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.
The Custom Companies, Inc
A longtime Chicago entrepreneur, Perry Mandera has served as president of The Custom Companies, Inc., for more than three decades. Over that time period, Perry Mandera has built his company into a leading provider of transportation and logistics services.
There are many qualities that separate The Custom Companies, Inc., from the competition. For starters, the company offers transit services that consistently rank among the fastest in its region and nationwide. It is able to do this by having control over the entirety of the logistics chain, controlling its own direct line services, and minimizing the amount of time a shipment is handled, which in turn lowers the number of potential situations that can hold up a shipment between its origin and destination, making the overall trip faster.
In addition to its domestic services, The Custom Companies, Inc., also offers service to Canada, transporting items every week. The company is qualified to handle all the paperwork involved in these transactions, including providing a Certificate of Origin, Commercial Invoice, and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) documentation.
The Custom Companies, Inc
Perry Mandera is the founder and president of The Custom Companies, Inc., a transportation solutions firm in Northlake, Illinois, that operates over 2,000 pieces of equipment nationwide. Under Perry Mandera’s leadership, The Custom Companies controls a number of successful expansions, including Choice Direct Logistics.
Choice Direct’s offerings serve direct-mail needs and capitalize on The Custom Companies’ 26 years of experience in innovation, using technologies and services previously unseen in the industry that enhance in-home control. Choice Direct also has more than 500,000 square feet of warehouse space in Chicago and Los Angeles, has direct airline and rail contracts, and has access to major processing and distribution sites of the US Postal Service (USPS), including sectional center and auxiliary service facilities as well as network distribution centers.
Authorized by the USPS, Choice Direct offers drop-shipment management systems (DSMS) with complete client visibility. Additionally, USPS authorization enables Choice Direct to deliver co-palletization services that improve home delivery and decrease client costs by combining mail trays from multiple shippers.
The Custom Companies
With more than three decades’ experience in the industry, Perry Mandera owns and operates the Northlake, Illinois-based transportation solutions firm The Custom Companies, Inc. In June 2016, Perry Mandera’s business participated in the Illinois Professional Truck Driving Championship, an annual family-friendly event that welcomes truck drivers, truck enthusiasts, and customers alike.
Designed to promote truck-driver safety, the competition recognizes the safest commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers throughout Illinois. The championship features nine equipment classes. Participation is restricted to CMV drivers with an accident-free record for 12 months prior and who meet medical qualifications. Additional qualifications included a minimum of 1,200 hours of annual driving, at least 12 months employment in the trucking industry, and employment with a company affiliated with the American Trucking Association (ATA).
The 2016 Illinois Professional Truck Driving Championship took place June 10-11 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. For this event, a no-exceptions-or-waivers policy was added to the accident-free requirement. Previously, exceptions had been allowed for accidents wherein the driver was parked legally or stopped at a traffic light or signal.