Tidewater Transit Inc, Kinston NC, runs what management believes are the safest tractors on the road—Volvos. Spec’ing the safest equipment available is part of a total companywide effort that earned the tank truck carrier its first Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy.
Members of the Tidewater Transit management team posing with the Heil Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy include [from left] David Edgerton, Ricky Johnson, John Williams, and Joe Clay Jones.
Heil Trailer International supplies the aluminum dry bulkers, and the newest MC331 propane trailers are from Mississippi Tank.
A ground-level air system with Dixon Bayco filter keeps drivers off tanks.
Blackmer product pumps are used for handling liquid chemical, petroleum, and propane. Product hoses are from Hart Industries.
On-board computers from PeopleNet manage the electronic driver logs.
Tractors used in dry bulk operations have Gardner Denver blowers.
Continental tires are standard for the Tidewater Transit fleet, and aluminum wheels are specified on tractors and newer tank trailers.
Tidewater Transit has 40 technicians working in eight company maintenance shops with six vender-run outside shops.
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