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The Box That Changed the World

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By the 1950s, Malcolm McLean of Robeson County had built one of the country's biggest transportation firms, the McLean Trucking Company. In 1956, he turned an idea he had been thinking about since 1937 into a reality. His invention 'containerized shipping' revolutionized the world of shipping. His idea was to build a tractor-trailer truck in which the trailer part could be lifted onto a ship or onto railroad cars, without anyone touching the contents, and transported to a particular destination, where it was loaded back onto a truck and delivered to the customers.
Tar Heel Junior Historian (NoCar F 251 T3x), Vol. 46 Issue 1, Fall 2006, p22-23, il