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The purpose of the Technology & Maintenance Council is to improve transport equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management. The Council develops Recommended Engineering and Maintenance Practices that are voluntarily adopted by fleets, OEMs and component suppliers. The Council also conducts industry surveys and promotes the voluntary cooperation among designers and manufacturers of transport equipment and those who specify, purchase, and manage such equipment.

The ATA and the TMC publish the ATA TMC Fuel Economy Digest. This is available from ATA Business Solutions.

SuperTech Competition

The 2008 TMC SuperTech Grand Champion was David Bryan Lewis of Wal-Mart Transportation. Scott Bennett of Ryder System Inc. won the Second Place Award. The Third Place went to Michael Bogard, also of Ryder System Inc. The other winners were Dan Meyers of Roberts Truck Center in fourth; Randy Wualls of Wal-Mart Transportation in fifth; Tim Peters of Ryder System Inc. in sixth; Chris Barnett also of Ryder System Inc. in seventh; Bailey Johnson of McKee Foods Transportation LLC in eighth; Tom Pianalto of Diamond International Trucks in ninth; and Christ Tate of Mohawk Truck Inc. in tenth.

David Bryan Lewis is no stranger to winning. He took Grand Champion honors in 2007, and placed highly in the 2006 competition. The fact that Wal-Mart Transportation places great emphasis on training programs for its shop personnel, and has conducted regional and national technician tournaments since 1995, certainly contributed to his success. But many credit David Lewis' success to his ongoing commitment to education, hard work, and attention to detail. Oh, and he teaches in Southside Virginia's occupational technical department as well.

The individual winners by category were:

• Steering / Suspension: Christopher Barnett of Ryder System Inc.
• Fasteners / Fastener Repair and Brakes Skills: Norbert Estrada of TravelCenters of America
• Starting and Charging: David Thrower of FedEx National LTL
• Drivetrain: Michael Bogard of Ryder System Inc.
• PMI: Richard Fasoli of Con-Way Freight
• Electrical: Ken Myers of NY State Motor Truck Association
• HVAC: Thomas Pianalto of Diamond International Trucks
• Safety and Environmental: Doug Skelly of First Vehicle Services
• Service Information: Kevin Schwarzbauer of Carolma International Trucks Inc.
• Repair Order: David Bryan Lewis of Wal-Mart Transportation LLC
• Wheel Ends: Christopher Tate of Mohawk Truck Inc.
• Tires and Wheels: Eric Vos of FedEx Freight
• Engine: Philip Mellor of Swift Transportation CO Inc.
• Written Test: The high scorer was Gary Fassett of International Truck and Engine Corp.

The Journal of Commerce released the following
press release on October 6, 2009:

ATA Receives EPA Environmental Excellence Award.

The American Trucking Association (ATA) received an Environmental Excellence Award on October 6, 2009 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWaySM Transport Partnership for its leadership in conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and freight activities.

ATA was one of 37 SmartWay partners to receive this distinction from the EPA at ATA's annual Management Conference & Exhibit in Las Vegas.

"I commend ATA for its leadership in promoting sustainable transportation practices through the SmartWay Transport Partnership," said Margo T. Oge, Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA. "These actions demonstrate a commitment to a cleaner environment and more secure energy supply."

SmartWay was introduced by EPA and a select group of fifteen shipping and business leaders in 2004 as an innovative, market-based partnership to reduce fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from the freight sector. Today, more than 2,100 businesses and organizations have joined the partnership, including companies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses, each working to improve their environmental performance.

Participant carriers and owner-operators commit to integrate innovative fuel saving and pollution control technologies and strategies into their fleet operations, while shippers and logistics companies commit to increasing the percentage of freight shipped by SmartWay carriers and encouraging carriers to join the program.

Together, through the SmartWay Partnership, these companies will eliminate six million tons of carbon dioxide that contribute to global warming and save more than 540 million gallons of diesel fuel – an economic savings of at least $2 billion a year.

"Participation in the SmartWay Partnership is just one great way the trucking industry can conserve energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "ATA advocates further strategies that aim to significantly reduce fuel consumption over the next 10 years."

In addition to participation in SmartWay, ATA supports a national 65 mph speed limit, governing truck speeds at 65 mph or below, reducing engine idling, reducing congestion by increasing highway capacity, using more productive trucks and setting national fuel economy standards for trucks. These sustainability initiatives will reduce fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons over the next 10 years, reducing the carbon footprint of all vehicles by nearly a billion tons.

Many ATA members also received the Environmental Excellence Award, including: C.R. England, Inc.; Celadon Trucking Services Inc.; Challenger Motor Freight Inc.; Covenant Transport, Inc.; Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP; Gordon Trucking Inc.; Knight Transportation, Inc.; Kraft Foods Global, Inc.; Lowe's Companies Inc.; LTI Trucking Services, Inc.; Menlo Worldwide Logistics; PepsiCo, Inc.; Roehl Transport, Inc.; Schneider National, Inc.; Swift Transportation Co.; Transplace; UPS; U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc./Xpress Global Systems; and USG Corporation.

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