Walter & Connie Payton Foundation
As founder and president of The Custom Companies, Inc., Perry Mandera directs a Chicago company that provides dedicated transportation services spanning the nation. Over the decades, Perry Mandera has grown his business to encompass more than 600 employees. His firm maintains a strong community focus and supports the efforts of the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation, which assists the less fortunate.
One major initiative of the foundation is an annual holiday toy drive. With volunteers stationed at the entrance to Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, football fans are encouraged to drop off unused, unwrapped gifts in their original packaging, to be distributed to children statewide. The Annual Holiday Gift Giving Program also works in partnership with institutions such as the Chicago Heights establishment Club 390.
This foundation initiative is complemented by a back-to-school supply drive that involves sorting and filling backpacks for children. Through these coordinated efforts, some 14,000 in-need children are reached annually, enriching their young lives.
The Custom Companies
Based in Chicago, Perry Mandera leads The Custom Companies, Inc., which provides a host of transportation solutions across North America. Perry Mandera’s company often emphasizes an intermodal approach that is particularly suitable for clients operating within tight budgets.
The most cost-effective way of shipping truckloads, intermodal shipping involves moving cargo in specially made containers that are transported on trains. The firm maintains partnerships with well-established rail service providers such as US Xpress, Schneider National, and Union Pacific Streamline. This approach enables flexible solutions, with 20-foot containers that can hold up to 37,000 pounds of freight and 48 to 53-foot containers that can handle 43,000 pounds.
Among the products that can be shipped through intermodal are various types of food, machinery, and hazardous materials. All moving containers are tracked in real time, with providers offering long-term and spot rates folded within new and ongoing projects.
One of the expedited shipping options offered by the firm through CDN Logistics are “rail-ready” CDNZ trailers, which shorten delivery times and avoid the bottlenecks that can occur with over-the-road truckloads. As one example, the company offers three-day intermodal service between Los Angeles and Chicago, in both directions.