Stemco expects demand for TrailerTails to rise

by Truck West

LONGVIEW, Texas – Stemco announced May 12 that it has sold its 50,000th TrailerTail, a rear tail trailer fairing, and that the product is now on the highway.

The milestone comes on the heels of the EnPro Industries company’s construction of a new TrailerTail production facility last year to keep up with growing demand, which has seen the Province of Quebec sign a decree legalizing the use of the product.

TrailerTail uses aerodynamic technology, streamlining airflow around a semi-trailer to increase fuel efficiency by what Stemco says is an average of 5.5%, as well as improving stability and visibility for drivers.

The company also says that one semi-trailer equipped with a TrailerTail offsets the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions as one passenger vehicle.

“We saw tremendous demand for the TrailerTail in 2015 – even with lower fuel prices. As the price of diesel begins to creep back up, and fleets begin to put a greater focus on fuel and energy savings, we expect to see even higher sales of aerodynamic solutions like the TrailerTail,” said Bob Montgomery, vice-president of the Stemco innovative tire and mileage solutions group.

Stemco said demand for TrailerTail is expected to increase in 2016 in the US and Quebec, where the new decree went into effect April 15, 2016.
“We’ve been very pleased with the TrailerTail Trident, and have over 5,000 in our fleet today,” added Paul Higgins, director of Fleet Maintenance at Prime Inc. in Springfield, Mo. “We’re pleased to see our folks achieve an additional 1/4 of a mile per gallon. TrailerTail effectively enables our owner operators to earn an extra penny per mile.”

Jimmy Ray, vice-president of operations at Mesilla Valley Transportation in El Paso, Texas, said, “At Mesilla Valley, we’ve been using TrailerTail by Stemco as long as anyone, and we continue to see a 4/10 of a mile per gallon improvement. We’re still using the first units we installed five years ago, and we’re pleased with the progress Stemco has made on durability and the wear parts.”

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