by Tiger Cool Express
Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 9:16AM EDT
Overland Park, KS – Three well-known transportation/intermodal experts have announced the launch of Tiger Cool Express, a business that will transport fresh produce across the nation efficiently, cost-effectively and safely using rail intermodal service. Tiger Infrastructure Partners, a middle-market private equity fund, has provided funding for the business and equipment orders. The company plans to be in revenue service by early spring 2014.
Each of the founding executives has more than 30 years of experience in the rail and intermodal business. Thomas L. Finkbiner, CEO, is widely known as an executive of several rail operations, as well as a Board member of the Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI) at the University of Denver. Theodore Prince, Chief Operating Officer, has extensive domestic and international transportation experience as both a carrier and consultant. C. Thomas Shurstad, Chief Commercial Officer, has vast experience with rail operations such as Pacer International and Stacktrain, Railex and other railroad companies.
Tom Finkbiner said in the announcement: “Recently there has been increased interest – but limited alternatives – in trans-continental intermodal transport of fresh produce that is quick, safe and environmentally sustainable. Tiger Cool Express is positioned to outperform other forms of temperature-controlled transportation in door-to-door cargo delivery. Customers will find that Tiger Cool Express is fast, efficient and more cost effective than traditional methods. We will utilize real-time monitoring of cargo and specialized equipment designed specifically for the transportation of fresh foods.”
The company also promises significant cost savings, offering 52-week contracts that bundle seasonal peaks and calls on capacity, plus quick pay incentives on all shipments. With 24-7 monitoring and customer service, coupled with more than 100 combined years of experience in freight transportation management, the Tiger Cool Express team knows how to move product efficiently, saving time and money. “We are very pleased to offer this unique new service to the industry,” says Finkbiner. “We believe the time is here for this type of intermodal freight application in the temperature-controlled industry -- which is more efficient and reliable than other traditional methods of transportation.”
ABOUT TIGER COOL EXPRESS
Formed in 2013, Tiger Cool Express provides an innovative, lower cost, more reliable and environmentally friendly intermodal alternative to long haul trucking transportation. The company’s solutions overcome structural obstacles that have previously prevented temperature-controlled produce success. The Tiger Cool Express intermodal product provides competitive service levels and cost economies to truck. It utilizes premium trains, operated by its underlying railroad partners, along with pickup and delivery services provided by elite, local trucking firms. For more information visit: www.tigercoolexpress.com.
Tiger Cool Express is backed by Tiger Infrastructure Partners, an independent private equity firm focused on investments in the power, renewable energy, natural resources infrastructure, waste management, water, transportation, communications and related sectors. For more information visit: www.tigerinfrastructure.com.
Source: Tiger Cool Express