Ryder Expands NGV Solution Services to Arkansas
Ryder announced that it has expanded its NGV offering into Arkansas for the first time with two customers: Alpha Packaging and Boyd Metals Transportation. The CNG vehicles for both Alpha Packaging and Boyd Metals Transportation will be maintained by Ryder at its Fort Smith, Arkansas, service facility, which is being modified to meet the compliance requirements for natural gas.
Ryder has begun to deploy NGVs into the fleets of Ryder customers in Arizona, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas, Utah, and Quebec, Canada. Alpha Packaging and Boyd Metals Transportation are both current Ryder full service lease customers.
Alpha Packaging has signed a full service lease agreement for seven CNG tractors. The CNG vehicles will replace current Ryder leased diesel powered vehicles to support Alpha Packaging’s sustainability initiatives. Alpha Packaging, the largest independently owned corrugated box manufacturing company in Arkansas, will use the CNG vehicles to support its deliveries to all areas within 300 miles of its manufacturing facility in Greenwood, Arkansas.
“Even with the recent drop in diesel fuel prices, the stability of natural gas fuel costs, along with the environmental benefits of natural gas vehicle technology, bring significant value to our fleet operation,” said Alpha Packaging President, Mike Stec.
To support the new CNG fleet, Alpha Packaging is building an on-site natural gas fuel station at its location. This on-site time-fill CNG fuel station will allow its drivers to fill the trucks overnight in order to gain full-range tank capacity and improve productivity during the day when they need to make deliveries.
Boyd Metals Transportation has also signed a full service lease agreement for seven CNG tractors. The CNG vehicles will replace current Ryder leased diesel powered vehicles in Boyd Metals Transportation’s delivery fleet. The new CNG delivery fleet will be used to deliver Boyd Metals’ extensive inventory of carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and fiberglass products in a wide range of shapes and sizes from the company’s warehouse in Fort Smith, Arkansas.