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Alpha Baking makes investment in eco-friendly trucks


June 21, 2013
By Bakers Journal

June 21, 2013, Chicago – Alpha Baking introduced 22 propane autogas trucks for bread delivery in an effort to reduce emissions.

Penske will maintain these 2013 Roush CleanTechpropane Ford E-450 trucks.

The domestically-fueled vehicles were officially put into service during a commemoration ceremony with Chicago Area Clean Citiesat Alpha Baking’s North Aurora truck depot. The trucks will emit about two million fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over their lifetime.

“After much research and testing the time has arrived for Alpha Baking to integrate propane autogas equipment into our fleet,” stated Bob McGuire, Alpha’s vice-president and director of logistics. “The technology is here and it is affordable.

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“We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do. First, these propane-powered bread delivery trucks will emit fewer emissions and our company has been extremely progressive in doing the right thing for the environment. Second, propane is produced here in the U.S. and is therefore good for our economy. Lastly, this strategy reduces our dependency on foreign oil,” McGuire added.

Compared to conventional diesel counterparts, propane autogas vehicles reduce smog-producing hydrocarbons, and lessen noise levels by about 50 per cent.

“We’re proud to support Alpha Baking and its sustainability endeavors,” stated Jack Sullivan, Penske Truck Leasing’s vice president of sales. “Penske has been maintaining alternative fueled fleets of vehicles for more than a decade around the country.”