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Eaton On-Highway Transmission News 2014

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4 ON-HIGHWAY TRANSMISSION NEWS Success Story Solution Hanging on to his good drivers and generating the best possible fuel consumption has been a whole lot easier for Roberts since he began specifying Eaton ® automated transmissions on new truck orders. CTI now has 148 trucks with Eaton UltraShift ® PLUS Linehaul Active Shifting (LAS) automated transmissions. Much more fuel effcient than a torque converter automatic transmission, the UltraShift PLUS LAS model is built upon Eaton's popular Fuller 10-speed manual transmission. That has been the most popular transmission specifcation in commercial trucking in North America. The automated version uses an electronic clutch actuator to provide faster shifting, smoother engagements, and an ideal combination of fuel effciency and performance. At idle it Central Trucking Inc., (CTI) is a family- owned and operated refrigerated carrier that services a variety of shippers from points in the East and Midwest to the West Coast. In business since 1974, the company was founded by Keith K. Roberts. Today his two sons, Mark and Keith Roberts II, run the place. Their feet consists of roughly 225 newer model Kenworth T660 tractors. Some 450 people are employed at the company's four facilities, including headquarters in Columbus, IN, and satellite terminals in Springfeld, MO, Amarillo, TX, and Kingman, AZ. A typical trip for the feet consists of taking dry commodities out west and fruits and vegetables from California, Arizona and Nevada on the return trip back east. Challenge Maintaining quality drivers is an important key to success at CTI. Recruiting and training new drivers is a large expense, so hanging on to the good ones can effectively reduce some of that cost. "That's especially true in today's economic environment where rates are not quite where we would like to see them, like they were before the recession," says Mark Roberts. Those rates are especially trying for CTI's dry loads heading west, which represents a route favored by competitors, including some of the country's largest carriers with feets in excess of 10,000 vehicles. "Because we're a refrigerated feet and most of our competition are not, we have a much easier time of heading back east with our produce," Roberts says, adding that whether it's east, west, north or south, fuel effciency is another important key to proftability. Refrigerated Truck Fleet Warms Up to Automation CTI now has 148 trucks with Eaton ® UltraShift ® PLUS Linehaul Active Shifting (LAS) automated transmissions. See more success stories at www.Roadranger.com/SuccessStories

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