Bendix reman inks deal with U.S. Xpress

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC continues to expand its market presence in remanufactured brake shoes.

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, one of the nation’s largest privately owned truckload carriers, has chosen Bendix remanufactured brake shoes for the brake replacement needs of its fleet of 8,000 over-the-road tractors and 22,000 trailers. Delivery is underway.

For its friction choice on the Bendix remanufactured brake shoes, U.S. Xpress is primarily using Bendix Advanced BA202R, the industry’s first aftermarket friction certified to maintain compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) mandate for Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD). Bendix Advanced BA202R is part of Bendix’s three-tiered friction portfolio launched last year. The friction options are engineered to meet every customer’s need for safety, performance and value, the company says.

“We are proud of our position as a recognized industry leader when it comes to safety. It’s an essential part of everything we do. That’s why it was natural to align with Bendix. We know we’re getting a product we can count on. The shoes are safe, reliable, durable, and a good value,” says Gerald Mead, vice president of maintenance for U.S. Xpress Enterprises. “Our customers trust us to move their goods on time, every time. With the recent mandate for 30 percent reduction in stopping distance from NHTSA, Bendix was simply the right choice for us. Their RSD-compliant aftermarket friction offerings allow our fleet to maintain vehicle safety and stopping performance.”

Unlike the majority of brake shoe reliners, Bendix – a brake shoe remanufacturer – coins 100 percent of its brake shoes to return the shoe to OE geometry so it will perform as designed by OE engineers. Additionally, to provide longer service life, Bendix says its reman shoes are treated with the company’s premier ProteX coating, a salt-spray-tested coating that virtually eliminates rust jacking. Finally, to ensure correct lining attachment for maximum lining service, Bendix reman shoes are assembled with the same riveting procedure and quality checks used in OE production.

“We are very pleased that U.S. Xpress has chosen to partner with Bendix for replacement brake shoe solutions that meet its needs for safety, value, reliability, and efficiency,” says Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing and business development. “We look forward to helping keep the U.S. Xpress trucks on the road with our technologies for a long time to come.”

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