Minnesota Fleet Prefers Kenworth T700::Quality, Fuel Efficiency and Driver Comfort

Posted: September 16, 2011 in Kenworth, Wallwork Truck Center
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NORTHFIELD, Minn., Sept. 7, 2011 – There’s nothing complicated about building a
successful trucking company, said Rob Taylor, president of Taylor Truck Line
Inc., Northfield, Minn. Taylor follows three simple rules he learned from his
father, Jerry Taylor, who began trucking full time in 1957.

Quality, Fuel Efficiency and Driver Comfort

Kenworth T700 Quality, Fuel Efficiency and Driver Comfort

Rule No. 1: Pick up and deliver on time, all the time.

“Anything we can do to reduce downtime is important to us,” said Taylor, who
purchased 20 new Kenworth T700s with Cummins ISX15 400 hp engines, 10-speed
transmissions and 75-inch AERODYNE® sleepers last December. “I grew up with
Kenworth. The quality of Kenworth trucks and the reputation of Kenworth played
into our decision to purchase the T700s.”

With 320 trucks, 850 trailers and 440 employees, Taylor Truck Line’s growth
over the years has been driven solely by demand from customers, many who are
among America’s premier manufacturers. Rewarding good service with additional
business, these companies share one requirement in common for their carrier –
consistently high quality service. With Taylor, they get a trucking company that
is recognized as one of the best in the industry.

“Our safety rating is among the highest,” said Taylor. “Freight claims are
almost nonexistent. And our annual percentage of driver turnover is low by any
standard.”

Which leads to Rule No. 2: Do everything possible to service your customers.

As Taylor knows, good service begins with quality equipment and drivers. Keeping
his drivers comfortable and productive is a top priority. “That’s one of the
reasons we picked the T700,” said Taylor, adding that many drivers prefer the
big roomy cabs and sleepers of the T700. The 8-foot cathedral ceiling and ample
storage space provides more room to stretch out and relax during rest periods.

With good tractors and drivers, running a successful company takes “a
willingness to change with the times,” said Taylor, which brings us to Rule No.
3: Be open-minded and completely honest. With fuel costs still at or near
historic highs, it’s imperative to be more productive while lowering operating
costs. For Taylor, that means managing a fuel-efficient, low-cost-of-operation
fleet. As his new T700s get broken in, Taylor expects to see the fleet average
rise to 7 mpg and beyond. “We’re pleased with the fuel efficiency of the Cummins
ISX15 engines,” he said.

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and
medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving
technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks,
compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium duty diesel-electric
hybrids. Kenworth is the only truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental
Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its
environmentally friendly products. In addition, the fuel-efficient Kenworth T700
equipped with the low-emission PACCAR MX engine was named the 2011 Commercial
Heavy Duty Truck of the Year by the American Truck Dealers. Kenworth is also the
recipient of J.D. Power and Associates awards for Highest in Customer
Satisfaction for both 2011 Heavy Duty Truck Dealer Service and 2010 Medium Duty
Truck Dealer Service. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at http://www.kenworth.com.
Kenworth. A PACCAR Company.

For more information please visit http://www.kenworth.com/1000_hom.asp

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