Yellow Corporation has announced the purchase and deployment of more than 1,200 new tractors from Peterbilt Motors Company. The new equipment is coming off their Denton, Texas assembly line daily and is making its way to Yellow facilities and drivers across the country.
“I’m thrilled to provide this brand-new equipment to our drivers and buy it from a great American company. We are proud to refresh and modernize much of our fleet,” said Yellow Chief Executive Officer Darren Hawkins. “This is not only a boost for our employees but it’s a win for the economy and America’s frontline workers.”
In the first quarter of 2021, Yellow took delivery of more than 1,100 tractors, 1,600 trailers and 140 containers.
“It’s an honour to work with Yellow as they begin the process of refreshing their fleet. The Peterbilt Model 579 Day Cab with PACCAR MX Engine and PACCAR transmission is a perfect truck for their applications,” said Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president.
The new equipment is aimed at upgrading Yellow’s aging tractor fleet. The oldest pieces of equipment will be among the first to retire.
“This is much needed and rolling off the Peterbilt assembly line at just the right time,” said Yellow Vice President of Equipment Joe Sturtz. “Pristine equipment will strengthen customer service and reduce downtime. The new tractors and trailers are more fuel efficient with industry-leading fuel economy standards. That is essential for cost savings while helping to ensure that we are good stewards of the environment,” said Sturtz.
The Peterbilt 579 Day Cab also includes safety features, such as collision mitigation radar, which is intended to keep drivers alert to changing conditions, and infra-red exterior lighting that adapts to weather. Advanced lane departure technology helps maintain a tractor’s position on the road.
Yellow Vice President of Safety Tamara Jalving explained, “Using technology to support safe driving enables us to create an environment that is beneficial for our drivers and the motoring public. Combined, these features are essential components of our overall safety strategy which will now match our award-winning drivers with the best equipment on the road.”
Yellow’s Dallas distribution centre will be among the first Yellow facilities to receive the new tractors.
Source: Yellow Corporation
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