Fleets win EPA awards for green initiatives

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Contract Freighters Inc., which has equipped all its 2,300 company-owned tractors with Michelin X One wide single tires, is one of 13 fleets to win a 2006 SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Bruce Stockton, the fleet’s vice president of maintenance, credits the award to the transition that the company began in 2004 by equipping its tractors and trailers with Michelin X One wide single tires.

The EPA’s SmartWay Excellence Award honors trucking-industry initiatives to save fuel and reduce emissions. Other winners of the 2006 award include:

For-hire fleets

  • Bison Transport
  • Contract Freighters Inc.
  • Langford Inc.
  • National Freight
  • New Century Transportation
  • O&S Trucking
  • Roehl Transport
  • Schneider National
  • YRC Worldwide

    Private fleets

  • H-E-B
  • Quad/Graphics
  • Smithfield Transportation
  • Wal-Mart Stores

    Shippers

  • IKEA Distribution Services, North America
  • Interface Inc. (joint project with Meridian IQ)
  • Owens Corning
  • Sharp Electronics

    Logistics companies

  • APL Logistics
  • Epes Logistics Services
  • Meridian IQ (joint project with Interface Inc.)

    Industry affiliates

  • Cascade Sierra Solutions and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (joint project)
  • Minnesota Trucking Association
  • New Jersey Motor Truck Association