Craters & Freighters Opens Veteran Owned Location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Customized Packaging, Crating and Shipping Now Available to Local Businesses and Consumers

David & Pat Mansmith, owners of Craters & Freighters Milwaukee

Craters & Freighters, the national leader in specialty packaging, crating and shipping solutions, announced today the opening of a new location in Milwaukee as a result of the area’s high demand for specialty freight handling services. The new location will be open for business on September 1st and service the entire metro area.

“We are pleased to expand our presence throughout the Milwaukee and Eastern Wisconsin region,” said Diane Gibson, Craters & Freighters Founder and CEO. “As a key strategic area for the company, Milwaukee is an ideal market for us. We are looking forward to building strong partnerships with Milwaukee’s Fortune 500 companies, medical facilities, higher education institutions, and technology companies. Many of these organizations have a need for unique packing, crating and shipping solutions. Craters & Freighters of Milwaukee is ready to provide the services they need.”

Ms. Gibson states, “We were pleased to offer a discounted investment to David Mansmith, the owner of the Milwaukee location through the International Franchise Association’s Vet Fran Program. Mr. Mansmith served in two combat missions in Vietnam from 1969 and 1970 and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign War.

Mr. Mansmith discovered Craters & Freighters as a customer and was intrigued by the unique business model that lead him to purchase the Milwaukee territory. He adds, “I’ve been in the medical equipment sales for over thirty years and look forward to applying my experience in the medical industry to assist corporations in Milwaukee with their specialty logistics needs.” Mr. Mansmith spent the last seven years of his career as the sales manager for Zimmer Incorporated, the number one orthopedic company in the world. He has also owned five businesses in multiple states including Wisconsin, North Carolina and California.

Craters & Freighters was founded in June 1990 to meet the needs of businesses and consumers for specialty freight handling, including pick-up, crating, shipping, tracking, insuring and delivery of shipments that are too heavy, oversized, valuable, awkward, and time-sensitive for other shipping agencies. The company serves consumers and businesses in all sectors including telecommunications, electronics, medical equipment, aerospace, biotechnology, and heavy machinery.

Some of the most unique, valuable and challenging shipments the company has handled include:

  •     2012 Elephant Sculpture being displayed at the GOP Convention in Tampa, FL
  •     A complete F-15 flight simulator, which was shipped from an Air Force base in Florida to one in Texas in 32 crates ranging in size from 20’ x 12’ to 3’ x 3’
  •     Server racks for leading technology companies across the world.

Craters & Freighters in Milwaukee is located at N69 W25055 Indian Grass Lane, Ste. P
Sussex, WI 53089. The phone number is (855) 459-0470.

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