BIG BLUE NEWS | Q1 |2020

2020 so far…

 2020 will go down in history as a year of extraordinary events. Through these trying times, Magnum employees have responded well to the past and on-going events of 2020. We as hard-working Americans find it difficult to understand the WHY for every situation. In the future we as Americans can make a difference by taking a stand and making that difference the RIGHT WAY.

Magnum continues to be very busy with moving essential goods for food and manufacturing industries. All companies are busy and close to meeting our revenue budget. We have taken health precautions to ensure the safety of all employees while still meeting our essential business commitment. There are several exciting things happening at Magnum: expansion of LTL terminal network, new business opportunities for all companies and addition to our Fargo Tractor shop which includes a new driver lounge.

The economy is making a comeback, and we at Magnum are doing our part to help with the comeback. I am excited to be working alongside you all to make Magnum successful, as well as the best place to work in the region.

– Wayne Gadberry

A Message from the CFO

We started the year running over budget on revenue and meeting our budgeted net income levels. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic. The economy was put on hold overnight.

Being an essential business hauling food, medical supplies, cleaning products, production products and daily needs, we continued to work. We had been through tough economic times in the past, but how bad would this be. This time it wasn’t slowdowns that could result in lost jobs, but also the safety of all our employees. The use of protective equipment, avoiding exposure, and controlling the environment that is part of our daily activities would be necessary.

Magnum took the position to continue to have all employees work during this time to service our customers needs. If necessary, we would control overtime and reduce hours to get through this downturn in the economy. Everyone at Magnum has worked hard to hire and maintain a good staff. We did not want to lose that overnight due to this pandemic.

We are now almost three months into one of the toughest times in our lifetime. Many companies have laid off their staff during this time. Employees have lost their compensation, benefits and livelihood. We had to furlough a group of our warehouse employees due to the shutdown of the Case New Holland plant for about a month. It is nice to report that they are all back to work. Some companies have had to cut their benefits including health care and retirement programs to survive this pandemic. Magnum has not cut any of our benefits during this time.

We want to thank everyone of our employees for continuing to work during this pandemic. Your continued support for our customers and Magnum, defining the quality of our staff. Continue your positive efforts and be safe by controlling your own environment until we have a vaccine.

Thanks again for all your support during this pandemic,

– Don Jemtrud Chief Financial Officer

Magnum LTL

Magnum is fortunate to have several long-term employee’s that have “grown up” in the company. I wanted to take a minute to share a little bit about Justin Leiseth, our South Region Manager in LTL. Justin started with us in 1996, February 12th.

 

Our South Region now consists of terminals in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Omaha, Des Moines and Rock Island. Justin started with LTL in customer service. Prior to Magnum, I know Justin worked in the concrete business, golf course, restaurant, probably other jobs that he didn’t share stories of. Once at Magnum, he has worked in both the LTL and Logistics divisions and performed different jobs in sales & operations. When we were ready to start our LTL operation in Sioux Falls, I approached Justin with the opportunity. I had the statistic at the time that Sioux Falls was MUCH warmer (4 degrees) than Fargo on an annual basis, so Justin accepted the new role! Since starting in Sioux Falls, Justin has taken us through two small terminals to building our own terminal back in 2008. Now we will soon finish expansion of the terminal to 40 doors. Much of our current growth is happening in the South Region. Justin and his leadership team in the region are doing a great job meeting the challenges of these growth opportunities. With Justin’s continued leadership, I’m excited to see things develop over the next several years. Thanks, Justin, for all you do to make Magnum a great organization and a fun place to work!

 

– James Johannesson, President Magnum LTL

New LTL Terminal

We are excited to announce the addition of a new terminal in Rock Island, IL that is open! The terminal will allow us to provide daily service to the Quad City area along with adding more direct points in Eastern Iowa and Illinois.

The building is a 30-door facility located at 320 31st Avenue Rock Island, IL 61201

We will start the operation with 4 peddle drivers, 2 linehaul drivers, 2 freight handlers and 1 office support person, with the ability to add more employees as we grow.

We have started doing more and more LTL business with John Deere, which gave us the opportunity to expand to the Rock Island market. With the addition of this terminal, most of the state of Iowa will now be serviced direct and it opens the door for new opportunities in the Quad Cities for Magnum.

The expansion of the Sioux Falls terminal is well under way. When completed, we will have added 20 dock doors for a total of 40 doors and doubled the office area. It has been an operational challenge with construction on going since this is a working terminal. Trucks and trailers have also been in constant motion as freight is in full swing.

Key items being added:

  • On site fueling
  • On site scale
  • Driver Training room
  • 40 Door terminal

Our crews, both freight handlers and drivers have done a great job with being safe and keeping things in order during this construction time. Great Job!!

Truckers Against Trafficking

For the last few years, Magnum has begun supporting Truckers Against Trafficking (www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org). I’d like to share a little more information about them and what they fight against.

Modern-day slavery, or human trafficking exists whenever people are bought and sold for forced labor or commercial sex. Around the world, it is estimated that there are over 40 million slaves today. Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, and the number of victims in the United States is estimated in the hundreds of thousands.

While illegal, human trafficking is a booming business. Traffickers recruit out of our schools, online, in shopping malls, as well as the streets and other locations. A large percentage of the people trafficked are women and children. Many of them are used in the sex industry. They are the prostituted people on the street and in private homes, and in legitimate businesses such as restaurants, truck stops and motels. They need to be identified and recovered.

TAT is seeking to raise up a mobile army of transportation professionals that can assist law enforcement in the recognition and reporting of human trafficking in order to aid in the recovery of victims and arrest of their perpetrators. To date, TAT has trained ~900K people with their training, and truck drivers alone have made ~2,500 calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline which have open 663+ likely cases of human trafficking involving over 1,200+ victims. Through the Shipping Partners Program, TAT helps Shippers/Manufacturers get involved in this life-saving work by engaging the carriers they hire, elevating the TAT message, and using their influence to help spread the word. The TAT effort aligns with Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and helps Shippers/Manufacturers leverage their pre-existing relational infrastructure for social good. We as transportation professionals have a lot of eyes on the road and proudly our industry has done some great work here. We hope to raise more awareness and get more companies to participate as there is a lot more to be done to grow this movement. Please help spread the word!

The expansion of the Sioux Falls terminal is well under way. When completed, we will have added 20 dock doors for a total of 40 doors and doubled the office area. It has been an operational challenge with construction on going since this is a working terminal. Trucks and trailers have also been in constant motion as freight is in full swing.

Key items being added: On site fueling, On site scale, Driver Training room, 40 Door terminal

Our crews, both freight handlers and drivers have done a great job with being safe and keeping things in order during this construction time. Great Job!!

Safety

Safety

June is National Safety Month. Safety is more critical than ever. Magnum remains committed to preventing injuries in the workplace, but injuries don’t just happen at work, they also happen at home. Take time to identify risk at work and at home. Identifying risk helps protect everyone.

The number of traumatic injuries treated in the ER nearly doubles during the summer. The importance of safety doesn’t stop once you leave work.

Through the month of May 2020, we have the fewest amount of injuries and near misses reported com­pany-wide compared to the past 6 years. We continue to build on our Safety Culture and will contin­ue to need everyone’s help on improving safety at Magnum.

It may be National Safety Month, but safety always comes first at Magnum all year round.

– Bryce Allickson, Safety and Compliance Manager

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