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Ready in a hurry

  • From the July 2017 issue.
Ready in a hurry

To service a new contract in the refrigerated sector, Parry Logistics knew it could rely on the manufacturing capabilities of Krueger Transport Equipment to meet its short deadline – without sacrificing quality.

Tamworth-based company, Parry Logistics, has been in business nearly 60 years and has always been something of a general freighter, never specialising, but keeping itself open to opportunities with various cargoes. In March this year, a new contract was won and all of a sudden Managing Director, Greg Parry, found himself in need of his first-ever refrigerated trailer.

With a fleet of dry freight vans, curtain-siders, tippers, skels and flat tops on hand, the eclectic mix further diversified when the company ordered a Krueger Freezer Van. “We’ve had Krueger trailers in the fleet before, but this is our first from its new Freezer Van range, and our first ever refrigerated trailer,” Greg says. “We only had two months between order and delivery, and we knew Krueger was a trailer builder who could get it done.”

With a few weeks to spare, the 34-pallet B-double was delivered in late May. The reefer combines Krueger’s latest sleek and low tare chassis technology with German trailer building powerhouse, Schmitz Cargobull’s thermal insulated bodies that are imported and assembled in Krueger’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility dedicated to van production in Derrimut.

Greg says his first-ever Krueger Freezer Van already exceeds his expectations for thermal efficiency – a factor attributable to the Schmitz Cargobull Ferroplast panels. According to Sales Director, Grant Krueger, the unique panel construction offers up to 30 per cent more insulation than traditional refrigerated trailers, without compromising weight.

“The thermal quality of the panels and the way they’re sealed makes it easier for the fridge unit to bring the trailer to the right temperature and keep it there,” says Greg. “This means we have lower running costs from the fuel savings. We’re really happy with our Krueger Freezer Van, and will definitely look to the trailer builder again for future purchases.”

Parry Logistics’ Krueger Freezer Van also boasts the latest upgrades to the design, which has been constantly under the microscope since the refrigerated range was introduced in 2015. “Late last year, we introduced a new clamping system to attach the body to our proven chassis, which both reduces tare weight and offers greater flexibility,” Grant explains. “On top of the new clamping system, we’ve also added a full length steel bar at the rear end to withstand the daily impact of reversing onto loading docks and increased the floor’s forklift rating to 7.2 tonnes.”

Greg says Krueger is not only committed to developing and improving its products, but is equally dedicated to providing a high customer service – something he says he especially appreciated during the tight turnaround for his trailer. “The suppliers we deal with take a personal and professional approach to business, so you’re not just treated like a customer, but a valued part of the business,” Greg says. “In all honesty, it’s the people that make transport such a good industry to work in.”

With 29 years at Parry Logistics filling his transport experience, Greg says that he still loves the job. “Parry Logistics has changed a lot since my dad, Donald, started it in 1958. We continue to diversify to fill new contracts, like with this latest Krueger Freezer Van, but the fundamentals remain the same,” Greg says. “Transport has its challenges, but it’s the people who make it worthwhile.”

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