When you stop to think about it, January 1 is simply the day after December 31. But the New Year has great symbolic meaning that seems to motivate us all. It brings a fresh perspective and a renewed momentum to use what we’ve learned in the past to continuously improve. In 2016, that’s especially true as we celebrate our 85th year of progress in the freight transportation industry.
Throughout 2016, we are making efforts to continually reduce the age of our tractor fleet of more than 6,700 units. By the end of the year, nearly 55 percent of our fleet will be 3 years old or less. That’s a very strong statistic, and our customers are the direct beneficiaries of this younger fleet. Estes’ equipment is more reliable, more up-to-date and more technologically advanced. In addition, our tractors and trailers include new safety features that make our roads and highways safer and our service more dependable.
We’ve also added many features that help secure the freight and prevent damage—and we will continue down that road. In particular, our Webb Walls allow us to brace freight more precisely and prevent load shifting.
Further investments in our fleet and facilities, such as solar-powered terminals, new tractor fairings, trailer skirts and strong driver efforts to reduce idle time and shift progressively are helping to reduce our carbon footprint.
These are just a few of the opportunities we’re capitalizing on. But at the heart of it all, are our employees and their ability to work as a team to provide customers with nothing less than the best service out there. For 85 years, that’s been our focus. And that’s one thing that will never change.
On behalf of every Estes employee, we thank you for your business during our 85th anniversary year!
President and CEO
Estes Express Lines