IdleAire consultant says the service is ‘here to stay’

| 8/25/2008

A consultant for the new management of IdleAire told reporters at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas this past week that the company is “here to stay.”

IdleAire offers heating, cooling, entertainment and Internet access at truck stops across the country. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 12.

The New Jersey Business Journal interviewed Mindy Long, a spokeswoman for the Natso, a national association of truck plazas and truck stop operators, recently about the service. She noted that IdleAire costs between $1 and $2 per hour, making it cheaper than burning up $5-per-gallon diesel in the same period.

John Calabrese, who’s trying to steer the company out of bankruptcy, said the current investors believe IdleAire has the potential for what he termed “fantastic growth.” It recently had a record week, with 49,000 customers using nearly 500,000 hours of its service.