Andrews Logistics, a Southlake TX-based transporter of bulk liquids and hazardous materials, has ordered 100 new Peterbilt 579 trucks. Featuring the Bendix Wingman Fusion advanced braking system as well as larger cab space, the new trucks mark the biggest fleet expansion order in the company’s history.
Bendix Wingman Fusion integrates next-generation advanced safety technologies, including radar, camera and brakes, into a comprehensive driver assistance system. The collision mitigation system warns drivers of potential hazards, and can even help brake the truck to prevent accidents.
According to J Darron Eschle, chief executive officer of Andrews Logistics, even with more cab space, the new trucks weigh less than those they are replacing, which helps increase customer payload and driver safety and comfort. “The Bendix Wingman Fusion braking system gives our drivers the most advanced braking and collision mitigation system available today, and the modern sleeper cab helps promote a better night’s sleep for our drivers—and well-rested drivers are safer operators,” he said.
Eschle added that the new tractors are part of the company’s commitment to achieve a 100% safety record. Two years ago, Andrews Logistics launched its Target Zero campaign with the goal of achieving zero injuries, accidents, spills, or contaminations. The company provides its team with ongoing safety training and educational materials, and holds every employee accountable for safety measures.
Andrews Logistics has won multiple safety awards from the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC), including the organization’s top prize, the Outstanding Performance Trophy. The firm has also earned consistent praise from NTTC as one of the safest tank-truck carriers in the country, and is the youngest company to ever win the NTTC’s overall top safety award.
“We attribute a lot of our success in safety to a very low driver turnover rate compared to the industry as a whole,” Eschle said. “Taking care of our employee team has made a significant impact in our turnover rate and our safety record alike.”