Originally article by Tom McGhee published by The Denver Post:
With avalanches and icy road conditions closing Interstate 70 in the mountains and burying other high-country highways, transportation companies and snow-bound retailers, are hoping that roads can be cleared — and stay open — before stocks of fuel and groceries run out.
“There will be a window of time when things will be fine, but at some point they will start running out,” said Patti Gillette, vice president of the Colorado Motor Carrier’s Association.
The Colorado Department of Transportation closed I-70 in both directions for five hours on Tuesday after an avalanche buried the road west of the Eisenhower Tunnel. The slide was triggered when CDOT was performing avalanche mitigation.
When major storms close down passes, commerce still must continue, though sometimes it’s more cost effective to wait out the storm, said Collin Varner, marketing director for Navajo Express, the largest trucking company in Colorado.
“Typically you have primary route lines established with them for incidents like this,” Varner said.
(Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
In an effort to provide an expanded logistics and brokerage package for our customers, Navajo Express is happy to announce the addition of new team members: Richard Binkley as Director of Logistics, and Jason Mendoza and Scott Reynolds as Brokers. These new team members bring over 25 years of Logistics experience between them.
The new additions are expected to double Navajo’s revenue for logistics and brokerage accounts during 2017, with emphasis on growth with our current base. The team is also expected to provided added reach to potential customers, specifically relating to grocery and produce based opportunities.
For additional information, please contact Shane Gregerson, Vice President of Dedicated Operations and Logistics (303.286.0736, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Navajo Express was featured in the December 2016 edition of Food Logisitics.
Navajo Express Succeeds with Kenworth T680s with 76-Inch Sleepers
Serving the food and beverage industry across 48 states, Navajo Express has a well-deserved reputation for excellent service and on-time deliveries. Based in Denver, this long-time Kenworth customer stresses that any success it has achieved rests on the hard work and day-to-day commitment of its drivers.
“When our drivers succeed, we all succeed,” said Navajo Express President Don Digby, Jr., whose father, Don Digby, Sr., founded the company 36 years ago. “By giving drivers the right equipment that won’t break down, by giving them a quality cab and sleeper where they are comfortable driving and resting, they can have success.”
To help recruit and retain top drivers, Navajo began purchasing Kenworth T680 76-inch sleepers in 2014. It now operates 437 T680s with the PACCAR MX-13 engine. “The T680 with PACCAR engine has been a very good truck for us with its aerodynamic fuel efficiency and, more importantly, the comfort it provides our drivers,” said Digby. “If you want the best drivers, you better have the best equipment. For us, Kenworth was a simple choice.”
Navajo Express was names as a “Top 50 Green Fleet” winner by HDT (Heavy Duty Trucking magazine). This is the second year in a row that Navajo Express has been recognized for this award.
Navajo Express Denver, Colorado
This for-hire food distribution fleet of more than 800 trucks got permission from Colorado and surrounding states for 57-foot trailers to allow more freight to be hauled with the same number of trucks. It’s investigating the new Hyliion regenerative braking trailer tandem and moving to diesel/electric refrigeration units. Navajo has traded out all tractors older than 2014. Trailers have SmartTruck UT6+ under tray aero system and tractors have Flow-Below tandem aero systems. Navajo runs low rolling resistance tires and uses auto-inflation devices on trailers. It’s testing full synthetic oils. Several divisions of ultra-light tractors are running smaller displacement engines.
For more on the 2016 Green Fleet winners, please visit www.truckinginfo.com
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Last week Navajo’s Bob Richards, who has been with us since 2001, and who won the Colorado State Truck Driving Championship in the Sleeper Berth category competed in the National Truck Driving Championship in Indianapolis, IN. As part of the competition, Bob was required to complete a written examination to test his knowledge of industry regulations, perform a pre-trip inspection on both a truck and trailer, then drive on the skills course. Bob performed well, and finished 19th out of the 47 other contestants in his group. This was a stiff competition with some of the best drivers in the industry and Bob did not disappoint in representing Navajo well. Please make sure you congratulate Bob on a job well done.