JBS Carriers Named ‘2013 Green Fleet of the Year’ by WIX® Filters, Fleet Owner Magazine

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

WIX® Filters, a member of the Affinia Group family of brands, and Fleet Owner, a Penton Media publication for owners and executives of commercial trucking fleets, presented the ?2013 Green Fleet of the Year? award to JBS Carriers on June 25 at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Washington, D.C.

Greeley, Colo.-based JBS Carriers, a 48-state, over-the-road truckload carrier handling both refrigerated and non-refrigerated freight, was cited for implementing a fleet greening process that cut fuel consumption of its fleet by 16 percent in one year and boosted driver morale and retention.

?The Green Fleet of the Year award recognizes companies that use green technologies to reduce energy consumption at every level, including truck fleets,? said Mike Harvey, brand manager for WIX Filters, which presented the award to JBS Carriers with Fleet Owner magazine.

?JBS has implemented smart fuel consumption strategies as part of its business goals and is realizing significant cost savings as a result,? he said. ?This approach to reducing energy consumption by an interstate trucking fleet makes JBS Carriers the ideal choice as our seventh annual green fleet winner.?

Rodrigo Horvath, president of JBS Carriers, a division of JBS USA, said the award reaffirms his company?s decision to develop a fleet greening process to meet business goals focused on optimizing and improving its fleet.

?JBS Carriers is honored to receive the Fleet Owner magazine ?Green Fleet of the Year? award in recognition of our efforts to improve the efficiency and environmental footprint of our fleet,? Horvath said. ?As a major U.S. transportation company, we recognize and embrace our responsibility to conduct our operations in a manner that prioritizes the safety of our team members who operate our vehicles and preserves the beautiful landscapes our vehicles travel across each and every day. We thank Fleet Owner for this important recognition and look forward to continuing our journey of safety, sustainability and high quality service for years to come.?

The presentation was held during a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency training session at the ACT Expo on SmartWay®, an EPA program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency. JBS Carriers has been cited by SmartWay as a top performer in reducing freight transportation emissions through technological innovation.

?EPA congratulates JBS Carriers, Inc., a truck carrier partner in the EPA SmartWay program since 2010, for receiving Fleet Owner Magazine?s ?2013 Green Fleet of the Year? award,? said Christopher Grundler, office director for EPA?s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. ?This award, presented in conjunction with the ACT Expo Conference highlighting alternative fuels and innovative technologies, is among the many ways that industry recognizes sustainability in the freight industry, a goal that we at EPA support through our SmartWay program. Within SmartWay, JBS Carriers has attained EPA?s highest environmental performance ranking for its trucking fleet category.?

As part of the award, WIX Filters will conduct a fleet assessment designed to reduce business costs for JBS Carriers. WIX will also supply the company with its ecoLASTTM oil filters, a line of heavy duty oil filters designed for over-the-road applications. The filters represent a significant breakthrough in helping companies reduce the operating costs of fleets while also supporting a more sustainable environment.

About WIX Filters

Since 1939, Wix® Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks, off-road equipment and manufacturing applications. For more information, visit www.wixfilters.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wixfilters, follow us on Twitter @WIXFilters and visit our YouTube page at youtube.com/TheWIXFilters

About Affinia Group Inc.

Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket products for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $1.5 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.affiniagroup.com.

Wray Ward