Every day the Heartland Catfish fleet hauls fresh and frozen catfish from the plant in Itta Bena MS to customers across the United States. Every effort is made to ensure that every shipment hauled by the company’s 23 tractors and 32 refrigerated trailers reaches customers on schedule and in the best possible condition. The premium fleet includes Kenworth T680 tractors, Great Dane refrigerated trailers, and Thermo King refrigeration units.
James Sorrels [left], Heartland Catfish transportation Logistics director, and Dennis Jones, the first driver hired for the Heartland Catfish fleet, did two-day test runs with two different makes of tractors before recommending the Kenworth T680 for the company’s next round of tractor purchases.
Upwards of 360,000 pounds of catfish can be processed daily at the Heartland Catfish plant in Itta Bena MS. The company provides customers nationwide with fresh and frozen catfish.
Heartland Catfish’s newest trailers have Thermo King Precedent C-600 refrigeration units.
Tractors were specified with 455-horsepower PACCAR MX-13 engines.
Thermo King TriPac Evolution auxiliary power units are specified on all of the tractors.
Trailer interior damage is prevented with Great Dane’s PunctureGuard liner and 22-inch-high aluminum scuff rails.
Driver features include Eaton Fuller UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions, Omnitracs on-board computers, and PrePass port-of-entry transponders.
TrailerBlade side skirts from Strehl USA are very durable and are built to stay on the trailer.
Trailer running gear includes Hendrickson’s Vantraax air suspension system, Hendrickson’s Tiremaax Pro tire inflation system, Alcoa aluminum disc wheels, and Bridgestone tires.
Bright stainless steel panels on the rear swing doors of the Great Dane trailers make a good rolling billboard for Heartland Catfish.
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