Safeway Specialty Flatbed Moves Prized Sculpture Collection

Transporting artwork requires special handling. So, when award-winning artist Dan Ostermiller needed more than 20 valuable bronze sculptures moved 440 miles from his studio in Loveland, Colorado to the Nedra Matteucci Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed got the call.

Ostermiller is well-known for his wildlife-inspired creations. His animal sculptures are currently the focus of the Gardens Gone Wild! exhibit at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, on display until May 2019.

The assignment presented Safeway with a few unique challenges. Because of their large size, the sculptures needed a vehicle that offered side and overhead access so they could be carefully loaded and unloaded by crane. Also, the sculptures featured a highly prized patina (or finish) that needed to be protected from the weather.

A Solid Solution for Transporting Artwork.

A Conestoga-equipped flatbed trailer provided the required loading and unloading access and protection from the elements.

“Each piece is unique and had its own logistical implications,” said Matt Leitz, Safeway’s General Manager. “We relied on one of our highly skilled professional drivers who worked with the artist to understand the intricacies of moving each piece.”

Driver Tim Wendt got the assignment. With more than 35 years’ worth of experience under his belt, he knew exactly what was needed to complete the specialty move on time, claim-free and anxiety-free. “It was excellent,” said Tim. “I enjoy transporting these unusual shipments and working with interesting people. The artist and I are cigar aficionados so after the job was completed, we exchanged our favorite cigars.”

The job was booked by Molly Malone, one of Safeway’s many independent sales agents. “Our sales agents have a diverse clientele with an even more diverse portfolio of shipment types,” said Matt. “We work hard to provide customized solutions and are passionate about what we do.”

Molly has been working with the staff and drivers of Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed for several decades and with many, many artists.

Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed has a long history of safely transporting works of art. “We’ve been providing transportation services to the art community for decades,” noted Matt. “From hauling the Joe Louis “Fist” monument back in the 80’s to the more recent move of a $20 million “Play-Doh” sculpture by Jeff Koons, the Safeway name is synonymous with securely transporting art.”

Want to know more about our Specialty Flatbed Services?

To learn more about this service, and about how we can handle all of your logistics projects, call us at 800-545-2899 7 AM to 6 PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

A Very Heavy Load: MRI Delivery

Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed continues to provide best-in-class specialized flatbed service as with this recent MRI delivery to Indiana. Each special transport begins with intimate product knowledge and an understanding of what is needed. It begins with proper trailer type, unique care and communication. Our decades of experience and thousands of successful deliveries in the medical imaging device market adds confidence with each new move.

Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed continues to provide best-in-class specialized flatbed service as with this recent MRI delivery to Indiana. Each special transport begins with intimate product knowledge and an understanding of what is needed. It begins with proper trailer type, unique care and communication. Our decades of experience and thousands of successful deliveries in the medical imaging device market adds confidence with each new move.

This transport required a step-deck with tarps and a driver knowledgeable in product-specific securement. Advance notice to the Cryo-Farm on our selected load date helps assure the piece is ready when necessary to ship to meet the transit for the required delivery date. These magnets are super-cooled and have a limited life of several days off-compressor.

The magnet gantry has its own securement to the special pallet base and the driver secures the pallet only with chains and binders at two points fore and aft. Despite the special wrap the magnet has from its original shipping from overseas, it’s very important the driver take great care when tarping to not damage the foil nor the attached electronic components.

Once loaded, we utilize ELD-based position tracking on a constant and daily basis to inspect progress goals are achieved or exceeded. Our exceptional on-time record allows us to communicate on an exception-only basis with our clients so they can focus on their core product offering and not the distraction of constant updates. The driver contacts the specific rigger at least 24-hrs prior to delivery to confirm schedule, provide specific arrival time, and gather site-specific parking/staging location information.

Upon arrival on site, the driver works with the lead rigger for the logistics of who, when, where, and how, to make the lift of the 30,000 lbs., safely and efficiently. Our drivers often collaborate and assist the riggers due to their experience at previous sites working with the same key factors. Knowing what works (and what doesn’t) can save many man-hours and add an additional layer of safety to the process.

Want to know more?

To learn more about this project, and about how we can handle your specialty projects, call us at 800-545-2899  7AM to 6PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.