News | Aug 8, 2018

Garrett Container delivers Navy’s universal cargo box to growing market

JMIC containers making shipping supplies by air or sea a breeze

Sailors remove cargo straps from JMIC containers aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill.

Justin Yarborough/Navy

Maryland-based company Garrett Container Systems has licensed the Navy’s patented Joint Modular Intermodal Containers (JMIC) for commercial sales.

The company has long supplied the Department of Defense, but the patent license, obtained from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, enables the company’s overseas sales.

“Garrett Container Systems is thankful for the opportunity to commercialize Navy technology,” said Jim Diven, vice president of business development for Garrett Container Systems, Inc. “We’ve been fortunate to sign a reseller agreement with a partner in Australia.”

Designed by Navy engineer Mark Heinrichs at the Naval Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation Center at Naval Weapons Station Earle, the JMIC is known as a “factory-to-foxhole” shipping container that replaces wooden pallets.

The stackable, interlocking boxes improve shipping efficiency with fast assembly and breakdown in a strong, forklift-ready design. The containers can be loaded from the top or the side. By using smaller containers, material handling can benefit from automation, and use available space on ships and aircraft more efficiently. The containers also break down into a flattened, compact size for storage and return.

Garrett Container Systems is a HUBZone certified small business, headquartered in western Maryland. It was established in 1991 as a manufacturer of aluminum storage and shipping containers.

In 2003, Garrett expanded, becoming a “system integrator” of troop deployment kits and a distributor of top-shelf tactical and support equipment. In 2007, the company built an in-house tactical nylon equipment manufacturing capability. In 2009, the company began producing military working dog gear under their own Top Dawg brand.

TechLink, the Department of Defense’s national partnership intermediary for technology transfer, helped Garrett Containers prepare their patent license application. TechLink’s Brian Metzger, senior technology manager, worked with the company and the Navy to finalize the agreement.

Funded by the DoD, TechLink’s staff of licensing professionals offer no-cost assistance to businesses who commercialize DoD technology, allowing the economy to benefit from the American taxpayer’s investment in defense science and engineering.

“The Navy’s design has many advantages, and it’s a great product for commercial shipping customers and the military,” said Metzger. “Garrett Containers is a great partner for the Department of Defense.”