H.R. Ewell Inc., a regional mid-Atlantic-based food grade products carrier, joined the EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership.

HR Ewell will contribute to the SmartWay Partnership's goal to reduce 33 to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012 by improving the environmental performance of our freight operations.

"HR Ewell has made significant strides in going 'green' and this is just another way of supporting the initiative to reduce emissions and reduce costs," said Randy Sheeler, vice president of operations. "It's important to understand the commitment that trucking companies have to the environment we work in, as well as our commitment to the customers, the public and drivers we employ."

The SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to achieve fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of fuel per year. The Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial efficiencies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies.

H. R. Ewell, Inc. was founded in 1946 in Lancaster County Pennsylvania as a local bulk milk transporter and expanded into liquid sweetener transport as opportunities arose. Today the company remains privately owned with the corporate offices in Lancaster County. H.R. Ewell's terminals, operations and customer base serve the food industry throughout the U.S. into portions of Canada and Mexico.