Border Valley Converts Fleet
Border Valley, founded with a primary goal of becoming the best export forage company in the industry, is now one of the largest exporters of compressed hay products in the state of California.
Long a leader in feed safety, Border Valley has expanded their commitment to growers, customers, vendors, and the general population by replacing its fleet of diesel trucks with units that utilize clean-burning LNG fuel, making an investment to improve the environment. With fifteen LNG powered trucks currently in operation, they plan an additional five to ten by second quarter of 2009.
The use of LNG helps reduce harmful emissions of smog-forming NOx by more than 30 percent and Greenhouse Gas emissions by more than 20 percent. Fleet operators report a 30 percent or better operational cost savings when running LNG trucks in place of diesel units. Border Valley’s new, clean-burning LNG trucks will significantly reduce the amount of harmful emissions, lowering distribution costs and allowing their vehicles to run more efficiently and with less maintenance.
Converting our export operations fleet to clean burning LNG was at the top of our list of new initiatives,” said Gregory Braun, President of Border Valley Trading. “We firmly believe that with ALT’s reliability and experience we are in the best possible position to continue to meet our customer’s expectations for feed safety and make a positive impact on the environment.
ALT will deliver LNG to Border Valley’s new location outside of Brawley, California. This operation began as a 10-acre forage compressing facility and is today one of the world’s largest export facilities, utilizing 105 acres and 80,000 tons of storage capacity.
“Border Valley Trading’s decision to utilize LNG over diesel is a vital step toward not only decreasing dependence on foreign oil, but also reducing greenhouse gases,” said Kevin Markey, CEO and President of ALT. “The environmental benefits of clean burning LNG and the reduced maintenance costs greatly enhances Border Valley’s position as one of the leaders in their industry.