Savannah, GA,
07
June
2012
|
06:46 PM
America/New_York

Sobeys Inc.

Summary


The quality of Great Dane reefers is what sold us initially," says Serge Tremblay, fleet supervisor for the western division of Sobeys Inc., a Canadian retail grocery and food distributor. "The Great Dane dealer network, which covers the many locations we serve, and favorable pricing, also helped us decide to switch to Great Dane for our trailer needs."

The quality of Great Dane reefers is what sold us initially," says Serge Tremblay, fleet supervisor for the western division of Sobeys Inc., a Canadian retail grocery and food distributor. "The Great Dane dealer network, which covers the many locations we serve, and favorable pricing, also helped us decide to switch to Great Dane for our trailer needs."

For the past five years, the Sobeys western fleet has been adding Great Dane Super Seal reefers to its operation. Currently there are about 60 of the refrigerated trailers in the Edmonton, Albertabased operation, which serves customers as far north as Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and south to Calgary and the U.S. border, as well as in all of Saskatchewan.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited, headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys operates 23 distribution centers across Canada. Its national office is located in Mississauga, Ontario and has regional offices in Edmonton, Mississauga, Montréal, and Stellarton. Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,300 stores, serving 837 communities in ten provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, IGA, IGA extra, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Price Chopper, Rachelle-Béry, Needs, Marché Bonichoix and Les Marchés Tradition, as well as Lawton's Drug Stores.

The Super Seal reefers at Sobeys, Tremblay relates, are designed and specified to meet the company's needs in several ways. "They are light weight but have exceptional structural integrity," he says. "The region in which the Sobeys western fleet operates is very demanding. During the winter, the temperature in some of our northernmost locations can reach – 40 degrees F or lower."

For that reason, Sobeys specifies an extra inch of insulation in the sidewalls and roof of its Great Dane reefers to help ensure maximum thermal efficiency. Sobeys also specs both standard insulated Great Dane stainless steel swing doors and Whiting ColdSaver aluminum roll up rear doors in stainless steel frames.

To enhance cargo and trailer protection, Sobeys opts for Great Dane's PunctureGuard interior lining on both sidewalls and ceilings. The durable, lighter weight option is a rigid, thin material manufactured using a unique process that thermally joins woven polypropylene and glass fibers into continuous thermoplastic panels.

The Great Dane Super Seals at Sobeys are tri-axle models fitted with multi-temp refrigeration units from Thermo King, and recently the company began spec'ing some Carrier models as well. All of the trailers are equipped with pintle hooks for use in turnpike doubles operations. Standard specs for the fleet also call for SAF Holland landing gear, Hendrickson axles and air ride suspensions, Meritor WABCO ABS, Bridgestone R195F tires and Grote Long Life lighting systems with LED lamps.

Sobeys has been hauling its own products for well over a century. Founded in 1907 by John William Sobey as a meat delivery business, the company initially employed a horse-drawn cart to collect livestock purchased from farmers. For its latest transportation needs, the company has opted for Great Dane Super Seal reefers.

"We just took delivery of 18 Super Seals," Tremblay says. "Our plans call for replacing between 12 and 20 trailers annually, and along with growth in our western division business, we'll most likely be buying quite a few more in the coming years."

Keeping Cold
The temperature extremes in which the Sobeys western division fleet operates creates a unique set of demands– keeping cold out as well as in. Designed for trailers carrying goods at very low temperatures the Whiting ColdSaver Door helps manage inside reefer temperatures with foam-inplace insulation and by not using fasteners or aluminum connectors that can conduct heat or cold. Also featured on the doors is a bottom thermal break that runs the entire width of the door, double seal panel joints, and highly effective side and top seals.

Offered in a standard aluminum facing, ColdSaver doors can also be ordered with stainless steel-faced panels. For strength and durability, all models of the doors feature four rows of hinges and a heavy-duty two-cable balancer with independent springs for each cable. Springs on the ColdSaver doors are treated with a rust preventative and all door hardware has automotive quality corrosion protection.