Tmc Transportation Takes Delivery Of First Model 579 Places Order For Additional 1,500 Tractors
Caption: Left to right: Mike Dozier, Assistant General Manager; Stan Mikalonis, Director of Operations PACCAR Financial Company; Robert Woodall, Director of Sales & Marketing; Tom Wentworth, Allstate Peterbilt; Rod Simon, Exec VP - Maintenance, TMC Transportation; Jason Webb, Executive Vice President of Asset Management, TMC Transportation; Bill Kozek, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President
DENTON, TX… Peterbilt Motors Company announced the delivery of the first Model 579 to TMC Transportation of Des Moines, Iowa. Representatives from TMC Transportation and Allstate Peterbilt were in attendance to commemorate the historic occasion. The Model 579, Peterbilt’s newest SmartWay® designated product, was designed to optimize fuel efficiency, increase vehicle reliability, and enhance operator comfort.
“Peterbilt is proud to celebrate this exciting event with TMC Transportation, as our companies share the same passion for industry leading quality, performance and customer satisfaction,” said Bill Kozek, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “The Model 579 is the culmination of innovative engineering design and manufacturing processes that result in the highest quality product. To share this occasion with a long-term, loyal partner and our Denton employees is very rewarding.”
“This is really an exciting occasion for TMC Transportation, experiencing first-hand the pride, quality, and craftsmanship from Peterbilt’s production team that is evident in the products they manufacture,” said Jason Webb, Executive Vice President of Asset Management. “TMC is the largest privately-held flatbed carrier in the nation, and we are proud to take delivery of the first Model 579 and add this exciting new product to our fleet.”
In addition to commemorating the first delivery of the Model 579, TMC Transportation placed an order for an additional 1,500 units, citing the product’s fuel efficiency design characteristics and early driver feedback upon reviewing comfort and amenities inherent in the cab and sleeper interior.
Both Webb and Rod Simon, TMC Executive Vice President of Maintenance conducted a comprehensive technical review of the first 579 unit and said, “We are confident in the product and the operational performance improvements we will gain in the form of fuel efficiency, driver comfort, and vehicle reliability.”
Driver comfort played a key role in the decision to purchase additional units, with retention remaining a critical factor in fleet utilization. The Model 579 features a 2.1 meter-wide aluminum cab with a panoramic-style windshield that provides maximum visibility. Complete with a functional business area, the sleeper doubles as a comfortable and convenient office. Features include new sound abatement technology that minimizes outside noise, a climate control system for excellent heating, cooling and air circulation, as well as the industry’s widest use of LED lighting.
“TMC Transportation is a leader among the nation's flatbed operations, and possesses a special dedication to operating premium aerodynamic vehicles," said Jeff Vanthournout, president of Allstate Peterbilt, the selling dealer. "The purchase of an additional 1,500 units shows the confidence they have that the Model 579 will contribute positively to their business model, and we thank them for our long-term partnership."
Based in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt Motors Company combines a global reputation for industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficiency solutions, with superior quality to engineer a truck that stands as the "Class" of the industry. Through its 250-plus North American dealer locations, Peterbilt also provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs to complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fueled vehicles. Customers enjoy industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited QuickCare services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com.