“Here at JB Hunt we strive to be a great partner, and we search for great partners to do business with. Thankfully we have found a great partner in Northern Refrigerated.
They truly go out of their way to ensure our freight is on time, rated fairly and most importantly done with integrity. They have been a great partner for years and I am proud to call them our JB Hunt Refrigerated LTL Carrier of the YEAR! This is well deserved as they are a joy to work with from their knowledgeable and patient operations to their quick and fair sales team. Northern is a strong and valuable Partner with JB Hunt.”

Thank you for putting my load on Mario’s route today.  He is always on time, respectful, and picks up pallets.

Bradley Fulton | BevMo! #54

He has helped us out a ton. When there is an issue he finds us a solution. We really appreciate he and his team’s work. Barry If I lived close to you I would buy you a beer! Thanks for helping us out.

Matt Desmarais | Stonyfield Organic

I would love for Trina to be our dedicated CSR. I honestly have no idea who has been assigned for our Mode office but would be thrilled if it could be her. These two orders were tough and she came thru and gave us all such a happy ending!

Leasa Greer | Mode Transportation

Mario is one of our favorite drivers!!!  He definitely goes above and beyond and we appreciate it.  Not just this week, but all the time.

Melanie Sardina | BevMo #50

Thank you for your time and wonderful service as always!

Ashley Hooten | Pacific Cookie

As a general rule, I don’t regularly compliment vendors or their staff.  However in the case of our Northern driver, Mario, I felt it necessary to pass on to you a special commendation. He is one of the best, if not the very best, driver that I deal with at Store #74.  Mario is always extremely courteous, efficient and attentive to the special needs at Store 74.  It is a pleasure working with him.I certainly look forward to continuing our business relationship with Mario going forward.

Joe Gatto | BevMo #74

Doug and Travis are great to work with. Especially Travis – but I work with him more frequently, so he has more chances to shine and shine he does!! 

Debi Vanderlin | Market Centre

I just wanted to let you know that I am very grateful to have Mario as my Unified driver. He always waits until I am ready for him even if there is Trucks before him. He is a great Worker and adjusts to any condition that is put in front of him. I feel like he is a big caring person and will not mind waiting.

Management | From everyone at Bevmo Store #145

Driver of the Year 2017 goes to three outstanding drivers:

Santos Nunez
Greg Brown
Mario Fernandez

“Cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships by delivering value driven transportation services.”

Welcome to Northern Refrigerated Transportation, Inc.

“Service is the Difference”

This isn’t just our motto; this is why our business exists today. Northern Refrigerated was founded by my parents in 1947 under the name Northern Milk Lines. The operation began by hauling milk cans and tankers from small dairies to the creamery. It has grown into a 200 truck operation serving the 6 western states by staying true to our motto. We have remained a family oriented company and believe that our greatest asset is our people. We are in business to cultivate partnerships with our customers, believing that in doing this, both will be successful. ~ Rick Mello

Our Services


  • Warehousing
  • Re-Palletization
  • Cross Docking
  • Lift Gate Delivery
  • Overnight delivery
  • Temperature Controlled Shipments
  • Less Than Truckload Shipments (LTL)
  • Truckload Shipments (TL)
  • Freight Consolidation
  • Pool Shipment Redistribution
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Dedicated Truck Leasing
Customer Service

  • We are committed to service our customers to the best of our ability and encourage our customers’ participation for continuous improvement.

Ethics & Honesty

  • Relationships with customers, employees, and vendors based on sound, ethical and honest business practices.


  • The future of our companies is our employees. Their pride and commitment to the companies comes from the companies’ pride and commitment to them!
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