Gulf Coast Craters & Freighters Reopen After Hurricanes

New Orleans and Gulfport Locations Help With Relief, Rebuilding Efforts

Sep 27, 2005, 01:00 ET from Craters & Freighters

    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- From priceless artwork to
 costly communications equipment, businesses and individuals that need to move
 valuable property in or out of the Gulf Coast area after Hurricanes Katrina
 and Rita can turn to Craters & Freighters in New Orleans and Gulfport.  The
 specialty freight-handling companies have reopened and are assisting with
 relief and rebuilding efforts, as well as efforts to restore commerce in the
     "We are up and running and ready to serve residents and businesses
 throughout the Gulf Coast," said Jim Caradine, owner of Craters & Freighters
 locations in New Orleans and Gulfport.  "Fortunately, our locations sustained
 only minor damage, so we're able to resume operations and lend a hand to those
 who were hit much harder."
     Craters & Freighters, which specializes in packing, crating and
 transporting items that are too large, fragile or valuable for traditional
 shippers, will give top priority to shipments that are related to hurricane
 recovery.  "We're already receiving calls from companies needing assistance
 with asset relocation and business continuity," said Caradine, who is shipping
 600 pieces of artwork out of the French Quarter this week.  "Our expertise in
 handling sensitive computer, communications and medical equipment will be
 invaluable as companies and communities begin replacing essential equipment
 that was damaged or destroyed."
     Craters & Freighters of New Orleans, located at 1417 Edwards Avenue in
 Jefferson Parish, reopened September 19th, while Craters & Freighters of
 Gulfport, located at 14373 Creosote Road, reopened September 21st.  Both
 locations sustained only minor structural and water damage.  None of the
 shipments that were in either warehouse during the storms were damaged.  Those
 shipments included medical, optical and computer equipment, as well as
 valuable antiques.
     Regular pick-ups and deliveries will resume as roads are repaired and
 neighborhoods reopened.  "We're not yet allowed into many areas," said
 Caradine, "but we will get to people in those areas as quickly as we can."
 Customers can get specific information about services in their area by calling
 Craters & Freighters of New Orleans at 800-733-0310 and Craters & Freighters
 of Gulfport at 888-272-8377.
     "Katrina and Rita have had a devastating impact on millions of people
 along the Gulf Coast," said Caradine.  "We're glad we are able to join forces
 with others who are working to rebuild our homes, businesses, communities and
     About Craters & Freighters:  Craters & Freighters of New Orleans and
 Gulfport are among 65 Craters & Freighters franchises located in major markets
 across the country.  The company offers a full range of domestic and
 international packing, crating and shipping services.  For more information
 about Craters & Freighters, call 800-949-9931 or visit
      For further information, contact:
      Anna Osborn, Susan Sears & Associates
      303.707.1776 /

SOURCE Craters & Freighters