Bison Transport has added 50 new multitemp trailers to its fleet, complementing its existing dry van, heated and single-temp refrigerated trailers, and providing additional capacity to both new and existing clients. Bison says this brings its temperature-controlled fleet of trailers to more than 1,300 units, including 900 heaters and 400 refrigerated trailers.
Multitemp trailers are equipped with multiple evaporator units and removable walls designed to divide the trailer space into different compartments, each with their own specific temperature. This is particularly important for today’s strict food safety regulations.
“Many perishables require a precise temperature for optimal food safety,” says Don Streuber, president and chief executive officer of the Winnipeg, Manitoba-based company. “A shipment of fresh meat, produce, dairy products or frozen french fries all require different temperatures. These multitemp units allow us to divide the trailer into sections and establish the unique temperature required for each compartment. We are then able to ship a variety of food products all in the same trailer.”
All of the units are air-ride tandem trailers, equipped with pintle hooks for LCV (long-combination vehicle) operations. Bison says it operates the largest LCV operation in Canada, generating more than a million-plus miles every month pulling two 53-foot loaded trailers with one tractor.