Carlile Transportation Systems, one of Alaska's largest trucking companies, opened a multi-modal facility with 50,000 square feet of cross-dock space and 14,000 square feet of office space on a 16-acre tract of land near Port of Tacoma WA terminals. The new facility employs 110 people.
“Each year, more than $3.5 billion in trade moves over Port of Tacoma docks to and from Alaska on TOTE (Totem Ocean Trailer Express) and Horizon Lines ships," said Port of Tacoma Commissioner Dick Marzano. “In fact, more than 70% of all waterborne commerce from the lower 48 states to Alaska is shipped through the Port of Tacoma.”
Carlile's Alaska truck fleet hauls everything from construction equipment to frozen food. Its logistics department also manages and tracks multi-modal transports that could include trucks, trains, air cargo barges, and ships.
The new facility has a secured warehouse and cross-dock facility with some technological advances in security. A digital security network of 80 cameras offers more than two terabytes of storage. Access to the terminal is limited by computer-controlled doors and gates fitted with proximity card sensors.
Thirty-two miles of Ethernet and fiber optic cable in the office, warehouse, and yard connect more than 50 workstations and servers to the corporate network that spans Western North America, from Houston TX to Prudhoe Bay AK.
Wireless networking throughout the terminal is combined with wireless handheld computers and printers.