Altom Transport Inc, Chicago IL, calls itself "The Elite Tanker Fleet" and runs an eye-catching fleet of tractors and tank trailers. The regional carrier hauls chemicals and refined fuels for customers in the United States and Canada. The fleet currently includes 155 tractors and more than 350 trailers. Owner-operators supply more than a third of the tractors.
Company equipment includes Peterbilt Model 389 tractors and Polar DOT407 chemical trailers, including this 7,000-gallon stainless unit that is insulated and heated. The carrier also runs uninsulated aluminum chemical trailers and fiberglass reinforced plastic tankers used for corrosives.
Refined fuels were a big part of the Altom Transport operation from the very start. The company hauls around 40 million gallons of refined fuels annually in trailers like this Polar DOT406 9,500-gallon four-compartment tanker with an on-board additive injection system.
Altom Transport has its own spill response capability. This truck carries the supplies and equipment for the response team, which is ready to go 24/7. The carrier also operates vacuum trucks and other specialized equipment that can be used for emergency response.
Altom Transport's management strongly supports biodiesel, and the carrier runs a B10 blend in most of its tractors. Sister company Al Warren Oil Co is a registered biodiesel blender and operates this blending plant at the Chicago terminal.
Dispatchers use the PeopleNet system to track shipments and stay in touch with drivers.
Altom Transport is testing a trailer security system from Hy-G-Tek. The fleet also specifies the SkyBitz satellite tracking system on chemical trailers.
Altom Transport specifies Blackmer pumps for light oils, solvents, and other products that flow easily.
Gardner Denver Hydrapak hydraulics powers product pumps and compressors on the tractors.
Hose troughs are preferred on the Altom Transport tank trailers.
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