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February 4, 2019 12:15 PM, EST

Stevens Transport Orders 1,600 Tractors, Trailers for Delivery in 2019

A Stevens Transport truck on Interstate 65 in Shepherdsville, Ky. John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Refrigerated truckload carrier Stevens Transport is buying 1,600 new tractors and trailers for 2019 at a cost of $165 million, according to a statement released by the Dallas-based company Jan. 29.

The new equipment includes 950 tractors and 650 trailers and will replace about 25% of the company’s current fleet.

Tractors will consist of 500 Kenworth T680, 250 Peterbilt 579 and 200 Freightliner Cascadia models. Trailers will consist of 450 refrigerated vans from Utility Trailer Manufacturing and 200 pneumatic trailers for the Stevens Tanker Division, a business established in 2011 that serves oil and gas drilling operations in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

In addition, the company ordered 500 Thermo King refrigeration units and 750 auxiliary power units.

“Having the newest, state-of-the-art equipment increases our reputation for reliability and on-time delivery as it reduces the incidence of breakdowns as well as optimizes fuel efficiency,” said Clay Aaron, president of the privately owned trucking company.

Stevens Transport ranks No. 49 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of largest for-hire carriers in North America and No. 4 on the TT list of largest for-hire carriers in the refrigerated sector. — Transport Topics