Sept. 19, 2011

Golden Eagle Distributors Inc. to Convert Entire Fleet to CNG

We are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and with diesel fuel prices continuing to rise, the timing was right to convert our Tucson fleet to natural gas vehicles.      
Christopher Clements, CEO, Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., has heralded the arrival of its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet vehicle. Golden Eagle, in partnership with Ryder System, Inc. is converting its entire heavy-duty fleet in Tucson, Arizona, to CNG by the end of 2011. Ryder executives, including Bobby Stewart, vice president of national sales, presented the vehicle to Golden Eagle executives.

To support distribution operations in Tucson, Golden Eagle, a Ryder full-service lease customer for 40 years, agreed to lease 23 CNG vehicles by the end of 2011. The vehicles are part of a strategic alternative fuel program that's focused on reducing transportation-generated emissions and fuel costs.

"We are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and with diesel fuel prices continuing to rise, the timing was right to convert our Tucson fleet to natural gas vehicles," said Christopher Clements, CEO of Golden Eagle.

The Tucson fleet conversion is the first step in a larger CNG plan Golden Eagle is embarking on over the next several years. Golden Eagle will convert all fleet vehicles to CNG in their six branch operations throughout the state. To service its growing CNG fleet, Golden Eagle is working toward opening its own CNG fueling stations in Tucson and at several other branch locations, including Casa Grande and Buckeye. In spring 2011, Golden Eagle purchased an acre of land adjacent to its headquarters in Tucson. That land will be used for a CNG fueling station.

In addition to CNG vehicles, environmental awareness is part of the business plan at Golden Eagle. The company was named Arizona's Greenest Workplace in 2010 by Mrs. Green's World, an environmental website that promotes global sustainability. Golden Eagle was also recognized for its recycling and energy-efficiency initiatives, employee carpooling, and its green transportation program.