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December 13, 2012

Carthage trucking company honored for sustainability, improving efficiency

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Thermo King on Wednesday recognized D&D Sexton for its commitment to energy savings, improved operational efficiency and sustainability by presenting the Carthage trucking company with its “Energy Efficiency Leader Award.”

That award was presented by Martin Duffy, vice president of sales and market development for Thermo King.

D&D Sexton, one of the Midwest’s largest refrigerated carriers, said in a statement that it is implementing new, environmentally-responsible technologies that reduce idle time, save fuel and improve energy usage and operational efficiency.  

Among the changes:

- The company is adding innovative refrigerated transport units and auxiliary power units. The APUs are reducing idling time from 70 percent to 10 percent but still provide cabin comforts such as air conditioning and electricity for personal devices such as televisions.  

- Adding a web-based asset management system that provides the ability to remotely monitor and track untethered refrigerated units in a fleet. That is cutting fuel costs by up to 15 percent. Door switches connected to that system uncovered frequent door openings, identifying an opportunity to further reduce fuel costs by minimizing door openings.

- Installing fuel sensors that enable the company to accurately monitor fuel consumption.

- Adding trailer tails and trailer skirts, which reduce transport drag while improving fuel efficiency, and regularly recycling engine oil.

D&D Sexton said in a statement that its commitment to state-of-the art solutions also has helped reduce driver turnover to 40 percent — well below the 106 percent second quarter 2012 turnover rate for large carriers and the 86 percent turnover rate for small carriers, as reported by the American Trucking Associations.

“D&D Sexton focuses on innovative solutions that meet our fuel and operational efficiency needs while enabling us to provide our drivers with a state-of-the-art fleet that fosters a long-term drive commitment,” Dean Sexton, president of D&D Sexton, said in a statement. “Many of our drivers and employees have been with us more than 20 years.”

According to Sexton, the company has implemented sustainable initiatives across 80 percent of its fleet and plans to upgrade the rest of the fleet by late 2013. The company started upgrading its fleet in 2008 to reduce fuel costs in the face of rising diesel prices.

D&D Sexton, established in 1981, operates 170 tractors and 350 transport refrigeration units. The company has 225 employees.

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