NORTH SCITUATE, R.I., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Champion pumpkin grower,
Joe Jutras of North Scituate, Rhode Island, is blessed with more than a
green thumb when it comes to pumpkins. On September 26, 2007, Jutras
harvested the world's largest pumpkin tipping the scales at a whopping
1,689 pounds, smashing the previous Guinness Book of World Record-sized
pumpkin of 1,502 by 187 pounds. Joe's historical success presented an even
more daunting challenge, as he had not just one but four of the largest
pumpkins ever to come out of a single pumpkin patch in history. Just how he
was to transport these giant treasures safely from his garden patch more
than 200 yards behind his house to safe storage, before eventual movement
to four regional fairs and weigh-offs?
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For the record, Jutras grew this year the four biggest pumpkins ever
taken out of a single pumpkin patch in world history, each respectively
weighing in at 1,689 pounds, 1,402 pounds, 1,352 pounds and 1,302 pounds.
Breaking world records for thousand-plus pound pumpkins is truly
phenomenal. And Jutras has never had such a grand harvesting year before,
so besides 'big' news and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records,
this could mean 'big' dollars as well. Record pumpkins can fetch up to
$10,000 and the seeds alone as much as $150 each.
While the dollars are a bonus, giant pumpkin growing is mostly about
personal bests and the love of competition. It is not unusual for a grower
to spend 20-30 hours a week in the patch nurturing their plants. Pumpkins
tend to crack when they get larger, and with so much invested growers get
little sleep in the days leading up to harvest.
With Jutras' pumpkins having outgrown traditional tripod and winch
methods of movement, Joe was truly stumped as to how he would transport his
treasures without turning them to squash. So he turned to one of the
nation's most trusted third-party logistics and transportation providers,
Cardinal Logistics Management Corporation, (Cardinal), with offices located
across the country.
"When I learned about Cardinal's capabilities and reputation, it was
clear that I did not want to take a chance on moving my prized pumpkins by
any other means. I was hopeful that my harvest would break a record and did
not want to chance an accident," said Jutras.
In early September, Jutras spoke with Cardinal Logistics Management
Regional Manager, Jason Cardoza, who offered the services of his company.
Cardinal Logistics Management specializes in dedicated contract carriage,
warehousing and inventory management, transportation technology solutions,
and is a recognized industry leader of 'final mile' home and jobsite
deliveries. Although this was unusual cargo for Cardinal Logistics, which
typically transports and warehouses product for clients like Office Depot,
Kraftmaid Cabinetry, 7-Eleven, Mill's Pride, Lowe's and many others, the
logistics leader knew exactly how to properly secure and safely transfer
Jutras' precious cargo to its intended destination.
With much care, a Cardinal Logistics Management driver lifted the
1,689- pound beauty and the rest of the harvest by harness, secured them on
pallets and loaded all four giant treasures on a flatbed, ready for their
journey to safe storage. The harnessing and loading process took three
hours, and the result was a pretty happy champion pumpkin harvester.
"It was a pleasure to be able to help Joe out with his challenge.
Cardinal is a world leader in the transport of large, bulky, hard to
handle, and valuable product," said Skip Stritzinger, Senior Vice President
of Sales for Cardinal Logistics Management. "Helping Joe with his prized
pumpkin was a natural. It was a thrill to witness his achievement and his
pride as the new world record holder."
Jutras' record-breaking pumpkin is currently on display in a glass case
at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Its destination from
there is yet to be determined. But with a partner such as Cardinal
Logistics Management to handle moving precious cargo, Joe's passion and
competitive spirit can now focus on how he can top his world record during
next season's pumpkin harvest.
About Cardinal Logistics Management Corporation:
Headquartered in Concord, N.C., Cardinal Logistics Management
Corporation (Cardinal) is one of the country's fastest growing dedicated
delivery transportation solution providers. With a specialty in 'final
mile' home and jobsite deliveries for some of the nation's leading
retailers, Cardinal's logistics team of experts work closely with clients
to develop and implement technology-driven transportation solutions to help
companies optimize their supply chains. Cardinal customers include Fortune
500 companies such as: Office Depot, Kraftmaid Cabinetry, 7-Eleven,
AutoZone, Monarch Windows and many more. For more information about
Cardinal, please visit our website at www.cardlog.com.
SOURCE Cardinal Logistics Management Corporation