About Us

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“Delivering Out-of-the-Box Service.”

 

Container Systems has been operating in the Yakima area for over 30 years. As a small family oriented company, we are committed to delivering out-of-the-box service. This is because we believe our business is more than just what is in the box.

Our drivers operate out of our Yakima yard daily which makes them close to our customers, right from the start of each day. This helps expedite service to our customers in the Eastern Washington region. With both company drivers and owner operators our Container Systems team insures your move will always be handled with respect and efficiency.

With over 100 years of experience in the industry our office staff is here to help. Our dedicated dispatch team works directly with those drivers to insure timely delivery every time. The billing team focuses on getting accurate invoices to customers in a timely manner.

Proper equipment is the key to assisting our customers with their complex needs. In addition to having a fleet of well-maintained trucks we have 36 company owned chassis. These specialized chassis allow us to haul specialized moves for our valued customers.

 


ianIan Collins, President, Container Systems ian@containersystemsinc.com

Ian began his career in the transportation industry working for Collins Transport in 1990. After stints at Tacoma Motorfreight, Becker Trucking, Old Dominion and Puget Sound International, he became general manager of Premier. In November of 2013, Ian acquired Container Systems and became the president and owner of the company. When not spending time with his daughter, Alina, Ian loves hopping on the back of his motorcycles, snowboarding and anything music related.

 


jillJill Snyder, Safety and Compliance Director, Container Systems jill@premiertransport.net

When Jill joined our team she brought a high level of expertise in transportation safety. Jill became the second person in Washington State to receive her nationally certified Director of Safety credentials from the North American Transportation Management Institute in 2000. Jill has been an active member of the WTA’s Safety Management Board of Directors since 1995 and recently was recognized as Safety Professional of the Year in 2013. When she’s done checking drivers logs, Jill enjoys watching football, baseball and professional bull riding. Spending time with her family is a priority for her and is busy planning their next safari.

 


 

MelanieMelanie O’Rourke, Operations Manager, Container Systems melanie@premiertransport.net

Starting at West Coast Trucking, Melanie rolled into the industry in 2005. Her versatility means she has moved from the safety department to customer service to the billing department and is now the Operations Manager at Premier. Melanie was raised right here in the Pacific Northwest. When she isn’t jumping out of an airplane or leaping off bridges you can find her lost in the woods camping out with s’mores and her trusty camera. She might also be holed up in her studio creating her next work of genius.

 


cory2Corey Burwell, Dispatcher, Container Systems corey@containersystemsinc.com

Corey is our key liaison with our Container Systems customers. Having been a dispatcher since 1998, Corey brings years of experience from Genie Industries, Lion Trucking and Stonepath Logistics. When he isn’t wrangling trucks, Corey enjoys active pursuits like shooting hoops, flag football and baseball.

 


 

IMG_1286-2Liudmyla “Mila” Czechowski, Accountant, Container Systems mila@premiertransport.net

Mila joined our team in 2015. With an accounting degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s degree she acquired in Germany she creates the financial statements that keep us running smoothly. She manages accounts payable, payroll, and banking relationships. During off hours she raises 3 wonderful daughters, and enjoys the outdoors by running and playing tennis. Mila also likes to tempt fate by bungee jumping, skiing, and snowmobiling.

 


kelseyKelsey Kester, Billing Manager, Container Systems. kelsey@premiertransport.net

A Pacific Northwest native, Kelsey joined the Premier team in 2015. She brings with her an extensive background in customer service. Along with tackling her many administrative duties, Kelsey manages our billing department. Her free time is usually spent with her family or curled up with a good book. You can also catch her exploring the nearby hiking trails or creating her next Pinterest worthy craft.

 


 

Kodi Bearpaw, Rates & Admin Analyst, Container Systems. kodi@premiertransport.net

Kodi started in the transportation industry in routing and merchandising for Western Beer, later working for SLS as a shipping receiving inventory clerk. She owned and operated a karaoke business before finally joining our team in July of 2016. Kodi is the main contact for our customers, and supports the dispatch team by entering new orders, tracing, and scheduling. She grew up on a ranch in New Mexico and traveled the U.S. with her dad as a teenager. Kodi likes to spend her free time rocking out at concerts, traveling to new places and perfecting her cooking skills.


 

jessicaJessica Shaffer, Dispatcher, Container Systems. jessica@premiertransport.net

Jessi has been in the transportation industry since 2002, logging in eight years as a dispatcher at Lion Trucking and RoadOne before parking at Premier in 2013. Her experience at Pacific Rail Services at the BNSF SIG ramp has been invaluable for our dray customers. When not spending time with her husband and son, Jessi enjoys all sports (especially hockey and her beloved Colorado Avalanche), reading, sewing and traveling.


Claudia Wrabel, Supporting Dispatcher, Containter Systems. kay@premiertransport.net

With a dedication to building customer relationships and over 8 years of experience in the transportation industry Claudia joined the Premier team in 2017. As our main customer contact she is tasked with entering delivery orders, tracking containers, and scheduling appointments. Outside of the office Claudia can be hard to find while rock climbing, hiking & paddleboarding. She also spends her free time working with foster/stray dogs.


kenKen Collins, Founder, Premier Transport Inc. ken@premiertransport.net

Ken, founder of Premier Transport, began his career in the transportation industry as a driver in 1970. He started Collins Transport, an LTL company, in 1986 and sold it in 2000. That same year, Ken started Premier Transport. In his free time, Ken enjoys off-road motorcycle riding, traveling, golfing and attending Seattle Sounders FC soccer games. He savors spending time with his family and is looking forward to enjoying Palm Springs with his wife, Bonnie, during our Northwest rainy season.

 


larryLarry Brader, Founder, Container Systems larry@containersystemsinc.com

Larry was born in Yakima and began working at Brader Hauling Service, the company that his father started in 1930. After driving trucks for six years, Larry moved to dispatch, was promoted to GM and eventually became President/CEO, a position he held for 14 years. Larry founded Container Systems Inc. in 1984 and the portable storage side of the business in 1986. Happily married for 51 years, Larry enjoys spending time with his four children and five grandsons. Nothing makes Larry happier than golfing, traveling, and landing a 21 pound rainbow trout at his cabin in British Columbia.