Recently, we held a grand opening of our first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at our Beloit, Wis., site, and I had the good fortune of attending the celebration. The event was a chance for us to expand our fleet of CNG trucks to 208 by the end of 2013.
I always enjoy the opportunity to see a new part of the business I’m normally not exposed to, and this visit didn’t disappoint. Dozens of attendees – including city, state and federal officials, vendor partners and several media outlets -- joined Frito-Lay employees at the Beloit site on a sunny Wednesday afternoon to hear about our commitment to alternative fuel and see the new CNG station firsthand. We had guest speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy and state of Wisconsin, a ribbon-cutting ceremony (shown at right), and we showed off the new technology by doing a fueling demonstration.
Dan Washkoviak, director of Service and Distribution in Beloit, shared with me what it means to be the first Frito-Lay facility to have a CNG station: “It’s really exciting to be on the forefront of this cutting-edge technology, and we’re looking forward to pioneering the future in alternative fuel clean air vehicles,” he said.
The new CNG station and CNG trucks are a big part of Frito-Lay’s commitment to reduce our fuel consumption and greenhouse gases by 50 percent by 2020. We’ve already made great strides with our all-electric delivery trucks that will help eliminate around 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year. And once all of our CNG trucks are in service, it will eliminate more than 7,800 metric tons of carbon emissions, which is like taking 1,125 cars off the road annually.
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