Tiger Cool Express, a temperature-controlled intermodal transporter of produce and food products, has acquired 200 refrigerated containers.

“With the increasing interest in trans-continental intermodal transport of door-to-door cargo delivery, Tiger Cool Express is well-positioned to deliver fast, efficient and cost effective temperature controlled and monitored cargo delivery nationwide,” said Tom Finkbiner, CEO. “The acquisition of our first 200 refrigerated containers for the efficient and safe delivery of fresh produce and food products across the country is just the first of several orders we will be placing as our state-of-the-art energy efficient refrigerated intermodal business grows. Our start-up is moving along quickly.”

Finkbiner said the initial equipment is being supplied by Quest Capital, Inc., of Kansas City, MO. The intermodal containers have been ordered from Hyundai Translead of San Diego, CA, and will be manufactured in Tijuana, Mexico.

The refrigeration units are Carrier Transicold X4 7300 models. Startrak Telematics units have been selected to provide geophysical tracking, internal temperature monitoring and control, with door opening sensors, fuel sensors and accelerometer measurement devices.

“This package of equipment will give Tiger Cool Express and its customers the capability to trace the equipment physically in real time and adds a geo-fencing capability which alerts the company and customer if the equipment is out of route. Additionally, the containers are equipped with four internal temperature sensors to manage and monitor the environment inside the container and record that information during the entire trip. An added feature is an independent ‘coring’ thermometer which tracks the internal temperature of material in a pallet, box or Gaylord,” said Finkbiner. 

This entire suite of monitoring information is available to Tiger Cool Express customers in real time via a link on the company’s website. The containers will be delivered in February 2014 for the start-up of the Tiger Cool Express operation. This fleet of temperature-controlled containers will provide customers with the most comprehensive set of monitoring tools and devices available for perishables cargo.

Tiger Cool Express is backed by Tiger Infrastructure Partners, an independent private equity firm.