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Partnership with PHH FirstFleet Makes J.J. Taylor Companies First in Region to
Switch to Compressed Natural Gas Tractors
Jupiter, Florida and Sparks, Maryland (January 31, 2013) - Beer distributor,
J.J. Taylor Companies, Inc. today announced it will replace its Tampa-based
fleet with compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors as part of an ongoing
commitment to sustainability. The switch to CNG vehicles, which are cleaner,
more environmentally friendly, cheaper, and quieter than diesel, is possible in
part because of the lease financing provided by PHH FirstFleet - a division of
PHH Arval. It's one of the first fair market value leases for a CNG vehicle in
the United States.
"We've been working to reduce our carbon footprint over the past five years, so
the change to CNG is a natural progression," said Jose
Rivera, vice president of
finance/administration, of J.J. Taylor Companies. "CNG has near-zero emissions
and is therefore less harmful to the environment. It also has a lower cost on a
Diesel Gallon Equivalent basis, and CNG vehicles are markedly quieter than their
diesel counterparts. We're thrilled to partner with PHH FirstFleet and others to
make it happen."
J.J. Taylor Companies has ordered 43 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 CNG
tractors. The company plans to replace its entire Tampa-based fleet - 95 units -
within the next 36 months. Part of the transition includes the creation of a
private CNG fueling station. The tractors are arriving in Tampa and will start
operating this month, once the fueling station is completed. Plans for a second
station and conversion of the company's fleet - 75 units - in Fort Myers are
"This is one of the first full facility conversions of an entire compressed
natural gas fleet in the Southeast," said Rob Stowers, senior vice president,
Truck and Equipment Leasing at PHH FirstFleet. "We're excited to team up with
J.J. Taylor Companies to help them make their fleet more efficient. Often
companies feel sustainability initiatives are too expensive to pursue, but our
partnership demonstrates there are alternative ways to make it happen. We
anticipate that this will be one of many such conversions as we move forward."
J.J. Taylor acquired the Freightliner tractors through Tampa Truck Center, LLC
and they are powered by a Cummins-Westport 8.9L ISL-G engine and an Allison
3000Hs transmission. Vocational Energy, LLC, out of Fontana, CA, is building the
CNG fueling station.
J.J. Taylor Companies will use the CNG vehicles in daily delivery operations in
the company's territory covering Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and
Sarasota counties. In the future the fleet will cover a total of 17 Florida
Note to editors: J.J. Taylor Companies will hold a CNG Fleet and Station open
house on Monday, February 4, from 11:30-1:00 at 5102 South 16th Ave in Tampa.
RSVP to email@example.com
. Additionally, photos of CNG tractors are
available upon request.
About J.J. Taylor Companies, Inc.
With corporate offices in Jupiter, FL, J.J. Taylor has beer distribution
operations in Tampa, Fort Myers and Fort Pierce Florida as well as in
Minneapolis, MN. The company distributes a number of domestic, imported and
craft beers, including, Miller, Coors, Heineken, Guinness, Samuel Adams, Sierra
Nevada and Cigar City.
About PHH Arval
PHH Arval, a subsidiary of PHH Corporation (NYSE: PHH), is a leading fleet
management services provider in the United States and Canada. PHH Arval provides
fleet management solutions to a broad range of industries and has a client base
that includes nearly one-third of Fortune 500 companies. Through consultative
expertise, flexible customer service, and innovative technology, PHH Arval helps
clients reduce costs and increase productivity. PHH is a founding member of the
PHH-Arval Global Alliance, which operates more than 2 million vehicles across
North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia and South America. For more
information, visit www.phharval.com or call (800) ONLY-PHH.
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