Refrigeration in times of crisis

The framework for moving sensitive, temperature-controlled goods around the world exists, according to Tom Jackson, author of the book, “Chilled: How Refrigeration Changed the World and Might Do So Again.”

Jackson said, “If we get the temperatures right, we can take anything anywhere and store it for as long as we want.”

That’s in part thanks to Thermo King founders Frederick McKinley Jones and Joseph Numero. In his book, Jackson writes that Jones developed a more effective refrigerated unit that could be carried by a truck after a golf buddy complained to Numero, his business partner, about a spoiled shipment of chickens during a round in 1938.

According to the US Department of Transportation, the company grew “exponentially” during World War II, when its technology was used to help preserve blood, medicine and food.

A generation later, Thermo King has a role to play in handling the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines.

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