Perkins earns EPA accolades for environmental initiatives

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The Environmental Protection Agency has certified Perkins Specialized Transportation Inc. — a provider of specialized transportation services for the office furniture, store fixture, home cabinet and tradeshow exhibit industries — as a SmartWay Transport Partner for its plan to increase fuel efficiency across its fleet over the next three years.

SmartWay Transport Partners are commercial, industrial and public-sector organizations that commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution and to improve fuel efficiency of ground freight transportation. As such, the EPA bestows SmartWay partners with benefits and services for being a part of the program, including fleet management tools, technical support, public recognition and information.

To earn SmartWay certification, Perkins submitted proposed fuel-efficiency standards for its fleet for the next three years, which was assessed a SmartWay and corresponding Shipper Index Factor score. The EPA approved both; the next step for Perkins is to submit an action plan for 2009 detailing its commitment to increasing fuel efficiency among its fleet over the next 18 months.

“We are excited and honored to be recognized by the EPA for doing our part to contribute to a stronger economy as well as a healthier environment,” says Andy Card, owner and chief executive officer of Noblesville, Ind.-based Perkins. “We think the SmartWay Transport Partnership Program is a great idea to show how ground freight is evolving and innovating with the environment in mind. Being named a SmartWay Partner is an honor that extends to our clients as well.”