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FLEET MANAGEMENT
storing solar energy. "They're larger than a regular battery,"
Schwarz explains. "Instead of storing the typical 400 kilowatts, those batteries can store 1,135 kilowatts and run the
truck's sleeper air conditioner for up to 18 hours. We use an
electric compressor that powers the air conditioning."
"For winter operation, we use a hydronics heater that
is used to heat not only the cab, but we use heaters in our
fuel tanks, so it warms the fuel, as well as heats the engine.
Then we have timers built in to turn that on anywhere from
one to two hours ahead of time. So when the driver comes
in to work, the cab is heated to 70 degrees - or whatever he
set the thermostat at - the fuel is heated up, and the engine
is at 160 degrees. So the driver hops in the truck, turns the
key and drives away like it's summertime. Then we developed a control interface so that the controls that manage
the system - whether it is heat or air conditioning - are
the same controls that manage that system if the engine is
running. It's all integrated so it is set and runs whether the
truck is running or off."
Mass-Market Moving
The majority of what NTB transports is fresh, frozen or
dry food products. Approximately 25 percent is general
merchandise. The company's fleet of 240 class 8 company-owned semi-tractors are all operated by company
employees. The company also owns 880 trailers, made up
of 682 53-foot-long, high-cube dry freight vans
and 198 refrigerated freight vans. In the spring of 2014,
NTB opened satellite terminals in Stanwood, Mich., and
Pleasant Prairie, Wis., to service key customers. NTB is a
truckload carrier.
The company does its own preventive maintenance
in Lansing and Stanwood, Mich.; Tipp City, Ohio; and
Pleasant Prairie, Wis. "We are capable of doing all levels of
maintenance on the trucks, trailers and reefers," Schwarz
says. The company also assembles gliders for its own use.
"We remanufacture all of the components so they look and
operate like a new truck. We're in the process of constructing another group of gliders. When we're completed, we'll
be at 240 tractors, and about 191 of those will be gliders."

"One thing that is unique is our core
dispatch system is integrated with the
PeopleNet system rather than running
side-by-side, which is more the norm."
them to accomplish their task. It gives them their dispatches and has the ability to download GPS data from
origin to destination."
Schwarz attributes the company's success to being
service-oriented. "Our mission is rooted in service," he emphasizes. "Our entire group is dedicated to that." With the
exception of one newer position, the senior management
has been with NTB for 19 to 30 years. "From the standpoint of their commitment to the company, these guys are
not self-serving," he says. "They work extremely hard, and
they do it for the good of the people that they serve."

Communication Capabilities
The tractors have PeopleNet in-cab communication
systems. "One thing that is unique with us is that our core
dispatch system is fully integrated with the PeopleNet
system rather than running side-by-side, which is more
the norm," Schwarz says. "This allows us to communicate
to the truck any operational data that is necessary for
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