Press Releases 2010-2012

John Deere Recognizes LME (March 11, 2014)
Increases Announced for August 5, 2013 (Jul 22, 2013)
Increases Announced for October 1, 2012 (Sep 13, 2012)
Increases Announced for October 3, 2011 (Sep 19, 2011)
Rheem Recognizes LME (Apr 13, 2011)
Increases Announced for January 17, 2011 (Jan 3, 2011)
Increases Announced for March 15, 2010 (Mar 1, 2010)


John Deere Achieving Excellence Program Recognizes LME

March 11, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


New Brighton, MN -- Tyler Wilsey, Business Development Manager for LME (Lakeville Motor Express), released the following statement to LME customers.


March 11, 2014

LME has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2013 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. LME was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. Company employees accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held on February 18, 2014 in Davenport, IA.

LME is a supplier of LTL/TL service to John Deere across the Midwestern states.

Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.

If you have any questions, please contact your local LME Account Executive.

Thank you for your business and continued support.

Sincerely,

Tyler Wilsey

Tyler Wilsey
Business Development Manager


Founded in 1921, family-owned LME provides dynamic regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services in ten Upper Midwest states. Based in New Brighton, MN, LME serves a diverse customer base through a system of 33 terminals and a fleet of over 1300 tractors and trailers. Beyond the Midwest region, LME offers its customers seamless, across the continent, LTL, truckload and supply chain freight services, with a single source of accountability, through The Reliance Network.


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Increases Announced for August 5, 2013

July 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


New Brighton, MN -- Roger McGillis, Vice President of Sales for LME (Lakeville Motor Express), issued the following open letter to LME customers announcing rate increases to be effective August 5, 2013.


Dear Valued Customer:

Thank you for your business and choosing LME as your transportation provider. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your customers.

We have made some significant upgrades in equipment and technology over the last year to help better serve our customers, including the purchase of 600 new trailers. The cost of recruiting and retaining quality drivers in the wake of CSA and other government regulations continue to challenge our industry. This increase will help absorb some of these costs as LME remains very competitive in the LTL market place.

LME will take a general rate increase effective August 5, 2013. We will increase our current base rate and commodity rates by 5.1% and freeze most of our minimum charges with exceptions to Western part of the country.

If you have any questions, please contact your local LME Account Executive.

Thank you for your business and continued support.

Sincerely,

Roger McGillis

Roger McGillis
V.P. Sales


Founded in 1921, family-owned LME provides dynamic regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services in ten Upper Midwest states. Based in New Brighton, MN, LME serves a diverse customer base through a system of 33 terminals and a fleet of over 1300 tractors and trailers. Beyond the Midwest region, LME offers its customers seamless, across the continent, LTL, truckload and supply chain freight services, with a single source of accountability, through The Reliance Network.


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Increases Announced for October 1, 2012

September 13, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


New Brighton, MN -- Roger McGillis, Vice President of Sales for LME (Lakeville Motor Express), issued the following open letter to Lakeville Motor Express customers announcing rate increases to be effective October 1, 2012.


Dear Valued Customer:

Thank you for your business and choosing LME as your transportation provider. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your customers.

Due to the cost of business continuing to rise, we have decided to take a slight increase. While most of our competitors have already taken larger increases in the 5.9% to 6.9% range in 2012, LME has decided to take a smaller increase. We will use this increase to help absorb our rising costs yet remain very competitive in our market place.

LME will take a general rate increase effective October 1, 2012. We will increase our current base rate and commodity rates by 3.45%. We will not increase our minimum charges within our 10 state direct service area and Canada. We will increase our minimum charges for our Reliance Network (TRNET) business in the United States by approximately 3.45%.

If you have any questions, please contact your local LME Account Executive.

Thank you for your business and continued support.

Sincerely,

Roger McGillis

Roger McGillis
V.P. Sales


Founded in 1921, family-owned LME (Lakeville Motor Express) provides dynamic regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services in ten Upper Midwest states. Based in New Brighton, MN, LME serves a diverse customer base through a system of 33 terminals and a fleet of over 1300 tractors and trailers. Beyond the Midwest region, LME offers its customers seamless, across the continent, LTL, truckload and supply chain freight services, with a single source of accountability, through The Reliance Network.


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Increases Announced for October 3, 2011

September 19, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


New Brighton, MN -- Roger McGillis, Vice President of Sales for LME (Lakeville Motor Express), issued the following open letter to Lakeville Motor Express customers announcing rate increases to be effective October 3, 2011.


Dear Valued Customer:

The cost of doing business continues to rise. We are able to absorb some of these costs while others are simply beyond our control. We continue to re-invest in equipment, technology and personnel to better serve you, our customer.

We work diligently to improve on our service within our own footprint and in conjunction with our partners in The Reliance Network. We strive to gain efficiencies through technology, operating improvements, and productivity gains.

We will take a general rate increase effective October 3, 2011. We will increase all of our base rates, commodity rates and minimum charges by 5.95%. If you have any questions, please contact your local Lakeville Motor Express Account Executive.

Thank you for choosing Lakeville Motor Express as your transportation provider. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your customers.

Sincerely,

Roger McGillis

Roger McGillis
V.P. Sales


Founded in 1921, family-owned LME (Lakeville Motor Express) provides dynamic regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services in ten Upper Midwest states. Based in New Brighton, MN, LME serves a diverse customer base through a system of 33 terminals and a fleet of over 1300 tractors and trailers. Beyond the Midwest region, LME offers its customers seamless, across the continent, LTL, truckload and supply chain freight services, with a single source of accountability, through The Reliance Network.


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Tyler Wilsey
Business Development Manager
800-888-4950

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Rheem Recognizes LME

April 13, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


New Brighton, MN -- Roger McGillis, Vice President of Sales for LME (Lakeville Motor Express), released the following letter from Peter Reynolds, Vice President, General Manager, of Rheem Water Heating Division.


April 13, 2011

Mr. Roger McGillis
Lakeville Motor Express
500 W. County Road D
New Brighton, Minnesota 55112

Dear Roger,

It is with great pleasure that we recognize Lakeville Motor Express for their significant
contributions as a Less-than-Truckload (LTL) carrier for Rheem Water Heating Division.

The high level of service provided by your company is a reflection of your ability to
exceed our customer's expectations, and our success would not be possible without the
dedication, support, and joint efforts necessary throughout all levels of your
organization. Maintaining our position as a leading provider of water heating solutions,
will be possible only with your continued support.

We congratulate Lakeville Motor Express and its employees for their continued support
and high level of service given to Rheem, and most importantly, to our customers. We
look forward to continually improving and strengthening our relationship in the coming
year.

Sincerely,


Peter Reynolds
Vice President, General Manager
Rheem Water Heating Division


Founded in 1921, family-owned LME (Lakeville Motor Express) provides dynamic regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services in ten Upper Midwest states. Based in New Brighton, MN, LME serves a diverse customer base through a system of 33 terminals and a fleet of over 1300 tractors and trailers. Beyond the Midwest region, LME offers its customers seamless, across the continent, LTL, truckload and supply chain freight services, with a single source of accountability, through The Reliance Network.


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Roger McGillis
800-888-4950

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Increases Announced for January 17, 2011

January 3, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


New Brighton, MN -- Roger McGillis, Vice President of Sales for LME (Lakeville Motor Express), issued the following open letter to Lakeville Motor Express customers announcing rate increases to be effective January 17, 2011.


Dear Valued Customer:

Thank you for allowing Lakeville Motor Express to be your transportation provider. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your customers.

We have experienced some significant changes over this past year, both in the business environment that we all work in, and within our own organization. We have continued to work diligently to improve on our service within our own footprint and in conjunction with our partners in The Reliance Network. We have gained efficiencies through technology, operating improvements, and productivity gains.

In 2010, we have experienced significant increases in the cost of doing business. Some of these costs we are able to absorb while others were simply beyond our control. Even through these difficult economic times, Lakeville Motor Express has continued to re-invest in equipment, technology, and upgraded facilities to better serve our customers. We have recently purchased new tractors and trailers, and installed tracking devices in all our equipment.

With these increased costs, we have resisted the “trend” of taking an early increase this past fall. However, even though we have not taken any action to this point, we will take a general rate increase effective January 17, 2011. Lakeville Motor Express will increase all of our base rates, commodity rates and minimum charges by 5.75%. If you have any questions, please contact your local Lakeville Motor Express Account Executive.

Thank you for your business and continued support.

Sincerely,

Roger McGillis

Roger McGillis
V.P. Sales


Founded in 1921, family-owned LME (Lakeville Motor Express) provides dynamic regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services in ten Upper Midwest states. Based in New Brighton, MN, LME serves a diverse customer base through a system of 33 terminals and a fleet of over 1300 tractors and trailers. Beyond the Midwest region, LME offers its customers seamless, across the continent, LTL, truckload and supply chain freight services, with a single source of accountability, through The Reliance Network.


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Tyler Wilsey
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800-888-4950

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Increases Announced for March 15, 2010

March 1, 2010

New Brighton, MN -- Al Bucher, President of Lakeville Motor Express, issued the following open letter to Lakeville Motor Express customers announcing rate increases to be effective March 15, 2010.


March 1, 2010


Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for allowing Lakeville Motor Express to be your transportation provider. Your continued loyalty and support make it possible for us to accomplish our mission of providing both value and quality service to you and your customers. We sincerely appreciate your business.

Over the past year, we have made great strides to expand our service capabilities to better serve you, while at the same time, controlling escalating operating costs. We have gained efficiencies thru technology, operating improvements, and productivity gains.

However, the past year has also seen significant increases in the cost of doing business that are not related to normal operating upgrades. Some escalating costs we are able to absorb while others, such as insurance, are simply beyond our control. Labor and benefit related costs have increased, in part due to a severe nationwide shortage of qualified drivers.

In order for us to provide the high quality of service required in today’s transportation market, we must increase our rates. Effective March 15, 2010 Lakeville Motor Express will take an approximate 4.9% general rate increase. This increase will apply to all of our tariffs, including our discount tariffs and commodity rate tariffs.

As everyone is well aware, fuel costs remain volatile. Under the circumstances, Lakeville has determined that the only equitable approach in handling the fluctuating fuel prices is to continue the existing fuel surcharge program. This fuel surcharge will be reduced or cancelled when the price of fuel declines in accordance with our fuel surcharge table.

Thank you for your business and continued support.

Sincerely,

Al Bucher

Al Bucher
President


Founded in 1921, family-owned Lakeville Motor Express provides regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services in ten Upper Midwest states. Based in New Brighton, MN, LME serves a diverse customer base through a system of 33 terminals and a fleet of over 1300 tractors and trailers. Beyond the Midwest region, LME offers its customers seamless, across the continent, LTL, truckload and supply chain freight services, with a single source of accountability, through The Reliance Network.


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For More Information Contact:
Tyler Wilsey
Business Development Manager
800-888-4950

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