PRINCETON, N.J—TRAC Intermodal is taking its retreading business completely in-house to only serve the company's marine chassis fleet business.
TRAC Tire Services, a 102,000-sq.-ft. retreading facility in Florence, Ky., previously served both the company's internal needs as well as outside customers.
But the Princeton-based company said the move is consistent with a "strategy to build the industry's most modern and reliable fleet of marine chassis, while maintaining a strong commitment to sustainability."
TRAC maintains a massive fleet of truck chassis that are used for intermodal transportation of shipping containers around the country. Those containers are used to transport goods from overseas, unloaded in ports or rail terminals and transferred to trucks for delivery.
With 180,000 chassis, TRAC Intermodal has more than 1 million tires on the road as each standard marine chassis has eight tires, CEO Daniel Walsh said in an email interview.
With a fleet of that size, the company's in-house tire retreading operation now will cover about half of the company's needs. The other half is handled by third-party suppliers, Walsh said. TRAC Tire Services operates its retreading business with Goodyear rubber, supplies and procedures.