In 1970, Open Road magazine featured an article about an ABF Freight® driver who also was a recording artist.
Joe West, a Little Rock road driver, recorded songs such as “Just Me, This Old Truck and My Lord,” “The Answer to A Truck Driver’s Prayer,” “I Died in Vietnam” and “A Truck Brought It.”
As part of our 90th anniversary celebration held in September 2013, a popular Fort Smith, Arkansas, artist known for his historic artwork painted a piece that depicts two ABF Freight® trucks driving along a picturesque highway.
John Bell Jr. painted “On The Road” to mark the 90th anniversary of ArcBest, which got its start in 1923 as local freight hauler OK Transfer & Storage Company.
A customer who ordered a boat learned that its delivery would be curbside. The boat company tells its customers to make arrangements for unloading boats when they’re delivered.
ArcBest carrier ABF Freight® was delivering the boat, scheduled for a Monday. The customer’s husband arranged to take the day off work and to have his son there to help unload it. When the delivery date arrived, the customer called the local ABF Freight service center to confirm the delivery and to get an idea of when it would be delivered.
Shortly after 1 a.m. on a January night in 1955, two Arkansas Motor Freight Lines employees rescued people from a burning building.
While standing on the dock at the Pine Bluff, Arkansas, service center, dock worker Jimmie L. Barbre (pictured) and road driver C.F. Waters saw flames “shooting skyward” from a row of buildings a block away. They called the local fire department and then ran to the scene of the fire.
Have you ever noticed diamond-shaped signs on the back or sides of a semi-truck trailer and wondered what they were or why they were there? These colorful labels are known as hazardous material placards, or HAZMAT placards, and they provide details about what kind of cargo the truck is carrying. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) requires these HAZMAT signs when moving more than 1,000 pounds of hazardous cargo within the U.S. and on some hazardous commodities regardless of weight.
In 1962, ArcBest Technologies (then known as Data-Tronics) was organized. It employed 10 people who worked using an IBM 4K 1401 Card System Computer.
“The Data-Tronics division of the parent company was organized to effect savings for the company and to render customer service,” the employee magazine reported in 1962. “It will handle such important and time-consuming operations as accounting systems, sales analyses, payrolls, computing and printing checks, labor and cost analyses, inventory control and market analyses.”
Knowledge is power, and good communication almost always makes things go more smoothly. That’s the case with a corporate relocation move, too. Whether it’s an employee’s first move or fifth, they can do some simple things that will help streamline the process. The ArcBest corporate relocation team has compiled nine quick tips designed to help transferees have a good moving experience. A move that goes well can make your job easier.
When a FleetNet America® customer’s truck began having issues with the oil pressure, they called Senior TMcare® Account Representative Stephen Inman for assistance.
The truck was making an unusual ticking noise and the oil pressure dropped whenever the truck came to a stop. A tow truck took the truck to a dealer for repairs.