C.R. England, one of the nation’s largest refrigerated carriers, celebrated the opening of a new terminal at 2250 South Riverside Avenue in Colton, Calif. recently. Also announced was the addition of 10 new liquified natural gas (LNG) trucks to the company’s Southern California fleets.
The 34-acre facility is the second largest C.R. England facility nationwide and will feature the following amenities:
- 30,000 square foot maintenance shop with eight service bays and a state-of-the-art truck wash
- 18,000 square feet are dedicated to a driver resource center including laundry, TV lounge, game room, an exercise facility and driver training facilities. Additional space is allocated to non-driver support staff office space, including operations for several dedicated fleets
- Parking for more than 250 tractors and 350 trailers
- Parking for drivers and employees
The ribbon cutting event also featured the display of two of the 10 new Mack Pinnacle 12-liter LNG tractors being added to the Southern California fleets.
The company noted the following benefits to LNG fuel:
- Safety: It is non-toxic and disperses quickly
- Environmentally-friendly: It is the cleanest alternative transportation fuels available
- Domestic: 98 to 99 percent of the gas C.R. England uses comes from North America.
- Natural gas is abundant in North America.
- The 12-liter lighter is spark-ignited, not diesel-ignited, removing the need to have dual fuel, and removing the need to have diesel exhaust fluid (DEF).
- The 12-liter is lighter than its 15-liter counterpart.
- As LNG technology has improved over time, England expects better maintenance results from the 12-liter
In 2011, C.R. England introduced 15-liter LNG tractors into its fleet. Two years later, England introduced a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet in Utah.
Attending the Colton ribbon cutting were C.R. England Chief Operating Officers Zach England and Brandon Harrison. Government and civic leaders included Colton Mayor Pro Tem Isaac T. Suchil; Colton City Council Members Susan Oliva, Frank Gonzales and Frank Navarro; Ashley Jones, a representative of State Assembly Member Cheryl R. Brown; John Futch, Field Representative for San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos; Interim Colton City Manager and Chief of Police Steve Ward; Colton Economic Development Manager Arthur Morgan; Laura Mancha, representing San Bernardino County 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales; and Colton Chamber Executive Director Chetay Catalano. Also in attendance were customers, vendors, drivers and employees of C.R. England.