Carriers continue to expand networks

Carriers large and small are expanding their terminal networks even as a driver shortage limits their ability to grow their fleets.

Phoenix-based Knight Transportation just opened its 30th service center in Tulsa, OK, to provide dry van transportation services.

"The new Tulsa center represents the sixth service center initiated in 2006," said the carrier's chairman & CEO Kevin Knight. "As our dry van ... footprint expands, our relationship with our customers strengthens, and our ability to provide local service is enhanced."

Atlanta-based General Freight Services (GFS), a third party logistics carrier with 8,000 carrier partners, is also expanding its U.S. market presence with an office in Jacksonville, FL, headed up by John "Kip" Douglass, who formerly served as director of general commodities with Stonier Transportation.

"Jacksonville is a strategic market for us, aligning with our aggressive national expansion plans," said Greg Sebolt, executive vp at GFS. "With a thriving logistics community, Jacksonville is going to act as a gateway to Florida with growing port activity."

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