Con-way Freight to Deploy Trailer Skirts to Improve Fuel Efficiency, Reduce
Working with Wabash National, the less-than-truckload company will outfit
16,000 trailers with SmartWay® approved aerodynamic panels as part of its
commitment to sustainability.
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 10, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Con-way Freight, a
less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW),
today announced it is outfitting its line haul trailer fleet with DuraPlate^®
AeroSkirts^® to increase overall fleet fuel efficiency and reduce carbon
Commonly known as "trailer skirts," the DuraPlate AeroSkirt was developed by
Wabash Composites, a division of Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC). The
specially designed DuraPlate AeroSkirts improve trailer aerodynamics, reducing
wind drag and contributing to improved fuel economy and trailer stability.
"Enhancing environmental sustainability, reducing operating costs and
improving safety don't have to be mutually exclusive goals," explained Tom
Clark, senior vice president, operations for Con-way Freight. "We continually
look to invest in technologies and adopt business practices that can
accomplish these objectives. The addition of the DuraPlate AeroSkirt to our
line haul trailers will help improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon
emissions, as well as improve trailer stability which will make our equipment
safer for our drivers and the motoring public."
Con-way Freight has contracted with Wabash to retrofit some 16,000 trailers
used in the company's line-haul operations. Installation of the skirts began
earlier this year and is expected to be completed by August. Combined with the
company's other fuel-savings initiatives and technologies, the addition of the
trailer skirts is expected to help reduce fleet carbon emissions by some 80
million pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
"We continually look for opportunities to help fleets lower their total cost
of ownership," said James Scarcelli, vice president and general manager,
Wabash Composites. "As a leader in trailer aerodynamics with more than 100,000
DuraPlate AeroSkirts built and sold, our expertise translates into aerodynamic
products that provide the greatest combination of durability and fuel
efficiency, while contributing to reduced carbon emissions. Our team is
looking forward to our new partnership with Con-way Freight and applying our
past success to this 2014 installation project."
The EPA SmartWay^® approved DuraPlate AeroSkirt is a durable aerodynamic
solution for over-the-road trailers. Its proven structural composite material,
DuraPlate, consists of two external steel skins thermally bonded to a
high-density polyethylene (HDPE) core, for superior strength that resists
damage. A proprietary spring-bracket design allows for inboard and outboard
deflection, to further resist potential impact damage, leading to longer
Con-way Freight is a SmartWay approved carrier and a winner of the 2013
SmartWay Excellence Award.
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About Wabash National Corporation
Headquartered in Lafayette, Ind., Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) is a
diversified industrial manufacturer and North America's leading producer of
semi trailers and liquid transportation systems. Established in 1985, the
company specializes in the design and production of dry freight vans,
refrigerated vans, platform trailers, liquid tank trailers, intermodal
equipment, engineered products and composite products. Its innovative products
are sold under the following brand names: Wabash National®, Transcraft®,
Benson®, DuraPlate®, Walker Transport, Walker Defense Group, Walker Barrier
Systems, Walker Engineered Products, Brenner® Tank, Beall®, Garsite, Progress
Tank, TST®, Bulk Tank International and Extract Technology®. To learn more,
About Con-way Freight
Con-way Freight is the industry's leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight
transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and
transcontinental service with exception-free delivery, on-time service
performance and faster transit times through a single, unified network of 425
operating locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Con-way Freight offers LTL freight transportation across North America and
through Global LTL™ delivery in the United States from around the world.
Global solutions include international less-than-container load (LCL) ocean
shipments from Asia through its OceanGuaranteed^® service; direct service to
more than 30 Bahamian and Caribbean ports through TropicalDirect^SM; and
domestic offshore transportation to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Based in
Ann Arbor, Mich., Con-way Freight is a certified FAST highway carrier and is
C-TPAT/PIP-, ACE- and CSA-certified.
Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.5 billion
diversified freight transportation and logistics services company. For more
information, visit www.con-way.com/en/freight.
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