Las Cruces, New Mexico – February 5, 2020 – MVT Solutions, a provider of breakthrough fuel economy testing and design and development services for the trucking industry, today announced that testing and real-world analysis for McLane identified Eco Flaps as offering the most significant improvement in MPG per dollar invested. As a result, the grocery and foodservice supply chain leader is installing Eco Flaps on 3,800 tractors and 4,800 trailers this year.
“We partnered with MVT Solutions to gain valuable insight on how to improve our fuel efficiency and expand our sustainability efforts,” said Daniel James, director of logistics and transportation management at McLane. “MVTS tested various aerodynamic packages and tire combinations and produced a real-world analysis that identified Eco Flaps as the product with which we would get the highest return on investment This will help reduce our environmental impact and make McLane a more efficient company.”
McLane Company, Inc., a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., provides more than 50,000 grocery and foodservice products to nearly 110,000 convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurant locations throughout the United States. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, it operates over 80 distribution centers across the country and one of the nation's largest private fleets.
Asa Hazelwood, director of sales at Eco Flaps, said, “Partnering with MVT Solutions gave us the ability to quantify the fuel savings that McLane could realize with Eco Flaps quickly, and without requiring a pilot test. The experienced and professional testing approach at MVTS that drilled down and captured fuel savings that can be realized in real world operations gave McLane a higher level of comfort when deciding to replace standard mud flaps with our unique solution.”
“With the proven fuel saving performance exhibited by MVT Solutions’ testing and real-world analysis, McLane can confidently commit to installing Eco Flaps in 3,800 tractors and 4,800 trailers by the end of 2020,” James said.
“We achieve our customers’ goals through our advanced fuel economy testing and real-world analysis,” said Daryl Bear, lead engineer & COO at MVT Solutions.” For fleets, such as McLane, our strategy identifies fuel saving technologies that offer the fastest ROI. For suppliers like Eco Flaps, it provides valuable data quickly, without needing to go through a long and costly pilot evaluation.”
About Eco Flaps
Eco Flaps provide fleets with fuel savings, increased durability for enhanced performance, increased safety and guaranteed quality with their unique, functional design. Their molded shape and sturdy construction provide greater efficiency, durability, and a reduction in corrosion against weather elements and extreme temperatures. They are the only splash guards that are SmartWay verified and are the best environmentally-conscious and economical option for mud flaps. Their easy-to-install, design comes in two different widths and several lengths to get a custom fit that meets all DOT requirements. There are currently more than 100,000 tractors and trailers in North America utilizing Eco Flaps to improve aerodynamics and reduce fuel costs. For more information about Eco Flaps, visit www.ecoflaps.com.
About MVT Solutions
MVT Solutions, a subsidiary of Mesilla Valley Transportation, provides fuel economy testing based on race car engineering. This high-tech testing methodology can obtain accuracy up to .25% and accounts for such variables as wind, driver behavior and duty cycle. With over 300 fuel economy tests conducted to date, the company’s proven approach provides highly reliable and consistent data that enables trucking companies to make more informed choices and manufacturers to design and develop products backed by accurate fuel efficiency information that customers trust. MVT Solutions also provides consulting services to fleets looking to implement the right fuel-savings technologies for their operations. MVT Solutions was founded in 2016 and is based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To learn more about MVT Solutions and for the latest in fuel efficiency news, visit www.m-v-t-s.com.
About McLane Company, Inc.
McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates over 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (NYSE: BRK) and employs 24,000 teammates.
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