McNeilus Companies Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has delivered 15 McNeilus Standard ready-mix trucks to Ferrara Bros. Building Materials Corp. of Flushing, N.Y. The vehicles feature Cummins Westport ISL-G compressed natural gas (CNG) engines, and are configured on a single pusher axle with a gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds.

“Our fleet is comprised of 75 mixers, and now 17 are powered by compressed natural gas; we’ve got a ways to go but we intend to become a 100% CNG fleet,” said Bob Gartman, Ferrara Bros. vice president of operations. “Ferrara is making the move to CNG because we firmly believe in reducing our country’s dependence on foreign oil. And we’ve had a very good experience with McNeilus and its CNG configuration.”

“We’re seeing a growing number of progressive ready-mix producers, such as Ferrara Bros., transition to CNG powered vehicles,” said Tom Harris, McNeilus Companies vice president of fleet sales. “From significantly reduced fuel costs to far quieter operation, the advantages to our customers are significant – and the trend to CNG is accelerating.”

McNeilus has been producing alternative fueled CNG powered vehicles since 2006. The company built its own CNG fueling station on-site to fully fuel and test vehicles prior to shipment. By working closely with all chassis manufacturers and Cummins-Westport, McNeilus ensures that its technology benefits the environment, reduces dependence on foreign oil and, most importantly, improves customers’ productivity and profits.

“Since the McNeilus CNG configured trucks are inherently cleaner running, they require fewer engine emission control systems; we’ve found them to be more reliable than diesel engines – especially in a stop-and-start urban setting,” added Gartman. “Plus, they are smooth running and very quiet.  We get requests from contractors to deliver ready-mix from the CNG trucks because of how quiet and clean they are. That says a lot.”

The McNeilus Standard mixer system has a well-earned reputation for durability and low maintenance. The legendary drum is made from abrasion-resistant steel with robotic welding for long life and maximum payload. The drum fins feature a pair of 3/8-inch carbon steel wear rods to deflect the concrete away from high wear areas for increased life and productivity. Other features include a single piece spun head, rugged front pedestal design, and a direct drive transmission to evenly distribute the torque load.