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For better or worse, for richer or poorer Smithway Motor Xpress Corp. has announced the acquisition of TP Transportation, a 34-unit flatbed operation based in Enid, Okla. The company also announced plans to acquire the freight operations and trucking assets of JHT Inc. of Grand Rapids. JHT, a dry van fleet, operates 185 tractors a little more than half are company-owned and the remainder are independent

For better or worse, for richer or poorer Smithway Motor Xpress Corp. has announced the acquisition of TP Transportation, a 34-unit flatbed operation based in Enid, Okla. The company also announced plans to acquire the freight operations and trucking assets of JHT Inc. of Grand Rapids. JHT, a dry van fleet, operates 185 tractors a little more than half are company-owned and the remainder are independent contractors. ... Prime Inc., a Springfield, Mo.-based truckload carrier, will buy AmeriTruck Refrigerated Transport, the largest subsidiary of AmeriTruck Distribution Corp. of Fort Worth, Tex. ... Interstate Van Lines, a household goods carrier based in Springfield, Va., will buy GVL Inc., the parent of Global Van Lines. ... Covenant Transport has added Southern Refrigerated Transport, a truckload carrier from Ashdown, Ark., and Danny Gouge Trucking of Burnsville, N.C., to its portfolio. In addition, the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based truckload carrier has formed a new logistics division, Covenant Transport Logistics.

USFreightways Corp. has agreed to acquire Golden Eagle Group. When the transaction is completed, the operations of the company will be merged with those of USF Seko Worldwide, a subsidiary of USFreightways. Golden Eagle provides logistics services and international air and ocean freight forwarding for shipments between the United States and Europe, the Middle East, and Far East, and from the United States to Central and South America and the Caribbean. The company also provides logistics services, including packing, crating, and warehousing, as well as being U.S. Customs licensed brokers. Golden Eagles president and chief executive officer, Patrick H. Weston, will become president of the new International Business Div. of USF Seko Worldwide.

Penske Truck Leasing will provide contract maintenance for the Oakland, Calif., airport, servicing some 20 buses. At the same time, the company announced that its sister operation, Penske Logistics, has signed a deal to provide dedicated contract carriage and third-party management services for Rite Aid, at five of its regional distribution centers.

Southeastern Freight Lines, a regional LTL carrier based in Columbia, S.C., has teamed with two other carriers to extend its reach in the Northeast and Midwest. The two are: A. Duie Pyle Co. of West Chester, Pa., which will serve 11 states in the northeast, and Crouse Cartage Co. of Carroll, Iowa, which serves 12 states in the Midwest. Clarke Inc., a Toronto-based freight forwarder and trucking group, has acquired Concord Transportation, an expedited carrier based in Concord, Ontario.

Pump it up! Rolling Strong Co. has added to its network of truck driver gyms with the opening of a fitness facility in Atlanta. The company now boasts five gyms throughout the country, with the goal of opening a facility within a days drive of any trucker. ... Michelin Americas Truck Tires is pumping $5,000 into Loved Ones and Drivers Support (LOADS), an international support organization dedicated to truckers, their families, and the industry. The organization offers a variety of services for drivers and their families, while building public awareness about driver safety.

CNF Transportation, the air cargo, trucking, and contract logistics concern, announced that it awarded 62 new college scholarships and 140 renewal scholarships to children of employees throughout the company and its subsidiaries. The 1998-1999 annual scholarships totaled $188,250, including $128,250 for renewal awards. Since the program began eight years ago, more than $1.2 million in first-time and renewal scholarships have been awarded to 559 students.

Finally, an 80-truck convoy, representing 554 truckloads of donated food, rolled into Nashville in September as part of Comdatas 18 Wheels of Hope. In an effort to demonstrate its resolve to fight hunger, the trucking industry donated enough food to supplement 60-million meals for hungry children the largest single-day food donation in the history of Feed the Children. Much of the food came from trucking companies, drivers, and suppliers.

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