Tuesday, April 06, 2010

New refrigerated container service ready to roll

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Scheduled to begin daily service this week between Quincy, Wash., and Chicago is a four-day, door-to-door refrigerated intermodal “Cold Train” container rail and distribution service. The service is a product of Rail Logistics, Columbia Colstor, LaGROU Distribution (Chicago Cold Storage), and the Port of Quincy.

“We already have our new 53-foot refrigerated containers arriving in Quincy and are currently booking loads,” said Steve Lawson, vice president of Rail Logistics, in a statement Tuesday.

“The PNW-Chicagoland Express Intermodal Cold Train Service will provide Washington State produce and perishable shippers with a cost-effective and speedy new shipping option to the Midwest,” said Don McGraw, CEO and owner of Columbia Colstor.

"With fuel prices continuing to be relatively high and with the increasing pressure on shippers to reduce carbon emissions, this new intermodal service will give agricultural and other shippers a fantastic new alternative that is both economical and more environmentally sustainable,” stated Pat Connelly, commissioner, Port of Quincy.

Pat Lombard, the general manager of Chicago Cold Storage (a business unit of LaGROU Distribution), commented that “the Cold Train program will not only enhance efficiencies in refrigerated commerce in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest, but eventually throughout the entire U.S., which will benefit perishable shippers all over the country.”