Our History

Inspired by the need for a sustainable shipping solution, we aim to be the nation’s leading provider of temperature-controlled intermodal transportation. We are a company formed in direct answer to the problem of reliable, asset-based capacity in long-haul transportation of perishable and temperature-sensitive goods.

2010

An Idea is Born

With the intermodal movement of perishables being considered an opportunity due to the length of haul (> 2000 miles) and low market penetration, the business plan for Tiger Cool Express is born.

2013

First Round of Funding

Following a thorough review of the business plan and model, Tiger Infrastructure Partners closes the deal on September 13, 2013. The name Tiger Cool Express is chosen to recognize our first investor - and their seed investor. (Julian Robertson, early hedge fund investor through his Tiger Funds.) Kansas City is selected as HQ.

2014

Establish and Expand

Following funding, the decision was made to acquire containers to leverage the railroad linehaul economics. In February, the first 15 of 200 containers enter service. The remainder were deployed by May.

An order for an additional 35 containers was placed in December.

2015

2nd Round of Funding

Wood Creek Capital Management (now Barings) becomes the second equity investor.

2016

Growth and Expansion

Business continues to grow and IT platform scaled.

2018

Our 5th Anniversary

We celebrated our 5th anniversary in September and moved our 75,000th load in November.

2020

The Future is bright for growth

We remain committed to becoming the best temperature controlled container provider in North America.

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Inspired by the need for a sustainable shipping solution, we aim to be the nation’s leading provider of temperature-controlled intermodal transportation. We are a company formed in direct answer to the problem of reliable, asset-based capacity in long-haul transportation of perishable and temperature-sensitive goods.

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Tiger Cool Express Wins Food Logistics' Green Provider Award For A 2nd Year In A Row

Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named Tiger Cool Express, LLC. to the Top Green Providers list for 2020.

Food Logistics' annual Top Green Providers recognizes companies whose products, services, or exemplary leadership is enhancing sustainability within the food and beverage industry. Each year, the criteria for earning a spot on the list become more stringent for applicants. For example, the editorial staff evaluates a company's participation in such programs as the EPA's SmartWay and other recognized sustainability programs; facilities that are LEED-certified, and/or feature solar panels, LED lighting and other energy saving installations and retrofits that produce measurable reductions in GHG emissions, to name a few.

"Our annual Top Green Providers award recognizes companies whose products, services or exemplary leadership enhances sustainability within the food and beverage industry. From technology that reduces a fleet's carbon footprint to software that helps shippers drive energy efficiency to systems and processes that help reduce the carbon and environmental impact of its customers' supply chains, these top green providers continue to practice the ultimate in sustainability year over year," says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics.

"Tiger Cool Express is honored to be named as a Top Green Provider. As a leading intermodal service provider offering sustainable solutions in the global food supply chain, we recognize how important it is to create green solutions for our customers that will continually reduce their carbon footprint," said Chief Commercial Officer Leslie Baird. "Tiger Cool Express is proud to have launched our CarbonFree Load Service in January 2020. We will continue to lead the way through sustainable and innovative refrigerated intermodal solutions while reducing the impact on the environment." Visit our website for details.

About Food Logistics

Food Logistics is published by AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company that provides targeted content and comprehensive, integrated advertising and promotion opportunities for some of the world's most recognized B2B brands. Its diverse portfolio serves the construction, logistics, supply chain and other industries with print, digital and custom products, events and social media.

To our Valued Customers,

With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, we want to assure you that Tiger Cool Express continues to run at normal operating levels. Our company's leadership always felt it was important to have a contingency plan that would allow us to technically support our team working remotely from alternate locations. Although the Kansas City area has not had a large number of infections reported, we felt it was prudent to execute our contingency plan now. We are very pleased to inform you that our team is fully staffed and has all of their resources available as they are working from their respective homes.

As a temperature control intermodal service provider, our highest concern is with the health and safety of our associates, customers, rail and dray providers, and of course, our shipping community and ultimately, the end consumer. We will continue our due diligence around providing excellent service while giving our customers the peace of mind that their shipments are safe and secure. Rail and dray operations are continuing to operate well, and we believe we can continue to provide reliable and safe temperature control intermodal services to our customers during these trying times.

Our leadership team will meet each morning to assess the situation and to ensure that our team is fully aware of important decisions and information concerning the containment of the virus. We are committed to timely communication so you have certainty around the delivery of your freight. We appreciate your business and we understand that these are very concerning times for your company, as well. I am proud of our team at Tiger Cool Express and we look forward to continuing to service your transportation needs.

To your employees and your families, we wish you good health and safety as we navigate these unprecedented times. Sincerely,

Steve Van Kirk
Chief Executive Officer

Steve Van Kirk
Chief Executive Officer
Steve Van Kirk serves as Chief Executive Officer of Tiger Cool Express. Prior to joining TCX, Van Kirk was President of Swift Intermodal, a position he held for five years.  He also spent twelve years at Schneider National leading several commercial, logistics, and intermodal groups.  Steve’s success in transportation is rooted in his appreciation of shipper requirements, which he learned first-hand during his five years with Procter & Gamble. Steve also served as an infantry officer in the United States Army for twelve years, attaining the rank of Major.   He had various postings around the world, and served as a West Point faculty member. Steve is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York and holds graduate degrees from Yale University and the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
Ted Prince
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Theodore Prince serves Tiger Cool Express as Chief Strategy Officer and is one of its co-founders. He twice was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Council and served as Intermodal Vice Chairman for four years. Prince is the past chairman of the Intermodal Association of North America and a founding board member of the Foundation for Intermodal Research and Education. He is a Founding Board member of ITI where he served as Vice­Chairman for Freight and Vice-Chairman for Research and Policy. He is a member of the Eno Transportation Foundation Board of Advisors. He brings extensive experience to Tiger Cool Express, including as Partner of Surface Intermodal Solutions, Board of Directors Member of SeaCo, President of Consolidated Chassis Management, Vice President of Intermodal and International for Kansas City Southern, and Chief Operating Officer for “K” Line America.
Leslie Baird
Chief Commercial Officer
Leslie Baird serves as Chief Commercial Officer of Tiger Cool Express. Prior to joining Tiger Cool Express team,  Mrs. Baird served as Vice President of Sales for Interstate Distributor Company for five years. While at Interstate, she was responsible for leading the commercial strategy for the Regional Dry Van, Team Expedited, Temperature Control, and Asset Lite business units. Prior to that she held a series of commercial and sales leadership roles with increasing accountabilities at several trucking companies including Arnold Transportation, Roehl Transport, Celadon, and CFI.
Jim Hornsby
Chief Financial Officer
Jim Hornsby serves as Chief Financial Officer for Tiger Cool Express, a post he prepared for by serving previously as Vice President and Controller for Pacer Stacktrain, and as Controller of the Highway Services and Supply Chain Divisions at Pacer International. Hornsby previously served as Controller of the Western Division of MV Transportation. He earned a Master of Science in Transportation Management from the University of Denver.

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Contact Tiger Cool Express

Customer Service

888-733-8430

Operations

888-543-3076

Marketing

913-305-3527

Operations

888-543-3076

Marketing

913-305-3527

Employee Portal

GTGS and SmartSCM Support itsupport@tigercoolexpress.com After Hours: Zach Ybarra - 913-305-3533
Desktop Hardware/Software Email: support@theit.team Portal: theitteam.myportallogin.com
Phone,Network, Misc Support itsupport@tigercoolexpress.com After Hours Cameron Kelley - 913-305-3541

Customer Service

888-733-8430

Operations

888-543-3076

Marketing

913-305-3527