KOOL PAK°® NEWS
OTA GRANTS SAFETY AWARD TO KOOL PAK°: April 2016 - The Oregon Trucking Associations (OTA) Safety Council’s Spring Safety Conference was held on April 21st in Eugene, OR. KOOL PAK once again received the 1st Place Safety Award for Common Carrier – LTL – 1-5 million miles. This transportation safety award was presented by Great West Casualty Company and the Oregon Trucking Association in cooperation with the American Trucking Association.
LTL CARRIER KOOL PAK° SECURES VOLVO TRUCK FLEET: July 2015 - Refrigerated LTL carrier Kool Pak°® is rolling out a fleet of new 2015 Volvo trucks to their Owner-Operators. Kool Pak° purchased the trucks and leases them to independent Owner-Operator drivers who own their own businesses and supplement the Kool Pak° team of drivers. Safely transporting frozen and chilled food products requires reliable equipment to protect shipments throughout the distribution process, especially during summer months. The purchase of the Volvo trucks eliminated the high operation and maintenance costs of the 2011 fleet of trucks, while also preventing breakdowns, unnecessary down time, financial hardship and potential customer service issues.
Kool Pak° is proud to partner with their Owner-Operators to ensure they are profitable and provide exceptional transportation services. Owner-Operators expand the company’s fleet capacity to consistently meet the temperature-controlled transportation needs of customers across the U.S. With the truck lease program, Owner-Operators have improved mileage, as well as full service maintenance agreements and no additional bills to pay. Notes CEO Steve Ness, “We are committed to taking care of our dedicated Owner-Operators as well as our employees. We treat everyone as family.” That sentiment is shared by long-time Owner-Operator, Ron Langley, who adds, “there is so much less stress with these new Volvo trucks; no repair bills, everything is covered from the drive train to lightbulbs. There is room to move around, plus we are getting great fuel mileage. I couldn’t be happier. Kool Pak° opens every door of opportunity for drivers to succeed.”
KOOL PAK DOUBLES OUR FACILITY IN ONTARIO, SOUTHERN CA: June 2015 - As a leading refrigerated LTL transportation provider, Kool Pak°® is always on the move. We are pleased to announce the expansion of our southern California facility in Ontario. We signed a five-year lease renewal and are expanding capacity and capabilities, doubling the size of our temperature-controlled warehouse at 1930 S. Rochester Avenue to accommodate extensive business growth throughout California. The Ontario facility is well situated for proximity to customers and transportation routes to efficiently serve customers in the greater Los Angeles basin throughout California, as well as all points in the U.S. and Canada. Josh Eddins, Terminal Manager and longtime Kool Pak employee, oversees all operations at the expanded facility.
"In alignment with our number one goal of protecting customers’ products throughout the cold chain, we are committed to investing in our five temperature-controlled facilities, equipment and people” notes President and CEO Steve Ness. We also have temperature-controlled warehouses in British Columbia, Oregon, Washington and northern California for careful handling of all types of frozen, chilled and dry products. Every location offer extensive – and increasing – cooler and freezer capacity to handle any size load, no matter what the temperature, carefully managed at the correct temperature. Our Polar Express Transportation division plans to expand freezer capacity in the coming months at our Langley, BC facility to increase capacity for market growth throughout Canada. For a quote or more info, call 800-938-3525, ext. 105 (main office) or Ontario directly at ext. 421.
KOOL PAK° WAREHOUSE PROMOTIONS IN CLACKAMAS AND ONTARIO: June 2015 - We are pleased to announce the promotions of two of our outstanding warehouse employees. ONTARIO CA:Jesus Avila joined the Kool Pak° team in Ontario, California in September 2013 as a Warehouse Associate. He has recently been promoted to Warehouse Supervisor. Thanks for your hard work, Jesus! CLACKAMAS OR: Jose Barraza has been with Kool Pak° at our Clackamas location since November 2006. He's been working as a Warehouse Associate and was recently promoted to Warehouse Supervisor-Swing Shift. Great job, Jose!
OTA SAFETY AWARD GRANTED TO KOOL PAK: May 2015 - At the Oregon Trucking Association Leadership and Safety Summit held on May 2nd, Kool Pak°® was awarded the 2nd place Safety Award in the Common Carrier LTL under 3 Million Miles category. Congratulations, Team!
NICOLE HOLLAMON NAMED THE FIRST VP OF THE OTA TECHNOLOGY AND MAINTENANCE COUNCIL: March 2015 - In March, the Oregon Trucking Associations’ (OTA) Technology and Maintenance Council held their annual meeting and announced their officers for 2015. Kool Pak° is pleased to announce that our esteemed Director of Safety, Nicole Hollamon, CDS, was nominated to serve as First Vice President of the OTA Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC). In this capacity, Nicole will perform the duties of the president during his absence or as requested by the president. In addition, Nicole will remain on the OTA Board of Directors as the Technology and Maintenance Council representative.
This is Nicole’s third election to the OTA Board of Directors. Most recently, she served as president of the Technology and Maintenance Council from 2010 through 2012 and previously as the Council’s Secretary from 2008 through 2010.
KOOL PAK° and the OTA are thankful for Nicole’s continued contributions to transportation standards and safety.
KOOL PAK° SUPPORTS THE OREGON INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW: September 2014 - The Oregon International Air Show has been a premier event in Oregon since 1988. Held in September in Hillsboro, Oregon, the show features static displays as well as aerobatic maneuvers. With annual attendance over 65,000, it’s the largest civilian air show on the West Coast. All proceeds benefit local charities. Kool Pak° has been a proud event sponsor for over five years. As part of our participation, we deliver and donate the use of two refrigerated trailers to safely store concessions during the three days, often some of the hottest days of summer. For the Kool Pak° team, it’s all part of Keeping It Kool for the participants and attendees.
NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVERS APPRECIATION WEEK: A THANK YOU TO ALL DRIVERS: September 2014 - Kool Pak° is blessed with having some of the best drivers in the country. Our growth and expansion is fueled by happy customers and that only happens when drivers go above and beyond to make sure product delivers on time and on condition, every day, every time. So many drivers are making personal sacrifices to work long hours, to be away from the families for long periods or get up at the crack of dawn to meet the needs and expectations of our customers. Just a few weeks ago a new customer told us how great our service is and that he couldn’t be happier. We hear those same comments many times a month from many different customers. Without professional, dedicated and committed drivers this would not be happening; we owe the greatest respect and thanks to all of you who work so hard to contribute to the success of Kool Pak° and to building a solid reputation as Leaders In Worry-Free LTL Shipping. For the great team of Kool Pak° drivers and Owner-Operators we say thank you for everything you do. This week is dedicated to showing you all our respect and appreciation.
Steve Ness CEO Wade Palmer CFO G Geary VP
OTA AWARDS KOOL PAK° AS 2013 FLEET SAFETY GRAND CHAMPION: June 2014 - Transportation Safety Awards Granted to Kool Pak° by Oregon Trucking Association. At the recent Oregon Trucking Association’s (OTA) Safety and Leadership Summit, Kool Pak° received two prestigious transportation safety awards. OTA, with Great West Casualty Company, granted highest honors to Kool Pak° as 2013 Fleet Safety Grand Champion. This is the second time in three years Kool Pak° earned the outstanding safety award. They also received First Place for LTL Carrier under three million miles.
“These awards are a result of a combined team effort”, notes Kool Pak° CEO Steve Ness, “from our schedulers and warehouse staff, to our drivers who safely deliver temperature-controlled products to customers across the country. Safety is always our number one priority.” Kool Pak° continues their dual focus on transportation and product safety with the acquisition of new tractors and trailers that improve on-the-road safety while being better for the environment. New equipment delivers improved tractor and trailer aerodynamics, fuel savings, lower equipment weight, optimized engines and idle reduction. Additional fuel saving results from the use of low rolling resistance super single tires and reducing driver fatigue with automatic DT12 transmissions that also deliver better performance in all road and weather conditions.
KOOL PAK° DELIVERS SUPPORT TO THE DALLES OR FIREFIGHTERS: September 2013 - During the extensive fires that plagued the Mount Hood National Forest in recent weeks, there’s been a tremendous need to help the many firefighters and support workers during their relief and containment efforts. They needed a way to keep food supplies safe during the extended period the firefighters were deployed.
We received a call in late August requesting our services to keep food cold for the nearly 800 firefighters working on-site. Our dedicated team quickly responded. We delivered one of our newest temperature-controlled trailers to keep their food supplies cold. Our driver picked up two pallets of ice and delivered the reefer trailer to the firefighter’s camp near The Dalles for a week. Along with the trailer, we arranged for portable steps to make food access easier for the firefighters and their support team. The 800 firefighters were working on three lightning-sparked fires 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, OR. The fires covered nearly 11,500 acres before being contained. Some of the fires affected Mt. Hood National Forest facilities and trails.
Kool Pak° was glad to be of service to our firefighters.
KOOL PAK° PICK AND PACK SERVICES PROVE COST EFFECTIVE FOR RETAIL DISTRIBUTION: July 25, 2013 - Kool Pak° Pick and Pack Services are part of the complete supply chain management services we offer. Kool Pak°’s 3PL value-added logistics services can be a cost effective strategy for retail distribution of goods. At our west coast facilities in Clackamas OR, Ontario CA, and Langley BC, we process small to large quantities of product, picking the relevant product for each destination.
Kool Pak° serves as the single-source partner for customers’ logistics needs whether it’s a one-time project or ongoing fulfillment. To reduce operational costs and eliminate internal overhead, we offer the flexibility and scalability to help customers save money. With our value-added logistics fulfillment, businesses can reduce distribution costs, reduce chargeback fines, and focus on their core business.
Temperature-controlled Pick and Pack Services include product labeling, shrink wrapping, pallet breakdown to ship individual cases, building new cartons, packs or pallets for customized orders, order fulfillment from warehouse to customer delivery plus picking and re-packing cartons or pallets.
Because businesses spend a lot of time and capital building their brands, Kool Pak° works as a partner to protect both reputation and product throughout the entire supply chain. We're dedicated to ensuring exceptional service by providing accurate order handling and documentation, tailored solutions, and optimized workflows for efficient fulfillment.
POLAR EXPRESS TRANSPORTATION ACHIEVES U.S. EPA SMARTWAY TRANSPORT PARTNERSHIP: June 24, 2013 - We're transporting refrigerated, frozen and dry goods more sustainably. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently certified Polar Express Transportation LTD as a SmartWay Transport Partner. Being SmartWay certified means Polar Express Transportation is helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint by moving frozen, refrigerated and dry goods more sustainably, lowering emissions and improving freight efficiency. Based in British Columbia, Polar Express provides temperature-controlled LTL transportation and logistics services throughout the U.S. and Canada.
To earn SmartWay certification requires an extensive commitment by transportation carriers to meet environmental compliance requirements and benchmarks that prove reduced energy consumption, improved efficiencies, and less air pollution. Polar Express incorporated several measures that include installation of APUs in all tractors for efficient heating and cooling to minimize idling time; popular Driver Incentive programs that reduce pollution by decreasing speed, lowering RPMs and idling time; installing aerodynamic bumpers, mirrors and low-rolling resistance tires. They also invested in new technologies that ensure customers' temperature-controlled shipments are safe throughout the cold chain.
Kool Pak° LLC, parent company of Polar Express Transportation, engaged with SmartWay in 2009 and earned their certification in 2011. “When we purchased Polar Express in January 2012, it was natural for Polar Express to achieve the same level of environmental commitment”, commented Kool Pak° CEO Steve Ness. “Our customers can rest assured that we’re employing the same high standards as we transport their goods throughout the U.S. and Canada. Plus, all of our tractors and trailers are California Carb Compliant.”
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Air Pollution
SmartWay Transport Partnership is a public-private initiative unifying government, transportation providers and businesses to reduce fuel consumption and improve air quality, moving more goods, more miles with lower emissions and less energy. Since 2004, SmartWay program has helped businesses achieve fuel savings of USD 8.1 billion, saving 65 million barrels of oil, reducing 28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 478,000 tons of nitrogen oxide and 22,000 tons of particulates from the air.
Kool Pak°, LLC purchased Polar Express Transportation in January 2012.
SAFETY AND SECURITY ARE TOPS AT THE NEW KOOL PAK° CLACKAMAS YARD: April 30, 2013 - Safety is our priority at Kool Pak° and the new yard in Clackamas reflects that attention to detail. The yard officially opened on April 19th, and newly remodeled offices opened after improvements were completed on the 26th. The newly opened facility features state of the art safety and security measures for equipment and product stored on site. Features include a fenced yard with security cameras and security personnel to control access. This ensures that there’s no tampering or break-ins and products remain secure until they’re delivered to our customers.
Employee safety is also a priority and the new location provides a clean and safe work environment. There’s more space for our drivers to park trailers and the new building offers better facilities – including a place to chill (and not in one of our freezers). Being just half a mile from the Clackamas warehouse saves time and fuel for drivers needing to store or pick up trailers. The really great benefit is that the remodeled facility is geared up for drivers to perform preventative maintenance and do minor vehicle maintenance, another time saver. Kool Pak° made this investment to improve services for our drivers and the bigger facility offers a relaxing respite from the road.
LTL CARRIER KOOL PAK EARNS FIRST PLACE HIGHWAY SAFETY AWARD: June 17, 2013 - West coast-based temperature-controlled LTL service provider Kool Pak° LLC received the first place Great West Safety Award ‘for outstanding achievement in highway safety for Common Carrier – LTL transportation under 3 million miles’. This highway safety award was granted in April by Oregon Trucking Associations and Great West Casualty Company to Kool Pak°.
Companies that demonstrate exceptional highway safety standards are honored each year by the Oregon Trucking Associations (OTA). Confirming Kool Pak° ’s commitment to safety, this is the eleventh OTA transportation award they’ve received since 2002. “The safety of our drivers, our trucks, and the goods we carry are paramount to our customers and our dedicated staff. We appreciate this recognition from our industry peers” commented Steve Ness, CEO of Kool Pak°. OTA partners with the American Trucking Associations and Great West Casualty Company, a leading insurance provider for the trucking industry, to acknowledge the best carriers in several transportation categories. Patrick Kuehl, Executive Vice President of Great West, noted “It’s always an honor for Great West Casualty to sponsor TCA’s National Fleet Safety Awards. These awards recognize some of the safest fleets in North America and set admirably high safety standards for the industry.”
KOOL PAK AND POLAR EXPRESS TRANSPORTATION EXPAND WAREHOUSING, DISTRIBUTION AND LOGISTICS SERVICES AT THEIR TEMPERATURE-CONTROLLED FACILITY IN LANGLEY, BC: October 2012 - Polar Express Transportation's newly expanded temperature-controlled facility opens October 29th in Langley, BC, offering additional warehousing and regularly-scheduled delivery services into and throughout Canada as well as the US. Due to exponential growth in their transportation services since joining up with Kool Pak° in January, 2012, Polar Express' facility expansion now offers nearly 300,000 cubic feet of frozen, chilled and dry product warehousing. Working together, Kool Pak° and Polar Express provide an extensive array of worry-free services for transportation, storage and delivery of temperature-controlled LTL shipments throughout Canada and the US. Their combined transportation and warehousing services ensure that temperature-sensitive products are maintained at their proper temperature through the cold chain, from pickup, to storage and delivery at destination. The Canadian state-of-the-art transportation management systems and services include new model tractors with dual-temp, refrigerated trailers, extensive regularly scheduled deliveries, customized logistics solutions, and dedicated customer service teams to ensure product safety.
With storage capacity of up to 1,000 pallets for frozen, chilled and dry product, Polar Express offers vendor consolidation, container loading and port delivery, unloading and breakdown, load reconfiguration, repalletizing and repackaging, cross docking, short hold and carrier drop off. In addition to Langley, BC, Kool Pak° has temperature-controlled facilities in Washington, Oregon and southern California for complete west coast coverage. "We also recently expanded our worry-free transcontinental LTL services out of Ontario, California to include Texas, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York in addition to our coverage of the seven western states and Canada", adds Steve Ness, CEO and President.
Polar Express contacts for transportation services are Jamie Plowman at 604-888-3729, and Jay Richardson for logistics and warehousing services. Polar Express Transportation is located at #4 10097 201 St., Langley, BC V1M 3G4.
KOOL PAK ACQUIRES POLAR EXPRESS TRANSPORTATION: January 2012 - Expanding our worry-free, temperature-controlled LTL shipping coverage across the northern border, we're proud to announce we've acquired British Columbia-based carrier Polar Express Transportation, LTD. This move extends regularly scheduled delivery services, and strengthens both Kool Pak° and Polar Express Transportation's ability to transport, store and deliver temperature-controlled LTL shipments throughout Canada and the United States on a worry-free basis for all customers.
"Regardless of which side of the northern border we're on, any product entrusted to us will be well cared for and in our control" said Kool Pak° CEO Steve Ness. "Kool Pak° has a great reputation and will provide the necessary resources to help us continue to grow and serve our customers" said Polar Express owner and General Manager Jamie Plowman. Among the assets acquired is a warehouse and cross-dock facility located in Langley, BC, which offers temperature-controlled protection for products while in transit. The sale also includes new-model tractors and dual-temp, refrigerated trailers. Impressed by Polar Express Transportation's management team, cross-border expertise and commitment to customer service, safety and the welfare of its employees, the acquisition was a logical addition to the Kool Pak° family. Polar Express Transportation will continue to operate under its current name and management. Kool Pak° US headquarters will provide state-of-the-art transportation management systems and other resources in support of its Canadian operations.
KOOL PAK HELPS MEET MANDATORY C-TPAT STANDARDS: June 2012 - Kool Pak° works closely with our customers to meet the security criteria outlined by the U.S. Customs C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) Program. We have adopted state of the art security programs throughout our organization to meet the highest demands of our customers as they work to achieve supply chain security.
We recently helped ConAgra maintain their mandatory C-TPAT standards. According to ConAgra's Corporate Security Manager and C-TPAT Program Manager Pete Peters:
"Your excellent response to our C-TPAT Security Audit allowed us to completely close this audit. We appreciate your helping us meet this important program obligation."
ConAgra Foods considers this facility to have implemented all mandatory C-TPAT standards. To get all of the items closed the first time with such an extraordinary commitment to not just merely implementing the minimum required by the standards, but to actually incorporate some "above and beyond" best practices was noteworthy of acknowledgement."
KOOL PAK TAKES TOP 2011 OTA SAFETY HONORS AND BECOMES AN ODOT TRUSTED CARRIER: April 2012 - Once again backing up our promise of leadership in worry-free, temperature-controlled LTL shipping, we're proud to announce we've become the Oregon Trucking Association's (OTA) Grand Safety Champion and have taken first place in their Fleet Safety Awards, Common Carrier Less-Than-Truckload (LTL)/Under 3 Million Miles.
This is the tenth time since 2002 Kool Pak°'s excellent safety record has been recognized by the OTA. In 2011, we had zero Department of Transportation recordable accidents in Oregon, a perfect record.
At the same time, the Oregon Department of Transportation has named us a Trusted Carrier, placing us among the top 15% "best" carriers in Oregon participating in the state's Green Light weigh station clearance program. For customers, this means less highway scale stops and less risk of load delay during the transport segment of the cold chain, thereby ensuring greater load safety and faster delivery.
The two OTA awards and our new ODOT status are further proof that we're literally going the extra mile to ensure the safety and speedy delivery of our customers' product, as well as the safety of the public and our drivers while in transit. For more information on how we're taking the worry out of temperature-controlled LTL shipping, we encourage you to contact Pam Dinsdale.
KOOL PAK EARNS SMARTWAY TRANSPORT PARTNERSHIP'S HIGHEST MARKS FOR CLEANER FREIGHT TRANSPORT: March 2011 - Kool Pak° LLC, an asset-based refrigerated carrier based in Lake Oswego OR, just earned SmartWay Transport Partner certification, achieving the highest score granted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To achieve this EPA certification, Kool Pak° fulfilled two years' of work toward improving such critical factors as fuel efficiency, reducing idling time, and incorporating energy efficiency measures including aerodynamic bumper and mirrors and low-rolling resistance tires. Kool Pak° has invested in new generation technologies and equipment to ensure integrity of customers' refrigerated shipments while operating in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Their efforts led to a 31.9% decrease in CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) and 73% decrease in NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide) emissions - both critical factors in measuring air pollution levels.
The US Government's EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership is a program that unifies government, business and consumers to reduce fuel consumption and improve air quality. Kool Pak has engaged with EPA since early 2009 to earn this certification.