CFI earns SmartWay award, recognizes drivers

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CFI, an international truckload carrier based in Joplin, Mo., has earned the SmartWay Partner logo signifying a distinctive level of environmental performance as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership. The award honors companies committed to cutting pollution.

In the two years since CFI’s induction into the SmartWay Transport Partnership, CFI has improved its SmartWay Shipper Index Factor (SIF) score to a 1.25, the highest level recognized by the EPA. Only 75 out of nearly 500 participating partners have achieved this honor. The SIF score is a function of fuel efficiency, CO2, NOx and PM emissions.

In addition to their initial efforts, CFI:

  • Increased the team drivers’ count from about 160 teams to 260 teams, reducing idling time;
  • Is converting its entire fleet from pre-2002 emissions-compliant engines to post-2002 engines;
  • Utilizes synthetic lubricants in the drivetrain, reducing friction and improving fuel mileage; and
  • Continues to convert its trailer fleet to wide base tires, with more than 2,500 trailers to be converted by the end of 2007.

    The EPA created the SmartWay Transport Partnership in 2003 to demonstrate that participants can save money on fuel and operating costs, while at the same time helping the environment. The participating companies are on pace to save more than $1.2 billion in fuel costs and remove more than 4 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the air by the end of the year.

    By 2012, the partnership will cut carbon dioxide emissions between 33 and 66 million metric tons per year and nitrogen oxide emissions by 200,000 tons per year. This is equivalent to removing up to 12 million cars from the road, or the equivalent of saving up to 150 million barrels of oil.

    CFI also recently announced its monthly driver award recipients for February 2007:

  • Company Driver of the Month: Juan Rojas started driving for CFI in 2002 and has driven more than 640,000 miles. He lives in Austin, Texas.
  • Company Team of the Month: Miguel Barriga and Oscar Torres both began driving for CFI in 2000 and together have driven more than 1.6 million miles. They live in El Paso, Texas.
  • Contractor Driver of the Month: Leroy Sutton began his career with CFI in 1982 and has driven more than 870,000 miles. He resides in Mountainburg, Ark.
  • Contractor Team of the Month: Robert Cuthbertson and Sheri McPhee began their careers at CFI in 1998. They reside in Stewart, Tenn.

    As the February 2007 winners, each driver and team is nominated for the 2006 yearend award in their respective category. All full-time over-the-road drivers who have been certified as a driver at CFI for one year are eligible for the awards. In addition, drivers must have:

  • Received no moving violations in the previous 12 months;
  • Been involved in no accidents in the previous 12 months; and
  • Received no out-of-service violations through state/federal inspections in the previous 12 months.