The heart of our industry-leading metals intermodal distribution business is our Load and Roll Pallet (LRP.) The LRP enables safe, reliable and damage-free transportation of metals in a closed ocean container. Those containers are moved by consistent and regularly scheduled stack trains, offering unparalleled transit times in the intermodal marketplace.
The proven LRP process enables the company to transload material from a flatbed truck into a closed ocean container quickly and with minimal handling. Since its initial design 25 years ago the LRP has undergone several improvements and modifications to better meet the needs of our clients.
Today, the LRP can be used to move master coils, bar stock, plate, rod, wire and any other product form, all inside a closed ocean container.
As confirmation of the LRP’s design and functionality, many North American railroads, including the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), the Union Pacific (UP), the Norfolk Southern (NS), CSX Corporation (CSX), Canadian National (CN), and the Kansas City Southern Mexico (KCSM) use the LRP specifications as the basis for the loading guidelines for metal products in closed ocean containers. In addition, the LRP specifications also meet the guidelines established by the American Association of Railroads for the loading, blocking and bracing of metal products in closed trailers and containers.