On Wednesday, a Carthaginian and his company were recognized as outstanding leaders in the industry.
D&D Sexton, Inc., started in 1981 by Dean Sexton, was awarded the Thermo King Energy Efficiency Leader Award. The company has grown to be one of the Midwest’s largest refrigerated carriers implementing innovative, environmentally responsible solutions that reduce idle time, save fuel and increase overall energy and operational efficiency.
State representatives, dignitaries and industry leaders visited Carthage on Wednesday to celebrate Sexton's efforts in adding new solutions that include innovative refrigerated transport units and auxiliary power units (APUs). The APUs are reducing idling time from 70 percent to 10 percent. (A web-based asset management system is cutting fuel costs by up to 15 percent.)
Sexton’s commitment to state-of-the art solutions has helped reduce driver turnover to 40 percent according to the results reported by the American Trucking Associations. Sexton has implemented sustainable initiatives across 80 percent of its fleet and plans to upgrade the rest of the fleet by late next year. The company started upgrading its fleet in 2008 to reduce fuel costs, its largest expense, despite rising diesel prices.
Thermo King, Springfield, Mo., is a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, recognized D&D Sexton Inc., for its commitment to energy and operational efficiency and sustainability by presenting the company with the award.
“D&D Sexton focuses on innovative solutions that meet our fuel and operational efficiency needs while enabling us to provide our drivers with a state-of-the-art fleet that fosters a long-term drive commitment,” said Sexton. “Many of our drivers and employees have been with us more than 20 years.”
What started as a one-truck operation in 1981 is now operating 170 tractors and 350 transport refrigeration units. Improvements over the years have focused on drivers' comfort, company efficiency, customer service and making environment-friendly decisions.
The company initially upgraded their fleet with highly efficient transport refrigeration units which provide reliable, consistent temperature control. They are currently retrofitting the fleet with APUs which optimize driver comfort by providing features such as air conditioning and electricity for personal devices such as televisions. Sexton also added a web-based asset management system which provides the ability to remotely monitor and track un-tethered refrigerated units in a fleet. This allows the company to address any challenges in programming refrigeration units and increase uptime.
Door switches connected to the asset management system uncovered frequent door openings, identifying an opportunity to further reduce fuel costs by minimizing door openings. D&D Sexton worked with shippers to implement this change. The company also installed fuel sensors which enabled them to accurately monitor fuel consumption. Additionally, the company has increased sustainability by implementing trailer tails and trailer skirts (both of which minimize transport drag while improving fuel efficiency) and regularly recycling engine oil.
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About D&D Sexton
D&D Sexton, Inc. was established in 1981 by David (Dean) Sexton with a single truck in Carthage, Mo. Since then, the company has grown into one of the Midwest’s largest refrigerated carriers, with over the road, dedicated regional and in-house brokerage divisions. Today, D&D Sexton operates in 48 states, has 225 employees and operates a fleet of 170 tractors and 350 refrigerated trailers.
D&D Sexton, Inc. has always pursued new technologies, and since its inception, highway safety has been the company’s highest priority. The company has received numerous national and state safety awards, and in 2010, D&D Sexton was recognized as the carrier of the year for one of the nation’s largest food manufacturers.
About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Thermo King was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or thermoking.com