This is not your grandpa’s milk truck. The new class-8 truck has a 6,500 gallon milk tank and picks up milk from several large dairy farms in southern Minnesota. Then the milk is delivered to Woodbury for processing at Dean Foods for use in Land of Lakes dairy products.
Caledonia Haulers received a grant from MPCA’s Clean Diesel Program in May 2015 that helped fund 25% of the new truck's cost.
According to driver Dan Hund, "It drives like a Cadillac! I love the way it handles." And after 9 months and 113,000 miles, he still loves driving the new truck. And Caledonia Haulers loves saving 10% on fuel costs. Ten percent may not seem like much to a car owner, but on a big rig that’s about $4,500 per year.
Savings also come through reduced spending on maintenance, down from 11 cents/mile on the old truck to just 5 cents, totaling $6,780 so far.
Grant coordinator Mark Sulzbach notes, "Because it operates exclusively in Minnesota, this was an ideal on-road truck-replacement project. With runs from southern Minnesota to the Twin Cities, the state benefits directly from all the emissions reductions."
Grants for a new truck require that the old vehicle is taken out of service permanently so its emissions are eliminated. The shop cut a 3” hole in the old engine block and cut the old vehicle frame.