Stevens Transport has purchased $165 million in new equipment for 2019. A total of 1,600 new trucks and trailers will be delivered throughout the year. Stevens Transport is fully committed to having the safest, most cutting-edge equipment on the road to continually better serve its customers and enhance the lives of its drivers.
The new equipment purchase of 950 automatic trucks includes: 500 Kenworth T680s, 250 Peterbilt 579s and 200 Freightliner Cascadias. The 650 new trailers include: 450 Utility Trailer Manufacturing 3000Rs and 200 Pneumatic Trailers for Stevens Tanker Division. In addition, 500 Thermo King units and 750 auxiliary power units have been ordered. The equipment will be delivered and distributed throughout 2019 and will cycle out and replace approximately 25% of the current fleet.
“We set the highest standards for maintaining the newest fleet on the road as we transport meat, produce and other refrigerated commodities to our customers. Having the newest, state-of-the-art equipment increases our already impeccable reputation for reliability and on-time delivery as it reduces the incidence of breakdowns, as well as optimizes fuel efficiency.”
Clay AaronPresident of Stevens Transport
Stevens Transport’s mission is to hire and retain top quality drivers and to provide them with the safest, best equipment on the market with cutting-edge technology. “Our drivers are our most valuable asset and are integral to our success with our customers,” continued Aaron. “We take great pride in providing them with brand new equipment and appreciate their dedication to our company.”
Stevens Transport has long-standing relationships with its equipment vendors, and partners with companies who hold themselves accountable to the same core values. “Stevens schedules replacement of vehicles at a certain point of wear and tear, averaging about 3.5-4 years, and they are religious about cycling out older equipment,” said Bob Bowden, Vice President of Regional Sales for Texas for MHC Kenworth. “We currently supply about 62% of their fleet and have been working with them for the past 33 years. Stevens wants only the best – the best in safety features like collision mitigation, anti-rollover, anti-jack knife, and lane departure warnings. They know the best premium trucks attract the best drivers and get the best fuel economy.”
Family is the heart of Stevens Transport. Dave Wallace, Director of Sales for Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company explained that family is also at the heart of their partnership with Stevens. “Stevens is a 100% Utility Fleet, and the Aaron family and the Bennett family have a long-standing, valued relationship. The market today is extremely hot for trailer demand. We plan our production schedule each year based on Stevens Transport’s purchase to ensure we have the proper production planning for they require. We are honored to have 100% of their business for many years.”
Deke Knowlton, Executive Vice President of Convoy Service said, “Stevens does business the way we do business–with integrity. We sell refrigeration units and auxiliary power units to Stevens and forged a relationship with them more than 37 years ago. They are a company committed to excellence. They have been loyal, 100% Thermo King users, and we greatly value our association with them. Their high standards make us a better company as well.”