February 28, 2009

Marten Proves Resilience, Strength Through Expansion and Growth

Despite an economic environment that is challenging other carriers, Marten Transport shows how careful planning and good business judgment has allowed the company to continue to grow. "We have been in an excellent position for expansion this year - not too many carriers can say that, but we can," says Tim Norlin, Marten's Director of Recruiting. "When the economy is like this, you really see a separation between the strong companies and the ones who are struggling to weather the storm. Marten continues to invest in equipment and technology, expand our services into new regional markets, and offer more opportunities to professional drivers."

The company's expansion has solidified its reputation as one of the country's most stable and fastest growing carriers. As an example of the company's stability, Marten has opened five new regional fleets this year as well as new terminals in Laredo and Irving, Texas, and Richmond, Va. "These regional runs are for both company drivers and owner operators who want more predictable home time while keeping their earnings steady," says Norlin. "It's a great time for any driving professional looking for stability and growth to join Marten."

In addition to great home time offered by regional runs, drivers can enjoy better comfort on the road in Marten's all APU-equipped trucks. Marten owner operators can purchase the units at the company's discounted rate. Other benefits for company drivers include an outstanding pay package, great bonus programs, a 401(k) plan, 95 percent no touch freight, EZ Pass for most tolls, and much more. Owner operators at Marten received a raise of 2" per mile across the board starting November 1, 2008, increasing its already excellent graduated scale. In addition, they enjoy business support services through ATBS, the largest business services provider for owner operators. Their services include assistance with taxes, accounting, bookkeeping, education, and more. Plus, owner operators increase profitability by taking advantage of Marten's purchasing power on shop fees, tires, APUs and more. Marten's enhanced benefits plan provides owner operators with an affordable option for major medical/catastrophic health coverage with no underwriting, no waiting period and competitive rates.

For drivers interested in owning their own truck, Marten has several options for leasing a truck with one of them including the possibility of an APU already installed. Marten Transport, headquarters Mondovi, Wis., specializes in transporting food and other consumer packaged goods that require a time and temperature-sensitive or insulated environment.

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