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“They spent a lot of money washing tarps that were hard to clean because products were sticking to the fabric,” Cossette says. In conjunction with Seaman Corp., T.R.S. Industries came up with a solution called Supreme Clean: an 18-ounce, vinyl-coated nylon with an acrylic lacquer coating.
“The material we are hauling doesn’t stick to the tarp, so it’s a lot easier to clean,” says the client, Ken Foltz, co-owner of Foltz Trucking. “It saves us time and you don’t have the possibility of cross-contamination. And because they are thicker, they will have more longevity than normal tarps.”
After a little more than a year of using Supreme Clean tarps on 35 trailers in its fleet, the Detroit Lakes, Minn.-based company has ordered another 50 for new hopper-bottom trailers, even though the cost is about 10 percent higher than the price for tarps it previously bought.
“We feel, for the long run and everyday use, it’s worth the extra upfront cost,” Foltz says.
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