Hirschbach Motor Lines was recently honored with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

The company has deployed the latest in aerodynamic technologies, green-initiative policies, and software designed to route and fuel equipment with carbon reduction in mind. Through a concerted effort, the Hirschbach team has increased miles per gallon by 3.8% and reduced carbon dioxide output per mile by 3.7%.

“Hirschbach is all-in to continue driving down carbon emissions and decreasing our carbon imprint across the company,” said John Vesey, Hirschbach’s operations support manager. “There are great opportunities developing in equipment and fuel technologies, and we are actively searching for them, as well as testing our current implementations to ensure we stay at the top of the greenest fleets and do our part for the future of the planet.”

“We’re very proud to have earned this award, which signifies our commitment to air quality and fuel efficiency,” said Brad Pinchuk, Hirschbach’s president and chief executive officer. “We have coveted this prestigious award from the EPA’s SmartWay program, which is given to the top 1% of their 3,000-plus trucking company members. Receiving this award is a reflection of a lot of hard work on the part of our professional mechanics and drivers who take great pride in how they maintain and operate our equipment to maximize fuel economy.

“This award and our best in class fuel economy results would not be possible without the equipment and devices manufactured by our vendor partners: Navistar, Freightliner, Utility Trailer, SmartTruck, FlowBelow, Carrier, and Thermo King,” said Pinchuk. “I would also like to commend John Vesey for his hard work and leadership in this area.”

Hirschbach was one of 43 truck carriers to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3500 Partners.

Founded in 1935, Hirschbach offers refrigerated truckload services to all 48 states as well as a dedicated transportation solutions and specialized services. The company has a fleet of more than 950 trucks and 1,500 trailers, multiple terminal locations, and continues to expand into new areas. For more details, see www.hirschbach.com.

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