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Builders Transportation Co. Orders 120 Mack Pinnacle Sleepers

Thu February 03, 2011 - Midwest Edition
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Flatbed carrier Builders Transportation Company LLC, based in Memphis Tenn., recently placed an order for 120 Mack Pinnacle model sleepers built with EPA 2010-certified Mack MP engines.

The new order, along with an order last year for 45 Pinnacle models, will shift Builders’ fleet mix to 50 percent Mack trucks. The company is both replacing trucks and adding 10 percent to its fleet, according to Dwight Bassett, Builders’ CFO.

The team at Builders took a hands-on approach in deciding where to turn for its new trucks. They began with a demo vehicle, learning how the Mack ClearTech SCR technology operates and experiencing the efficiency and comfort that Mack trucks offer. From there, they worked closely with Mack and Tri-State Truck Center, the local Mack dealership, to configure a truck that would best meet the company’s needs.

“Mack spent a lot of time helping us spec the truck, set the parameters and evaluate performance,” said Bassett. “Nobody works with me like the Mack people do.”

The combination of the Mack MP engine and Mack ClearTech SCR technology delivers near-zero emissions and up to a 5 percent or more fuel efficiency improvement over EPA 2007 engines, reducing customer operating costs, shrinking the truck’s carbon footprint and cutting the need for imported oil, according to the manufacturer.

“Customers like Builders Transportation quickly realize the benefits of Mack trucks with EPA ’10 MP engines,” said Jay Hoffman, Mack southeast region district manager. “Builders’ initial order of Pinnacle trucks delivered a reduction in fuel use and required maintenance, leading to the larger, more recent order.”

“We’ve been very pleased with the ClearTech SCR technology,” Bassett said. “We’ve had no problems at all. And with the new Mack trucks, we can operate at a lower cost.”

In addition to committing to the Mack ClearTech SCR technology, Builders’ management has eagerly embraced many efficiency-boosting technologies from Mack, like the Mack Vehicle Management and Control System. V-MAC IV, the latest version of the technology, gives customers like Builders hundreds of programmable features, allowing them to monitor each truck and engine and tailor vehicle operation for maximum efficiency.

The new trucks also are supported by the Mack MVASIST web-based service management platform and Mack OneCall Complete Care round-the-clock roadside assistance. MVASIST lets fleet managers, service providers and now Mack OneCall staff work together — in real time — to expedite repairs and maximize uptime.

BTC equipped each of the Mack Pinnacles with Qualcomm’s MCP 200 aftermarket in-cab computing platform and Pre Pass Plus transponders, enabling their drivers to safely bypass hundreds of weigh stations and pay their bridge and toll road fees electronically.

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