Rehan Munawar and his wife, Fayza Rehan, are opening their first Fantastic Sams outlet in Little Elm in early March.
Located south of Eldorado Parkway at FM423 and Little Elm Parkway, the salon will be open seven days a week, Munawar said.
The business owners, who have lived in the Frisco area for nine to 10 years, are hiring six employees, who will begin training this coming week.
Fayza Rehan, after spending the early years at home with the couple’s two children, completed the Toni & Guy Academy in 2010.
“She enjoys what she’s doing and we decided to fashion it into a business,” Munawar said, adding, if all goes well, they may consider opening additional salons in the area.
“This is an area that a lot of families are moving to from all over the country,” he said.
The couple are excited about opening their own business, he added.
“I think we are now living our American dream.”
Cummins Inc. and Peterbilt Motors Company, a division of PACCAR, recently announced that the latest version of their SuperTruck demonstration tractor-trailer achieved 10.7 mpg last month under real-world driving conditions.
Developing a truck that could meet or exceed 10 mpg when fully loaded was considered unlikely, if not impossible, just a few years back, with most trucks averaging between 5.5 and 6.5 mpg, according to a news release.
However, with advances in engines, aerodynamics and more, SuperTruck has proven that 10 mpg is attainable.
SuperTruck averaged a 75 percent increase in fuel economy, a 43 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an 86 percent gain in freight efficiency in 24-hours, head-to-head testing against a 2009 baseline truck.
The Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck was on display for President Barack Obama’s announcement of firm deadlines for the next generation of national fuel-efficiency and GHG emissions standards for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.
The goal of the SuperTruck program, initiated by the U.S. Department of Energy, is to improve long-haul Class 8 vehicle freight efficiency. The program focuses on advanced and highly efficient engine systems and vehicle technologies that meet prevailing emissions and Class 8 tractor-trailer vehicle safety and regulatory requirements.
The SuperTruck project objectives have included development and demonstration of a highly efficient and clean diesel engine, an advanced waste heat recovery system, an aerodynamic tractor and trailer combination and a lithium ion battery-auxiliary power unit, to reduce engine idling.
The Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck uses the Peterbilt Model 579. The engine, based on a Cummins ISX15, converts exhaust heat into power delivered to the crankshaft, and has electronic control software that uses route information to optimize fuel use. The SuperTruck also includes chassis refinements, improvements in the aerodynamics and other significant advances in the engine. Lightweighting throughout the tractor-trailer also enables increased freight efficiency.
Eaton Corp., also part of the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck project team, is developing a next-generation automated transmission that improves fuel efficiency in heavy-duty trucks. Eaton’s contribution includes the design, development and prototyping of an advanced transmission that facilitates reduced engine-operating speeds. Cummins and Eaton jointly designed shift schedules and other features to yield further improved fuel efficiency.
The SuperTruck achieved an 86 percent improvement in freight efficiency and a 75 percent fuel economy improvement over a 24-hour test cycle in December 2013. The program goal was a 68 percent freight-efficiency increase over a 2009 vintage baseline vehicle of the same weight traveling along the same route.
The Class 8 Peterbilt Model 579, powered by a Cummins ISX15 engine, achieved 10.7 mpg during testing last month between Denton and Vernon. The 312-mile route was the same one used two years ago, when the first version of the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck averaged just under 10 mpg. The testing in both instances was conducted on a round-trip basis to negate any wind advantage that might have been gained by traveling one way, and each tractor-trailer had a combined gross weight of 65,000 pounds running at 64 miles per hour. A longer, 500-mile route between Denton and Memphis, Texas, was also used to demonstrate the vehicle’s fuel-efficiency improvement over a 24-hour test cycle.
The increase in fuel economy for the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck would save about $27,000 annually per truck based on today’s diesel fuel prices for a long-haul truck traveling 120,000 miles per year and would also translate into a more than 43 percent reduction in annual GHG emissions per truck, according to the release.
The new Canyon Falls residential community under construction in Denton County has sold lots to at least seven homebuilders.
Developer Wheelock Communities said last week that Ashton Woods Homes, Coventry Homes, Highland Homes, K. Hovnanian Homes and Toll Brothers have purchased the first 233 home sites in the development located on the west side of Flower Mound. The builders will sell new homes priced from more than $300,000 to more than $500,000.
Their first model homes in the project will open in mid 2014.
Also, Drees Custom Homes and Ryland Homes are buying lots in another section of the project under construction and will start model home construction in the third quarter.
Canyon Falls is a 1,200-acre community located along Cross Timbers Drive east of Interstate 35W.
The property is planned for about 1,750 single-family homes, apartments, shopping and commercial space.
First United Bank president Jay Ross recently announced the addition of Todd Price to First United’s commercial lending team in Denton.
“It’s truly exciting for us to bring Todd on board,” Ross stated in a news release. “His reputation in the community speaks volumes about his dedication to helping serve the businesses in Denton.”
Price has more than 27 years of banking experience in the Denton market and is a well-known and trusted lender.
Several organizations in Denton benefit from Price’s leadership. He currently serves as a board member for the FLOW Foundation and United Way of Denton County. He is also a founding member of the Argyle Lions Club and is the Assistant Scout Master to Boy Scout Troop 65 and Cub Master of Cub Scout pack No. 4600 in the Boy Scouts of America.
After graduating from the University of North Texas in 2000 with a bachelor of science degree, he began building experience in the industry through various positions in operations and lending.
A native Texan, Price is a 10-year resident of Argyle. He and his wife of 16 years, Chris, have two sons, Carter and Hayden. When Price isn’t working on expanding commercial lending opportunities in Denton, he enjoys volunteering in the Denton community and participating in scouts with his two sons.
Price will be working from First United’s Denton South location, just off of Interstate 35E and Teasley Lane.
First United Bank is a $2 billion bank established in 1900, with four locations in Denton County and many more locations throughout North Texas and Oklahoma.
Staff Writer Steve Brown with The Dallas Morning News contributed to this report.
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