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COMPETITION WATCH: Schneider National launches fuel-hauling division in US

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Schneider National has launched a new fuel-hauling service in the US.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Schneider National has launched a new fuel-hauling service in the US.

The company has built upon its experience supplying emergency fuel during the Hurricane Katrina recovery and is now entering the fuel hauling business with a new service. Initially, the company will haul fuel to the Gulf Coast and the upper Midwest. It plans to explore expanding its service to the Eastern US as well.

“Schneider hauled over 1.5 million gallons of diesel and provided drivers, supervision and dispatch services for the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts,” said George Grossardt, vice-president and general manager of Schneider National Bulk. “Within days we were able to put together a plan to fuel emergency vehicles and secure hard-to-find diesel storage containers. After a deeper look into this leg of the transportation sector, Schneider realized that offering this service to customers was the next natural extension in our current transportation offerings.”

In researching the fuel hauling industry, Schneider found aging fleets, new environmental regulations and fuel supply capacity issues all affected the industry.

“In a time where moving fuel efficiently has never been more important, Schneider will use experience from 45 years in the bulk division and its broad enterprise capabilities to provide fuel hauling in select markets of the country,” the company said in a release.

The fleet has invested in new tractors for the fuel hauling fleet as well as specialty trailers. Company officials also say they have rigorously trained their drivers on fuel hauling.

“Our training is second to none,” added Grossardt. “We train all our driver associates at our own academies, where we emphasize the skills drivers must possess to safely and effectively do their jobs. Simply put, the talent and safety record of our drivers helps give us an edge over other carriers. And when it comes to hauling fuel, safety must always be at the top of the list.”

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