C.R. England, one of the nation’s largest refrigerated carriers, celebrated the opening of a new terminal in Colton, Calif., Wednesday, and announced the addition of 10 new liquified natural gas powered trucks to the company’s Southern California fleets.
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 COO Zach England. “Although there are still challenges with utilizing natural gas tractors in our fleets, such as equipment costs, maintenance, and degradation in 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."
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 fleet in Utah.
For a photo gallery of the event, click here.