Midwest Refrigerated Services employs Great Dane reefers specially designed for multi-temp loads
When it comes to hauling varying temperature loads, Midwest Refrigerated Ser vices (MRS) has it down to a science. The company is a refrigerated less-than-truckload (LTL) load consolidator with a fleet of trucks, 55 Great Dane Everest SS trailers and a public refrigerated warehouse company with sites in southern Wisconsin running multi-stop truckloads—consolidated to all 48 states.
When it comes to hauling varying temperature loads, Midwest Refrigerated Ser vices (MRS) has it down to a science. The company is a refrigerated less-than-truckload (LTL) load consolidator with a fleet of trucks, 55 Great Dane Everest SS trailers and a public refrigerated warehouse company with sites in southern Wisconsin running multi-stop truckloads—consolidated to all 48 states. Working in collaboration with its suppliers, the fleet has developed what it believes is the per fect refrigerated trailer for its needs.
Reefers handle "cool" to "frozen"
It takes the right trailer and interior configurations to handle deep frozen to cool loads. Jim Koeble, Vice President of Transportation, describes how his trailers handle the extremes: "We separate frozen and refrigerated compartments (frozen in nose, refrigerated on tail) with an insulated bulkhead. A thermostat in the rear of the trailer (refrigerated compar tment) controls an exhaust fan attached to a PVC pipe that blows the colder air in the front to the rear through the pipe when the refrigerated compartment becomes warmer than the thermostat set point. The bulkhead has a notched corner to accommodate the PVC pipe, which is mounted along the length of the upper corner ceiling of the driver's side of the trailer. Additionally, a temperature probe is mounted in the rear of the trailer that is wired in to the refrigeration unit allowing for the driver to monitor the temperature in both compartments and to provide temperature trip history in the unit's data logger. Our Great Dane trailer dealer, Trudell Trailers, our refrigeration unit dealers, and our bulkhead supplier, ITW Insulated Products, all collaborated with us to develop this solution."
Trudell Trailers staff helped lead the fleet as it gatheredinformation from a cross functional team of MRS employees from the transportation and warehousing areas of the business to discuss ideas and ask questions regarding the fleet's particular freight needs. From that meeting other vendors were brought in and specs formulated to find solutions to those needs. The modification that came from that meeting was the cold exhaust system (detailed previously) that allows the fleet to haul dual temps on a traditional single temp trailer
and reduce exposure to temperature claims. Koeble adds, "We continue to look for ways to reduce costs
and improve efficiencies with our business partners."
"...as we updated the fleet we stayed with the same Great Dane spec that had proven itself in hard duty"
Jim Koeble, Vice President of
Out for delivery
According to Koeble, "Once our trucks are empty, we generally reload them with full truckloads and move those loads back to the upper Midwest and unload them so that they can be reloaded back out again with another pool consolidation load. The steady 52 weeks per year freight and predictable nature of our lanes and patterns are attractive to many drivers. We deliver to all of the major retail grocery distribution centers and food service distribution operating companies. We haul for both the food processor/manufacturer shippers and for customers who control their inbound logistics from their suppliers. The major commodities in our consolidation program are cheese, dairy, meat, chocolate, baked goods, and food ingredients."
MRS has been in operation since 2008. The fleet has its roots and refrigerated LTL load consolidation model dating back to the early 1990's through previous ownership. Koeble notes, "When MRS was spun off in 2008, it included a fleet of existing Great Dane trailers. The trailer boxes were in excellent condition for their age, so as we updated the fleet we stayed with the same Great Dane spec that had proven itself in hard duty. In addition to company-owned trailers, many of our dedicated owner-operators run their own Great Dane trailers."