The Corning facility in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, makes 4-foot by 4-foot sheets of very thin fusion-drawn flat-glass for use in LCD flat-screen televisions and computer monitors. Corning packs these sheets into custom-made wooden crates, each holding approximately 500 sheets. These crates are sized so that exactly 12 (three across and four deep) fit into a standard 20-foot steel intermodal shipping container leaving only negligible space (less than four inches). This is called “cubing out” the shipping container and eliminates the need for additional packing or securing.
Corning ships its glass, in these containers, to Corning Display Technologies in Tainan, Taiwan (an entirely separate company), which buys all the glass that Corning can produce and also buys more from other vendors. Consequently, Corning ships as many containers per day as it can fill, usually several, and has been doing so for years. Despite the expected fragility of such thin glass and the high volume of shipments, Corning has had virtually no problems with shipping by rail and the damage rate has been extremely low (estimated at one or two sheets for every few crates).
Judge(s): Alice M. Batchelder
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Related Categories: Conflict of Laws , Contracts , Damages , Torts , Transportation
|Circuit Court Judge(s)|
|Trial Court Judge(s)|
|Charles Simpson III|
|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|Paul Keenan||Keenan Cohen & Howard PC|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Edward Radzik||Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin|
|Henry Alford||Middleton Reutlinger|
|Rebecca Jennings||Middleton Reutlinger|