C.R. England, one of the nation’s largest refrigerated carriers, today celebrated the opening of a new terminal at 2250 South Riverside Avenue in Colton, CA on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Also announced at the event was the addition of 10 new LNG trucks to the company’s Southern California fleets. “We are excited about the facilities that we are offering our drivers and staff and we are pleased to be an involved member of the city of Colton,” said Brandon Harrison. “This new facility will greatly increase the services and amenities that we can provide our drivers in Southern California as well as provide closer access to many of our customers. Our goal at C.R. England is to provide a world-class experience for our employees – both driver and non-driver and independent contractors. Facilities like Colton, help us provide these opportunities.” This 34-acre facility is the second largest C.R. England facility nationwide and will feature the following amenities:
- 30,000 square foot Maintenance Shop with eight service bays and a state-of-the-art truck wash
- 18,000 square feet are dedicated to a Driver Resource Center including laundry, TV lounge, game room, an exercise facility and Driver Training facilities. Additional space is allocated to non-driver support staff office space, including operations for several key Dedicated fleets
- Parking for more than 250 tractors and 350 trailers
- Parking for drivers and employees
The ribbon cutting event also featured the display of two of the 10 new Mack Pinnacle 12-liter Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tractors being added to the Southern California fleets. “C.R. England is a strong advocate of sustainable transportation and is aggressively implementing and testing new technology, equipment and training to provide our customers and our environment with greener transportation,” said Zach England. “Although there are still challenges with utilizing natural gas tractors in our fleets, such as equipment costs, maintenance, and degradation MPG, we have made the commitment to continually test this equipment and introduce them into strategic areas where the freight and fueling networks fit best.”
“Collaboration with both vendors and shippers has been a critical factor in the success of the implementation of natural gas tractors. We have seen some of the many benefits of natural gas. We hope to continue to expand our presence this year and into the future. We are driven to continually find ways to decrease our carbon footprint.”
- Safe fuel option: It is non-toxic and disperses quickly.
- Environmentally friendly: It is the cleanest alternative transportation fuels available
- Domestic: 98-99 percent of the gas C.R. England uses comes from North America.
- Natural gas is abundant in North America.
- Twelve-liter is spark- ignited, not diesel-ignited, removing the need to have dual fuel, and removing the need to have Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).
- The 12-liter lighter than its 15-liter counterpart.
- As LNG technology has improved over time, England expects better maintenance results from the 12-liter.
In 2011, C.R. England introduced 15-liter LNG tractors into its fleet. Two years later, England introduced a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet in Utah. Attending the Colton ribbon cutting were C.R. England Chief Operating Officers Zach England and Brandon Harrison. Government and civic leaders included Colton Mayor Pro Tem Isaac T. Suchil; Colton City Council Members Susan Oliva, Frank Gonzales and Frank Navarro; Ashley Jones, a representative of State Assembly Member Cheryl R. Brown; John Futch, Field Representative for San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos; Interim Colton City Manager and Chief of Police Steve Ward; Colton Economic Development Manager Arthur Morgan; Laura Mancha, representing San Bernardino County 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales; and Colton Chamber Executive Director Chetay Catalano. Also in attendance were customers, vendors, drivers and employees of C.R. England.