"What started with a handshake has grown into a service that is unparalleled in the transportation industry, in both size and scope. That kind of growth only happens when you focus on your customers."
JBI specializes in the conversion of freight from the highway to the railroad, resulting in a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly form of transportation. The segment utilizes special arrangements with the majority of North American rail carriers to provide transportation solutions for customers throughout the Continental United States, Canada and Mexico. J.B. Hunt currently operates nearly 43,000 53-foot containers, the largest fleet of its kind in the industry.
"This is truly one of the proudest moments in our Company's long and storied history," said Kirk Thompson, President and Chief Executive Officer for J.B. Hunt. "When you place a well-developed strategic vision in the hands of the brightest, most capable transportation people in the industry, this is the result. It is the exemplary teamwork and dedication of our employees, as well as our strong rail relationships, that enabled us to achieve this momentous accomplishment."
J.B. Hunt began Intermodal operations in 1989 with a unique arrangement with what is now BNSF Railway, a milestone event in the industry and the first time that a major railroad and truck-load transportation company had formalized an agreement to offer joint services.
"Our JBI segment and arrangement with Burlington Northern was conceived at a perfect time to revolutionize the intermodal business ," said Paul Bergant, President of Intermodal for J.B. Hunt. "What started with a handshake has grown into a service that is unparalleled in the transportation industry, in both size and scope. That kind of growth only happens when you focus on your customers."
For the past decade, J.B. Hunt has been focused on and committed to reducing its carbon footprint to make a significant difference in the environment though innovative sustainability efforts. To put this achievement into perspective, one million loads converted to Intermodal:
* Saved 150 million gallons of diesel fuel from being consumed
* Is equivalent to taking 305,000 cars off the road for an entire year
* Prevented 1,550,00 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from being generated
* Is roughly the same as recycling 7.8 billion aluminum cans