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Throwback Thursday: 1969 — Ford Model 1000 Tandem Road Tractors Bought

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on July 20, 2017 - 8:05 AM

In December 1969, employees learned about new road tractors scheduled to be delivered in 1970.

According to Harry Fink, the ABF Freight® vice president of maintenance at the time, ABF Freight purchased 118 new Ford Model LNT 1000 tandem road tractors.

 “All will be of a short conventional design to accommodate doubles as well as 40-foot trailers, and will be equipped with NHTC 270 Cummins diesel engines,” a note to employees states. “Each tractor will be equipped with two 110-gallon fuel tanks.

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Throwback Thursday: 1962 — ABF Freight-Delta System Map Shows Expansion

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on July 13, 2017 - 8:02 AM

When ABF Freight® (then known as Arkansas-Best Freight System) acquired Jackson, Mississippi-based Delta Motor Line in October 1962, the purchase gave ABF Freight the authority to operate throughout the Mississippi Delta — from New Orleans and Jackson up through Memphis and into Chicago.

Delta had service centers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri and Tennessee. With the acquisition, ABF Freight ranked 14th among the nation’s truck lines.

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Things to Know About Heavy Haul Trucking

Posted by Daniel McDaniel on July 12, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Moving heavy loads

Oversized items such as industrial machinery and military equipment can present logistical challenges if you aren’t familiar with how to transport them. These shipments typically require special handling, optimized routing and additional permits because they may not be able to travel on all roadways due to their size and weight. Understanding what an oversize load is, what weight limitations could apply and what other requirements are needed can make the transportation process go more smoothly.

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Tips for Shipping Temperature-Sensitive Freight

Posted by Daniel McDaniel on July 5, 2017 - 8:04 AM

How to successfully ship temperature-controlled items 

Worried about getting temperature-sensitive freight to its destination without compromising its value? Temperature-controlled transport can provide the solution you need, but there are some details to consider before booking a shipment. Whether your freight must remain within a certain temperature range at all times or just needs to stay above freezing, take steps to ensure a safe, timely delivery.   

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Throwback Thursday: 2013 — One-of-a-Kind Painting Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on June 15, 2017 - 8:12 AM

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.

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Upcoming Hardware Trade Shows

Posted by Grant Sykes on June 14, 2017 - 7:01 AM

August and September 2017 Trade Shows

According to a study conducted by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), business-to-business trade shows are viewed as the second-most-important marketing and sales tactic for many businesses. And the hardware industry is no exception.

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Customer: ABF Freight Driver ‘Extremely Polite, Professional’

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on June 9, 2017 - 10:11 AM

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.

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