Wal-Mart selects C.R. England for dedicated carriage

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C.R. England announced Tuesday, Aug. 14, that it has been selected to be a carrier for Wal-Mart Stores at its distribution center in Sterling, Ill. Scheduled to start up in September 2007, Wal-Mart’s refrigerated distribution center will serve stores in Illinois and Wisconsin. About 10 England employees will be on-site, and there will be nearly 80 C.R. England drivers.

“We are thrilled with this opportunity,” sys Dave Robbins, vice president of the England North American division at Salt Lake City-based C.R. England. “England is committed to growing our dedicated business unit and expanding the company’s leadership role in the industry. Our partnership with Wal-Mart moves us closer to our business goals.” Previously, Wal-Mart awarded C.R. England dedicated business in Cheyenne, Wyo., and McCarren, Nev.

England Dedicated says it has enjoyed a successful fiscal year, with an estimated 40 percent growth in revenue. England Dedicated provides dedicated contract carriage services for several customers, including ConAgra Foods, Sorrento-Lactalis, Daylight Transport, Nestle and Pilgrim’s Pride.

“We have partnered with C.R. England for several years,” says Tim Harris, regional transportation manager for Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart. “They have provided a good breadth of services, along with outstanding performance. We feel awarding C.R. England as our dedicated provider in Sterling is a good step in furthering our business partnership.”