Cummins Westport makes further inroads into California refuse market.
This marks Cummins Westport's second major order in recent months for C Gas Plus engines in a truck application. The 33 engines will be supplied in a Volvo chassis which will be used in 27-cubic yard (20-cubic meter) Xpeditor(R) refuse and recycling trucks. Volvo recently sold the Xpeditor low cab forward truck business to Autocar LLC, a subsidiary of Grand Vehicle Works Holdings, LLC, of Highland Park, Ill.
"With the C Gas Plus, Cummins Westport has the most up-to-date alternative fuel engine technology for refuse trucks, a market segment which represents between 8,000 and 12,000 new trucks per year," said Guff Muench, President and CEO of Cummins Westport Inc. "We intend to be a long-term, dominant player in this business and working with leading truck manufacturers such as Volvo and Autocar is an important part of our strategy."
Delivery of these trucks is expected to be completed before February 2002. The purchaser is Solano Garbage Company of Fairfield, California, an operator of refuse vehicles for commercial, residential and curbside pickup. The refuse hauler plans to replace 33 of its diesel trucks with the C Gas Plus Xpeditors. The new natural gas trucks have the ability to handle up to 90 percent of the fleet's entire workload. The trucks will perform a variety of operations from recycling to hauling residential, commercial and industrial refuse.
The Cummins local distributor responsible for this engine order is Cummins West of San Leandro, California. The trucks are supplied by Western Trucks and Equipment, a local Autocar dealer. The 8.3-liter C Gas Plus, manufactured by Cummins Inc. at its engine plant in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, can operate with either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Solano Garbage Xpeditors will use LNG.
Solano Garbage Company is located between San Francisco and Sacramento and services customers in the cities of Fairfield, Suisun and Cordelia as well as parts of Solano County. "We are in the middle of central California's 1-80 and 680 corridor. It's an area that is hard hit with fuel emissions and we are interested in doing our part to help clean up the environment," said Loyd Bonfante Jr., Maintenance Manager for Solano Garbage.
Solano Garbage Company is a unit of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Republic Services , a provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection services for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers through 139 collection companies in 22 U.S. states. The company also owns or operates 79 transfer stations, 53 solid waste landfills and 21 recycling facilities.
Cummins Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial diesel engines above 50 horsepower. Westport Innovations is the leading developer of natural gas fuel systems for diesel engines. Cummins Westport Inc., formed in March 2001, develops and markets low-emissions alternative fuel vehicle engines manufactured by Cummins.
Note: This news release contains forward-looking statements about Cummins and Westport business and technology development plans based on the current expectations of management of both companies. Cummins and Westport caution investors that due to risks and uncertainties, actual events may differ materially from current expectations.
For Further information, please contact: Westport: Alan Bayless, Manager, Media and Investor Relations Phone (604) 718-2016, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.westport.com Cummins: Tracey Souza, Executive Director of Communications & Corporate Responsibility Phone (812) 377-3746, e-mail email@example.com Web: www.cummins.com Solano Garbage Company: Loyd Bonfante Jr., Maintenance Manager Phone (707) 439-2816, e-mail BonfanteL@repsrvwest.com
Contact: please contact: Westport: Alan Bayless, Manager, Media and Investor Relations, Phone 604-718-2016, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.westport.com/; Cummins: Tracey Souza, Executive Director of Communications & Corporate Responsibility, Phone 812-377-3746, e-mail email@example.com, Web: http://www.cummins.com/; Solano Garbage Company: Loyd Bonfante Jr., Maintenance Manager, Phone 707-439-2816, e-mail BonfanteL@repsrvwest.com