Pella Joins EPA Program to Make Fleet More Efficient

July 1, 2008
Pella Windows & Doors has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership program. The manufacturer has received accreditation for its responsible management of transportation partners and private fleet and committing to improve the environmental performance of freight operations.

The SmartWay program is a collaboration between the EPA and the freight industry to increase energy efficiency while striving to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution. Making three-year commitments to upgrade their trucks with auxiliary power units, energy-efficient tires, enhanced trailer aerodynamics, and other improvements, SmartWay partners are saving 600 million gallons of diesel fuel — a cost benefit of almost $2 billion — and eliminating nearly 7 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide emissions that can contribute to global warming, the EPA estimates.

Since launching the program in 2004, EPA is now working with more than 600 businesses to improve both their bottom line and the environment by offering technical assistance, tools for evaluating opportunities to lower fuel use and emissions, and help in locating financing for the purchase of fuel-saving equipment and technology.

”This is a natural fit and affiliation for Pella,” says Steve Bowers, corporate logistics manager. “We have a deep history of being good stewards of the environment. And with our commitment to achieving greenhouse gas reduction goals, we’ll carry on that proud tradition.”

As a SmartWay Partner, Pella will seek and contract truck loads with SmartWay Partners, communicate to those in the transportation industry Pella’s status as a SmartWay Partner, develop a “no idling” policy for carriers parking at Pella sites and implement an internal educational program for Pella’s more than 50 logistics employees around the country.

"I am pleased to welcome Pella Windows & Doors to the SmartWay Transport Partnership," says Margo Oge, director of EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "We welcome their participation in the SmartWay Partnership and congratulate them on their commitment to improving their freight-related environmental performance and fuel efficiency."

Pella also earned the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star Partner of the Year award for windows in 2007 and 2008 for its leadership in manufacturing energy-efficient windows and educating consumers about them.