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07/22/2015

Sharp Transport Becomes First Carrier To Receive Smartway Elite Trailer Designation

NASHVILLE (July 22, 2015) – Ethridge, Tennessee-based Sharp Transport, Inc. has become the first carrier in the United States verified by the EPA to earn the SmartWay® Elite Trailer designation. Outfitted with low rolling resistance tires, side skirts and the STEMCO TrailerTail®, Sharp Transport's trailers are equipped to achieve more than ten percent fuel savings.

For a trailer to earn the right to bear the SmartWay® Elite Trailer mark, it must be equipped with low rolling resistance tires and a high-performance combination of fuel-saving aerodynamic technologies such as side skirts and TrailerTails®. In conjunction, these devices help decrease the load on the engine and reduce fuel consumption. Only trailers using aerodynamic technologies that result in a fuel efficiency improvement of nine percent or more are eligible to earn the designation.

"Our existing customer base and new customers alike are starting to request these certifications and rankings during bid renewals and new quotes," said Jarit Cornelius, Director of Maintenance at Sharp Transport.

"We've always been an efficiency-conscious fleet, but just couldn't quantify the adoption of any more aerodynamic additions to our fleet until the STEMCO engineers paid us a visit earlier this year," he explained. "They sent their team out to retrofit one of our trailers, took one of our drivers for the day and compiled comparison data with and without their product. When the reports came back, we immediately standardized their TrailerTail® on all of our new over-the-road trailer fleet orders."

"Helping fleets like Sharp Transport cut fuel expenses and reduce carbon emissions are two of the major goals of STEMCO's Innovative Tire and Mileage Solutions division," said Bob Montgomery, STEMCO Vice President of Innovative Tire & Mileage Solutions. "We take pride in helping fleets stay competitive, profitable and compliant while helping lower the amount of pollutants they introduce to the environment.

"Also, as the EPA and NHTSA develop their phase two greenhouse gas standards, more and more carriers like Sharp Transport are turning to fuel-saving aerodynamic technologies like the STEMCO TrailerTail® in order to get a jump on compliance," added Montgomery.

"Our customers are not only doing their part to improve the future, they are starting to only partner with carriers that care as much as they do," said Cornelius.

For more information on the EPA SmartWay® verification program and a list of compliant technologies, visit the EPA SmartWay® Technology Program website.

To learn more about fuel-saving aerodynamic technologies, visit the STEMCO Innovative Tire and Mileage Solutions website.

About Sharp Transport, Inc.
Founded in 1979, Sharp Transport is one of the largest family-owned truckload carriers in Middle Tennessee, employing more than 200 people. The main terminal is located in Ethridge, Tennessee, with a metropolitan office located in Nashville. Visit SharpTransport.com to learn more.

About STEMCO
With offices and manufacturing facilities in Texas, Georgia, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, California, Mexico, Canada and China, STEMCO is a leader in the technology and manufacture of commercial vehicle wheel end, braking and suspension components, as well as intelligent transportation systems. STEMCO is an EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NPO) company. EnPro is a leader in the manufacture of sealing technologies and engineered products for use in critical applications by industries worldwide. For more information, visit the STEMCO website at www.stemco.com.

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