July 30, 2014
11:22 pm

Clean Wheeling

The folks at Meijer are justifiably proud of the track record they are establishing in the world of clean living.  Word from the company's Grand Rapids headquarters today reveals that the huge retailer operates one of the largest all-clean diesel fleets in all of North America.

In their on-going bid to be a truly "green" company, Meijer fleet managers have been employing innovative technology to improve their fuel efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.  Since first implementing the U.S. EPA's 2010 near-zero emissions standards three years ago, Meijer trucks have reduced their carbon footprint by nearly 60-percent to date.  

Rick Keyes is the executive vice-president of supply chain operations and manufacturing at Meijer.  He calls the new numbers, "An extremely rewarding achievement that truly speaks to our commitment to the environment.  Not only are we integrating cutting-edge technology into our business, we're also working under the philosophy that to be a good company, we must be a good neighbor."

When Meijer built its Stevensville store several years ago, the company was awarded the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce Green Award for its LEED Certification at the site.  

The Meijer fleet was the first on the North American continent to implement the federal clean emissions standards, and today the company's fleet of 170 semi's meets or exceeds those stringent requirements.

As a result of that commitment, the Meijer fleet realized a:
 
  • 47% reduction in particulate matter...
  • 55% reduction in (or 525 U.S. tons of) nitrogen oxide...
  • 3% reduction in (or 9,300 U.S. tons of) carbon dioxide...
  • 5% increase in fuel economy, saving 105,570 gallons of fuel each year.  In five years, that equals a savings of 527,850 gallons of fuel -- or 52,785 barrels of oil.
In fact, it takes 47 of the new 2010 compliant trucks to equal the same emissions as one of the older trucks they replaced.  David Hoover is the Meijer director of outbound logistics.  He says, "I'm very pleased to say that Meijer is able to cut that down and continue to be enivronmentally conscious.  The impact is tremendous because the Meijer fleet makes deliveries to our stores 26 times each week."

Meijer operates 203 super centers and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.  Included in that line up are two super centers in our area including Meijer of Benton Harbor at 1920 Pipestone and Meijer of Stevensville at 5019 Red Arrow Highway.  
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