OTTAWA, KANSAS, June 10, 2015 – Kalmar Ottawa proudly announced today, the sale of its 60,000th terminal tractor, a T2 model to Averitt Express in Cookeville, TN. The milestone comes just three years after hitting the 50,000 mark. Kalmar Ottawa ‘s product output is more than twice that of its three primary North American competitors combined and doubles the number produced by its largest European competitor. Kalmar Ottawa has led the industry with countless patents and innovations since inventing the terminal tractor in 1958.
Established in 1971, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries.
Kalmar Ottawa employees marked the occasion with Averitt Express in a ceremony at the manufacturing headquarters in Ottawa, KS. Assembly workers, research and development teams, engineering, sales and management team members celebrated with commemorative T-shirts, cake and an awards presentation.
“Our people are like family, said Dave Wood, Vice President of the Americas. Many have been with us over several generations and provide the heart and soul of this place. Each and every employee takes special pride in the job they do and I think the result is evident in the exacting detail and quality of our vehicles. We are committed to building the very best terminal tractor in the world for our customers.”
As the world’s leader in terminal tractors offering the most comprehensive range of models for warehouse and distribution operations, ports and rail terminals, Kalmar Ottawa’s commitment to continuous product development has resulted in many industry firsts.
Besides being the original manufacturer of terminal tractors, Kalmar Ottawa was the first to offer machines with an automatic transmission, a rear door entry, integral air conditioning units, power cab tilt and ABS brake systems. Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors were also the first on the market to receive DOT/EPA certification – a paramount classification for distribution and industrial customers whose operation entails shunting trailers between yards via public streets and roadways.
The company offers an expanding portfolio of eco-friendly Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors including machines powered by alternative fuels, such as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas).
The Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractor dealer network provides sales, service and support from 171 locations throughout North America. A complete listing and search tool for locating Kalmar Ottawa dealers can be found at https://kalmarottawa.com.