ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Anderson Trucking Service (ATS) has announced the arrival of its Dual Lane Trailer.
Designed for loads ranging from 200,000-360,000 pounds, the trailer when fully expanded will span two lanes of a roadway and be over 210 feet in length.
The trailer configuration will allow ATS to meet bridge and engineering standards for a greatly increased permitted vehicle capacity.
The TK360 trailer, designed and built by Trail King Industries, has multiple deck lengths and axles designed to expand from 14 feet wide out to 20 feet wide.
The trailer was ordered in February after many months of fact finding and engineering.
"This new asset will take the ATS heavy haul capacity to the next level,” said Chief Operating Officer Brent Anderson. “Hauling loads up to 360,000 pounds means that we will be permitting this equipment for up to 700,000 pounds. The trailer will be equipped with a perimeter deck which is designed to greatly reduce loaded height. The deck will extend up to 72 feet long and be capable of widths between 14 feet six inches to 20 feet six inches. All dual lane loads will require up-front planning and engineering that is not typical to normal oversized/overweight transport."
The trailer will travel with a team of at least six people, including a supervisor, escorts and two drivers — one for the pulling truck in front and one for the push truck behind. Because of the weight of the cargo, a push truck will be necessary to keep the load moving.
"It seemed only fitting that during our 60-year anniversary year at ATS, a new flagship trailer would be introduced,” said CEO Rollie Anderson. “This new trailer will provide exciting new opportunities for the company within many market segments, but especially within the energy industry."
During 2015, ATS is marking its 60th year in business as a privately-owned transportation provider.
The year is being commemorated with celebrations which include drivers, contractors, employees, customers and vendors as well as community based philanthropy.
ATS offers flatbed, specialized, wind energy, van, logistics and international transportation.
It is the largest truckload carrier in Minnesota and the 42nd largest for-hire carrier in North America, operating more than 2,400 tractors and 8,600 trailers, with operating revenue for 2014 over $862 million, a 16.6 percent growth over 2013.
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