Date: June 7, 2007
Averitt Express Chooses Fuller UltraShift for 500 Unit Truck Order
KALAMAZOO, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced that Averitt Express of Cookeville, Tenn., has recently taken delivery of 500 new trucks for their fleet – all equipped with new Fuller® UltraShift® LST (Linehaul Standard) heavy-duty automated transmissions.
“We’re excited about this transition,” said Scott Wolf, vice president of corporate services for Averitt. “We’ve heard nothing but good things from our drivers who work with the UltraShift. We feel confident about the benefits of converting our entire over-the-road fleet.”
The UltraShift LST provides fully automatic "two-pedal" operation, and is capable of handling torque capacities up to 1,650 lbs/ft. and loads up to 80,000 lbs. gross combined weight (GCW).
As with many fleet operators, Averitt is challenged with finding qualified drivers during the current industry shortage. According to Steve Maxon, vice president of equipment for Averitt, recruiting new drivers often involves a steep learning curve and intensive training. This and rising fuel costs, he added, are two of the most critical issues facing Averitt Express and the trucking industry today.
“We anticipate significant savings due to the return on investment from a fuel and maintenance standpoint,” said Maxon. “Additionally, we’re beginning to see improvements in our driver retention and an influx of new drivers. The UltraShift is more fuel efficient over long distances and requires less maintenance, but the biggest return on our investment is driver satisfaction. Drivers like it, and we want to make their driving experience as safe and pleasant as possible.”
”The UltraShift also has a higher resale value,” continued Maxon. “The trend toward automated products will begin to catch on more in the industry in a few years. Right about the time we’re ready to trade in our first units, there should be a good market for them.”
Established in 1971, Averitt Express provides freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. The company specializes in delivering customized solutions for service offerings that include less-than-truckload, truckload, time-critical and importing/exporting. Backed by successful execution for hundreds of customers, Averitt’s supply chain management capabilities include dedicated fleet operations, warehousing services and transportation management. For more information, call 1-800-AVERITT or visit http://www.averittexpress.com.
For additional information on Eaton’s UltraShift LST transmission and other Roadranger commercial vehicle components visit www.roadranger.com. To reach Roadranger customer service in the U.S. or Canada, dial 1-800-826-HELP (4357). In Mexico, dial 001-800-826-4357. The Roadranger Solution is an unbeatable combination of the best drivetrain, chassis and safety components from Dana Corporation and Eaton Corporation; all backed by Roadranger customer service – the most experienced and accessible drivetrain consultants in the business.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 61,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
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