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QuickLoadz Welcomes Fox Business Channel for a Day of Live Reports

Athens, Ohio—QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics was excited and honored Nov. 9 to host correspondent Jeff Flock and his Fox Business Network crew for a series of live reports on the role the company’s products can play in solving the nation’s supply chain woes.

Three reports aired that day from the QuickLoadz manufacturing site in Athens, Ohio, during the Stuart Varney, Neil Cavuto, and Liz Claman programs. In each, the patented QuickLoadz system of easily loading and unloading sea shipping containers was demonstrated on live television by company CEO and inventor Sean Jones. In one, the truck-mounted bed version for handling 20-foot containers was highlighted, while the others focused on the QuickLoadz chassis for over-road hauling of 40-foot containers.

Correspondent Flock accented the easy-to-use smartphone application that enables the driver to pick up the container, lock it in place, unlock it, and deposit it on the ground, all without the use of any further equipment and without leaving the cab of the truck. The reports pointed to the potential role of the QuickLoadz system in making shipment from port to final destination easier, thereby streamlining the supply chain.

Said Flock at the close of the final report, “All made in the USA. Solving a problem right here at home.”

About QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics

QuickLoadz builds computer controlled, Wi-Fi-enabled truck beds and trailers to allow a driver to move loaded sea shipping containers in three minutes without leaving their seat in the truck cab.

Ninety percent of the world’s freight travels in sea shipping containers. This system is called intermodal freight and is the basis for world trade, a 9.6-trillion-dollar market. QuickLoadz allows any container to be moved anywhere without need for additional infrastructure such as loading docks, warehouses and cranes. QuickLoadz opens up the world of intermodal freight in a way never before possible.

QuickLoadz is the last piece to create the new world of freight. It creates a world where distribution centers can ‘pop-up’, expand or contract where needed.  A world where the autonomous truck can work with a QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics trailer to deliver entire container loads of freight in three minutes without anyone touching the load.

QuickLoadz is developing a new all-electric drivetrain and Hybrid Power Axle system that will provide up to an estimated twenty percent in fuel savings. QuickLoadz is also building on the embedded multi-camera Wi-Fi computer system with GPS and cellular to create a built-in SAAS cloud logistics platform that can provide real-time information to managers and drivers alike.

QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics contact:

Sean Jones
888 304 3946 ext. 4
QuickLoadz.com

QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics Orders AI Vision Robotic Welding Cell from Path Robotics

ATHENS, OHIO—QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics, the leader in automated shipping container handling, is excited to announce it has ordered the world’s most advanced robotic welding cell from fellow Ohio company Path Robotics.

QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics’ computer-controlled, Wi-Fi-enabled trailers are the only automated trailers capable of moving loaded shipping containers. QuickLoadz’ fast, safe, flexible system works without additional equipment to move the 168 million sea shipping containers that are the foundation of world freight and logistics.

“When manufacturing heavy trailers that will be hauling 60,000-pound containers at seventy miles per hour down a busy highway, weld quality and consistency is supremely important. I have been looking at robotic welding systems for years and right here in Ohio, sixty miles away, I find an exciting company that has the most advanced robotic welding system in the world.”

“Path Robotics building a system that will allow QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics to scale its production shows that innovation is thriving in Ohio,” says Founder and CEO Sean Jones. “Freight and logistics automation has really come to the forefront of awareness with the autonomous truck and the enormous backlogs at the ports and distribution centers. QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics is a solution to many of these problems and the timing couldn’t be better to scale.”

The Path Robotics system uses a vision-based artificial intelligence robotic welding cell that will complete the final welding on the beams and undercarriage parts that make up a QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics trailer. “This system will free up our skilled welders and fabricators for complex assembly that only humans can do and automate the tedious long welds,” adds QuickLoadz Director of Operations Ashley O’Brien.

About QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics

QuickLoadz builds computer controlled, Wi-Fi-enabled truck beds and trailers to allow a driver to move loaded sea shipping containers in three minutes without leaving their seat in the truck cab.

Ninety percent of the world’s freight travels in sea shipping containers. This system is called intermodal freight and is the basis for world trade, a 9.6-trillion-dollar market. QuickLoadz allows any container to be moved anywhere without need for additional infrastructure such as loading docks, warehouses and cranes. QuickLoadz opens up the world of intermodal freight in a way never before possible.

QuickLoadz is the last piece to create the new world of freight. It creates a world where distribution centers can ‘pop-up’, expand or contract where needed.  A world where the autonomous truck can work with a QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics trailer to deliver entire container loads of freight in three minutes without anyone touching the load.

QuickLoadz is developing a new all-electric drivetrain and Hybrid Power Axle system that will provide up to an estimated twenty percent in fuel savings. QuickLoadz is also building on the embedded multi-camera Wi-Fi computer system with GPS and cellular to create a built-in SAAS cloud logistics platform that can provide real-time information to managers and drivers alike.

About Path Robotics

At Path Robotics, we create manufacturing robots that autonomously scan, position, and weld your parts without the need for skilled welders or robot programmers.

The future of manufacturing won’t build itself, yet. At Path, we’re delivering on the promise of what intelligent industrial robotics can become. “Path Robotics is solving a complex and critical problem in our country, which is the gap between the supply and demand for skilled workers. Their technology represents a tremendous opportunity to lead American manufacturing into the future.”
said Investor Lee Fixel from Addition.

Today we’re focused on welding robotics, but that’s only the beginning. We’re making intelligent robots that make manufacturing infinitely flexible and infinitely scalable.

Our mission is to enable robots to build, so humans can create. The future of manufacturing will be built by Path Robotics.

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QuickLoadz Intermodal Robotics contact

Sean Jones
888 304 3946 ext. 4
QuickLoadz.com

Path Robotics contact

Tim Trad
Trad@Path-Robotics.com
Path-Robotics.com

Valqari and QuickLoadz Announce Joint Development Agreement

ATHENS, OHIO—Valqari, LLC, creator of the patented Smart Drone Delivery Station, and QuickLoadz, the leader in automated shipping container handling, are thrilled to announce a joint development agreement to provide a fast, safe, and simple way to facilitate package delivery drones.

QuickLoadz computer controlled Wi-Fi trailers are the only trailers in the world capable of moving loaded shipping containers automatically. QuickLoadz’s system provides a fast, safe, flexible micro-distribution center which can fit into a parking space allowing Valqari, along with their other partners to solve the final-mile delivery problem.

“Autonomous delivery is here now and expanding quickly. Valqari with their partners are putting together the leading drone package delivery system,” said Sean Jones, CEO of QuickLoadz. “We are very excited to be working with them.”

Valqari’s Drone Delivery Station is the only solution that has solved the “last inch” logistic problems associated with drone deliveries, allowing for an entirely automated and secure drone package delivery. The seven and a half-feet high Drone Delivery Station offers a convenient landing station with six separate storage units to accommodate multiple drone and traditional deliveries or pickups. The station also maintains a digital chain of custody throughout the entire delivery process to give users peace of mind knowing their packages are secure until retrieved.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with QuickLoadz which will allow us to expand our cargo delivery support capabilities. Our mission aligns with QuickLoadz to ultimately reshape the global logistics industry with safer, smarter and faster solutions,” said Ryan Walsh, CEO and co-founder of Valqari.

About QuickLoadz

QuickLoadz builds computer controlled and Wi-Fi enabled truck beds and trailers to allow a driver to move loaded sea shipping containers in 3 minutes without leaving their seat in the truck cab.

95% of the world’s freight travels in sea shipping containers. This is called intermodal freight and it is the basis for world trade. A $9.6 Trillion dollar market. QuickLoadz allows any container to be moved anywhere without need for additional infrastructure such as loading docks, warehouses and cranes. QuickLoadz opens up the world to intermodal freight in a way never before possible.

QuickLoadz is the last piece to create the new world of freight. A world where distribution centers can “pop-up” expand or contract where needed. A world where the autonomous truck can work with a QuickLoadz to deliver entire container loads of freight in 3 minutes without anyone touching the load.

QuickLoadz doesn’t stop with revolutionizing freight. Under development, QuickLoadz’s new all-electric axle system can provide 25% in fuel savings. Also under development, QuickLoadz’s trailers multiple cameras, computer, Wi-Fi, GPS and GSM creates a built in SAAS cloud logistics system that can provide real time information which no other system can come close to.

About Valqari

Valqari, a Chicago-based start-up and recently named “Best Tech Startup in North America” by the 2020 Timmy Awards, has created the only drone delivery solution that has solved the “last inch” logistic problems with its patented Drone Delivery Station. It features communication technology that will allow for an entirely automated drone delivery. Valqari patents have been cited by 108 other patents and holds utility patents in 14 countries and territories including: the U.S., the U.K., Germany, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Australia, South Africa, and several other countries in the European Union. To learn more about Valqari visit valqari.com.

News Release

QuickLoadz contact

Sean Jones
(888) 304-3946 ext. 4
QuickLoadz.com

Valqari contact

Madeline Zenz
(815) 762-9228
Valqari@3rdcoastpr.com

QuickLoadz Hops Across The Pond

JobsOhio and London Stock Exchange have combined to bring world class training to help companies such as QuickLoadz prepare for the next steps in moving into international markets. For QuickLoadz, management training in the ELITE program was an intense immersion into the world of big business.

Sunday the 27th of October in London the management of QuickLoadz was very happy to be graduating in the very first US cohort of the London Stock Exchange Groups ELITE program. ELITE is London Stock Exchange Group’s international business support and capital raising program for ambitious and fast growing companies.

First group of Ohio companies join ELITE USA | LSEG

QuickLoadz receives constant inquires about bringing our automated container moving trailers to Europe. We are looking forward to working with the London Stock Exchange Group’s vast network to find partners to spread QuickLoadz. Sure that will be nice, but along with our other cohort companies, we get to ring open the London Stock Exchange which will be fun.

- Sean

QuickLoadz Expanding Production in Athens County

Quick Loadz Container System (QuickLoadz), a rapidly growing manufacturer of patented truck beds and trailers that automatically load and unload shipping containers, announced today its expansion into the Bill Theisen Industrial Park in Athens County.

The announcement was made in London as QuickLoadz celebrated its graduation from the London Stock Exchange Group’s ELITE Program, a program in partnership with JobsOhio. Designed to provide high-growth potential companies with intensive education, business support, and direct contact with the international financial and advisory community, QuickLoadz was one of ten companies from southeastern Ohio to complete the program.

“The ELITE program is helping us support important growth opportunities in Ohio, and the expansion of QuickLoadz today is the perfect example of how this partnership can help propel new job creation across the state,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “I’m confident that JobsOhio’s strategic investment in these Southeast Ohio companies will continue to support new growth in the region.”

QuickLoadz plans to add 40 new jobs and grow to 52 employees over the next three years as it expands its production capacity and grows sales of their unique shipping system.

“QuickLoadz is a great example of how innovative companies can establish a business in southeast Ohio and continue to thrive and grow,” said Dana Saucier, JobsOhio Vice President and Head of Economic Development. “This investment demonstrates the confidence QuickLoadz has in Athens County’s talent, and brings new opportunity to a vacant facility there.”

Company owner Sean Jones founded the business in 2013, after inventing a microcomputer-controlled system that allows operators to complete the container moving process from a smart phone.

“QuickLoadz products are unique, patented and in high demand. The increased production capacity will allow the company to grow quickly, creating high-wage, high-skilled jobs in southeastern Ohio,” said Jones.

The QuickLoadz system allows drivers to back their truck up to a container using a rearview camera viewed on their phone, then push a button on the phone that lowers the trailer to ground level. A lift goes under the container to pick it up, and the trailer uses built-in hooks, chains and rollers to grab the container and move it smoothly onto the truck bed. The result is a transfer that is quicker and safer.

Jones was originally in the mobile storage business and daily experienced the need for a more efficient way to move shipping containers. He applied his engineering, business and storage backgrounds to the problem and QuickLoadz was born.

It was not long before the demand for the product exceeded the company’s ability to keep up with orders. Major customers, including moving and shipping companies and government agencies, wanted more units than QuickLoadz could provide.

The move from a small building in Nelsonville to the 47,000 square foot building in the industrial park will enable QuickLoadz to take more orders, reduce delivery times, and increase sales. That, in turn, will result in new jobs for skilled, well-paid workers to fabricate and assemble the trailers and truck beds and manage the growing company.

QuickLoadz is renovating and moving into a building that has been vacant since 2014 and had fallen into disrepair. The property has housed several different businesses over the years and was originally the location of Columbus & Southern Power’s Poston Power Plant.

“QuickLoadz has been a familiar face in the thriving Athens entrepreneurial scene,” commented Sara Marrs-Maxfield, Executive Director of Athens County EDC. “We are very excited that the company will stay in the county as they mature and continue to be successful. This is a great example of growing your own, and we are thankful that JobsOhio and APEG recognize the value of supporting emerging companies that already exist in the region.”

The company will invest approximately $1.2 million to renovate the building and to get it ready for increased production. JobsOhio and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) assisted the company in obtaining a $300,000 JobsOhio Revitalization Grant to renovate the property. The program is designed to encourage redevelopment of underutilized properties and support companies that are creating new jobs and investing capital in fixed assets.

“We are very pleased we could support a smaller growing company that is doing world class business from right here in southeastern Ohio,” commented APEG President Mike Jacoby. “QuickLoadz is a leading example of a local company combining innovation with manufacturing expertise to grow, create jobs and positively impact our economy.”

Appalachian Growth Capital (AGC), a new federally designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), provided financial advisory and analysis services to QuickLoadz during their planning phase. AGC also linked the company to secondary lenders, one of which ultimately provided financing for the expansion project.

“QuickLoadz is creating jobs and making excellent products, and we are pleased to be able to support their growth,” said AGC Executive Vice President Brad Blair.

- Sean

Going, Going, Gone

QuickLoadz bought a fleet of used Penske box trucks to turn into QuickLoadz Super Bed trucks. The idea was that if we put a brand new QuickLoadz on a good used truck, we can cut the price in half and get more people safely moving loaded containers.

We sold them all in a week.

I guess it was a good idea.

I had wanted some of them for the OSU Farm Science Review last week as a show special. So, I bought another batch. A bit more mix in models, and of course, Penske raised the price on me. Nothing like success. But it is still a really good deal which I am opening up to everyone.

That means I can put brand new 2020 20k Super Beds on these trucks and offer them to you for a ridiculously low price of $75,000. All of these Super Beds will be wet coat painted black. Some trucks are white, some are yellow, some are Hino, some are International, some are Freightliner.

We have the only system designed specifically to move containers.

QuickLoadz has automatic hydraulic locks, a built-in rearview camera, and remote control that works on the driver’s smartphone; the whole system is so automated you really don’t have to get out of the truck—all standard.

Of course it can be used like a tow truck, move equipment, and be a flat bed. The bed itself slides out like a rollback tow truck to give a low loading angle when you need it. One of my favorite features of the truck version is the 50° tilt angle. The tilt not only gives you a dump truck, but it allows you to get really close to a container and still grab it when there is not much room.

- Sean

QuickLoadz Buys Penske Fleet Trucks

QuickLoadz has bought used Penske fleet trucks to turn into QuickLoadz Super Bed trucks.

Two of the Penske trucks.
Two of the Penske trucks QuickLoadz purchased at auction.

I got a really good deal on 2014 Penske box trucks that were coming out of their fleet. I bought all of them. These trucks are all in great shape. They have around 180,000 miles, Cummins diesels, automatic transmissions, fully working 26,000 pound GVW, so no CDL required. We even have the oil and fluid tests on every truck.

That means I can put brand new 2020 20k Super Beds on these trucks and offer you for the ridiculously low price of $68,000. Some of these Super Beds will be done with Hot Dip Galvanizing for $4,000 extra, some with paint.

We have the only system designed specifically to move containers.

QuickLoadz has automatic hydraulic locks, a built-in rear view camera, and remote control that works from the driver’s smartphone; the whole system is so automated you really don’t have to get out of the truck to load a container, all standard.

Of course it can be used like a tow truck, an equipment trailer, and a flatbed. The bed itself slides out like a rollback tow truck to give a low loading angle when you need it. One of my favorite features of the truck version is the 50° tilt angle. The tilt not only gives you a dump truck, but it allows you to get really close to a container and still grab it when there is not much room.

Place an order for the 20k Super Bed at (888) 304-3946 ext 0 and it’ll come on one of these trucks.

Loading a container without any room:

It also shows using the hooks as quick chain pulls if you need to pull a container in position to grab it.

This is our contractor video to show some of the versatility:

This shows how it works in just one minute:

- Sean

Another Year, Zero Customer Injuries

QuickLoadz turns six in April, and it has been another zero injury year for our customers.

Zero injuries is not an accident. QuickLoadz came about because I used to move containers every day using the old style tow trailer. Every day getting out chains, straps, digging mud and rock out of corner castings, blocking up container fronts.

It was a particularly icy day when I was winching on an empty container and the chain hook end came out of the corner casting and was whipping at my head. Lightning fast, I ducked and smacked my head on the trailer side rail. I am not actually sure if it was better or worse than getting hit by the chain hook.

As I sat there woozy with ice melting through the seat of my Carharts, I decided to build a system where I didn’t have to get out of the truck to load a sea shipping container.

And now, QuickLoadz is turning six with zero customer injuries.

It is pretty hard to hurt yourself when you are sitting in the cab of the truck and haven’t touched a chain or strap since you bought your QuickLoadz. Maybe sprain a thumb (but that has yet to be reported).

As a birthday present to you, we are offering for free in April our very most popular option: the hydraulic foot jacks. No need to stand out in the summer sun turning a crank to lower the front of your trailer when you’re hooking up, simply push a button. I can’t think of when we last built a trailer without hydraulic foot jacks.

Order now. When April is gone, so are the free hydraulic foot jacks.

For those procrastinators who really want to get rid of rust, you only have a few days until our winter special of free hot dip galvanizing goes away. What kills a trailer faster than an angry driver? Rust. What is the very best rust protection you can get? Hot dip galvanizing. Free until the end of March.

- Sean

QuickLoadz joins London Stock Exchange Group’s ELITE

  • ELITE is LSEG’s international business support and capital raising ecosystem for ambitious and high quality companies
  • Over 150 UK companies make up the 1000 strong international ELITE community of companies, in addition to advisers and investors
  • QuickLoadz is a rapidly growing South East Ohio company manufacturing the first trailer chassis specially designed for moving shipping containers

QuickLoadz today joins London Stock Exchange Group’s international business support and capital raising ecosystem, ELITE. QuickLoadz, along with the other new ELITE company leadership teams closed trading on London’s market.

About QuickLoadz

QuickLoadz builds revolutionary truck beds and trailers to move loaded sea shipping containers. By allowing loaded sea shipping containers to move from anywhere to anywhere at ground level QuickLoadz opens up intermodal shipping to tens of thousands of new customers while eliminating the need for 19 out of 20 traditional trailers, loading docks, warehouses. QuickLoadz is the solution to allow autonomous pickup and delivery of entire containers of merchandise creating the new world of freight.

Sean Jones, CEO and Founder of QuickLoadz:

“QuickLoadz is excited to join the London Stock Exchange Group Elite program. QuickLoadz is the last piece of the puzzle needed to revolutionize freight and logistics through the first real innovation in container transportation in decades. However, the better mousetrap is useless if no one knows about it, and the London Stock Exchange Group’s Elite program promises to give QuickLoadz access to the training, capital markets and customers it needs to move freight and logistics into the future one container at a time.”

Umerah Akram, Head of ELITE UK, London Stock Exchange:

“I’m excited to present the latest group of UK companies to join ELITE, a clear demonstration of the country’s ability to grow great businesses. These companies drive innovation, employment, and create opportunities for us all.

“ELITE is committed to giving the British business stars of the future the very best chance to succeed, providing them with access to appropriate expertise and capital. It is a unique, strong community of the best and most dynamic entrepreneurs, advisers, investors and business school academics from the UK, Europe and around the world.”

About ELITE

ELITE is a full-service programme designed to help ambitious companies prepare and structure for the next stage of growth through the access to long term financing opportunities. It is a unique offering for scale-ups across Europe and beyond, providing a comprehensive training programme and extensive access to the business and financial community. The ELITE Funding platform, launched in 2017, will also help streamline the capital raising process for ELITE companies.

For further information ELITE, the companies and the full list of partners, please go to: www.elite-network.com

- Sean

QuickLoadz Wreck

Early in March 2018, a QuickLoadz trailer was rear ended at a high rate of speed by a semi truck. No one was killed or seriously injured, which is surprising from the pictures of the damage the truck received.

The QuickLoadz trailer’s bumper was damaged, and the rear of the trailer bent. But when you see what happened to the semi that hit it…

We build them sturdy.

Tow trailer, flatbed trailer, but most of all…

Automated container mover. Move 60,000 pounds of merchandise in three minutes without ever getting out of the seat in your truck.

- Sean