DAILY NEWS Dec 17, 2013 10:25 AM - 0 comments

Schneider National deploys own intermodal chassis fleet

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Schneider National has announced it is investing in its own intermodal chassis fleet.

The company is transitioning to a company-owned and managed chassis fleet because it feels it will better allow it to deliver “truck-like” service in the intermodal segment. The investment will provide Schneider with consistent access to lightweight, quality chassis when needed.

“Establishing a company-owned chassis fleet gives Schneider complete control of assets used in an intermodal move and makes our service even more efficient for shippers,” says Bill Matheson, president of intermodal services at Schneider. “Only a handful of transportation companies have invested in their own chassis fleets. We know that our asset management and maintenance expertise will deliver great value in keeping customers’ freight moving.”

Schneider says its intermodal chassis weigh 500 lbs less per unit, address concerns about demand outstripping supply in shared pools and improves reliability because they’ll be maintained by Schneider.

“We’ve operated, maintained and managed tens of thousands of tractors, trailers and containers over the years,” Matheson said. “The addition of chassis to our equipment mix is a natural extension and once again demonstrates our commitment to Intermodal.”

Schneider took delivery of 600 chassis in late October and has already integrated the new equipment into its intermodal operations.

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