ BlindSpotter® is a side-radar system designed to alert drivers to vehicles or objects in adjacent lanes.
For Matheson’s trailer spec, the Bendix TABS-6 Advanced trailer roll stability system combines antilock braking (ABS) with a set of trailer sensors that monitor stability, and can quickly and automatically trigger trailer braking interventions when conditions that may lead to a rollover are detected.
“We rely greatly on input from our drivers, and use it to help spec our equipment so they have the best, safest in-cab environment in which to work,” White said. “With technologies like active safety systems, there is almost always some resistance to change, but with the right training and time spent on the road, our drivers have adapted, and we’re getting positive feedback.”
Matheson expects to take delivery by next spring of 27 new tractors equipped with Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™.
Wingman® Fusion™ integrates and advances a proven, road-tested suite of Bendix safety technologies – radar, camera, and the vehicle’s brake system – into a comprehensive driver assistance system. Built on Bendix® ESP® full stability technology, Fusion offers enhanced collision mitigation, lane departure warning, stationary vehicle braking, and speed limit sign recognition and alerts. The system’s camera is powered by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ processor with state-of-the-art vision algorithms.
Air Disc Advantages
Manufactured by Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC – a joint venture of Bendix
Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC – the Bendix® ADB22X™ provides improved stopping power while virtually eliminating brake fade, and offers drivers a car-like feel and straight, stable stops. The brake also helps fleets exceed the federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) requirements mandated by NHTSA.
“In addition to spec’ing the ADB22X on our tractors, we also recently opted to equip it standard on our trailers. We have more than a dozen in service already, with another 60 on order,” White said. “Since we’ll have air disc brakes on all our tractors from the 2015 models forward, it makes sense to maximize their safety, performance, maintenance advantages, and lining life across a growing portion of our fleet.”
Equipping both tractors and trailers with the same air disc brake system helps streamline things in the garage in two ways: Technicians can focus on knowing a single set of common brake maintenance procedures, and the brakes utilize the same wearable components, simplifying parts management.
The ADB22X’s reliability and stopping power help Matheson optimize the value and safety of its other Bendix systems, while extending lining and overall brake system life. They also increase uptime through pad change times that are roughly one-quarter that of traditional drums, once the wheel is removed. Air disc brakes do not require any additional maintenance associated with out-of-adjustment brakes, and can help lower the risk of brakes being found out of adjustment during inspections – since they contain an internal self-adjustment mechanism.
Always Looking Ahead
Adoption of leading-edge technology is in Matheson’s DNA: In addition to its safety focus, it’s also a green company aiming to use cleaner trucks and alternative fuels like compressed natural gas.
“We’re always looking ahead to the next big improvement, whether it benefits our operational safety, efficiency, fuel economy, or sustainability,” White said. “To all those ends, we’re looking at safer trucks that reduce our carbon footprint – how can you get better than that?”
As a long-time Matheson partner, Bendix shares the company’s commitment to continually striving for safer drivers, vehicles, and roadways.
“It’s a genuine privilege to work with a team that’s as dedicated as Matheson to ensuring the safety of its drivers and everyone who shares the road with them,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “We’re proud to support their efforts with our technologies, and we know that as Bendix looks toward the safety systems of tomorrow, Matheson has its eye on the same goal of safer highways across North America.”
Burkhart stressed that Bendix’s ever-improving safety technologies are not intended to enable or encourage aggressive driving, and that drivers retain responsibility for safe vehicle operation at all times. Safe driving techniques, practiced by skilled, alert drivers and supported by ongoing, comprehensive training, are crucial to all fleets’ safety efforts.
Bendix aims to deliver on areas critical to fleets’ success, including safety, performance and efficiency, and total cost of ownership. Through its ever-growing portfolio of safety technologies, along with unparalleled post-sales support, Bendix helps strengthen return on investment in systems that improve highway safety for all drivers and passengers.
For more information about Bendix safety systems and technologies, visit www.safertrucks.com, www.bendix.com, or call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725).
About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and air brake charging and control systems and components under the Bendix® brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America. An industry pioneer, employing more than 3,000 people, Bendix is driven to deliver solutions for improved vehicle safety, performance, and overall operating cost. Bendix is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with manufacturing plants in Bowling Green, Kentucky;
Huntington, Indiana; North Aurora, Illinois; and Acuña, Mexico. For more information, call 1-800AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725) or visit www.bendix.com. To learn more about career opportunities at Bendix, visit www.bendix.com/careers. Follow Bendix on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Bendix_CVS. Log on and learn from the Bendix experts at www.brakeschool.com.
About Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC combines and expands the complementary wheelend foundation brake technologies of two global leaders – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. The joint venture, formed in July 2004, is a single, complete source for OEM brake system design, manufacturing, hardware, and support for all foundation brake components and actuation systems, as well as all-makes coverage of nearly 50,000 medium- and heavy-duty aftermarket parts. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with engineering operations in both Elyria and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For more information, call
1-866-610-9709 or visit www.foundationbrakes.com. To learn about career opportunities at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, visit www.bendix.com/careers. Follow BSFB on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Bendix_CVS. Log on and learn from the Bendix experts at www.brakeschool.com.
Matheson Trucking Inc, and its postal services division, will demonstrate one of its new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered truck tractor at the 11th Annual California Capital Air Show at Mather Field in an effort to showcase its green fleet technology.
“Our company is committed to improving air quality by lowering greenhouse-gas [GHG] emissions as we convert our fleet to use compressed natural gas [CNG] and liquefied natural gas,” said Chuck Mellor, chief operating officer for this nationwide firm, one of the country’s 10 largest contract carriers for the U.S. Postal Service.
According to Matheson, the company’s pavilion will be located near the free Kid’s Zone, where children and families can get a close-up view of this advanced technology and have a chance to sit behind the wheel. The company adds that it actively supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for children, noting that new technology, such as LNG, will play an increasingly important role in our transportation future.
“As a family-owned and -operated business, Matheson recognizes the importance of STEM educational programs for youth in the greater Sacramento area. This is why we actively contribute to scholarships granted by STEM through our participation in the nonprofit Capital Air Show,” said Mark Matheson, CEO and president. “A significant portion of show proceeds will give those wishing to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics a chance to learn and develop their skills. Our clean energy LNG tractor is one example of an emerging technology made possible through applied science.”
Matheson says its pavilion at the Capital Air Show will also offer information about the company and its clean energy expansion program designed to improve air quality, lower GHG emissions and decrease diesel fuel consumption on routes served by the Matheson postal services division.
Rodney Kirkland has driven for Matheson Postal Services out of our Boise terminal for a total of 31 years. He has maintained an exceptional safety driving record with us. We truly appreciate the three decades of safe driving and look forward to more.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 20, 2016
Matheson Trucking, Inc. announced that Brock M. Vann has been named Director of Operations with responsibility for overseeing both Matheson Postal Services and the Matheson Mail Transportation business units.
Vann comes to Matheson after serving as Regional Ramp Operations Manager with Schneider National, Inc. (SNI) of French Camp, California, where he was in charge of ramp operations in Stockton, Seattle and Portland as well as rail operations in Salt Lake City and Denver, over a nine-year period. Collectively these combined operations resulted in generating $93 million in revenue and shipped or delivered 83,000 freight loads in 2015 alone involving the supervision of a combined total of 118 drivers.
“We are pleased to welcome Brock to the Matheson team and know that his 21 years of experience with trucking and as a team operations manager for various transportation operations will be an asset to our company,” said Charles J. Mellor, Esq., Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Matheson Trucking, Inc.
While with SNI, Vann developed a management paper on the impact of California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations on SNI operations in the state. In addition, he also led most of SNI’s west coast Intermodal Operations with regard to service and safety, and was involved in a critical purchase decision to replace more than 200 trucks in California. Part of his overall responsibilities included training employees at all SNI locations on the use of intermodal dispatch tools and proven methods for improving freight optimization.
As a Lieutenant Commander and a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Navy, Vann received two Navy Achievement Medals for sustained, superior performance during operation Enduring Freedom in the wake of the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers in New York.
Vann graduated from Washington State University in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree and later served as a Professor of Transportation and as a member of the WSU Transportation Advisory Committee, where he created and taught a transportation course that launched the university’s first logistics curriculum. In 1997 he returned to WSU and earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
About Matheson Trucking, Inc.
Matheson is a privately-held, family owned and operated company with headquarters in Sacramento, California. The company traces its roots to 1962 when Robert and Carole Matheson founded R. B. Matheson Trucking, Inc. in Clayton, California. Today the firm manages a fleet of tractors, trailers, and aircraft ground support equipment, as well as maintenance facilities throughout the U.S. The company is a diversified national transportation carrier proudly serving the United States Postal Service (USPS) since 1964. Matheson offer specialized hauling, time sensitive material handling and transportation, underwing airport operations, and terminal handling services. As a business partner of the USPS, Matheson is committed to the belief that service must be reliable and convenient, and must improve continuously. The company takes pride in the fact that its service is consistently at or above the 99% performance level.
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