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Trucking firm introduces temp-controlled containers for rail

Trucking firm C.R. England announced it has introduced its TempStack, 53-foot temperature-controlled, container-on-flatcar (COFC) technology.

The first shipment of the freight company’s new container is scheduled on October 15 from Chicago to Los Angeles.

“This is a significant addition to our customer offerings,” said Zach England, vice president of intermodal for C.R. England.

“Moving containers via rail is more cost effective for our customers, increases their shipping capacity, expedites delivery and reduces their carbon footprint. In an environment when truckload capacity is diminished, rail container transport can significantly impact that capacity crunch. We are pleased to take this step and have plans for significant growth in the future,” England said.

The company claimed its COFC technology will constitute “the largest fleet in the industry that allows the ability to double-stack refrigerated containers on railroad flatcars.”

The fleet will include 300 of the new temperature-controlled containers by the end of the first quarter of 2011, the company said.

The trucking firm said it is utilizing “customized software to optimize load configuration, creating easy and fast options to efficiently load freight onto containers.”

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