OOIDA members obtain hunk of Wisconsin APU money

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 3/18/2009

Small trucking businesses based in Wisconsin, including many OOIDA members and Land Line readers, received a sizable portion of the state’s APU grant funds in 2008.

Wisconsin’s Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program awarded $1,229,708 for partial reimbursements of APUs in 2008. Of that amount, $414,406 was awarded to OOIDA members and Land Line readers.

OOIDA has worked with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to ensure that a portion of the funds are set aside for small-business trucking carriers.

Among large fleets obtaining Wisconsin funds, Marten Transport Services of Mondovi, WI, purchased 36 APUs after obtaining $152,236.77 from the program, and Roehl Transport, Inc of Marshfield, WI, purchased 21 units after receiving $72,683.66.

The idle-reduction program may not be around for 2009.

The program has been targeted for elimination by Gov. Jim Doyle to balance the state’s budget.

Joe Rajkovacz, OOIDA regulatory affairs specialist, said the Association hopes Wisconsin finds room in its budget to continue the program, as that state looks at joining the growing number of areas that ban idling.

“In the last three years, our members have benefited to the tune of nearly a million dollars,” Rajkovacz said. “Truckers are always interested in reducing diesel consumption, and in light of our current economic recession, they occasionally need a little help complying with the ever-changing landscape of idling regulations.”

Other diesel funding opportunities exist for Wisconsin-area based trucking companies.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently created the Wisconsin Clean Diesel Grant Program, and OOIDA’s equipment finance department is offering U.S. truck owners a 40 percent reimbursement of the purchase price and installation of an APU.

For more information on OOIDA’s program, click here.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer


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