June 7, 2006
Estes Express Lines hires former Con-Way air staff;
Move will strengthen service capabilities at Estes Air
RICHMOND, VA—Seizing on an opportunity to expand its customer service capacity in a critical area of operations, Estes Express Lines announces that its global airfreight forwarding group, Estes Air, has hired more than half the sales staff that was laid off when Con-Way Forwarding closed its doors June 2.
According to Scott Fisher, Vice President & General Manager of Estes Air, of the 28 sales people working at Con-Way when it ceased operations, 15 have joined Estes Air. Including the new additions, Estes Air now has 50 dedicated employees, said Fisher.
“Many major airfreight forwarders were actively recruiting these top professionals, and we were pleased when so many of them chose to join us at Estes,” said Billy Hupp, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
“These 15 people bring us a significant amount of added knowledge, industry insights, operational skills and capabilities that we'll put to work right away to benefit our customers,” noted Fisher. “Their addition will have a significant impact on Estes Air's top-line revenue.”
Estes plans to leverage the new business it can acquire from Con-Way's former staff to drive greater efficiencies and maximize partnership opportunities with air and expedited ground carriers.
The strategic development significantly accelerates Estes Air's growth plans and makes it one of the fastest-growing freight forwarding groups in the nation. Estes will ramp up operations to handle the additional business and has already taken steps to increase the group's call center capacity by over 50 percent.
About Estes Express Lines
Richmond, VA-based Estes Express Lines is a full-service transportation provider offering coast-to-coast North American coverage. Founded in 1931 by W.W. Estes, the company is still owned and operated by the Estes family. Estes now employs more than 13,500 people and boasts an inventory of more than 27,000 pieces of power equipment and trailers, as well as a network of 178 terminals serving 46 states and the Caribbean. Estes Express has grown from a small local carrier into one of the most respected multiregional, less-than-truckload and truckload transportation systems in the country. Beyond its direct service, the company also covers major commercial markets in Mexico, as well as all of the United States and Canada, through its membership in the ExpressLINK service network.