Utility Trailer participating in Cascade Sierra Solutions open house

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Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. — a manufacturer of dry freight vans, reefers, flatbeds and Tautliner curtain-sided trailers — announced its participation in the grand opening on Friday, June 20, of the Portland, Ore.-based Outreach Center, designed to showcase the largest collection of fuel-saving and emissions-reducing technologies in the United States.

The Cascade Sierra Solutions open house aims to show how the partnership of government, manufacturers and truck owners can help upgrade and replace trucks and trailers to stay compliant with today’s tougher air quality regulations and achieve significant increased in fuel economy.

At the open house, Utility Trailer plans to showcase the 4000D-X dry van equipped with the single-tire Wide Track System and various aerodynamic fuel-saving technology devices, including a Laydon Composites side skirt system, a Freight Wing front-mounted gap reducer and an ATDynamics rear-drag TrailerTail.

Utility says it was the first trailer manufacturer to offer a qualifying trailer when the 4000D-X dry van achieved the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay certification in August 2007. To qualify for SmartWay certification, a trailer must achieve 6.5 percent or greater fuel savings.

“Utility Trailer is proud to support Cascade Sierra Solutions’ drive to retrofit existing fleets with the latest technological advances that save fuel and cut emissions,” says Craig Bennett, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Utility Trailer, based in City of Industry, Calif. “We believe in Cascade’s goal of reducing costs, conserving energy, reducing emissions and improving the environment. The Michelin X One low-rolling single-wide tire and the Utility Wide Track System are just two innovations that we have implemented in pursuit of these goals. We continue to make enhancements to our product line that result in lower fuel costs, less weight and higher productivity.”

The schedule of events for the grand opening is as follows:

  • 9 to 11 a.m. — Product presentations from fuel-saving equipment manufacturers.
  • 11:15 a.m. — Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski and other officials and partners in this project are scheduled to present Oregon’s commitment to a healthy freight movement system in the state.
  • 12 noon to 4 p.m. — Lunch and panel discussions, including “The Future of Truck Design and Engine Technologies,” “California Rules Affecting All Trucks Operating in California” and “Grants, Loans and Tax Credits for Fleets and Truck Owners.”