Detroit Diesel Corp. delivered its 100,000th DD platform engine to Southern Refrigerated Transport, a subsidiary of Covenant Transportation Group. The engine – a Detroit DD15 in a Freightliner Cascadia – was presented Thursday, Jan. 19, at a special ceremony at Southern Refrigerated Transport’s headquarters in Texarkana, Ark.
Longtime customer Covenant Transportation Group, which in addition to SRT includes Star Transportation and Covenant Transport, says more than 70 percent of the company’s fleet is comprised of Freightliner tractors with Detroit engines.
“Our customers rely on Covenant to perform at the highest level of service every time, which is why we need our partners to deliver,” says David Hughes, senior vice president and corporate treasurer for Covenant Transportation Group. “Detroit engines help us achieve our service commitments at the highest of levels.”
Because Covenant Transportation Group is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay partner, Hughes also noted that the DD15’s performance coupled with its fuel efficiency is ideal for meeting the company’s pledge to decrease fuel consumption and emissions.
Added Mark Lampert, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Daimler Trucks North America: “We are proud of our DD Platform of heavy-duty engines and pleased that SRT and all of the Covenant Transportation Group companies have achieved excellent efficiency and performance with our engines.”