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APL, INTERFRESH OFFER DOMESTIC REFRIGERATED CONTAINER STACKTRAIN SERVICE; APL STACKTRAINS WILL TRANSPORT INTERFRESH REFRIGERATED CONTAINERS

APL, INTERFRESH OFFER DOMESTIC REFRIGERATED CONTAINER STACKTRAIN

SERVICE; APL STACKTRAINS WILL TRANSPORT INTERFRESH REFRIGERATED
 CONTAINERS
 /ADVANCE/ OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- APL announced today that it is providing a domestic refrigerated stacktrain service through an agreement reached with InterFresh, an intermodal transportation marketing company in Salinas, Calif. The weekly service between California and the East Coast is being marketed by InterFresh to shippers of temperature-sensitive commodities. The service began on Sept. 1, 1992.
 Under terms of the agreement, InterFresh is providing 50 newly manufactured custom-designed, 48-foot refrigerated containers to support its customers' temperature-sensitive transportation needs. The containers, equipped with microprocessor-controlled refrigeration monitors, will be deployed on APL's stacktrain service, with sales, customer service and logistics management to be provided by InterFresh. The new service will be the first to match the high technology of self- contained refrigerated containers with national stacktrain distribution service.
 Initially this service will be concentrated in the New York, Chicago to Los Angeles and Oakland APL stacktrain lanes. This service will utilize existing APL stacktrain service schedules. For example, containers meeting APL's Monday evening cutoff in Oakland will be available Friday morning in Chicago.
 "This represents a tremendous breakthrough for domestic stacktrain service," says Michael Goh, vice president of APL's Stacktrain Services Department. "Our agreement with InterFresh allows us to provide a cost- effective, viable alternative to truck transportation of temperature- controlled commodities."
 InterFresh and APL have been conducting an operational evaluation of domestic refrigerated stacktrain service over the past few years. Since 1990, InterFresh has been using two 45-foot APL domestic refrigerated containers to transport a variety of perishable goods between California and the New York area. Based on the outstanding results of this service over the past few years, InterFresh and APL agreed to extend and enhance this service via the contract agreement for the 48-foot containers.
 "We have thoroughly evaluated APL's stacktrain service and believe it offers numerous benefits to our customers shipping temperature- sensitive products," says Tom Shepherd, general manager of InterFresh. "Most notably, the smooth ride quality greatly reduces in-transit damage problems and the service virtually guarantees on-time delivery."
 InterFresh is the transportation division of Bruce Church, Inc. (BCI). It was established to serve the transportation needs of BCI and its customers. InterFresh has become a leader in developing the double- stack intermodal container concept for shipping perishables.
 In conjunction with its partner rail carriers, APL is the largest stacktrain operator serving the U.S. domestic market. APL markets its stacktrain services through a nationwide network of selected intermodal marketing companies (shipper's agents). Customers using the service can benefit from APL's large inventory of more than 17,000 high cube 45', 48' and 53' containers and the virtual damage-free transit provided by APL's double-stack rail cars.
 APL established the first stacktrain service in 1984. Today, its network spans 20,000 miles of rail track and serves 60 terminal locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company is part of the American President Companies (NYSE: APS) group, which provides container transportation services in North America, Asia and the Middle East through an intermodal system combining ocean, rail and truck transportation.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Bomba of APL, 510-272-7470; or David Templeton of Phase Two Strategies, 415-772-8439, for APL Land Transport/
 (APS) CO: APL Land Transport; InterFresh ST: California IN: TRN SU: PDT


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