International Express Trucking Inc along with AT&S will be donating a number of A/C units to the Wyandot Inc organization of Kansas City, Kansas this coming Wednesday morning at 09:30. The Wyandot Inc is a family of organizations serving the Wyandotte community. The Wyandotte Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Paces, The Kim Wilson Housing Inc and the City Vision are a few of the organizations that are part of Wyandot Inc. Each helping the community address diverse needs it faces daily.
International Express Trucking Inc is a certified Women owned business that was founded by Karen Duff in 2001. Currently IXT is home based in the Fairfax district of Kansas City Kansas and believes in community involvement. IXT has joined in the Neighbor Revitalization Act , Peak (Providing Employment across Kansas) and sponsored a golf tournament where it raised money for the program, Young women on the move.
AT&S was established in 1994 with the mission to provide quality transportation and storage equipment as a professional service to organizations throughout the Midwestern United States. It also, is a privately held , Kansas City-based company. The strong Midwestern work ethic is the foundation to their service. AT&S customers include 20% of the Fortune 100 companies as well as hundreds of locally owned small businesses. AT&S like IXT, also believes in being active within its own community!
Kansas City, MO American Trailer & Storage (AT&S) announced today that the company signed a dealership agreement with Reitnouer, Inc., a Reading, Pennsylvania manufacturer. Reitnouer is the transportation industry’s leading all aluminum semi-trailer flatbed manufacturer.
“AT&S is proud to join the Reitnouer team. They have been building highest quality flatbed trailers since 1982, and we think they are a great complement to our rental fleet and new Hyundai line of dry vans and refrigerated trailers” said Rick Honan, AT&S President. The addition of the Reitnouer line gives AT&S a full range of new semi-trailers, including dry vans, refrigerated trailers, steel, combination and now aluminum flatbed semi-trailers.
According to a February 2013 article in Trailer/Body Builders industry publication, Reintnouer built 2,750 all-aluminum, bolted design platform trailers in 2012, a 79% increase over 2011 production. Bud Reitnouer “thinks fleets are looking for the lighter weight trailers to offset the heavier truck tractors now needed. Road de-icing chemicals now play a role in the increasing market share for all-aluminum designs.” (Truck Body Builders, February 2013).
AT&S will sell and service the full line of Reitnouer trailers including the MaxMiser model (a 90,000 lb. GVWR* heavy weight flatbed trailer, the Big Bubba, a 100,000 lb. GVWR model, the Bigger Bubba, a 110,000 lb. GVWR model designed to handle the heaviest loads, and the MaxLite, an 80,000 lb. GVWR model designed to maximize payload. Additionally, American Trailer & Storage will offer the Reitnouer B-train in lengths from 28’ to 32’, multi-axle options on all trailers and drop deck trailers (DropMiser models) with the strength needed for heavy hauls with the increased load capacity of an aluminum trailer.
AT&S is a full service semi-trailer and container rental and sales dealer with locations in Kansas City, Saint Louis and Omaha. Established in 1994, AT&S works with businesses of all sizes to provide storage, cartage and over the road semi-trailers and storage containers/conex boxes and other portable storage related services and solutions. With locations in various cities throughout the Midwest, AT&S provides portable storage in Saint Louis, Kansas City storage containers and Lincoln/Omaha storage containers. AT&S has storage trailers for rent. Additionally, AT&S has both containers for sale and trailers for sale. The strong Midwestern work ethic is the foundation of our service. No customer is too big or too small for us. For more information about AT&S log on to http://www.ATandSonline.com or call (816) 765-7771.
Running well-maintained delivery equipment is a necessity to ensure cost control and on-time delivery and pick up. It would be nice if our delivery equipment would last forever and cost very little maintain. Unfortunately this is not the case; with whatever delivery equipment you use, there is always something bound to happen. The goal of course is to spend as little as possible to keep this equipment on the road delivering containers and trailers. So the question becomes how to minimize our cost and increase longevity? Here are some tips to help insure a longer life and lower cost for your delivery equipment.
Let’s first look at the tractor, as it can be the more expensive to maintain. The first step in increasing the life of any piece of equipment is a good preventive maintenance program. Just like any other vehicle, you need to set up and follow a rigorous maintenance schedule. Depending on your equipment usage, a minimum of two and up to six PM’s per year will ensure a longer life. These PM’s need to be full service including, oil changes, clutch and brake adjustment, fuel filter, check and as needed replace transmission fluid, etc. Following the recommended guidelines of the manufactured at these service intervals is highly recommended. It is also recommended to have the oil tested at least twice per year. The $25 to $50 cost is cheap compared to larger repair issues that can go undetected.
Next in line is the driver’s inspection. Per DOT regulations there must be a pre and post trip inspection completed each day. Drivers who are properly trained on how to do these inspections are able to detect issues early and help avoid large repair costs down the road. Don’t look at that 15 minutes each morning as a waste of time, it will pay dividends down the road.
As we have all experienced, the cost of tires continues to rise with every purchase. With a minimum cost of over $3500 to replace all 10 tires on a tractor it becomes very critical to monitor the tires. Proper tire inflation is very critical to cost control. Tire pressure must be checked on a daily basis, preferable with the driver pre trip inspection, or at the first fuel stop of the day.
Let’s now look at the equipment used to haul containers, whether it’s a Landoll, Traileze, or other piece of equipment used for this service. Like the tractor this equipment must be on a preventive maintenance service schedule. This schedule can vary from that of the tractor, but should be PM’d up to four times per year, again based on usage.
One critical part of this service is the air brake system. Proper greasing, brake adjustment, and draining water from the air tanks, allows the brakes to properly set and release causing less brake wear and brake valve issues. Proper brake release will also greatly reduce the amount of flat spotted tires that get drug due to slow releasing brakes. This leads to the second part of the PM, the tires. Tire cost is always at or near the top of our expense on a trailer. Maintaining proper air inflation is the best way to prevent excess wear of tires and leads to longer life and less cost. Four new recap tires on a Landoll can cost in excess of $750.
If your fleet included the use of a Landoll, Traileze, etc. proper inspections of the loading mechanism is critical to both cost control and safety. Checking the chain, cable, winch system, pony motor, hydraulics, becomes very critical. Regular PM service completed on these items leads to reduce down time, cost, and leads to greater productivity.
We are all very busy and understand that in order to generate revenue we must have our delivery equipment on the road. But if time is not made to properly service this equipment it always leads to greater cost in the long run. Time and money spent wisely is a lot cheaper than trying to get by on a wing and a prayer.
Merging Markets: The Mississippi Lime Formation and Shipping Containers for Portable Storage
The Mississippi Lime Formation is a layer of limestone spanning over more than 17 million acres in Oklahoma, Kansas and a small portion of Nebraska. In parts of Kansas, the limestone is up to 1700 feet thick and lies at a depth of roughly 5000 feet under the earth’s surface. Created approximately 330 million years ago, this huge limestone layer, known in the industry as “The Mississipian Play”, is undergoing thorough feasibility studies to find out how best to recover oil and natural gas trapped in the formation.
Analysts are unsure exactly how much oil and gas can be recovered, but the prospects look good; so good that companies have begun leasing drilling rights from residents across all three states. Roughly two billion dollars has been thrown at leased land in recent years. Kansas has already seen a much needed economic boost from the preliminary work underway; towns like Kiowa, KS who’s end seemed in sight just a few years back is now under a full fledged recovery. One of the factors in this being such a key discovery is that the oil and natural gas are at relatively shallow depths compared to other drilling sites – making for less costly wells and higher potential profits.
Storage Solutions will be Inevitable
In large scale construction, or on huge industrial / commercial projects like the one taking place on the Mississippi Lime Formation, portable storage is always needed. Utilizing shipping containers as a storage solution in Kansas and surrounding areas is ideal due to their strength, portability and security. In this particular scenario, with the Mississippi Lime Formation covering such a large area, on site storage will be needed in numerous locations. SandRidge Energy of Oklahoma has leased 1.3 million acres of land and is planning on drilling up to 200 wells – All of which will need storage for equipment and tools.
Diverse Applications Utilizing Shipping Containers
With this type of multi-site / multi-company project there are many different applications for utilizing shipping containers. Some of the uses might include:
Corten Steel Containers for Primary Portable Storage
Shipping Containers built out of Corten steel are ideal for portable storage as the containers can be dropped in wide open, public areas where high-end drilling equipment, tools and other materials can be stored safely without the nagging worry about break ins. Storage containers can be equipped with lock boxes as well which serve as additional security measure against theft.
Shipping Containers for Heavy Equipment Transportation
In the Oil and Gas industry the equipment needed to drill nearly a mile under the earths surface is imperative to the success of each individual drill site. Drill rigs and parts are extremely heavy and require an equal capacity with which to move this equipment from site to site. Some ISO Cargo Containers have over 3000 cubic feet of space inside, and can carry up to 73,000 pounds in gross capacity, and nearly 63,000 in payload.. This, coupled with the fact that in can be picked up and loaded on most standard flatbed trailers and moved from site to site.
Modified Containers for Drilling Site Offices
Shipping containers can be modified to include personnel doors, windows, electrical and insulation for use as portable offices at the drill sites. Other accessories such as plan tables, shelving and motion lights can be added to cater to specific site requirements.
What This Means for the Region
Some analysts have looked into the data for this project and are calling it “the new Bakken”; Naming a site in North Dakota that struck absolute gold drilling for oil years ago and has not only completely re-shaped the economy in that state, but has become the United States second largest oil producer behind Texas. One Global information company has estimated the lime formation to be holding approximately 3.6 Billion BOE (Barrels of Equivalent), which is a far cry from Bakkens resources but is also purely speculative and as we’ve seen in the past, things can be far bigger than they seem.
At the University of Kansas, in the applied Economics Department, one researcher has said that the states economy should see $116 million in extra income from new jobs and royalties in the first quarter of the upcoming year. In the event that the Mississippi Lime Formation is a huge success, that number would skyrocket to $1.1 billion per quarter by 2022.
Wayne Woolsey of Woolsey energy Corp in Wichita has already had success utilizing Hydraulic Fracking, which essentially uses pressurized water, chemicals and sand to penetrate the rock and release gas and oil. A big part of the speculation of the Mississippi Play incorporates Fracking, so the precedent is there, and the outlook for that method is very bright. Vertical drilling will also be used and oil tycoons such as Boone Pickens have invested more than $250 million in land and drilling equipment to exploit the rich soil. Shell Oil has leased roughly 700,000 acres and drilled 10-13 wells with mixed results so far, but are also optimistic about their upside potential in the area.
With a looming oil boom and bringing shipping containers into the mix as industrial portable storage and equipment transport these two industries are primed to do very well in this area.
Reporter- Kansas City Business Journal
After decades of planning and construction, U.S. Highway 71 from Kansas City to Pineville, Mo., officially became Interstate 49 at noon Wednesday.Local officials will celebrate the transition and discuss the effect of the new interstate on Jackson and Cass Counties with an official event later Wednesday in Grandview.
The event, to be held at Gail’s Harley Davidson at the corner Missouri Highway 150 and the newly christened I-49, will feature appearances from Stephen Miller, Missouri Highways and Transportation commissioner; Dan Niec, the Missouri Department of Transportations’ Kansas City district engineer; John Sharp, Kansas City councilman representing the 6th District; Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis; Belton Mayor Jimmie Odom; Cass County Commissioner-elect Peter Kerckhoff, the mayor of Raymore; Peculiar Mayor Ernest Jungmeyer; Harrisonville Mayor Kevin Wood; and Archie Mayor Les Whiteside, a MODoT release said.
Signs along the highway featuring the new interstate shield are due to be unveiled before the ceremony.
When finished, I-49 will span from Kansas City to New Orleans. After 1-49 connects with Interstate 29 by way of Interstate 435 in Kansas City, the highway will stretch more than 1,600 miles, running from Winnipeg, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana, MODoT spokesman Steve Porter. Sean Matlock, MODoT’s project manager for the I-49 transition, said around five miles of highway to the Arkansas border are all that remain for the Missouri portion of I-49; $40 million have been set aside to finish the highway.
Arkansas recently approved the financing to finish its portion of I-49 in the western part of the state, Matlock said. Louisiana is due to complete the work on its portion around 2016. Matlock said the interstate from Kansas City to Pineville cost $314.6 million, with Missouri covering around $62.1 million.
Austin Alonzo – Kansas City Business Journal
For those who need to have a steel container painted to like new condition, American Trailer & Storage (AT&S) has partnered with RTD Refurbishing to blast the container to bare metal prior to priming and painting. RTD uses soda blast technology. Check out a YouTube video (link below) of the blast technology in use on a shipping container. Give us a call for the storage container modification or painting projects that require a pristine finish…any color your wish.
Using soda-blast technology, AT&S removed the paint from the bottom of this shipping / storage container down to the bare metal. The soda blast leaves a rough surface and the conex box is now ready to receive a primer and/or paint.
Standard ISO manufactured shipping containers are commonly known as being built from steel. There are, however, ISO units created from aluminum that have significant differences in terms of not only their structural integrity but their function in carrying cargo as well.
International cargo is carried utilizing two main types of freight containers: Dry and Refrigerated. Dry cargo, for the most part, is moved using Steel Shipping Containers. Dry Van, Open Top and Flat Rack containers are primarily built with steel and the newer steel containers have undergone a careful process of sandblasting and heavy duty coating to optimize strength as well as resistance to corrosion. Some of the older dry boxes were built from aluminum, until the industry moved to steel shipping containers which were designated as a much stronger type of unit for the heavy cargo that is typical in dry goods.
Refrigerated shipments, due to being much lighter in load capacity are developed using aluminum and stainless steel as the primary compounds. Reefer containers, as there called, need to be insulated with very thick side walls and the overall weight of aluminum is much less than that of steel making the aluminum container a much more sensible approach to transporting frozen or temperature sensitive products. The thermal efficiency and ability to maintain minimum air leakage are other positive aspects of the aluminum shipping container. With this in mind, once serviceable refrigerated containers are retired and the cooling machinery is no longer working they are very often considered for use as carrying any type of cargo, dry or frozen, that need insulation from the outside elements. In other words, steel and aluminum containers can be used for the same basic function depending on what the customer wants. When shipping goods I think the votes have been counted: steel is king with dry goods, and aluminum is the choice for frozen or refrigerated products.
So, the questions from that point remains: should someone considering a non-working refrigerated container built from aluminum vs a steel shipping container for their general portable storage needs, which one is best?
The answer is very subjective, but need also take into consideration maintenance, lifespan and of course the function required. Aluminum containers can be very expensive to repair, as the welding process is much more involved. Seams and other portions of non working reefer containers are riveted, and can be costly to re-create. However, if the environment is extreme, and the goods are sensitive to temperature, the aluminum container might be the best choice regardless of the more expensive repair costs and the shorter lifespan. Steel containers for sale are much more cost effective to repair, and performing general modifications to steel cargo boxes is a simpler procedure. The steel shipping container for sale is also more readily available, and much more durable.
Aside from shipping, due to the primary intended use for re-purposing ISO containers is for dry portable storage, it seems that the winner in this case is the steel container. It’s stronger, more diverse and more cost effective to maintain. Not to mention, the plethora of uses for steel containers far outweigh that it’s aluminum counterpart. Containerized architecture, creative structures and extensive modifications are becoming a very popular up-cycle for ocean freight containers made of steel.
- as printed in the Global Container
Think back to a simpler time when renting a storage trailer you didn’t have to worry if it had a license plate, if all the lights worked, if the tires had any tread left (so long as long as they held air), or if that the brakes possibly didn’t really work all that well. It was, after all, just a “storage trailer” going to sit at some customer’s location for a while and then be returned till the next rental. Now fast forward to today and any one of those issues or a multitude of others will get you a ticket faster than you can imagine.
I won’t go into any detail on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA), as those were well covered in the last issue by “The Safety Guy” Dan Sullivan. Just remember that any ticket issued for a tractor or trailer violation will go against your company as well as your driver’s CSA score.
We all know about being compliant with our drivers, their Driver Qualification files, drug testing, etc., and our tractors, but what about the trailers we pull behind them? What DOT regulations must it meet? Is there a difference if we are moving it vs. a vendor or customer? Once at a customer site how do we know it does not move, and if does move, who is moving it and where? These are just a few of the questions we must answer before that unit leaves the yard.
Let’s first look at what is a typical “storage” trailer. It’s at least 15 to 20 years old (sometimes much older), it’s only to be moved from the rental company’s yard to a customer location, sit loaded for a period of time, then returned to be rented again to the next customer. This unit is rented at a cheaper rate than a newer, “over-the-road” trailer due to little or no maintenance cost, low wear and tear, and originally purchased at a low price.
Why does that definition no longer work? It all started back when the Department of Transportation (DOT) decided to make the roads safer for all by requiring all trailers to have an annual Federal Highway Safety Inspection (FHWA). Although in itself this did not fully re-define the storage trailer, as this equipment was not running up and down the roads on a daily basis. The true death of the storage trailer, in my opinion, came about much more recently when the CSA was passed. As we all know this new scoring system is designed to help reduce accidents involving large trucks. Any violation whether from an accident or inspection will drive up the CSA score for the company and the driver, which can lead to warning letters, targeted audits, and fines by the DOT. Don’t forget the insurance companies, customers, vendors, etc. who have access to the scores.
What the CSA has caused is push back from customer, companies, and drivers (including our own). Nobody wants to jeopardize their rating by pulling a storage trailer that is not properly maintained and meeting all DOT requirements. It doesn’t matter how old a vehicle is, how far it’s going, or what it’s being used for, if it goes on the road it has to meet all minimum DOT safety standards and pass a yearly inspection. All the standards can be found at www.fmsca.dot.gov. Look under DOT regulations for vehicles. Most of the requirements will fall under part 396 of the regulations. If a specific State, such as California or Minnesota, has their own yearly inspection process for vehicles registers in their State, then the following applies: “If the State requires all vehicles registered in the State to be inspected through its mandatory program then the motor carrier must go through the State program to satisfy the Federal requirements. If, however, the State inspection program includes an exception or exemption for vehicles which are registered in the State but domiciled outside of the State, then the motor carrier may meet the Federal requirements through a self-inspection, a third party inspection, a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection, or a periodic inspection performed in any State with a program that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) determines is comparable to, or as effective as, the part 396 requirements.
Now, knowing that any and all vehicle must meet these Federal requirements how can we possible still call it a “storage” trailer? We can’t, even though it is essentially the same older unit, used for the same purpose. The difference now becomes the cost to maintain and legally put that unit out on the road. I know we can’t and won’t change our business name, or how we market and sell or product, but what we must do is ensure our rental rates reflect the fact that even though the units are used for storage we can no longer rent them at that same old “storage trailer” cheap rate. The only time a trailer truly becomes a “storage” trailer is after it’s had its last road trip.
Brian Keith hired as Omaha Operations Manager for American Trailer & Storage (AT&S)
American Trailer and Storage, Inc., provider of portable storage and transportation solutions to the retail, manufacturing, construction, warehousing, and transportation industries, has named Brian Keith as its Operations Manager for its Omaha location. The Omaha location serves Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, to include cities such as Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs, Grand Island, and even as far as North Platte and Des Moines.
Mr. Keith brings several years of industry and business experience to AT&S. Previously, Brian worked for Werner Enterprises in Omaha as a customer service manager. Additionally, Keith worked as a property manager for Keith property Management in Bellevue, NE.
Mr. Keith’s experience and desire to provide top-notch service will be a huge asset to AT&S. He will be an integral part of our team dedicated to providing quality, well maintained storage and cartage trailers, containers and new Hyundai Translead trailers to meet our customer needs.
Established in 1994, AT&S works with businesses of all sizes to provide storage, cartage and over the road semi-trailers and storage containers/conex boxes and other portable storage related services and solutions. With locations in various cities throughout the Midwest, AT&S provides portable storage in Saint Louis, Kansas City storage containers and Lincoln/Omaha storage containers. AT&S has storage trailers for rent. Additionally, AT&S has both containers for sale and trailers for sale. The strong Midwestern work ethic is the foundation of our service. No customer is too big or too small for us. For more information about AT&S log on to http://www.ATandSonline.com or call (816) 765-7771.