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Reducing downtime and lowering costs at Bruckner Leasing Company

To improve its ability to manage 200 to 250 new service and repair cases each day at 24 locations in six states, Bruckner Leasing needed a means of communicating more effectively and efficiently. The division of Bruckner Truck Sales, headquartered in Amarillo, Texas, is a member of the Mack Leasing System, the Volvo Leasing System

At C.R. England, service needs, fuel savings and costs drive equipment specs

One of the country’s best known trucking companies, C.R. England is also one of North America’s largest refrigerated service providers. Today, the 98-year old carrier provides national and regional refrigerated transportation in the continental U.S., dedicated fleet and intermodal services, as well as transportation into and out of Mexico. “Across our operations, total cost of ownership

Keeping costs low and asset utilization high at Master Fleet

As a provider of fleet maintenance services, Master Fleet requires a unified source of information to ensure the lowest costs and least amount of downtime for its customers. “Most important are database and reporting capabilities that enable us to achieve cost savings for our customers by establishing, tracking and reporting on key performance indicators,” says

Managing maintenance and parts effectively with internal programs and outsourcing alternatives

For most fleets, managing maintenance and parts efficiently requires a mix of programs and practices. At the 2018 Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, those approaches were on display during two sessions that were part of the conference educational program on Strategies for Managing a Safe, Productive and Cost Effective Fleet. Ameren Illinois fields a fleet

Isuzu is providing truck configurations that meet customer needs

Medium-duty truck markets rise and fall at different rates, noted Brian Tabel, executive director of marketing at Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “Final mile, home delivery and grocery are some of the segments where we’ve seen some of the biggest gains,” he related. “Lease/rental is another segment that we continue to see growth in year

Valley Farm Transport’s 55-year business philosophy is the key to its success

There are two things that are never lacking at Valley Farm Transport. First are the challenges that the Dixon, Calif.-based agricultural products hauler faces every day. Second is the determination to address those issues effectively and professionally. “We embrace a no-compromise philosophy when it comes to customer satisfaction,” says David Nickum, president and chief executive

Effective wheel specification, maintenance choices lead to longer service life

How does a vehicle’s application impact wheel selection? What factors go into the decision to spec the correct kind of wheel? The answers, according to Chris Putz, principal engineer at Maxion Wheels Commercial Vehicle Wheels, North America, begin with an understanding of several important factors. “In order to achieve long-life performance of wheels, it is

The AAA Cooper Transportation advantage: A cohesive maintenance, safety and purchasing approach

Combining three functional areas of its fleet operation under a single management team is proving to be an advantage at AAA Cooper Transportation. “With safety, maintenance and purchasing for the fleet managed collectively we have a combined thought process,” says Steven Aronhalt, the fleet’s vice president of safety and maintenance. “The value in that approach

Roush CleanTech enters the electric vehicle market

As a provider of alternative fuel vehicle technology, Roush CleanTech is best known for its propane autogas and compressed natural gas fuel systems for medium-duty commercial vehicles. Recently, the company expanded its alternative fuel portfolio with an all-electric version of the Ford F-650. Built on the OEM’s chassis, Roush CleanTech’s fully electric vehicles have a

More medium-duty electric trucks are coming to market

When Mark Smith, program manager of technology integration with the Vehicle Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, spoke on the subject of fleet electrification at the recent Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, part of his presentation covered the 21st Century Truck Partnership. The 21CTP, he noted,

The forward-thinking approach of Cowan Systems

In the 47 years that Michael Sizemore has worked in truck fleets, he’s seen what he calls some very intelligent decisions. “In 1994, when Joseph Cowan, the son of the company’s founder W.T. Cowan, opened Cowan Systems LLC as a new operating entity, he created a niche with a lightweight fleet,” says the director of

Gypsum Express fields trucks designed for maximum payload, reliability

With its recent move into bulk materials hauling, Gypsum Express is expanding the size and the scope of its operations. “Our expertise is in the flatbed market, so when we decided to start a bulk division we needed to learn about equipment for that type of operation,” says Larry Wight, vice president of the bulk