In 2019, Schneider is commemorating the 50th anniversary milestone of its Bulk division’s, which began in 1969 when the company acquired Kampo Transit.
After the acquisition, Schneider renamed the division Schneider Tank Lines, and began hauling milk and fuel oil on routes throughout Wisconsin. In the following decades, the company expanded and ventured into energy and food sectors, among others.
Today, the Bulk division has a strong presence in the chemical freight market and includes a growing number of agrichemical customers, according to the company.
“Achieving 50 years in bulk transportation is a significant accomplishment, and we’re very proud to be one of only a few carriers to hit that mark,” said Jason Howe, senior vice president and general manager of Schneider’s Bulk division. “Of course, we owe so much of our success and longevity to the customers who trust us to move their product and the incredible drivers who deliver it safely, time after time.”
Schneider Bulk has made significant investments in equipment and technologies over the years. Early equipment such as aluminum trailers and vacuum trucks gave way to more cutting-edge technologies. Schneider currently operates stainless-steel trailers with both rear and belly unloads, rubber lining and varying compartment numbers, as well as intermodal bulk containers. Its Dedicated service offering also allows for the operation of metered trailers and other specialty equipment, with properly trained drivers based on each customer’s unique requirements.
Schneider also offers long-haul, local, regional, cross-border, dedicated and intermodal bulk services. The company points out that intermodal capability is a rarity in bulk transport, allowing the company to free up drivers and allow greater capacity throughout the supply chain.
The Bulk division is still growing, adding both owner-operators and company drivers, according to Schneider.
“We’ve always admired how Schneider is constantly seeking better ways to operate,” said John F. Cannon, vice president of regulatory and industry affairs for Wabash National. “Together, we look forward to building on this commitment of continuous improvement for another 50 years and beyond.”