February 1, 2007
Estes Air becomes part of Super Bowl team;
Manages shipping of event stage to Miami
RICHMOND, VA—Estes is fast, agile, competitive, goal-driven and functions as a powerful team, but how could this national freight company possibly be in Sunday's Super Bowl?
Easy. Estes Air, the air- and ground-freight forwarding division of Estes Express Lines, gets big things where they need to be safely and on time. Estes Air planned and managed the shipping and delivery of the 15,000-pound, 53-foot stage for Sunday's Super Bowl game on which the pre- and post-game ceremonies will be held before a worldwide audience.
“It's the stage where Billy Joel will sing the National Anthem, and the Super Bowl winners will get their trophy at the end of the game,” said Russell Grande, Estes Air Area Sales Manager for Illinois, who managed the shipment.
Since the Super Bowl is the most-watched sporting event in the history of TV, with an expected audience this year of up to 140 million fans in the U.S. alone on Sunday, Feb. 4, that makes this particular stage a pretty famous one.
Grande explained that Estes Air was chosen by the stage's designer and builder, Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc., to manage the critical job of getting the stage to Dolphin Stadium in Miami well ahead of Sunday's game so it could be set up for rehearsals and other preparations.
“We've been working with Chicago Scenic Studios for over two years, and they trust us totally to be a one-stop-shop to get things done for them,” Grande said.
On Feb. 5, the collapsible stage will be picked up and shipped back by flatbed truck to Chicago, with Estes Air again managing the job.
“This critical, time-sensitive project is a great example of the type of trust our clients and customers have in us,” commented Scott Fisher, Vice President and General Manager of Estes Air. “The show must go on, so this had to happen absolutely flawlessly, and it did.”
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. During the past 75 years, 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. Estes now employs more than 13,500 people and boasts an inventory of more than 29,000 pieces of power equipment and trailers. With a network of 186 terminals, the company serves 46 states, the Caribbean and major commercial markets in Mexico, while covering the rest of the United States and Canada through its membership in ExpressLINK.