Shipping heavy cargo between Asia and the Americas is no simple feat, but it is one that ECL Americas is uniquely suited for. Since 1995, the company has handled the transport of heavy cargo including construction equipment, jumbo tires and rolling stock between ports in Asia and the West Coast of the United States. Although the type of work the company does is extremely demanding, Executive Vice President and COO Bill Christ says ECL Americas has managed to establish itself as one of the leaders of this very specialized industry. That is thanks to the integrated services it offers, its close ties to major manufacturers in Asia and its skilled professionals. 

BlueLinx Holdings Inc.’s customers expect quality products at a reasonable price as well as on-time delivery from this leading distributor of building products in North America. The company is making improvements to its fleet – such as reinstating the truck replacement cycle, upgrading technology and bringing its maintenance operation in-house – that are expected to help it continue to meet the needs of its customers. 

The Atlanta-based company began in 1954 as Georgia-Pacific Corp.’s distribution division with 13 warehouses used for storing and distributing plywood. Over the next 40 years, the division grew to more than 130 warehouses nationwide and offered a variety of products in addition to plywood. In 1994, the distribution division consolidated its warehouses into two large sales and operations centers with one located in Denver and one in Atlanta. 

AV Logistics has become a successful third-party logistics company over the past 15 years because of its ability to provide a single point of contact for its customers with up-to-the-minute shipment information. “We have simplified a fragmented industry by communicating and looking ahead to meet customers’ demands,” founder Art Zimmerly says. 

Zimmerly founded the Fleming Island, Fla.-based company in 2000 with a focus on drayage and intermodal asset-based management. AV Logistics provides comprehensive international and domestic drayage services, as well as a variety of intermodal services throughout the United States. Partnered with its sister company, C&K Trucking, AV Logistics handles more than 350,000 container moves per year.

Recent strikes at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have provided challenges for shippers, but St. George Logistics works hard to overcome them. Its container freight station (CFS) in Los Angeles has two acres of space for trailers and 116 shipping dock doors. “We’re the largest operator of independent network CFS facilities across North America,” President and CEO Denis Reilly declares. “We actually run nine of these facilities at key ports and regional destinations.

“Our customers are some of the largest logistics companies in the world,” he continues. “Since we are a neutral service provider, any large freight forwarder can do business with us. Sometimes competitors will deal only with their own freight or only allow certain customers to come into their operations. We’ll do business with any customer at any location.”

Praxair is one of the leading industrial gas companies in the world, but its safety initiatives are really what set the company apart, says Tim Johnson, fleet manager for Praxair’s U.S. industrial gases business. “We’re different [from other fleets] because we’re hauling cryogenic materials under high pressure,” Johnson says.

Praxair produces atmospheric, process and specialty gases. In the United States, it transports them with a fleet of approximately 1,000 cryogenic bulk tankers to clients in sectors that include hospitals, food and beverage and industrial.

Fleet safety is nothing new for the Danbury, Conn.-based company, which took the lead early on to reduce accidents and improve the safety of both its drivers and others on the road, Johnson says. Praxair implemented roll stability systems in its U.S. tanker trucks more than 15 years ago, Johnson says. “The system can calculate G forces and apply the brakes to slow the vehicle,” he explains.

Over the past 75 years, Parker Towing Company has grown from a single boat, the Heloise, which pushed wooden barges down Alabama’s Black Warrior River, to one of the leading barge lines in the Southeast.

Today, the Northport, Ala.-based company operates 25 tugboats and more than 300 barges along numerous waterways that extend from Alabama to the lower Ohio River. But the company recently has adjusted to the ebb and flow of the market as many of its clients endure tough economic times. 

“We are a marine transportation company first and foremost,” says Tim Parker III, whose grandfather, Tim Parker Sr., founded the company. “That’s our core business.” But Parker Towing Company has diversified over the years to provide  several other services as well.

Of all police departments in the world, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is undoubtedly one of the most prolific in the public eye. Policing a city of more than 8 million people is no easy task, and a major part of that effort relies on the NYPD fleet services division, one of the largest police fleets in the country.

“Fleet services is part of our support services bureau,” says Deputy Commissioner of Support Services Bureau Robert Martinez. “The bureau also includes the property clerk division, printing section and central records division.”

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