More than doubling its current domestic refrigerated container fleet, Infinity Transportation Logistics (ITL) is adding 200 of Thermo King’s 53-foot next-generation temperature-controlled intermodal containers. Thermo King’s new SLXi-DRC units will support and expand ITL’s transportation offerings from and to Washington State and Oregon. The acquisition, which sets ITL up for the immediate future, will help ITL meet both aggressive growth forecasts, by providing increased perishable and refrigerated cargo capacity, as well as its sustainability goals.
More than 200 pounds lighter, Thermo King’s SLXi-DRC is a full seven inches slimmer on the exterior and is flush on the front interior wall. This allows an extra pallet row of cargo space in the container -- up to 30 40x48-inch pallets -- and enables cargo hauling capacity of up to 44,000 pounds. ITL’s new units will also be using next-generation R-452A, a lower-emission refrigerant that is the safest, most environmentally responsible, and technically and commercially viable replacement for current refrigerants in applications ranging from transport refrigeration to mobile air-conditioning.
“The new SLXi-DRC fleet will enable further growth in and out of the Pacific Northwest, an area where the additional cargo capacity will benefit shippers and receivers, and the use of a lower-emission refrigerant is particularly advantageous to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Steve Lawson, Chief Commercial Officer of ITL, which is an EPA-approved SmartWay Transport Partner.
“All units will include Thermo King’s TracKing® telematics, part of our Connected Solutions product portfolio, and will offer valuable visibility, history and reports that can be pulled directly from the TracKing website,” said Kyle Kaiser, sales manager, Thermo King Christensen, ITL’s home dealership in Omaha.
“Both our dealership and Rick Boily, Thermo King Strategic Rail Service manager, will be monitoring the units daily to not only ensure that the units are operating as expected but to keep track of preventive maintenance scheduling, container temperature fluctuations and more,” continued Kaiser. “The visibility is the main benefit of TracKing, allowing us to take proactive measures if any issues do occur. But TracKing also allows us to set profiles and Opti-set parameters over the air. The technology has changed the game for the industry, especially in rail where containers are unattended for days at a time.”
ITL’s new SLXi-DRC units are being built now and will be installed in partnership with T.K. Services, Inc., the Thermo King dealership in Los Angeles. These intermodal containers will be put into service over the next few months, creating new capacity and density in various shipping lanes.
“ITL has a terrific long-term working relationship with Thermo King Corporation and its dealers across the country,” said Lawson. “The products, services, technology and support offered by Thermo King are the primary reasons we decided to enhance our fleet with their units. We are excited about growing our business with Thermo King.”
ITL's expedited door-to-door transit times (to or from Washington State and Oregon) are four to five days to or from the Midwest, five to six days to or from Texas, and only six to seven days to or from various destinations on the East Coast. ITL’s transit times are nearly as fast as long-haul trucks. The company hauls various frozen, fresh, refrigerated and temperature-controlled products, and also dry products.
Learn more about the company and its new domestic refrigerated fleet HERE.
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