C.R. England Selects New Thermo King Precedent

Exclusive multi-year trailer and intermodal rail agreement supports company’s sustainability goals

Bloomington, Minn.Dec. 4, 2012C.R. England, a global refrigerated carrier, selected the Thermo King Precedent trailer platform for its fleet in an exclusive three-year agreement.

The Precedent is a new trailer temperature control platform, built from the ground up to deliver double-digit fuel savings, industry-leading performance and lower life cycle costs. Thermo King, a manufacturer of temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, unveiled the Precedent in June 2012.

“The Precedent is our refrigeration unit of choice to meet the new more stringent emission standards,” said Corey England, Executive Vice President, C.R. England. “It complements our sustainability initiatives and we love that it is evergreen from the start. Besides the sustainability benefits, the dramatic fuel savings, reduced maintenance costs, and possibility for trade cycle adjustment, helped seal the deal.”

C.R. England will implement solutions that include the S-600 Precedent, which is a greater-than-25 horsepower single temperature unit. This solution is an environmentally-sensitive unit and provides indefinite useful life in California. The company will use the S-600 in both traditional over-the-road applications and with the addition of specific option packages, in intermodal and rail applications.

C.R. England remains the world’s largest refrigerated carrier because they carefully manage their business, so we’re especially pleased that they selected the Precedent as the best energy and operationally efficient solution for their needs,” said Doug Lenz, Director of Product Management and Marketing, Thermo King.

The Precedent features a completely new platform for the trailer market designed to be fully compliant with the new EPA Tier IV final regulations which become effective January 1st, 2013. These units provide the industry’s most sustainable solutions and a complete range of options for any customer, including:


  • The S-600, which is a greater-than-25 horsepower single temperature unit with an evergreen engine for use in California;
  • The S-700, which is a greater-than-25 horsepower high capacity single temperature unit with an evergreen engine for use in California; and
  • The C-600, which is a less-than-25 horsepower single-temperature unit with an allowed useful life in California of seven years.


The Precedent platform features a new Diesel Direct Electric (DDE) architecture to deliver optimum efficiencies such as tighter temperature control and double-digit fuel savings in real-world applications.