Fuel savings were also the reason that Mesilla Valley made the decision to outfit all of its 3,535 dry van trailers with ATDynamics TrailerTails and ATD-Transtex side skirts. The first 200 trailers were fitted with the devices in August 2010 and the remaining 3,300 units will be completed over the next 12 months.
“We expect to reduce fuel use by about 8.5% with these devices,” Ray says. “Once the entire fleet is equipped with the TrailerTails and side skirts, that savings will equal a significant amount of fuel annually.
Bottom line savings
Mesilla Valley Transportation maintains its own fleet of tractors and trailers at its terminal facilities in El Paso, TX, and Las Cruces, NM. Both locations have fully equipped shops, entry inspection and service lanes, parts inventory, repair areas for tractors and trailers, and are equipped with bridge cranes and tooling.
“We have a blend of experience in every area of tractor and trailer maintenance and repair,” Ray states. “Our crews find that they are always learning new things.
“We are also interested in developing our own staff and experience,” Ray continues. “In our operation, an apprentice starts in the service lane and can progress into technical repairs, trailer fabrication, parts, or even move into IT and management roles. We always try to place people in positions where they can perform at their best.”
Performing at it best, according to Ray, is what Mesilla Valley Transportation has demonstrated since its founding in 1981 as a hauler of refrigerated and perishable goods in the Southwestern U.S. Growth through the 1980s and early 1990s expanded the carrier’s service area to cover the 48 contiguous states and Canada.
In 1991, the company began providing service to customers with plants in both the U.S. and Mexico. These “Twin-Plant Industries” require time-sensitive, reliable transportation across the U.S.-Mexico border. Today, Mesilla Valley Transportation specializes in providing time sensitive freight service between major manufacturing areas in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
“We are committed to using technology that is cost-effective, reliable and available today to operate the most efficient fleet in the country,” Ray states. “That way we will become a first-choice transportation provider for our customers and one of the most respected organizations in the trucking industry.”