(MONTVALE, NJ—NOVEMBER, 2011)—Benjamin Moore has inaugurated the use of three new Ryder® tractor-trailer trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). Exclusively servicing Southern California, these additions to the company's fleet emit 25% fewer greenhouse gases than other vehicles.
The tractors have been made available through Ryder's natural gas vehicle project agreement with the San Bernardino Associated Governments in Southern California. The $38.7-million joint project is part of a public/private partnership between the transportation solutions company, the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission and the Southern California Association of Governments Clean Cities Coalition.
According to Mike Woods, Director of Logistics, "Benjamin Moore's commitment to sustainability pervades every department in the company, and this opportunity to ensure cleaner air reinforces our Green Promise in a way most people don't think about—shipping our eco-responsible paint products in one of the most eco-responsible ways possible."
Woods credits Benjamin Moore's Regional Logistics Manager, Ron Widner, with spearheading the program, in which dozens of other major companies are now involved. "It was a chance to get in on the ground floor of a transportation and environmental innovation that's only going to grow here in California and then across the U.S.," said Widner. He explained that many major metro areas now have passenger buses and even sanitation trucks that run on natural gas, so although the energy source is rather new to trucking, it's been proven very safe and reliable. Currently, California has about 70 fueling stations for CNG tractors; there are another 30 stations located throughout North America and that number is slated to grow steadily as the required equipment becomes available.
To learn more about Benjamin Moore's sustainability practices and policies, go to http://www.benjaminmoore1.com/central_labs/CEHS/SustainabilityReportOnline.pdf
About Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of the country's leading manufacturers of premium-quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance paints and other coatings, its products are distributed via a network of independent paint and decorating retailers throughout North America. Benjamin Moore has been a longstanding steward of the environment with a relentless commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices plus the ongoing development of the most eco-responsible paint formulations possible. Its portfolio of Green Promise® products continues to grow and includes Aura®, its über-performance low-VOC paint; Natura®, a true zero-VOC interior paint, remaining zero after tinting in any color, any sheen; and EcoSpec® WB zero-VOC paint for commercial interiors. The J.D. Power & Associates 2011 Interior Paint Satisfaction Study ranked Benjamin Moore highest in consumer satisfaction. What's more, the Benjamin Moore color offering of 3,300 hues is unrivaled, but any custom color choice can be matched, as was recently done for the White House Oval Office ceiling and trims. The only assurance of getting an authentic Benjamin Moore color is using Benjamin Moore paint, since the colorants and resins are proprietary and formulated with the company's own patented waterborne technologies. And, authentic Benjamin Moore colors are available exclusively from Benjamin Moore retailers.