J.D. Smith and Sons joins U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

May 01, 2009

J.D.Smith and Sons Ltd. today announced that it joined the SmartWaySM Transport Partnership, a innovative collaboration between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.

J.D.Smith will contribute to the 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. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog. By joining SmartWay Transport Partnership, J.D.Smith demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.

J.D. Smith and Sons Ltd. has made significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through a number of initiatives, including in-cab heaters that reduce vehicle idling levels, electric light retrofits in three facilities that have lowered electricity consumption, energy-smart roof replacement, and a building automation system that has reduced natural gas consumption. Other green initiatives include recycling and more efficient heating systems.

“We have had a significant culture shift at J.D. Smith and Sons. Our employees have embraced these challenges, and recognition from U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership is a testament to the tremendous strides we have made to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Scott Smith, President of J.D. Smith and Sons Ltd.

Launched in February 2004, 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. The Partnership currently has more than 1,000 partners.

Celebrating it’s 90th year in business, J.D. Smith and Sons Ltd. offers a unique blend of integrated third-party distribution and logistic services that combine the pride of a family-owned company with leading-edge technology. Its infrastructure includes a network of modern warehousing facilities, an extensive, well-maintained fleet, and state-of-the-art I.T. systems. The company’s unwavering commitment to customer service and its creative and innovation solutions have helped to establish long-term relationships and provide clients with a competitive advantage.