In Chattanooga, Tennessee, we meet with Gerry Mead, Senior Vice President of Maintenance at U.S. Xpress. He shares with us his views about innovation, specifically disc brake technology that has generated more and more interest in the North American trailer market. During our visit at U.S. Xpress headquarters, Mead is not going to miss the chance to personally showcase the new trailer equipped with SAF-HOLLAND’s new P89 disc brakes. He has been in the business for over 27 years and oversees the fleet of logistics company U.S. Xpress in Chattanooga – a fleet consisting of over 15,000 trailers and almost 7,000 tractors on the move across North America. In March 2016, Mead was honored as Truck Fleet Innovator by the renowned magazine Heavy Duty Trucking. This award was for efficiency and the use of solar technology. Now Mead, together with SAF-HOLLAND, is onto the next innovation breakthrough: disc brakes for U.S. Xpress’ fleet of trailers. Though air disc brakes are the standard in Europe, it’s still not a large percentage of the market in the United States. Disc brake technology introduced to North America in the early 1970’s, suffered from substandard materials and braking equipment that was the wrong size. As a result, the industry stayed with drum brakes which, despite their moderate performance and difficult maintenance, has continued to be the predominate brake technology used in North America.