Upstaging Inc. Fleet Relies on Bendix for Safety Systems

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Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC announcement

ELYRIA, Ohio – The story of Upstaging Inc. is one of constant evolution and growth: Founded 48 years ago as a stage lighting company, Upstaging has expanded to provide event production and management, custom displays and scenic work, signing and graphics, and – with a fleet of 175 drivers, 200 tractors, and 400 trailers – trucking.  

“There are now two sides to our fleet’s business: touring and logistics,” explained Chip Warterfield, fleet safety manager. “Our Touring division carries production equipment for most major concert tours from the southern U.S. border to the 60th parallel north – lights, sound, video, guitars, you name it. Look out back of any big event, and you’ll probably see our trucks. The Logistics side is currently working Freight All Kinds (FAK) hauling in the lower 48 states, moving everything from groceries to tractors.”

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And no matter where the road takes Upstaging’s drivers, Warterfield said, the company is always aiming to do everything possible to provide the men and women behind the wheel with a safe vehicle. That means running the Peterbilt Model 579s that make up 99 percent of its fleet with Bendix® ADB22X® air disc brakes on all axles, and the Bendix® ESP® Electronic Stability Program full-stability system as standard equipment.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC is the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles.

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“We purchase trucks through our fleet rep at Peterbilt, and I trust them to provide me with the best,” Warterfield said. “When the decision to step up to ADBs on all axles came around, I was plenty confident from our experience with the steer axle ADBs that we have been running for years. With the exceptional performance that we have seen, there will be no need for me to look anywhere else.”

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