Arizona Beer Distributor Celebrates Conversion of Truck Fleet to Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles

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Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. of Tucson, Arizona, has gone green!  It hosted a green ribbon cutting ceremony on September 15 to celebrate the arrival of the distributor’s first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet vehicle.

With continuing efforts to reduce rising fuel costs, Golden Eagle Distributors has leased 23 CNG vehicles from Ryder System, Inc. which will replace the distributorship’s current truck fleet.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, CNG vehicles produce 95% less particulate matter, 80% less nitrogen oxide, and they provide a reduction of 23% in greenhouse gas emissions when compared to diesel engines.

On hand to cut the ribbon and welcome the CNG vehicle to Tucson were Jeff Sales, Senior Aide to Tucson’s mayor; Bobby Stewart, Ryder Vice President of National Sales; Colleen Crowninshield, Clean Cities; Christopher Clements, CEO, Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc.; Kimberly Clements, President, Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc.; Gina Murphy-Darling, Mrs. Green’s World; Bill Osteen, Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc.; Jennifer Cox, District Deputy Director to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords; and Rubin Reyes, Deputy Director to Congressman Raul Grijalva.

The distributorship is no stranger when it comes to environmental awareness.  Golden Eagle Distributors was named Arizona’s Greenest Workplace in 2010 by Mrs. Green’s World, an environmental website that promotes global sustainability, in recognition of its recycling and energy efficiency initiatives.

“Environmental stewardship is part of the company culture at Golden Eagle,” said CEO Christopher Clements.  “It is engrained in our way of life.  Recycling, energy conservation, and now this CNG fleet conversion are an important part of our business plan.”

The Golden Eagle business plan includes future tactics to expand the CNG fleet vehicle program into Golden Eagle’s six branch operations throughout Arizona. To service the CNG fleet, Golden Eagle is working toward creating a CNG fuel station at their headquarters in Tucson, and then at several other branch locations as the CNG fleet expansion continues over the next several years.

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