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October 29, 2015


American West, Brooks-DeHart form delivery partnership

Furniture carriers extend reach throughout U.S.

HIGH POINT – Two specialized furniture carriers, American West World Wide Express and Brooks-DeHart Furniture Xpress have formalized a partnership that extends the reach of both companies without having to expand their current infrastructure.

The move is an example of how specialized furniture carriers, who are feeling the pinch of a still-growing shortage of truck drivers, might cooperate in a changing environment for the industry.

American West, based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., serves customers in the lower 48 states, while Brooks-DeHart, Hickory, N.C., specializes in delivery to retailers in Florida.

American West has terminals in Northern and Southern California, and Dallas, Texas. In addition to its North Carolina facilities, Brooks-DeHart has terminals in Tupelo, Miss., and Jacksonville, Fla.

“Our partnership is multi-directional,” said American West CEO Josh Brown. “Brooks-DeHart picks up shipments for American West in the North Carolina area, and American West provides the line haul and delivery throughout the West including California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas."

The two companies decided during a meeting at the January Las Vegas Market to test a cooperative effort.

“Partnering with American West allowed us to solicit customers in Texas and on the West Coast,” said Andrew DeHart, who co-owns Brooks-DeHart with Anthony Brooks.

DeHart is a third-generation specialized carrier manager, while Brooks, who worked with DeHart at his family’s former operation, Foothills Trucking, starting in 1995 as an owner/operator before moving into management, partnered with DeHart in 2011 to form Brooks-DeHart.

“We are the only (furniture) carrier who specializes in delivery to one state, and we put about 150 loads into Florida every week,” DeHart said. “We’ve started servicing American West freight in North Carolina and Virginia that’s headed out west.”

Brown said American West is line-hauling goods from California, Arizona, Texas, Oregon and Washington directly to Brooks-DeHart’s eastern facilities.

At High Point Market, the two companies had just come from a meeting of the Specialized Furniture Carriers division of the American Home Furnishings Alliance, where Brown said the shortage of truck drivers was a primary topic of conversation.

“The reduction of drivers, fewer (furniture) carriers was a real concern, and general commodity carriers have a hard time handling furniture,” Brown said. The new partnership allows the two companies to grow their business without having to hire additional personnel that are increasingly difficult to find.

“I think this (sort of partnership) could be the future for specialized furniture carriers,” Brown said. “We don’t plan on opening facilities in Florida, and they don’t plan on opening in California. And it creates efficiencies for the retailers since they aren’t receiving our trucks and Brooks-DeHart’s. It costs them money and time to receive a truck.”

“This is truly where two strong companies play off each other’s strengths,” DeHart said.

The relationship is a pure partnership – there’s no financial mixing of the two companies.

“Me and Josh are old school,” DeHart said. “We want a marriage, and we want it to be forever.”

“And alimony is expensive in the trucking business,” Brown added.

After six months of testing the partnership, Brown said more than 100 Florida retailers are requesting the Brooks-DeHart/American West combination with routing for their shipments originating in Texas and California.

October 30, 2014


CHP congratulates American West on 6 consecutive satisfactory safety compliance ratings

plus 2 Administrative Reviews since September 29, 1995

Certificate of Acheivement - Department of California Highway Patrol, October 30, 2014

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. - CHP Commissioner J. A. Farrow awards AMERICAN WEST WORLDWIDE EXPRESS, INC. a Certificate of Achievement for motor carrier safety compliance. A Biennial Inspection of Terminals (BIT) Program is conducted by the CHP, requiring all motor carriers operating trucks from terminals located in California to undergo an inspection of each operational terminal to rate their compliance with applicable laws and regulations relating to motor carrier safety. The California Highway Patrol congratulates this terminal on this meritorious achievement and recognizes the commitment to highway safety demonstrated by the personnel responsible for the operation of this terminal.

January 10, 2014


California manufacturers, reps donate furniture to military families

Benefits service members at Camp Pendleton

Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, January 10, 2014

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Members of the California Furniture Manufacturers Assn. and the Los Angeles Area Home Furnishings Representatives Assn. arranged the donation of more than 500 pieces of new furniture last month to 30 military families at the Marine base at Camp Pendleton here.

Members spent two days setting up and giving away the living room, bedroom and dining room furniture, donated by several manufacturers.

Families receiving the merchandise were clients of the Homefront San Diego military service organization.

The effort is an ongoing project of the CFMA, which hopes to expand it to other manufacturers and military bases in the future.

Companies donating furniture for the Camp Pendleton families were Ashley, Robert Michael, EJ Lauren, Sandberg Furniture, Gateway Mattresses, VIP, Della Robbia, Fairmont Designs, Terra Mfg., Rachlin and Elite Mfg.

Transportation to the base was donated by American West Transportation.

See Article at Furniture Today

January 10, 2011


AMERICAN WEST TAKES OVER WORLDWIDE LOGISTICS’ SERVICES, EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES IN STATE OF CALIFORNIA

As of the first of the year, American West has assumed control of all the services, equipment and facilities of Worldwide Logistics in the state of California--making the family owned concern, repurchased just four months ago by its founder Josh Brown--the largest furniture carrier in the state.

As part of the latest move, American West will exclusively service all of Worldwide Logistics’ customers in the state of California for outbound shipping from California to all states across the country. American West has also entered into an agreement to service Worldwide Logistics’ East Coast customers shipping into California. Under the terms of the agreement, Worldwide Logistics will continue to act as a pick-up agent for American West, while American West will provide line-haul and all distribution within California using its own trucks and terminals. Customers will be billed directly by American West.

American West is also now servicing all of Worldwide Logistics’ pool distribution customers into the State of California, including major furniture and office furniture manufacturers. The company previously entered into a service agreement with Worldwide Logistics to service all pool distribution and 3PL customers in the state of Texas when Worldwide Logistics closed its Dallas facility last fall.

According to Josh Brown, founder and Chief Executive Officer of American West, the company has moved all of Worldwide Logistics’ Riverside, CA-based operations to the 285,000-square-foot American West facility in Ontario, CA.

“We are pleased to report that we have hired many of the employees from the Riverside facility, both as drivers and in key management positions,” Brown relates. “Additionally, we have purchased Worldwide Logistics equipment from the six companies that were merged into Worldwide Logistics four years ago, including tractors and trailers from Four Truckers, Rudisill Transportation and KKW among others.”

He continues, “Unfortunately, we expect the current economic environment to continue to adversely impact the transportation industry as a whole, and we expect the contraction of the quality carrier base to continue. That said, we repurchased American West for cash, we carry no debt, and thanks to more than 20 years of experience in the business, we have grown the company into the largest furniture carrier in the state of California. We look forward to continuing to enhance and expand our services to the furniture industry as we move ahead, and to capitalize on additional opportunities for growth as they arise.”

For more information about American West’s LTL services into or out of California, contact Noah Brown, Vice President of the Western Region at (909) 728-5458. For questions regarding distribution within the states of California or Texas, contact Reed Cullum, Vice President of the Eastern Region at (817) 946-1516 or John Naughton, Vice President of Corporate Development (909) 208-6884. For information regarding import and container devanning, or major client relationships, contact Josh Brown at (805) 235-5773.

 

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June 1, 2011


American West has a new home!

American West has moved to a new facility in Ontario, CA. Our new building, located in the Ontario Gateway Business Complex, includes a huge 280,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space complete with racking, and 40 dock-high loading doors. Our wonderful office staff has also joined us at the new facility!

Please direct any future mailings from the Rosecrans address, to the address listed below. If you have any questions or concerns about our new location, our Customer Service team will be happy to assist you.

Please continue to send all customer payments and accounts payable notices to:
American West, PO BOX 641001 Dallas, TX 75264-1001

 

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