“We want our customers and community to know that we are investing in them and working hard to meet our sustainability goals,” said Chuck Paterakis, vice president of transportation and logistics for H&S Baking. “With propane autogas, we’re doing just that with a domestically produced fuel that lowers emissions across our delivery area.”
Funded in part by a Maryland Clean Cities Coalition grant from the Maryland Energy Administration, the autogas fleet will reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 60 percent, nitrogen oxide by 20 percent and greenhouse gases by up to 25 percent compared to gasoline. Over its lifetime, each of H&S Bakery’s ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-59 trucks will eliminate about 117,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the company’s carbon footprint.
The company has installed a private refueling station that includes an 18,000-gallon underground propane tank. The station is located outside of H&S Bakery’s new eco-friendly distribution center, which has achieved two Green Stars through the Baltimore City Green Building Standards.
“Propane autogas provides an economic, environmental and competitive advantage for America’s industry leaders like H&S Bakery,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech, the manufacturer of the autogas fuel system. “With the adoption of autogas, H&S reduces fuel and maintenance costs, and helps lessen Maryland’s reliance on imported oil.”
H&S Bakery, along with propane provider AmeriGas and ROUSH CleanTech, celebrated the clean fleet deployment at their facility with a key handoff, a refueling demonstration, and a speech from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Over the next two years, H&S aims to operate about 10 percent of their current 600-vehicle fleet with propane autogas.
About H&S Bakery: H&S Bakery, a family-owned and operated leader in traditional European flavor and crust, has been a long-standing provider of niche specialty goods for over 70 years. Based in Baltimore, H&S Bakery produces customized fresh and frozen private label programs for European hearth-baked specialty bread products such as rolls, bagels and English Muffins, for restaurant and supermarket giants. H&S Bakery and its affiliates are comprised of 14 divisions operating in seven states, with distribution in 23 states and growing. Learn more at hsbakery.com or by calling 410.276.7254.
About ROUSH CleanTech: ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology, is a division of ROUSH Enterprises based in Livonia, Mich. ROUSH CleanTech designs, engineers, manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for light- and medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles, and Type A and Type C Blue Bird school buses. As a Ford QVM-certified alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech delivers economical, clean and domestically produced fueling options for fleets across North America. Learn more at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling800.59.ROUSH.