“It’s like shipping spaghetti.”

After years of freight damage, glass companies, such as Southern Aluminum Finishing (SAF), based in Atlanta, have had to make some changes to their inventory and shipping processes.

Because of continuous freight damages and rising costs, SAF announced its decision to scale back on its deliveries of extrusions measuring longer than 19 feet.

The company has extrusions that are 1/16 inches thick and 24 feet long, which he compares to shipping spaghetti.

“Because …  we’re shipping it on a common carrier that is also shipping everything from cereal to boxes of clothes and car engines, it’s almost guaranteed that the 24-foot lengths are going to get twisted up—like spaghetti,” says John McClatchey, vice president of sales and marketing.

“We have been, and everyone else who ships extrusions in our industry, plagued by freight damage… and it’s especially bad when we ship aluminum sheet and when we ship aluminum fabricated shapes,” McClatchey says.

Even though the damage claims have caused the company to make some changes, 24-foot extrusions will still be available; only they will no longer be shipped via less than truckload (LTL) freight.

“Folks will have to come pick them up, or we can deliver on a dedicated truck,” says Penn McClatchey, CEO.

To circumvent these changes, the company invested in extrusion fabricating equipment to cut to length.

“If all lengths are less than 19 feet, we can ship LTL as before,” the CEO says.

John McClatchey explains that the decision to stop shipping the longer extrusions via LTL was a long time coming.

“What has changed, and the straw that broke the camel’s back, was being notified by the freight lines that [for] anything 20 feet or longer, they would be charging us as much as $2,000 more as soon as we go over 19 feet and 11 inches,” John McClatchey says.

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  1. I trust the McClatchey’s judgment. What is good policy for them is good policy for everyone in our line of work. They are a good bunch over there at SAF.

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