CHICAGO — The national bakery products distributor Alpha Baking Co. Inc. this week named Penske Truck Leasing to serve as its commercial truck fleet maintenance service provider for its 2013 Roush CleanTech propane autogas powered Ford E-450 bread delivery trucks operating in the Chicago metro area.

Alpha Baking is introducing the 22 propane autogas trucks to reduce emissions while also continuing to meet its operational performance needs and factory warranty without a decrease in engine horsepower or torque. The new alternative fuel vehicles were officially put into service Wednesday during a commemoration ceremony with Chicago Area Clean Cities at Alpha Baking’s North Aurora truck depot.
The alternative fuel trucks will emit about 2 million fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over their lifetime. These easy-to-spot trucks are emblazoned with words emphasizing their fuel choice, such as “non-toxic,” “lower carbon emissions,” “progressive,” and “100 percent propane powered.”
“After much research and testing the time has arrived for Alpha Baking to integrate propane autogas equipment into our fleet,” stated Bob McGuire, Alpha’s vice president and director of logistics. “The technology is here and it is affordable. We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do. First, these propane-powered bread delivery trucks will emit fewer emissions and our company has been extremely progressive in doing the right thing for the environment. Second, propane is produced here in the U.S. and is therefore good for our economy. Lastly, this strategy reduces our dependency on foreign oil.”
“Chicagoland is the real winner today, benefitting from cleaner air and reduced noise levels due to the commitment of companies like Alpha Baking,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for Roush CleanTech. “Alpha Baking joins a long line of progressive fleets choosing to fuel with American made and environmentally friendly propane autogas.”
Compared to conventional diesel counterparts, propane autogas vehicles reduce smog-producing hydrocarbons, virtually eliminate particulate matter, and lessen noise levels by 50 percent.
“We’re proud to support Alpha Baking and its sustainability endeavors,” said Jack Sullivan, Penske Truck Leasing’s vice president of sales. “Penske has been maintaining alternative fueled fleets of vehicles for more than a decade around the country.”
Penske Truck Leasing currently provides full-service truck leasing and maintenance to Alpha Baking’s traditionally fueled truck fleet and will now assume maintenance of these new alternatively fueled vehicles.
Alpha Baking is a privately owned, Chicago-based manufacturer of bread, buns, and rolls that produces bread products for retail and fresh local distribution and frozen distribution nationwide. With production plants in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, Alpha Baking employs more than 1,400 people and uses more than 300 trucks in its delivery fleet. Well-known retail brands include Natural Ovens Bakery and S. Rosen’s, which was founded in Chicago in 1909 and is served in over 90 percent of Chicagoland hot dog stands.

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Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P., headquartered in Reading, Pa., is a joint venture of Bloomfield Hills-based Penske Corp. and Penske Automotive Group and General Electric Capital Corp. Penske operates more than 200,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Product lines include full-service truck leasing, contract maintenance, commercial and consumer truck rentals, used truck sales, transportation and warehousing management and supply chain management solutions.

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Roush CleanTech is a division of Roush Enterprises of Livonia. 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.

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