Manufacturing Story

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Terminal Investment Corporation today represents an evolution that follows the initiatives of the Booker family over two complete generations and nearly seven decades. Beginning with the inter-city bus transportation and terminal business of the 1950’s and 1960’s, progressing to port related labor transportation of the 1960’s and 1970’s, to the unique port equipment rental pools established in the 1980’s as well as the manufacturing operation that was developed to support our service business.

In the early 1970’s, Randall S. Booker recognized opportunities to address and alleviate capital and operating inefficiencies in port operations. The arrival of pure container vessels, as well as terminals devoted to containerized trade presented a window to innovate capital equipment end-user efficiencies through the creation of neutral pools of terminal tractors. As an innovative concept, these pools were created to enable stevedores and port operators to have terminal tractors available on an as needed basis – as many as needed on the busiest day when all cranes are running – without having to own and maintain any tractors and with absolute cost identification. This innovation has proved to be a critical aspect in the successes recorded by numerous ports.


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TICO began manufacturing its own tractors in the 1980’s as a way to address the need for equipment built to a maintenance and operator criteria. A defining innovation for TICO – we built about 1,200 tractors for the TICO fleet before we decided to sell one. TICO introduced the Pro-Spotter terminal tractor to the retail market in 2008. Approaching the retail manufacturing mission as an operator and maintainer of tractors will always set TICO apart from others in the terminal tractor space. The Pro-Spotter terminal tractor is the result of an evolution of directly integrated R&D, with an unflinching dedication to quality. TICO continues to strive to innovate and produce the very best equipment for its own use, as well as its valued customers.