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01/25/2017

Stagecoach Cartage Becomes First Carrier in Texas to Receive SmartWay Elite Trailer Designation

EL PASO, Texas (January 25, 2017) – El Paso, Texas-based Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution recently became the first carrier in Texas to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay® Elite trailer designation. The company employs low rolling resistance tires and STEMCO TrailerTail® rear fairings to increase their fuel efficiency by 10 percent or more.

For a trailer to receive the SmartWay® Elite designation, it must employ a range of fuel-saving technologies, including aerodynamic devices and low rolling resistance tires, to meet a minimum fuel efficiency increase of 10 percent.

“We’re incredibly proud to be the first company in the state of Texas to receive this recognition,” said Mike Lovin, director of maintenance for Stagecoach Cartage. “By employing these fuel-saving technologies, we’re able to provide more competitive pricing for our customers and reduce our overall carbon footprint. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

Stagecoach, a full-service trucking, warehousing, packaging and brokerage company, has been using the STEMCO TrailerTail® rear fairing since 2011. By streamlining the airflow at the back of the trailer, the TrailerTail® rear fairing reduces turbulence, sway and drag, improving fuel economy and also reducing driver fatigue.

“Increasing fuel efficiency for our customers is one of our primary goals at STEMCO,” said Bob Montgomery, STEMCO vice president of Innovative Tire & Mileage Solutions. “With the money our customers save, devices like a TrailerTail fairing or a side skirt can pay for themselves in just a few months. After that, savings go straight to the bottom line.”

Being designated a SmartWay® Elite carrier also positions Stagecoach favorably as EPA and NHTSA Phase 2 greenhouse gas standards increase fuel efficiency and carbon emission requirements.

“From collision avoidance systems to electronic stability control to fuel efficiency devices, we pride ourselves on being an industry leader in adopting technologies that make us more efficient, safe and profitable,” Lovin added. “This SmartWay Elite recognition is one more reason our customers can feel confident in hiring Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution.”

In addition to TrailerTail® fairings, Stagecoach also uses STEMCO wheel bearings, wheel seals, axle fasteners and brake shoes.

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 www.stemco.com/products/innovative-tire-mileage-solutions/.

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