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Network design for Huffman 1
Running header: NETWORK TOPOLOGIES
Learning Team Project
Learning Team D
Michelle Walker, Detricia Coardes, Christopher Reese, Alexander Rodriquez
And Will Mason

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Network design for Huffman 2
Introduction
Huffman Trucking is a transportation company, operating at 4 sites nationwide. 1,400
employees work at the hubs, which are located in Bayonne, NJ, Los Angeles, CA, and St. Louis,
MO; in addition, the corporate office and central maintenance facility for the 800 road tractors
exists in Cleveland, OH. K. Huffman, a native of Cleveland, OH, started Huffman Trucking in
1936 with one tractor-trailer. World War II provided growth for the company, as the company
assisted in the demand for carrier services in the transportation of goods from Midwestern
factories to ports on the East Coast. Contract work exists between the U.S. Government and
Huffman Trucking to this day primarily because of their loyal support during World War II.
Huffman Trucking continued to grow from internal sales and the acquisition of five Eastern
regional carriers. This growth has enabled Huffman Trucking to continue to be privately held.
Due to this sustained growth Huffman has determined that an upgrade to the company network
infrastructure is needed in order to manage costs and remain competitive. Top priority for
Huffman is upgrade the aging network infrastructure from the mismatched assortment of
differing network topologies and equipment. This inefficiency is resulting in higher maintenance
costs and increased downtime of vehicles which ultimately results in lost revenue and higher
recapitalization costs. Additionally, poor fleet maintenance has increased the number of safety
violations attributed to the company which also results in fines, missed schedules and lost
revenue.
Team D reviewed of the current network data and voice infrastructure of Huffman
Trucking. We are to asses the current status, efficiency, and reliability of the current network.
Then we will give recommendations on how to best improve the network. This paper will first
give a brief overview of Huffman’s current network infrastructure: equipment analysis,

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Network design for Huffman 3
infrastructure analysis, and inherent problems. The second part of the paper will encompass a
plan to rectify some of the issues found in the analysis.

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Running header: NETWORK TOPOLOGIESLearning Team ProjectLearning Team DMichelle Walker, Detricia Coardes, Christopher Reese, Alexander RodriquezAnd Will MasonIntroductionHuffman Trucking is a transportation company, operating at 4 sites nationwide. 1,400 employees work at the hubs, which are located in Bayonne, NJ, Los Angeles, CA, and St. Louis, MO; in addition, the corporate office and central maintenance facility for the 800 road tractors exists in Cleveland, OH. K. Huffman, a native of Cleveland, OH, started Huffman Trucking in 1936 with one tractor-trailer. World War II provided growth for the company, as the company assisted in the demand for carrier services in the transportation of goods from Midwestern factories to ports on the East Coast. Contract work exists between the U.S. Government and Huffman Trucking to this day primarily because ...
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