Matera Paper Company, a provider of commercial janitorial and facility supplies in Texas for 57 years, has announced the company is converting its fleet of 31 trucks from diesel fuel to natural gas. The “greening” of Matera Paper trucks is a win-win for the company, the environment and Matera customers. The natural gas conversion of the fleet will add to the improved air quality in the Texas communities the trucks serve and will reduce the company’s fuelling costs by more than 30%, allowing for reduced costs to customers.
“Matera Paper has been an industry leader in supplying environmentally-friendly ‘green’ cleaning products for many years. Our conversion to natural gas for the trucks delivering Matera products to customers is an outgrowth of our commitment to the sustainable future of the communities we serve and to our state,” said John Richardson, President of Matera.
By putting local Eagle Ford Shale production to work, Matera Paper hopes to set an example in the industry by investing in future natural gas technologies produced in the San Antonio area.
The Matera Paper trucks, all International Navistar box trucks, are being “repowered” with natural gas engines under the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP) administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Texas company Nat G© CNG Solutions is replacing the trucks’ diesel engines with EPA certified, natural gas engines supplied by NGV Motori USA. These engines will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a local air pollutant, by more than 90 per cent — according to the testing done for the US EPA. Additionally, the new engines will significantly reduce particulates and CO2.
Not only is Matera Paper converting its fleet of trucks to natural gas, the company is also working with Nat G to develop natural gas fuelling solutions for three of Matera’s five Texas facilities located in San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi.
A Matera Paper natural gas converted truck will be on display this Thursday in Austin, Texas, at the Texas Natural Gas Summit.
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