C.R. England Unveiled LNG Tractor/Trailer Fleet at Ribbon Cutting Celebration
October 11, 2011 (Ontario, CA) – C.R. England, one of North America’s largest transportation providers, today unveiled a new fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tractors to be used in its Ontario, California Dedicated operation division. The announcement was made at the Ontario Convention Center with the new tractors and trailers on hand for inspection. Guest speakers included Dean England, President of C. R. England; Wayne Cederholm, CEO of C. R. England, and Ontario City Council Member Alan D. Wapner.
“C.R. England continually strives to find and implement greener transportation options,” said Dean England, President, C.R. England. “LNG tractors use natural gas and are one of the best alternative fuels currently available. We are incredibly excited to be the largest refrigerated carrier to incorporate LNG tractors into our fleet and see great potential for future expansion.”
The Ribbon Cutting Celebration focused on key topics of green transportation, the benefits of LNG tractors, and launched the LNG fleet which will run from Ontario, CA to Las Vegas, NV. Benefits of liquid natural gas include:
• Safe fuel option: It is nontoxic and disperses quickly.
• Environmentally friendly: It is the cleanest of all fossil fuels and emits up to 30 percent less greenhouse gas than gasoline or diesel vehicles.
• Domestic: Up to 99 percent of the gas C.R. England uses comes from North America.
• Abundant: Liquid natural gas is abundant in North America.
“When you’re dealing with a quality transportation company like C. R. England it is no surprise that they are on the forefront of using alternative fuels for their fleet,” said Ontario City Council Member Alan D. Wapner. “The City of Ontario appreciates companies who do business in our City and whose values align with our City’s Climate Action Plan.”
About C.R. England
Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah and is one of North America’s largest transportation companies and the world’s largest temperature-controlled carrier. C.R. England services include National, Mexico and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services. Additional services include Leasing, Brokerage, LTL/Parcel, Supply Chain Engineering, Special Project Engineering, Warehousing, and Global Sourcing, which has offices in Southern California and China. For more information, visit www.crengland.com.
Career Path: Highway DNA
By Brad Bentley
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question adults often ask kids. And whether the response is “astronaut, teacher, firefighter, or professional athlete”, the occupations usually change over the years.
That was not the case for James Birney, who always knew he wanted to drive a truck – and never strayed. “Since I was a little boy, driving was what I wanted to do,” Birney said. “My mother’s brother was a long haul driver most his life and used to take me on trips to Brooklyn – and even to southern Georgia once.”
Birney said that once he hit his teens, his mother finally realized chances were that he was not going to change his mind on a career path. In high school, Birney participated in a co-op program at the local International truck dealership (Archer Truck Service) in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. While working there (unknown to Archer), Birney would work days and go to Hamilton, Ontario-based Road Wise Truck Training driving school at night. “When on the nightshift, I would go to driving school in the morning before work,” Birney added.
By the time Birney was finished with high school, he was fully licensed and looking for a job. “It was hard to find, and I was 20 when I landed my first driving job,” Birney stated. “Since I couldn’t cross the border, my options were more limited; plus my lack of experience and age did not help.”
Birney’s first job was low pay and most of the time he drove only in Northern Ontario. Birney persevered, always knowing not only did he want to drive a truck, he wanted to own a truck. “I paid my time there, then made a couple moves over the years before I found a company I felt confident in buying my own truck and putting it on with them in the reefer industry,” James said. When the time came time to purchase, Birney had a good friend who had recently bought a new truck, and he shared his experience. “Mind you, he ended up with a Peterbilt and I have a 2007 Kenworth w900L, but the information helped in the decision to take the owner operator route,” Birney said.
Unfortunately, less that a year after owning his truck, Birney broke his collar bone on a ski trip – an injury that forced him to park the KW for almost two months. “Upon coming back, I just didn’t have the same relationship with my company and decided it was time for a move,” James lamented. Since that time, he has been on with J Syvret & Co out of Burlington Ontario. Syvret runs Canada plus the lower 48 states with rack and tarps, roll tights and even some vans. The company tends to keep Birney on the road for five days, then home on weekends.
Proud to be at a comfort level with his carrier, Birney wanted to show he has pride in his ride as well. “When I ordered my KW, it was plain as can be on the outside, so it didn’t take long for me to start playing with it,” James said. “I like to be clean trucking down the road and spend a lot of time with a hose and soap.” From the factory, Birney’s truck featured a 244 wheelbase, 475 cat, 18-speed, 336 rear ends and most options inside, but the KW is currently being stretched to a 290 wheelbase. “I have a fair bit of money invested in my truck, but your only young once after all,” Birney added.
And there’s no doubt Birney will still be trucking when he’s old.