To TDS, TPS, and Beyond!

Author: Kellie Morgan

 In June, our marketing department headed north and took a field trip to visit Trinity Logistics’ sister company, Trinity Port Services (TPS). After piling into our Director of Marketing’s huge SUV (and saying a little prayer for safety, since she forgot to wear her contacts that day…) we drove up to northern Delaware and safely made it to our first stop at the Rogers Road office and warehouse, headquartered in New Castle.

Opened in 2007, Trinity Port Services (TPS) was developed as a response to our customers’ needs for more in depth, container-related services. It’s a 14,000 square feet, 14-door cross-dock facility located at the Port of Wilmington, a full-service, deepwater port and marine terminal, and major Mid-Atlantic import/export gateway. Our asset based sister company, Trinity Distribution Services (TDS) works together with TPS to haul loads out of the port.

In 1994, Trinity Distribution Services (TDS) was off and rolling as an asset-based company. Although referred to as a sister company, it should actually be called a brother company, as Trinity is owned by the Banning Brothers, Jeff and Darrel. Jeff Banning leads Trinity Logistics and Darrel leads the asset based divisions, TDS and TPS. With their fleet of approximately 40 trucks, 25 dry vans, and reefer containers, they provide dependable shipping focused along the Mid-Atlantic, as well as all the work they do with TPS, the port services arm of their operation. 

Darrel Banning was kind enough to show us around the port service facility, and we were able to get a sneak-peek at a couple of forklift drivers transferring a shipment of bananas off a truck that had just arrived from the port and onto a truck that was headed for Shoprite. We stood back in amazement and watched as they sped around the warehouse in complicated figure-8 patterns, seemingly coming within inches of each other as they zoomed past, rapidly moving back and forth between the two containers with obvious skill. “These two guys have been working together forever, so they have a feel for each other’s movements,” Darrel explained.

Another highlight of our trip to TPS was exploring the cab of one of the TDS trucks. It was absolutely gigantic, with two beds and tons of head room – you could easily stand inside. Jackie, our Carrier Relations Administrator, and Kellie, our Marketing Coordinator, both got to hop in the driver’s seat and pretend to drive (probably for the best), then Darrel took us for a cruise to get a feel for the trucking life.

Jackie poses in the driver’s seat of a TDS truck.

After that, it was time to head to our next stop—the Port of Wilmington. Bill Mitchell, our Vice President of Port Services led the tour, starting with a requirement that we don some extremely oversized and silly-looking neon vests for safety and hop in the car to head to the port with our very own TWIC chauffer.

Upon our arrival at the port, we were greeted by Sean Clancy, the Terminal Manager for Dole, a Trinity customer. As I’m sure most of you know, Dole is a leading producer of pineapples and bananas, along with many other fruit products. Just last week, TDS hauled over 1.3 million pounds of fruit for Dole. Sean introduced us to the Dole Colombia, a gigantic ship that was currently being loaded & unloaded (a process they do simultaneously) at the port. As we gingerly climbed the swaying ladder up to the deck, we could tell we were in for some awesome views of the port and surrounding city. Sean showed us around the multiple floors of the ship and took us out on the top deck to soak in the sights.

 Next, we were able to explore the warehouse that holds the bananas and pineapples. We learned about the specific temperatures required to keep the fruit fresh (for bananas, it’s in the fifties, which felt very refreshing to walk through after spending the day outside in 90-degree weather!) and saw a very specific ripening color chart that specified all the different levels of banana ripeness. Who knew? I thought they could only be too firm, just right, or too mushy!

At the end of the day, we were extremely grateful for the deeper level of understanding of these two Trinity sister companies that we had been given. Since they’re about two hours away from our headquarters in Seaford, Delaware, we don’t get to see the action first-hand very often, and it was a refreshing and interesting experience to see what their jobs are like on a day-to-day basis. We hope, too, that this blog helped increase your awareness of these services as well. Are you interested in our port services? Do you ship a lot of product in the Mid-Atlantic region? Don’t forget that we can help you out! For more information about TPS, click here or call (877) 349-6281. To learn more about TDS, click here.

Kellie and Jackie admire the cab’s spacious sleeper berth. (Picture left)


From left to right: Kellie Morgan, Marketing Coordinator, Brandy McMullen, Director of Marketing, and Jackie Ochs, Carrier Relations Administrator, pose for a photo on deck. (Picture below)

 

 

Next, we were able to explore the warehouse that holds the bananas and pineapples. We learned about the specific temperatures required to keep the fruit fresh (for bananas, it’s in the fifties, which felt very refreshing to walk through after spending the day outside in 90-degree weather!) and saw a very specific ripening color chart that specified all the different levels of banana ripeness. Who knew? I thought they could only be too firm, just right, or too mushy!

At the end of the day, we were extremely grateful for the deeper level of understanding of these two Trinity sister companies that we had been given. Since they’re about two hours away from our headquarters in Seaford, Delaware, we don’t get to see the action first-hand very often, and it was a refreshing and interesting experience to see what their jobs are like on a day-to-day basis. We hope, too, that this blog helped increase your awareness of these services as well. Are you interested in our port services? Do you ship a lot of product in the Mid-Atlantic region? Don’t forget that we can help you out! For more information about TPS, click here or call (877) 349-6281. To learn more about TDS, click here.
 

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