In 1980, TSD designed and built the original carbon black trailer. This was the first over-the-road trailer, setup on a railcar configuration to match the tire companies’ unloading systems. These trailers are used to haul raw materials into tire and custom mixing plants around US, Canada, and Mexico. TSD hauled 17,000 loads of raw materials for the tire and rubber industry in 2011, totaling 6.75 million pounds. Recently, TSD has started an eight-year program to refurbish our fleet of hopper trailers. Each trailer will be fully restored to its original condition.
In November of 2012, TSD Logistics introduced 33 new trucks with the ability to haul a payload of 48,500 pounds per carbon black shipment. The new trucks haul 13 percent more than the current payload. TSD has partnered with select carbon black suppliers in the first phase of the Lightweight Initiative. Initially, the new trucks will be used for long haul deliveries.
The heavier payload will allow for delivering more materials with fewer trips. Fewer trips will reduce the company’s carbon footprint and save on fuel. The benefits to the customer are reduced unloading times and lower delivery costs. TSD plans to continue the second phase of the Lightweight Initiative in July of 2013 by adding additional new trucks to the fleet.
In March 2013, TSD opened a transloading facility in Texarkana, TX. The facility allows for carbon black shipped in super sacks from other countries to be transloaded into hopper trailers. The facility is the only one of its kind in the south-central region of the US, bringing value to carbon black consumers west of the Mississippi. The facility has over 65,000 square feet of optional storage capacity, a truck dock, rail spur, onsite staff and drop yard. Custom reporting and inventory management are available as well.