Schneider National today announced that it is extending its regional service to customers in the South-Central United States, increasing the company's regional footprint to 16 states in less than a year since it first launched the offering. The expansion includes the addition of 500 trucks and more drivers to the company's Regional fleet.

Schneider first launched its Regional service to Western U.S. customers in January 2008, providing service to a seven-state area including Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The new South-Central Regional service will add an additional nine states to that list: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. Regional terminals will be located in Dallas, Houston and Memphis and will serve as hubs for customer service representatives and drivers who are dedicated solely to this region of the country. Regional drivers develop regular driving routes, allowing them more time at home and consistent workloads.

"We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from our customers using Schneider's Regional service in Western states," said Marc Rogers, who is leading Schneider's Regional offerings in both the Western and South-Central United States. "Combining a high level of service with competitive prices and the capacity of a large carrier that's close to home is exactly what today's customers want and need." The positive response led us to expand Schneider Regional into nine more states -- eventually adding 500 units and more jobs to our regional fleet."

According to Rogers, Schneider's portfolio offers three solid solutions for dry van truckload: expedited, long-haul and short-haul regional. This provides Schneider with a competitive advantage, since few companies in the industry can match the number of services Schneider provides and still remain flexible enough to meet customer requirements.

"We began working with Schneider about six months ago and have been extremely pleased with the level of service, flexibility and on-time delivery of their Western Regional service offering," said John Kushner, transportation manager at Rehrig Pacific Company, a manufacturer of reusable plastics located in Los Angeles, Calif. "We have a high volume of loads traveling within the entire Western region of the country, and Schneider has proven that they have the capability and the capacity to give us exactly what we need to get our products where they need to be. I'm impressed with their proactive method to learning our business and their genuine approach to taking care of our customers, which ultimately makes us look good."

"In this economy it's even more important to provide customers with highly efficient, cost-effective moves from point A to point B. That means we have to work even harder to remain competitive and flexible in the marketplace by giving our customers exceptional service and competitive pricing for both their long-haul and short-haul regional needs.”