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Transportation business updates

03/08/2012 12:06:00 PM
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Celadon buys Teton’s trucks, trailers

Celadon Trucking services Inc., Indianapolis, increased its fleet in late February, buying a "significant portion" of the operating equipment of Teton Transportation Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.

A statement from Celadon president and chief executive officer Paul Will on Feb. 29 referenced the company’s acquisition strategy includes broadening its customer base by picking up business from Teton’s client list. Will reported the company bought 180 tractors and 280 trailers from Teton for an undisclosed amount.

Teton officials declined to comment on the transaction.

Celadon’s president also said he expects to gain "a solid core group of customers and drivers" that will improve Celadon’s productivity. Will said he expects the acquired operations to reach accretive beginning in the June 2012 quarter.

Crowley Maritime names safety director

Crowley Maritime Corp. recently hired Roger King to be senior corporate safety director.

King will work out of the company’s Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters, overseeing marine and terminal safety as well as quality and regulatory training, according to a news release. He also will provide support for Crowley’s operations integrity group.

Suz Michel, vice president of safety and learning, said in the release that King will help develop enhanced corporate safety strategies and set up companywide standards.

Customized Brokers names V.P. for imports

Nelly Yunta is now vice president of U.S. imports, customs brokerage and consulting, for Customized Brokers, Miami.

Customized Brokers is Crowley Maritime Corp.’s logistics group.

In this new position Yunta has oversight for the company’s customs clearance, brokerage and consulting services for customers of all cargo types.

She also will maintain her previous responsibilities, including the coordination of operations activities for Customized Brokers, development of policies and procedures, operating results, profit and loss responsibilities, coordination and negotiation of service provider agreements and business development, according to a news release.

Yunta joined Crowley in 1988 as a senior coordinator in the Miami traffic department. A month later, she was promoted to supervisor of traffic. In 1989, she was promoted to manager of freight services, where she supervised the booking, traffic, documentation and customer service departments.

She was named regional sales manager in 1998 and general manager for the Dominican Republic and Haiti in 2006. In 2009 she was made general manager for Customized Brokers.

Yunta has a degree in business administration from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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.

Sales marketing analyst Joe Burke announced Ryman as the 2012 honoree, describing the winners as "text book examples of servant leaders in their job roles."

Employees nominate peers for the annual award, which was instituted in 2006.

Roadrunner acquires logistics firm

For a purchase price of $6.5 million, Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc., Cudahy, Wis., bought a transportation management company that generated revenue of $6 million in 2011.

Roadrunner officials announced the acquisition of Capital Transportation Logistics, Nashaua, N.H., in a news release in late February.

Capital Transportation Logistics specialized in transportation management on less-than-truckload freight in the Northeast U.S. Capital also provided truckload brokerage and freight bill audit and payment services for midsized and large shippers, according to the news release.

Paul Kithcart, president of Roadrunner’s transportation management services segment, said Capital’s system is complimentary to Roadrunner’s services.

Capital used a Web-based transportation management system that allowed clients to optimize carrier selection, dispatch and track shipments, generate invoices, create custom reports and perform improvement analysis.

RWI Transportation hires Midwest sales manager

A 26-year veteran of temperature-controlled and dry transportation sector, Kevin Kauppi, is now Midwest regional sales manager for RWI Transportation, Wilder, Ky.

Kauppi is based in Chicago and is working for tonnage growth in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri in temperature-controlled truckload freight.

Before joining RWI, he worked for FFE Frozen Food Express, Sterling Transportation, SRT, Southern Refrigerated Transport and Central Transport Inc.

Annually, RWI manages more than 100,000 shipments, specializing in handling fresh produce and other perishable food, according to the news release. RWI is an affiliate of Newport, Ky.-based Castellini Group of Cos.

Trans-I Tech moves to Fort Lauderdale

Trans-I Technologies Inc. has moved its headquarters to Fort Lauderdale while maintaining its development offices in Lima, Peru, according to a company news release.

Since 1996 the company has been providing software solutions and integrated mission-critical applications for the maritime and intermodal logistics industry. Trans-I has implemented technology for numerous entities, including Dole Foods, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Seaboard Marine, Tropical Shipping, CSAV Group, Totem Ocean and FESCO.

Xata, ALK Technologies create CoPilot Truck 8

Xata Corp. and ALK Technologies have produced a new on-board navigation system called CoPilot Truck 8 Professional.

The companies announced the new on-board navigation system March 5 in a news release.

Orlando, Fla.-based Xata Corp. specializes in fleet optimization software, and Princeton, N.J.-based ALK specializes in geo-logistics and navigation software.

Their new system gives voice-guided, truck-specific turn-by-turn directions automatically, with optimal new routes instantly calculated if a driver misses a turn or deviates from the planned route. Xata captures real-time critical information on vehicle and driver performance, allowing fleet managers, dispatchers and drivers to collect, sort, view and analyze data to help reduce costs, increase safety and compliance, and improve customer satisfaction.

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