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Schneider National, Inc. has added fuel-hauling capabilities to its bulk division. The new service rose out of the emergency fuel supply chain that Schneider managed for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During that period, Schneider hauled more than 1.5 million gallons of diesel, in addition to providing drivers, supervision and dispatch services for Katrina recovery efforts. Within days, it put together a plan to fuel emergency vehicles and secure hard-to-find diesel storage containers. Following that effort, Schneider determined that such a service for regular customers was "the next natural extension" of its transportation offering, said George Grossardt, vice president and general manager of Schneider National Bulk. Schneider's research into the fuel-hauling industry revealed aging fleets around the country, new environmental regulations and supply capacity issues, the carrier said. Its new fuel-hauling services are being offered in the Gulf Coast region (stretching from New Orleans to Houston) and the upper Midwest. Schneider said it will also consider expanding the service to the eastern portion of the U.S.
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