BOOSTING FUEL EFFICIENCY by ProQuest

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For Allie Sharp-Schwalb, president and CEO of Sharp Transport, the company's success depends a great deal on the ability to keep operating costs as low as possible. Founded with a single tractor in 1979 by John Sharp, chairman, Ethridge, TN-based Sharp Transport has grown into one of the largest family-owned dry van, general commodities truckload carriers in the state. Today, the company employs 200 people and fields 160 tractors that provide service to a long list of clients, including Bridgestone, Carrier and Newell Rubbermaid, to name just a few. To help assure optimum fuel efficiency, the new Kenworths at Sharp Transport were also specified using US EPA SmartWay Transport guidelines. The balance of the Sharp Transport is also made up of late-model fuel-efficient tractors. Included are 2007 Peterbilt 379 and 387 models, a group of 2007 T2000s, 2006 Peterbilt 387s and 2006 Freightliner Columbias.

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