Commercial vehicle industry veteran finds new calling
Photo credit: Carl Tapp
Carl Tapp knows what it means to be a veteran, both of the United States military and the commercial trucking industry. The recently retired VP of Maintenance for PAM Transport has found a new way to marry those passions and use his experience. Tapp is currently acting as Technical Consultant to Sustainable Aerodynamic Concepts, a new manufacturer of aerodynamic trailer skirts.
SA Concepts is not merely a supplier of parts, but rather a nonprofit veteran transition program created to help keep military veterans enrolled in school. SA Concepts pays their employees a living wage, giving them flex hours so that they can remain enrolled full time in school, and also offers other support where necessary. According to VP of Sales and Marketing Drake Vanhooser, "The GI Bill has done a lot to help soldiers get an education once they leave the military. Unfortunately, the GI Bill doesn't cover all of life's expenses, especially for soldiers with families to support. We wanted to create a program that would help these veterans stay in school, finish their degrees, and reach their career ambitions."
The Aerosmart trailer skirting produced by SA Concepts is EPA SmartWay certified and is made with materials reclaimed from scrap semi trailers. Trailers fitted with Aerosmart skirting have shown a verifiable improvement in fuel efficiency. As a fleet executive, Tapp was meticulous about determining the true value of products he purchased for his vehicles, and his relationship with SA Concepts will help them manufacture and supply a product with real, measurable benefits. "Carl has been a huge help to us at SA Concepts. His experience in the trucking industry gives him a perspective that few people have. He knew the tough questions that buyers would ask, and has helped us prepare to answer those questions and meet those challenges."
Aerosmart Trailer Skirting:
- Air flow deflection trailer skirting for improved aerodynamics and fuel savings.
- Made in Northwest Arkansas by American military veterans using lightweight, durable, and cost effective repurposed aluminum from donated, decommissioned semi trailers.
- Using repurposed materials saves money on input costs; these savings are passed along to the consumer, leading to a quicker ROI.
- Aluminum sheet construction allows for custom colors and logos.
- 3-panel, dock-friendly design accommodates quick and easy installation while streamlining replacement of damaged panels.
- 6-inch flexible and durable rubber edge; decreases contact damage and increases the skirting's life cycle; repurposed from mining conveyor belts.
- Fits various old and new trailer types, improving performance of existing fleets.
- Driver friendly, requiring no maintenance aside from regular inspection.
- Air flow reduction reduces road spray, improving the truck driver's visibility along the sides of the trailer and increasing safety for other road users.
- EPA SmartWay Certification Pending.
- 1-Year Warranty.