Knichel Logistics understands that one size does not fit all. The company is a third-party transportation provider that offers its customers a suite of transportation solutions, including intermodal, full truckload, less than truckload (LTL), boxcar, warehousing and other specialized services across North America. 

With 25 years of industry experience, William Knichel started the company in 2003. After he retired, his daughter, Kristy Knichel, took over as president of Knichel Logistics in 2007. Initially, the company was doing only intermodal business with roughly $2 million in revenue to speak of, but eventually it branched out after hiring salespeople who helped grow the business from there. 

Growth requires effort, and the associates of Honda of South Carolina Mfg., Inc. as well as its suppliers are making strong efforts to add a second production shift and the new Pioneer 1000 side-by-side flagship multi-use vehicle to its annual production. The Pioneer 1000 is scheduled to be in dealers’ showrooms by late September or early October.

Besides adding the shift and additional associates, increasing production to that extent requires more production equipment. “We had to bring some more in-house tooling in to be able to produce that model,” Honda of South Carolina President Brian Newman says. “We’re a full manufacturing facility here. 

A commitment to alternative fuels helped Texas’ Green Energy Oilfield Services alter its strategy and geographically diversify during the company’s critical early years. Lonestar Investment Advisers LLC provided Green Energy with its initial funding in late 2011 and operations began in June 2012 with 60 Peterbilt 388 Tractor vacuum trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Since then, the company has added 24 additional LNG fueled trucks to create a total fleet of 84.

The handling of fluids in the oilfields has been the bread and butter of the company, according to President and CEO Joe Monroe, although Green Energy also offers equipment rentals, such as frac tanks. “We are a trucking company,” Monroe explains. “We’re just specialized in that our trucks are fueled by LNG and we transport oilfield fluids.”

To set itself apart as a transportation and logistics service provider, G&D Integrated continues to adapt to its customers’ needs while harnessing technology that will take its services to the next level. 

“We are really attentive to trying to avoid commoditization,” Vice President of Transportation Jeff Cohen says. “If you are in a realm like transportation, it’s easy to get put into that bucket. Rather than competing on someone’s view of the cost of a movement we have to emphasize the total value of our services, which is a broader view than just looking at the transportation cost alone.”

As a leading milk marketing cooperative and dairy food processor serving more than 14,000 members, Dairy Farmers of America is part of an industry-wide initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making improvements to its fleet. 

Dairy Farmers of America transfers milk from its nearly 9,000 members to hundreds of customers and its 33 wholly owned processing facilities, then on to consumers. In all, more than 3,000 truckloads of milk roll through the company’s supply chain every day. 

Because the cooperative transports such large volumes of milk, Dairy Farmers of America has made it a priority to do so in an environmentally responsible way, explains David Darr, general manager of farm services and vice president of sustainability. 

It used to take only 20 minutes to travel the 25 miles from Everett, Wash., south to Seattle. But the area’s population growth in recent decades has increased the number of cars on public roads. A bus trip into the Emerald City now takes as long as 80 minutes during peak traffic times, which is why Snohomish County’s public bus agency, Community Transit, is making congestion mitigation one of its top long-term priorities.

“The biggest challenge we face is the adverse affect of congestion on our ability to operate,” Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath says. Heavy traffic slows down buses, increases traffic time and frustrates riders by interrupting the schedule. Constructing new highways and roads is expensive and outside Community Transit’s purview, so the best way the agency can offset the growing congestion problem is to add bus trips, increase the number of seats on vehicles and expand service hours. 

After four decades, Clean Air Power leads with its expertise. “We are comprised of truck engine professionals,” Business Development Director Kevin Campbell declares. “We’ve got a long list of OEM experience within our team.”

Poway, Calif.-based Clean Air Power designs, develops and sells its Dual-Fuel and MicroPilot engine systems, which allow compression-ignited engines to run on natural gas mixed with small amounts of diesel. Founder N. John Beck started the company in 1975 as BKM Inc.

“It offered Skunk Works-type engineering work on fuel systems,” Campbell explains, noting that the firm later added a marketing arm called Clean Air Partners. In 2001, the two firms merged as Clean Air Power.

Manufacturing intermodal chassis for more than 40 years, Cheetah Chassis, spun off from Strick Corporation in 2000, has seen a significant shift in the intermodal industry. “We have slowly transitioned from being a manufacturer that relies on large-quantity standard orders to one that relies on orders of five to 25 customized chassis at a time,” says Garry Hartman, president of the Berwick, Penn.-based company. 

Hartman attributes this shift to steamship lines – which once comprised the bulk of the company’s business – no longer providing chassis to drivers. Instead, drivers either lease from a chassis pool or purchase their own chassis. 

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