About The Inventor
Born and raised in Central Indiana, John Hadley has been driving trucks professionally since he began working for the County Highway Department in Lebanon, Indiana at the tender age of 17. Today, some 32 years later, Mr. Hadley is still on the road. So, with over 30 years of trucking experience, he is unquestionably a veteran of his industry.
Regarding long-distance refrigerated trucking specifically, John Hadley has spent almost half of his trucking career to date transporting climate-sensitive cargo in reefer units. In fact, it was only several months after his stint in refrigerated trucking began in 2006 that Mr. Hadley had his first “eureka moment” pertaining to what has since become the ReeferShield.
The inventor has always taken great pride in his work and ensures that every inch of both himself and his truck is meticulously tidy and clean so that he can be as professional as possible when picking up or delivering cargo or, for that matter, at any point in between. So, he was appalled when he witnessed the alarmingly large number of damaged or missing reefer unit doors and panels out on the road.
A lifelong “tinkerer”, John Hadley soon began to develop his reefer unit protection concept and, 13 years later, the patent application for the ReeferShield was filed. At present, Mr. Hadley and his wife and business partner Barbara Hadley are seeking licensing and possibly other commercialization opportunities for their patented invention.