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IdleAir continuing to expand footprint in Texas

Since it emerged from bankruptcy three years ago under completely new management and with a new spelling for its name, IdleAir 34 now has 34 locations with 2,000 parking spaces and has the equipment for 5,000 more spaces. (The Trucker file photo)

The Trucker Staff

8/23/2013

DALLAS — Emphasizing that fuel efficiency was its core business, IdleAir, the nation’s largest truck stop electrification (TSE) service provider, said during a news conference at the Great American Trucking Show here that it was continuing to expand its footprint at travel centers and dedicated fleet terminals in Texas.

Construction recently was completed for IdleAir’s dedicated fleet facility with Transportation Services, Inc. (“TSI”) in Mesquite, Texas, and construction is underway for expansion in Laredo, Texas on both the Flying J travel center and another major fleet terminal.

Since it emerged from bankruptcy three years ago under completely new management and with a new spelling for its name, IdleAir 34 now has 34 locations with 2,000 parking spaces and has the equipment for 5,000 more spaces.

Virtually all that equipment was retained when the former company removed its equipment from truck stops and travel centers throughout the U.S.

Company officials said here Thursday that it has signed up 40,000 drivers for the program.

They said 550 fleets that average over 200 trucks are also customers.

With no minimum usage requirements and new financing options, fleets can quickly realize significant fuel and maintenance savings with an easy solution that is customized to their operations, according to Jeff Maurer, chief listening officer at IdleAir..

Dedicated facility customers receive discounted pricing and a customized package of IdleAir services and support.

Fleets and owner-operators enjoy long-term savings by extending engine life and reducing wear and tear on diesel and battery APUs. Delivering inexpensive, seamless electric recharge solutions for battery systems, IdleAir integrates easily with other idle reduction strategies to help customers protect their investments in idle reduction equipment, he said.

“TSI has been an excellent partner. By combining their sophisticated, vertically integrated logistics operation with IdleAir’s dedicated terminal solution, TSI is positioned to gain immediate savings as well as improved safety and driver retention,” said IdleAir CEO Ethan Garber. “We are pleased to complement our expanding network of travel center locations with dedicated facilities at fleet terminals to deliver maximum savings and convenience to our customers.”

Under the new management, IdleAir said it had streamlined its cost structure and modernized its product offerings to serve a broader audience with the features that customers want and prices starting as low as $1.49 per hour for the ConvoyTV+Power entertainment package.

IdleAir will open its first travel center with dedicated electrified pedestals at Cash’s travel center in Port Allen, La. The installation at Cash’s includes separate electrified rows that offer IdleAir’s traditional overhead HVAC services delivered by IdleAir’s recognizable yellow hose system.

Cash’s will offer a reduced price.

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