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President of C.W. Henderson, Derm Holwell is pleased to announce that the expansion of their reefer fleet and improvements to enhance efficiency at their Martin Grove location are now complete.
Starting in the fall of 2017, the Ontario LTL and Truckload carrier has added 20 late model 53’ reefer trailers to their fleet. In a market where adding drivers can be a challenge and overall capacity is shrinking, it was a bold move to add more equipment. According to Bruce Mann, Vice President of Operations for C.W. Henderson, “The high cost of entry has kept many carriers out of temperature controlled trucking which created additional opportunities for us that we have now met and we have a game plan for recruiting to balance the additional driver demand going forward.”
Turning to their facility enhancements, their focus was on improving the work environment, conserving energy consumption and providing a brighter, warmer workplace for material handling personnel in the 70,000 sq. ft. warehousing portion of their facility. Mr. Holwell gives an overview, “We run lean as an organization, our industry demands it. We had to look to the future and invest in these improvements with a long term view to increase operational efficiencies and workplace environments. It took many months to complete but our whole team agrees, the end result was well worth the effort.”
The front end office, lunch area, washrooms and driver rooms saw fresh paint, new flooring and energy efficient LED lighting. The warehouse segment switched from the ceiling mounted gas heaters to low intensity infrared heaters. All the fixtures throughout the warehousing and crossdock operations were replaced with superior LED lighting. Bruce Mann adds, “We also created better security and greatly improved visibility with new energy efficient yard lighting. Overall, the renovations will have a long lasting effect and make us a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly organization.”
Management announced today that they have purchased 10 new Freightliners and have integrated them into their current LTL, Truckload and Dedicated fleet operations. The roughly million dollar purchase will allow CW Henderson to add capacity for customers throughout their province of Ontario service area.
Bruce Mann, Director of Operations for CW Henderson explains, “We typically purchase new Peterbilts when we add to our fleet but with the Canadian dollar where it is now, it was definitely not the best solution this time. The late model, low kilometer Freightliners purchased are powered by the Cummings ISX15 450 HP engine. They are a proven engine and conform with our sustainability policies to lower emissions and fuel consumption.”
According to Cummings Engines, “Each element of the ISX15 is manufactured to maximize fuel economy, performance and durability, while delivering the lowest operating costs of any engine in its class. Integration and optimization of every system from air handling to exhaust after treatment results in the most reliable engine on the road. The ISX15 was the first engine certified to meet 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations – a full year ahead of schedule.“
Bruce Mann, Director of Operations for CW Henderson, is pleased to announce the purchase of 20 new 53’ dry vans to add to their fleet. The purchase included a mix of tandem and tridem vans with payloads of 53,000 lbs and 63,000 lbs respectively.
The new trailers all display CW Henderson’s “Over One Hundred Years of Service” commemorative decal, a claim not many carriers can make today. The dry van purchase follows the recent purchase of 12 new Great Dane trailers equipped with Carrier reefer units. Bruce Mann explains, “The type of freight we carry demands pristine equipment and we take great pride in our ability to deliver exactly that to our clients. Each purchase accomplishes two things. We retire some of our older equipment and add capacity for our growing customer base with the additional units purchased.”
Both purchases were made from Dockside Trailers, near London Ontario. All equipment purchased is air-ride equipped, plate-trailer constructed and food grade compliant. A high percentage of CW Henderson’s customers are in the grocery and food categories.