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Transportation business updates

03/08/2012 12:06:00 PM
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CRST delivery service crosses the continent

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based CRST offers 60-hour delivery of perishables with its Temperature Controlled Team Service, a division of CRST Expedited, according to a news release.

Rusch said the team service provides customers with added security for their loads because one of the drivers is always with the truck. Typical single-driver perishable deliveries take about five and a half days, according to the news release.

The new temperature-controlled division works with CRST Expedited, which has a fleet of about 2,000 team tractors. Route capacity is matched to peak seasons in different regions, making the new temperature controlled service convenient for fresh produce shippers, according to the news release.

Emerald Technology develops reefer power

A patent-pending kinetic energy device could mean the end to diesel costs and emissions in the operation of refrigeration units, according to Emerald Technology Partners.

The Lakeland, Fla.-based company partnered with the University of Central Florida’s Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering to develop the Wedway Refrigeration Power System.

The power system generates electricity for refrigeration by capturing kinetic energy from the rotation of trailer wheels, according to the Emerald Technology website. Power can be stored to be used while the trailer is stationary for one to three days.

The units can be recharged by plugging them into a power source at delivery points. Cost of transportation is reduced by decreasing use of diesel and by reducing weight of the equipment by eliminating the diesel tank, which allows for more cargo weight.

Based on more than 1 million refer units on U.S. roads consuming $13 billion in fuel annually, Emerald calculates more than 63 billion pounds of carbon emissions would be eliminated per year in the U.S. alone if the diesel refers were replaced with Wedway devices.

L&M recognizes work of dispatch staffer

Rita Ryman, staff member of the L&M Family of Cos. eastern produce division dispatch operation, is the winner of the firm’s Horizon Award for 2012.

Ryman works at the Raleigh, N.C., headquarters of L&M. She has been nominated for the Horizon Award for her work ethic and willingness to help co-workers and customers alike, according to a news release.

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