Stoops Freightliner of Indianapolis, Indiana has announced the addition of a new sales group within its successful family of dealerships. Stoops Specialty Trucks (SST) specializes in custom-built trucks for owner operators. Gary Horton, General Manager of Stoops Freightliner, has named Jeff Jones as Sales Manager for SST, which will be based at Stoops’ Fort Wayne location.
For its initial product offering, Stoops Specialty Trucks has partnered with Bentz Transport Products (Bentz) in Fort Wayne, Indiana to design and manufacture an exclusive line of 100” fully integrated sleepers for the Freightliner Columbia, Century S/T, and Coronado models. According to Jones, this program was developed in response to market demand for larger, fully integrated, upscale sleepers on Class 8 tractors and straight trucks.
The engineering and tooling efforts required for this new sleeper program were significant according to Keith Bentz, President of Bentz. “This is the first production 100” fully integrated sleeper brought to market. It is also the largest integrated sleeper available. The design and fit-and-finish result in a product with factory appearance combined with all of the features of a custom sleeper,” says Bentz.
Targeted to husband and wife teams in the tractor/trailer and expediter market segments, upscale features such as bigger beds, larger refrigerators, auxiliary power units and shower/toilet accommodations are offered. The SST100 on the Columbia, Century S/T, and Coronado tractors is designed to offer large and luxurious accommodations in a lightweight package. The SST100 on the Columbia CL112 straight truck chassis is designed to meet expediter requirements for a 22’ van body within a 40’ overall length. The roof is low enough to allow a refrigeration unit to be installed above the sleeper for highly specialized climate control applications.
The first model, the SST100, will debut at the 2005 Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, March 31-April 2. Look for it at booth numbers 6885 and 4205. For customers desiring larger sleepers, two additional models, the SST130 and the SST150 are scheduled for release later this year.