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US Xpress To Install SmartTruck’s TopKit On All New Trailers in 2017

US Xpress, the largest privately held U.S. truckload carrier, will include SmartTruck’s fuel-saving TopKit Aero System on all its trailer builds in 2017.

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Stoughton Lease To Install SmartTruck’s TopKit Aero System on its Fleet of Rental and Lease Trailers

SmartTruck, the innovative leader in fuel-saving trailer aerodynamic solutions for the trucking industry, today announced that Stoughton Lease, one of the rental and leasing industry’s leading providers of high quality, damage-resistant semi-trailers, will begin installation of TopKits across its entire fleet of rental trailers.

“We chose SmartTruck as our aero partner for several important reasons,” said Stoughton Lease President Paul Sulewski. “The proven durability of the TopKit, combined with SmartTruck’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, gives our customers peace of mind that they will not have to contend with costly damages at the end of the rental or lease period.”

“We are thrilled that Stoughton has selected our remarkable TopKit to meet their customers’ aerodynamic needs,” said Steve Ingham, SmartTruck CEO, who said the installation process would begin immediately. “The adoption of TopKit — the lightest weight C.A.R.B compliant Aero System available — by one of the premier trailer companies in the U.S. is an extremely satisfying confirmation of its value to the industry,” added John Brown, SmartTruck Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We will be excited to see the operating and fuel costs savings enjoyed by Stoughton’s customers using the TopKit System over the next few years,” Brown said.

The SmartTruck TopKit Aero System, twice named an HDT Top 20 Product, is an innovative approach to aerodynamically improving fuel mileage without the need for obstructive undertrailer components like side skirts, which limit visibility and access. With the SmartTruck TopKit, there is no risk of damage from loading docks or intermodal operations, and cost is comparable to side skirts. Available for both dry vans and reefers with swing or rollup doors, as well as straight trucks, the TopKit Aero System drag-reduction solution is EPA SmartWay Verified and C.A.R.B. compliant.

Stoughton Lease offers leasing and rental options to the U.S. trucking industry, with programs and trailers customized to meet individual needs. Stoughton Lease, headquartered in Stoughton, WI, is a subsidiary of STI Holdings, which also operates Stoughton Trailers. Stoughton Trailers is a Top 10 in the world supplier of semi-truck trailers. The Wisconsin-based, family-owned company designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of dependable semi-truck trailers used for over-the-road trucking, as well as agricultural trailers and other specialty transportation equipment. It provides one-stop build, finance, rental and fleet management solutions through world-class responsiveness and design value. For more information, visit

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SmartTruck Expands National Sales Team, Naming John Brown Vice President of Sales and Marketing

SmartTruck, the innovative leader in fuel-saving trailer aerodynamics for the trucking industry, announced today the appointment of John Brown as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In this role, Mr. Brown will lead the company’s drive to establish and maintain its position as the trucking industry’s innovative leader in fuel-saving aerodynamic systems. He will be responsible for managing all marketing and sales activities, including expanding marketplace awareness and new customer development. 

Mr. Brown joins SmartTruck from a prominent truck parts provider for the heavy truck industry, where he served as Director of Sales. His career began in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Corporal and Squad Leader serving in Iraq.  He is a resident of Buford, GA, and will be headquartered at the company’s offices in Greenville.

“I am delighted to welcome John at such an exciting and pivotal time for our company,” said Steve Ingham, SmartTruck CEO. “John brings the experience, energy, and leadership required to accelerate our expansion across the long-haul trucking industry.”   

Mr. Brown has announced the addition of two new members and the promotion of a third to the SmartTruck sales team.

Vern Scheuplein joins SmartTruck as Director of Dealer Development, a newly created position focusing on expanding and supporting dealer relationships in the SmartTruck network.  Mr. Scheuplein has enjoyed a long-time career in the industry, with a well-earned reputation for superior customer service.

Also named to the SmartTruck sales team is Charles Debbout, assuming the position of Regional Sales Director for the Southeast U.S. Mr. Debbout has significant experience selling service and technical solutions in the trucking and railroad industries in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, he served as Director of Sales at Falcon Fastening Solutions.

 Finally, the company has announced that Ron Pope has been promoted to the newly created position of Vice President, Strategic Accounts.

“I am thrilled to have these three extremely talented individuals on my team,” said Mr. Brown, “and to be joining a company so poised for success.  Our collective efforts will be focused on enhancing SmartTruck’s position as the premier provider of precision aerodynamics in the industry.”

In their new roles, Mr. Scheuplein, Mr. Debbout and Mr. Pope will report to Mr. Brown.

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