Ryder Signs First Natural Gas Lease Deal in Louisiana with Eagle
Distributing of Shreveport
Anheuser-Busch Distributor Will Add 23 Natural Gas Vehicles to Delivery Fleet
MIAMI -- March 11, 2013
Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R), a leader in commercial transportation and supply
chain management solutions, today announced that Eagle Distributing of
Shreveport, Inc., has signed a full-service lease agreement for 23 compressed
natural gas (CNG) tractors. Eagle is an Anheuser-Busch distributor in
northwestern Louisiana and Ryder’s first natural gas lease customer in
Louisiana. The CNG tractors will replace nearly all of Eagle’s existing
diesel-powered delivery fleet. With natural gas vehicles available for lease
and rental in markets in California, Arizona, and Michigan, Ryder now adds
Shreveport, La., as its newest market with a natural gas vehicle offering.
Ryder will also provide maintenance for the 23 CNG vehicles from Ryder’s
Shreveport service facility, which is being upgraded for compliance with
natural gas standards.
The CNG vehicles are part of a strategic initiative by Eagle to reduce its
carbon footprint and control fuel costs. “By changing out these 23 vehicles,
Eagle will cut its greenhouse gas emissions from its current 878 tons down to
670 tons, which will be a reduction of 24%,” said Doug Jones, Operations
Manager for Eagle. “We are also changing out smaller fleet vehicles to CNG. We
are committed and will continue to change out more vehicles this year and in
the years to come until all our vehicles are converted to CNG,” he added.
“As a socially responsible company, we wanted to look at our fleet options not
only from a cost perspective, but also as a good neighbor to our customers and
the communities we serve,” said Brad Nichols, President of Eagle. “These
advanced technology compressed natural gas vehicles work as well as their
diesel counterparts and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions. With the
availability and planned growth of natural gas fueling infrastructure in our
service area in Louisiana, we believe CNG vehicles will continue to gain
momentum as an environmentally beneficial and cost-competitive alternative.”
Ryder’s leased vehicles will be used to make deliveries throughout Eagle’s
service territory of nine parishes in Northwest Louisiana. Eagle is also
currently exploring plans to build a natural gas fueling station near its
headquarters in Shreveport.
Eagle was founded in June 1992 by Robert and Pam Nichols as a family-owned and
locally operated company. The company is a wholesale distributor of beer,
wine, liquor and non-alcohol products with a territory covering the parishes
of Caddo, Claiborne, Bienville, Bossier, Desoto, Natchitoches, Red River,
Webster, and Winn. Eagle distributes the famous Anheuser-Busch InBev brands
that include the Budweiser, Michelob, Busch, and Natural brand families of
beers, as well as a number of other import, craft, and non-alcohol products.
“Over the last several years, we’ve seen an increasing number of companies not
only seek alternatives to reduce and control fuel costs, but also to help them
control their carbon output and meet their environmental objectives,” said
Dennis Cooke, President of Fleet Management Solutions at Ryder. “We pride
ourselves on listening to the needs of the marketplace and developing the
solutions that will help drive the industry forward.”
About Eagle Distributing of Shreveport, Inc.
Eagle Distributing of Shreveport, Inc. was founded in June 1992 by Robert and
Pam Nichols as a family-owned and locally operated company. Eagle is a
wholesale distributor of beer, wine, liquor and non-alcohol products in
Northwest Louisiana and its territory covers the nine parishes of Caddo,
Claiborne, Bienville, Bossier, Desoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Webster, and
Winn. Eagle distributes the famous Anheuser-Busch InBev brands that include
the Budweiser, Michelob, Busch, and Natural brand families of beers. Eagle
also distributes many import and craft brands, such as Stella Artois, Beck’s,
Corona, Modelo, Abita, and New Belgium, to name a few. Non-alcohol products
Eagle carries include Red Bull, Nestle Nesquik & Waters, Nesteas, EAS Myoplex,
Taste of Florida Mixers and much more. Eagle employs over 150 people and
services over 1,200 retail accounts.
Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain
management solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow
Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Inbound
Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as a top third party logistics
provider and green supply chain partner. Ryder has also been ranked three
years in a row as one of the top 250 U.S. companies in the Newsweek Green
Rankings. In addition, Security Magazine has named Ryder one of the top
companies for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply
chain, and warehousing sector. Ryder is a proud member of the American Red
Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, supporting national and local disaster
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forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and
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management to predict all such risk factors or to assess the impact of such
risks on our business. Accordingly, we undertake no obligation to publicly
update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events, or otherwise.
Ryder System, Inc.
Cindy Haas, 305-500-4526
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