C. L. Services, Inc. — SmartWay Certified Continuously Since 2009! We Can Bring Sustainability to Your Supply Chain

By becoming a SmartWay partner in 2009, C. L. Services, Inc. expanded on our ability to bring efficiency to our customers through measurable sustainability indicators that help us reduce fuel consumption and improve air quality. We are able to look at the total cost of transportation including its environmental impact. In 2012, Jeff Lantz, our President reaffirmed our commitment to the SmartWay program by announcing preferred status for SmartWay certified carriers. As of 2014, we have increased our SmartWay certified carrier base from 500 to 1,250. Our SmartWay performance score as calculated by the EPA is 4.

Through SmartWay, C. L. Services, Inc. is able to:

  • Benchmark and reduce our freight supply chain carbon footprint
  • Use SmartWay tools and data to do credible carbon accounting and reporting
  • Access freight supply chain best practices which reduce costs and emissions
  • Improve energy and environmental efficiency of freight operations
  • Meet customer/ shareholder demands for leadership in corporate sustainability
  • Earn recognition for achievements through the awards programs
  • Use the SmartWay brand to promote our participation

We continue our partnership fully aligned to the EPA’s Vision 2020 strategy for gaining transportation efficiency and mitigating the effect of freight movements on public health and the climate. More about Vision 2020 can be found at EPA.gov. (http://www.epa.gov/smartway/about/documents/basics/420f15001.pdf)

As a long time SmartWay partner, we can offer our customers the ability to improve their SmartWay score by moving all of their freight on certified carriers. The carrier’s score also increases as they haul freight using more efficient routes using less of the fuel in the gas tank. The result of selecting a SmartWay carrier is lower cost and better air quality-a win/win for the transportation industry, our customers, and our planet.

For all loads, we give certified carriers the priority in selection and strongly urge any transportation provider to become a SmartWay partner. Why? A recent EPA survey showed the growth of the program and the tangible benefits of participation.

Fast Facts About SmartWay Transport Partnership (from www.epa.gov/smartway/about/)

  • Over 3,000 partners
  • $20.6 billion dollars in fuel costs saved
  • Saved 144.3 million barrels of oil — the equivalent of taking over 13 million cars off the road for an entire year.
  • 7 million metric tons CO2 reductions
  • 1,070,000 tons NOx reductions
  • 43,000 tons PM reductions

The EPA provides tools as a part of the program. These tools allow any company (from vendor to shipper to carrier to warehouse provider etc.) to calculate their carbon emissions and fuel consumption including all shipments on private fleets, common carriers, or even with non-asset based third party logistics companies. With this key information captured, we can numerically quantify the improvement when certified carriers are chosen. The tools today capture emissions from truck, rail and barge movements; however, ocean and air freight are on the road map to be incorporated so that emissions for all modes are available within the data.

There is a cost to not participating. The financial cost is lost business as customers look to reduce their supply chain foot print and have made choosing certified partners a part of their foot print reduction strategy.  In many cases, large companies like Wal-Mart, Kraft, Kimberly-Clark,  exclude logistics providers who are not SmartWay certified from bids and RFPs.  Other companies use the SmartWay score when considering how they will award business. Certification is a method of gaining a competitive edge and often is the tipping point when all other factors are equal. Those providers who choose not to participate also incur the social cost of contributing to poor air quality and continuing to consume resources in a way that is not sustainable.

The certification process requires data and effort. Certification is a voluntary agreement between the partner and the EPA. To become certified or be eligible for renewal, we must:

  • Submit 12 months of operational data (or 3 months for newly formed companies)
  • Agree to an EPA audit of this data and provide any supporting documentation when requested
  • Allow performance results to be published publicly on the SmartWay website

We are thrilled to have our certification renewed for the sixth year! We look forward to the continued benefits that this program brings to our company for corporate sustainability, to our customers for environmental stewardship, and to our carriers for newly gained operational efficiency.


Let Us Help You Make a Decision…

With the global economy growing more and more each day, transportation and logistics are becoming increasingly important. It is the glue that holds the supply chain together and keeps operations flowing effectively and efficiently. Respectively, entrusting the logistics operations of your company to a third party is a decision that should be handled sternly and with great consideration. Choosing a 3PL solely based upon the lowest quote will save you money on the front end, but other factors should be considered to ensure that your 3PL of choice is not the bottleneck of your operation and costing you money and efficiency in the grand scheme of things. Some of those factors are as follows:


The list of 3PLs to choose from is fairly extensive, and while many may seem to meet a given set of criteria, the only way to confirm the quality of service is through reviews and testimonials from trusted sources. What other companies have partnered with this one? How was their experience? What challenges were they met with in their partnership? How quickly did they resolve these challenges?

These are the questions that will help to determine the credibility of the 3PL at question. If other notable companies won’t trust them with their logistic solutions, then why should you chance it?

Customer Service

In any aspect of business, good customer service can be overlooked until bad customer service becomes apparent. This can be attributed to the fact that many do not know to adequately measure good customer service. Your 3PL partner should strive to establish a relationship with you company. This allows them to know more about your company’s needs and how they can better satisfy them. They should reach out to inquire if they can service you further than your expressed needs and do so with a genuine, cheerful attitude.

Sense of Urgency

How quickly does your 3PL company respond to your needs? Logistics operation details are seldom constant and your 3PL needs to be able to adjust accordingly. Whether it is modifications in demand, scheduling, or transportation modes, your 3PL should be able to move expeditiously to accommodate all changes.

A reliable 3PL partner keeps all communication channels open which allows you to convey all of your needs. The time and money you will save with this open communication exemplifies why 3PL choice is extremely imperative.

Altogether, a good 3PL choice is determined my many qualities. All organizations are different, with unique needs and your 3PL should be able to cater to those accordingly, however, these factors should be nonnegotiable when selecting the perfect 3PL

Thank You Flatbed Team

Our Flatbed Team has just been knocking it out of the park lately! This is what they moved today.

Crane Move

The trailer is a 2 +1 and the tractor is 4 axles with a lift. The crane itself is 36 x 11 x 9.4 60,000 pounds.

Russ and Jeff Head to the Hill

Russ Caudell and Jeff Lantz, owners of C. L. Services, Inc. traveled to Capital Hill last week with the TIA, Transportation Intermediaries Association. The purpose of their trip was to advocate for the Motor Carrier National Hiring Standard Act (H.R. 1120) and The Transportation & Logistics Reform Act (S. 1454). These bills will enhance interstate commerce by creating a national motor carrier hiring standard; clarifying and standardizing industry best practices.

Russ and Jeff Capital Hill 2015










Russ and Jeff also oppose any attempt by motor carriers to create a loophole for them to continue to illegally broker freight. Allowing any sort of exemption to be enacted would ensure that motor carriers who are hired by unlicensed motor carriers for the arrangements of good will not be paid, which will ultimately jeopardize their business. This exemption would cripple small business and place financial burdens on consumers, who will have to front the bill, by allowing fraudulent entities to continue to operate. The language in MAP-21 was carefully crafted and should not be amended.


CLS Relocates to Aerotropolis Press Release

Logistics Company Relocates to Clayton Co.

Atlanta Aerotropolis Drawing Business Closer to the Airport

ATLANTA (June 4, 2015) – Third Party Logistics company, C.L. Services, Inc. has begun officially operating from its brand new headquarters located in the Atlanta Tradeport Zone near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, International Terminal. No stranger to the area, C.L. Services, Inc. is excited to take part in the new initiate convened by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to build and expand business surrounding the world’s busiest airport.

“We specifically chose the Atlanta Tradeport Zone of the Aerotropolis due to ease of access as well as location. We feel that it will enable us to further develop our expedited, container, transload, and cross-docking operations “ said Jeff Lantz, President of C.L. Services, Inc. “With new business development on both the east and west ends of the airport, this area is the most opportune environment for growth, making it the perfect choice for relocation,” Lantz added. “The south side of Atlanta has for a long time been in need of a catalyst for economic growth and expansion. I believe the Atlanta Aerotroplis is just that. We are excited and extremely proud to be a part of this great initiative and can’t wait to see how it contributes to the progression of this area”

The area in which C.L. Services, Inc. has relocated, known as Atlanta Tradeport, falls within the Atlanta Aerotropolis trade area, and is already home to a number of international logistics and freight firms, customs houses, and airport-related businesses. “This special redevelopment district is one of the most incentivized areas in Georgia,” said Grant Wainscott, Clayton County’s Director of Economic Development. “Companies that locate or expand in this area are eligible for $4,000 per job tax credit through the state’s Opportunity Zone program, infrastructure assistance through a Tax Allocation District, and special financing credits through programs like New Market Tax Credits and EB-5 Foreign Investment.”

C.L. Services, Inc. joins a growing number of recent major announcements in Clayton County, including Kroger’s new $175 million distribution center at the former Fort Gillem, Chime Solutions’ 1,120 new call center jobs at Southlake Mall, and the US Headquarters for Korean LED firm AVICS. The Atlanta Tradeport has also seen important expansions from national and international companies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“The whole point of incentives is to drive new jobs and investment to our community,” added Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner. “We are so pleased to see all the hard work paying off, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome C. L. Services, Inc. to Clayton County.”

About C.L. Services, Inc.

C.L. Services, Inc. is a Logistics service company, aimed at providing customers with quality transportation and logistical solutions. With our “Prosponsive®” approach, we move shipments both nationally and internationally, specializing in dry and temperature controlled truckload service. Dependability, accuracy, knowledgeable staff and raving customer service are the hallmarks of our company and we operate with the specific needs of our customers at the forefront.

About the Clayton County Office of Economic Development & Film

The Clayton County Office of Economic Development & Film is responsible for the retention and expansion of existing industries, the recruitment of new jobs and investment, and the global marketing of the world-class assets of Clayton County, Georgia. For more information about the county’s economic development efforts, visit their website at www.investClayton.com.

C. L. Services, Inc. Relocates to Aerotropolis Atlanta

20150604_141035We have moved! Our new address is 4245 International Pkwy, Suite 125, Atlanta, GA 30354. Our space is completely new, new furniture, new everything (down to the trash cans). Our space is GORGEOUS. We are up and running; back to doing business. 20150604_140953

Visit us at MATS Booth #65181 3/26-28/2015

We’re in Louisville, KY March 26 through March 28, 2015 at the Mid-America Trucking Show Booth #65181. Stop by and say hello to Jeff, Lang and Josh. They’d love to meet you.MATS 2015

University of Alabama Career Fair

University of AL 9.24.14Students and alumni, stop by today’s career fair (September 24, 2014) and visit with Jeff Lantz and Gordon Jones. Learn about the career opportunities C. L. Services, Inc. has for you in the transportation brokerage industry. We’d love to take the time to show you your options.

Prison & Fine for Double Brokering!

Another Georgia Woman Sentenced in Double Brokering Scheme

On April 17th, Tina Blyth was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Albany, Georgia, to 24 months
incarceration, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay $57,450 in restitution for her
involvement in an illegal double brokering scheme.

The investigation revealed that Blyth accessed web sites advertising loads of commercial freight
available for transport. She bid on the loads using the names of her various companies that had Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) broker authority. Once Blyth was awarded a bid, she led
the senders to believe her trucking business would deliver the freight for the contracted price and
accepted payment from the senders. After accepting the bid, she immediately re-advertised the job,
using a different company name. She hired legitimate trucking companies to pick up the freight and
deliver it to the intended destination, never disclosing she had received payment from the senders. As a
result, the legitimate trucking companies were never paid.

The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General’s Office and the Decatur County Sheriff’s
Office jointly investigated the case.

TIA once again applauds the DOT IG office and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office for their investigative
work and prosecuting these criminals.

Article courtesy of the TIA Newsletter. C. L. Services, Inc. is pleased to see strong action being taken against people who are illegally double brokering freight. We don’t tolerate it at and we will report violators.

CLS Can Handle Any Size Job

Recently we were called upon by a customer to move their employee training facility to their site. After some logistical coordination and preparation; this was not a problem for C. L. Services, Inc.