MATS Report: Trucking company’s study fuels biodiesel advancement


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Dale Decker found out about biodiesel several years ago. The more he learned, the more he wanted to try it.

Decker is a third-generation trucker in the family business, which started in 1931 with one Model B Ford truck. Since then, the Fort Dodge, Iowa-based Decker Truck Line has grown to more than 700 trucks and more than 1,400 trailers, with nine terminals in five states.

“I appreciate the fact that biodiesel provides support for American farmers as a home grown fuel,” said Decker, Industry and Government Relations Director for Decker Truck Line.

He also said the added lubricity biodiesel provides would help meet fuel lubricity requirements when used with the newly mandated Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD).

Decker Truck Line is the first major trucking company to compare a soy biodiesel B20 blend to regular diesel in a comprehensive over-the-road test covering two million miles. Announced last fall, the “Two Million Mile Haul” has covered 350,000 miles towards the goal.


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