OOIDA members among those receiving Wisconsin grant money

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 6/22/2009

Several OOIDA members and Land Line readers received grant money for APUs, direct-fire heaters, battery-powered HVAC systems and reefer repowers through the 2008 Wisconsin Clean Diesel Grant Program.

OOIDA members and Land Line readers combined to win $62,702 of the program’s available $280,000. The program is different from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s annual diesel program, which applies only to APUs.

OOIDA Member Jeff Hill of Owen, WI obtained $9,937 from the state to match his $9,937 contribution to repower his truck’s reefer.

The reefer upgrade will allow Hill to keep pulling his reefer loads into California following next month’s enforcement of the state’s first transportation refrigeration unit standards.

OOIDA Member Tim Perron of Campbellsport, WI obtained $8,895 to match his $8,895 contribution for APUs.

One state air specialist said the program has been able to help many small-business trucking firms in recent years.

Jessica Lawent, air management transportation specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said trucking businesses have good opportunities to be funded through the state’s grant programs.

“For this program, we were able to award everybody that was eligible,” Lawent told Land Line. “There is a lot more opportunity.”

Wisconsin is accepting applications for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Wisconsin Clean Diesel Grant Program for 2009. $1.66 million is available for that program. All applications must be postmarked by Aug. 3. For more information, click here.

OOIDA’s equipment finance program can help Association members from Wisconsin and other states obtain funding through EPA grants and loans.

Truck owners will be required to submit data from their truck’s engine control module to show emissions data and to document emissions reduction.

OOIDA members who own their own trucks also can apply for a three-year loan for APUs certified by the EPA.

For additional information, contact the OOIDA Equipment Finance Department at 800-444-5791.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer


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