RNG Trucking Turnkey Solutions

With RNG Growing across the US, a need to provide heavy duty truck classes that can run on the RNG fuel increases. Companies of all sizes across the country are looking for turnkey solutions to implement in their current fleet. NGV Global Groups remanufacturing plant in Dallas Texas gives them everything they need to incorporate RNG trucking.

Big companies like UPS and InBev have already positioned portions of their natural gas fleets to RNG. Smaller companies, like Green Path Logistics in Dallas Texas, have devoted their entire fleet to RNG ready Trucking for their company. Companies of all sizes are seeing the bigger picture and making then transition now.

NGV Global Group Dallas Facility

As the pressure for cleaner air and government policies on pollution tighten, all roads leads to an alternative fuel use in a trucking company’s fleet. NGV Global Group is creating attainable avenues for companies to add RNG trucking to their fleets and help them with the transitioning process. Dmitri Tisnoi of NGV Global Group spoke earlier this month in regards to the company’s recent 2020 Ana Hargrove Outstanding Service Award related to their work in the CNG/RNG industry, “TXNGVA is a top tier association helping organizations to decrease their carbon emissions and meet their sustainability goals.”

NGV Global Group is offering logistic companies a hand holding approach to implementing RNG into their current fleet. A lot of times companies need more than just a place to buy a RNG vehicle. They need assistance or guidance seeing it to fruition. NGV Global Groups approach offers that creating a higher success rate in companies implementation of alternative fuel use.

Call us today and our experts will help you select the right trailer or truck based on your needs.

  • Dry Van.
  • Refrigerated Trailers / Reefers.
  • Flatbed Trailers.
  • Stepdeck / Single Drop Trailers.
  • Lowboy or Double-Drop Trailer.
  • RGN or Removable Gooseneck Trailers.
  • Conestoga or Curtainside Trailers.
  • Box Truck.
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CalPortland Taps CNG to Fuel Bulk Hauler Truck Fleet

CalPortland Co., a producer of concrete products and asphalt in the western U.S. and Canada, has launched its compressed natural gas (CNG) powered bulk hauler truck fleet. The company commissioned 24 new near-zero-emission trucks to transport cement to customers in Southern California.

CalPortland’s near-zero vehicles will be fueled with Redeem by Clean Energy at a new private fueling hub located at CalPortland’s Oro Grande, Calif., cement plant. Developed by OZINGA Energy, the fueling hub consists of 24 slow-fill stations and one fast-fill station.

Redeem, a renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicle fuel, is derived from biogenic methane that is naturally generated by the decomposition of organic waste at landfills and agricultural waste sources. Utilizing Redeem instead of diesel or gasoline can reduce carbon emissions by at least 70% and up to 300%, depending upon the sources.

“In 2017 Catalina Pacific, a CalPortland company, commissioned 118 new near-zero emission concrete mixer trucks that serve the greater Los Angeles area,” says Allen Hamblen, president and CEO of CalPortland. “By adding 24 cement bulk hauler trucks and a fueling center at our Oro Grande cement plant, CalPortland continues to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to achieving zero emissions through environmental stewardship and lowering our carbon footprint within the communities where we operate.”

CalPortland’s CNG bulk hauler fleet is being partly funded with a Prop 1B grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Additionally, the fueling station project received grant funds from the Mobile Source Emission Reductions Program (AB 2766) through the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

The fleet consists of 24 Kenworth T680 trucks containing the Cummins Westport ISX12N Near Zero (NZ) natural gas engine. The engine is certified to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and CARB for meeting the 0.02 g/bhp-hr optional Low NOx Emissions standards – 90% lower than current emission standards. The Kenworth T680 trucks also feature an aerodynamic body to increase fuel efficiency, coupled with the Momentum 135DGE Fuel System which is designed for 600+ mile range.

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SoCalGas Utility now adding RNG produced in state to the 100% renewable fuel used at its fueling stations

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it is for the first time dispensing California-produced renewable natural gas (RNG) at many of the natural gas fueling stations it operates across the state. The utility recently began purchasing RNG from Pixley-based Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren), which captures the greenhouse gas-producing manure from dairy farms and turns it into RNG, a renewable fuel. SoCalGas has dispensed 100% RNG from out-of-state sources at its fueling stations for a year. Calgren’s facility is part of a rapidly growing biomethane industry in California and is currently the largest dairy biogas operation in the U.S.

Photos of the fueling stations and Calgren’s dairy digester facility are available here. A video demonstrating RNG’s ability to reduce California’s transportation emissions is available here.

“RNG is an important tool in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which cause climate change, and we’re looking forward to major growth in production of this renewable fuel in California,” said Jawaad Malik, SoCalGas vice president of gas acquisition.  “With the right incentives in place, RNG has significant opportunity to help the state move toward carbon-neutrality in not only the transportation sector but in many areas where traditional natural gas is now used.”

“Calgren is excited to be one of the leading production facilities in the U.S., which will eventually capture the waste of more than 132,000 cows from at least 18 dairies,” said Lyle Schlyer, president of Calgren.  “Using the methane captured from dairy waste for transportation fuel is good for the environment because it not only keeps methane from escaping to the air, it allows us to replace traditional natural gas with a renewable version, and it reduces pollution from diesel truck engines.”

RNG is produced when methane, a greenhouse gas that occurs naturally when organic waste breaks down, is captured and upgraded to pipeline standards rather than being released into the air. Organic waste sources such as dairy farms, landfills, sewage, food waste, and dead forest trees create about 80% of all methane emissions in California. Capturing this methane and converting it to RNG rapidly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In California, a 2016 law requires a 40% reduction of methane emissions from waste sources, with provisions to deliver that energy to customers.

Production of the fuel has accelerated quickly in California, supported by state incentive programs seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from trucking and dairy farms.  In just the next three and a half years, at least 160 RNG production facilities will be online in California to serve the transportation fuel sector, producing more than 15.8 million therms of carbon-negative RNG every year and replacing about 119 million gallons of diesel fuel.  That’s enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 3.4 million tons every year, the equivalent of taking more than 730,000 cars off the road.

Renewable natural gas trucks currently displace about 150 million gallons of diesel fuel in California. By increasing RNG trucks by ten times and decreasing diesel trucks by half, California could cut NOx emissions by 200 tons and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons.

In addition, California recently enacted legislation that expands the definition of renewable natural gas to include organic waste such as dead trees, agricultural waste and vegetation removed for wildfire mitigation which is typically converted to RNG by non-combustion thermal conversion.  The new legislation has a twin benefit of helping to manage wildfires with reduced debris and also lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

To help expand the growth and use of RNG, SoCalGas has proposed a service that would give its customers the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources, just as millions of people can opt to purchase renewable electricity today.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a draft ruling authorizing such a service, which is expected to be voted on by the end of the year.

Investment in RNG is also growing beyond California.  Oregon recently enacted legislation allowing its natural gas utilities to purchase RNG on behalf of its customers, with the goal of replacing 15% of traditional natural gas with RNG by 2030.  Virginia-based Dominion Energy has committed to investing in enough RNG projects to make its gas infrastructure net-zero carbon by 2040.  In 20 years, enough RNG could be available in the U.S. to replace about 90% of the nation’s current residential natural gas consumption, according to a recent study by ICF.

About SoCalGas
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying clothes or other uses. Gas delivered through the company’s pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians— about 45 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.

SoCalGas’ vision is to be the cleanest gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. In support of that vision, SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable gas by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2014 through 2018, the company invested nearly $6.5 billion to upgrade and modernize its pipeline system to enhance safety and reliability. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook. 

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NGV Global Group’s Dual Fuel Engine Conversions See Uptick In Demand

NGV Global Group’s department for heavy duty natural gas engine conversions has seen an uptick in demand for their Fracturing engine conversion department. NGV Global Group welcomes the increase and is ready to meet the demand. 

In fracking, higher pumping rates and pressures increase the amount of fuel required to perform the work. Even idling between stages consumes a lot of fuel; these large engines consume about 10 gal/hr while idling. With varying efficiencies and stage lengths, diesel fuel usage can exceed 20,000 gal/d for the frac pumps on one fracturing spread of equipment. A proven way to significantly reduce fuel consumption is to use dual fuel operations. Properly executed dual fuel operations can reduce the amount of diesel fuel a fracturing spread uses by as much as 55%.

NGV Global Group has the technology and experience to handle these conversions, offering their clients’ savings that contribute to their profit margin positively. In addition to operational savings, a dual fuel engine is a reliable choice for those looking for dependability when it’s needed the most.

The picture below is a 2500 HP Engine being converted to a dual fuel engine with the ability to run on natural gas.

cummins 2500 HP Engine CNG Conversion to Dual Fuel Capabilities

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A report released by the University of California Riverside’s College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), found that new ultra-low NOx natural gas heavy-duty vehicles met and were cleaner than their certification standards during a full range of duty cycles. This finding is in stark contrast to previously released CE-CERT data of heavy-duty diesel trucks that emitted higher levels of NOx than their certification standards in the same duty cycles. With the near-zero emission factors demonstrated for natural gas vehicles, it is expected that these vehicles could play an important role in providing much needed emissions reductions required for the South Coast Air Basin and California to reach federal air quality attainment standards. 

In-use testing results of heavy-duty trucks in port applications found: (The data has been pulled from UCR CE-CERT test results of the Cummins Westport ISL G near-zero natural gas engine and 2010 diesel engines with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emission control systems.) 

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Natural Gas Truck Technology Proven Ready for the Rigors of Drayage Operations in San Pedro Bay Ports

Today’s commercially available, near-zero-emission (NZE) heavy-duty natural gas trucks have proven their readiness for the rigors of daily drayage truck operations at North America’s largest shipping ports, the San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. NZE natural gas trucks were officially upgraded to the highest Technology Readiness Level—TRL 9— in the Ports’ Feasibility Assessment for Drayage Trucks

NZE natural gas trucks are the first technology in the Ports’ assessment to achieve the TRL 9 rating (adapted from the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Technology Readiness Assessment Guide”). The assessment, first published by the Ports in March 2019, plays an integral role in the forward strategy of the Port’s groundbreaking Clean Trucks Program, as it evaluates the readiness of zero-emission (ZE) and NZE drayage truck fuel-technology platforms based on four key parameters: commercial availability, operational feasibility, infrastructure availability and economic workability.

NZE natural gas trucks are the first technology in the Ports’ feasibility assessment to achieve the TRL 9 rating, important to the Clean Trucks Program.

Seven Local Drayage Companies Led Demonstration Project

The upgraded rating was achieved following the successful demonstration of 20 natural gas trucks (powered by the Cummins ISX12N NZE engine) in daily drayage operations. Seven local drayage companies took part in the demonstration, including Total Transportation Services (TTSI), NFI, CR&R, Pacific 9 Transportation, 4Gen, Green Fleet Systems, and Orange Avenue Express. The demonstration trucks, designed for the 80,000 lbs gross combined weight rating typical in drayage, accumulated 567,603 miles running between the Ports and distribution centers throughout Southern California. Since completing the demonstration, the trucks have surpassed 1 million miles of operation.

“In our experience, NZE natural gas trucks are the closest direct replacement for diesel trucks in terms of their power and speed, the 600-mile range they provide between refueling, the ability to fast-fuel in about 10 or 15 minutes, and most importantly, their ability to compete on a cost-per-mile basis,” said Vic LaRosa, CEO and President of TTSI. “Our fleet has been operating NZE natural gas trucks reliably and cost-effectively for several years and plans to continue our investment based on the proven results and ROI we’ve achieved.”

The upgraded rating was achieved following the successful demonstration of 20 natural gas trucks (powered by the Cummins ISX12N NZE engine) in daily drayage operations.

Grant Funds Supported Demonstration

The demonstration, led by Clean Energy and Cummins Westport, was conducted under a grant (GFO-16-604) provided by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

“Cummins Westport is excited for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to officially recognize the commercial readiness of NZE natural gas trucks,” said Gord Exel, President of Cummins Westport. “We have thousands of NZE natural gas engines now operating throughout the country in Class 8 trucking operations, and more than 100 operating in the Southern California Ports; there is no question that our ISX12N engines will continue to provide the power and performance needed to reliably haul freight every day.”

Heavy-Duty Diesel Truck Emissions Cause Smog

Nearly 40% of the nation’s total containerized import traffic and 25% of its total exports are handled by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Southern California is a major global goods movement hub with an expansive network of warehouse distribution centers. The heavy-duty diesel trucks that support the industry are the backbone of California’s thriving goods movement economy but are also one of the largest sources of emissions in Southern California. Heavy-duty diesel trucks cause smog and unhealthy air for 90% of Californians—about 35 million people. These impacts are particularly pronounced for residents living near major transportation corridors and in communities disproportionately impacted by truck traffic.

Southern California is a major global goods movement hub, but the heavy-duty diesel trucks that support the industry are one of the largest sources of emissions.

“Reducing diesel truck emissions from the 17,000 drayage trucks operating in our region each day will significantly reduce air pollution from the Ports,” said Wayne Nastri, Executive Officer at South Coast AQMD. “With a continued need for goods movement, it is critical to deploy more cost-effective, commercially ready near- or zero-emission solutions that can help us reach our clean air goals.”

“Air pollution from diesel trucks harms people every day in Southern California, so it is imperative that we see more aggressive efforts to meet the Ports’ stated goal of transitioning the current diesel-fueled drayage truck fleet – the largest fleet of trucks in Southern California – to near‐zero emission technology as soon as possible,” added Marc Carrel, President and CEO of BREATHE California of Los Angeles County.

No Limits on NZE Truck Production

The NZE ISX12N natural gas engine is produced in the Cummins engine plant in Jamestown, NY. “With our production capacity and partnership with Freightliner, Kenworth, Mack , Peterbilt and Volvo to sell this proven commercial product, there is effectively no limit on how many NZE trucks can be produced and delivered to meet the clean air needs of the Southern California ports,” Exel added. “As soon as the orders for these trucks are placed, we will build the engines and the trucks will be delivered shortly thereafter.”

NZE trucks can be delivered to meet the clean air needs of the Southern California ports. Fleets also benefit from the extensive public access natural gas refueling network.

Southern California fleets benefit from the existing and extensive public access natural gas refueling network, including multiple high-volume truck capable stations in the San Pedro Bay Ports, Southeast Los Angeles, and Inland Empire region. This fueling infrastructure is poised for the addition of several thousand trucks and the private sector is ready to invest in the development of additional infrastructure as demand grows.

“During these challenging economic times, this presents a unique opportunity for the deployment of private capital to facilitate our collective clean air efforts,” noted Andrew Littlefair, President and CEO of Clean Energy. “There is no need for public taxpayer or ratepayer incentives to build out this low carbon infrastructure; we have the private sector capital ready to go and we look forward to the Ports leading on this innovative public-private partnership opportunity.”

RNG Achieves Significant Reductions in GHG Emissions

When NZE natural gas trucks are fueled with renewable natural gas (RNG), significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can also be achieved. In California, more than 75% of the natural gas vehicle fuel being used in California today is renewable, according to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program data (Q1-Q3 2019).  The average carbon intensity (CI) of natural gas in California is 39gCO2e/MJ, which is similar to the average CI value for electricity reported by ARB.

NGV Global offers CNG Trucks from all classes. NGV Global Group is a global technology company that designs, manufactures, distributes and supports natural gas operated medium and heavy duty commercial vehicles sold worldwide. We manufacture natural gas engines, fuel storage units and fueling systems for application in our own products and for sale to third party companies interested in the conversion of trucks and buses to operate on natural gas completely (dedicated) or in conjunction (duel-fuel)  with diesel fuel. 

Original Story: https://www.act-news.com/news/nze-natural-gas-truck-technology-proven-ready-for-the-rigors-of-drayage-operations-in-san-pedro-bay-ports/

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Remarks by President Trump Celebrating America’s Truckers

Just In Case You Missed it especially those on the road working. Here is a recap of President Trump Celebrating America’s Truckers. Regardless of your political affiliation, we can all agree that Truckers are doing a phenomenal job during these times where they are needed most. They stepped up to the plate regardless of the risks. From all of us here at NGV Global Group we want to say THANK YOU.

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2:28 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s beautiful stuff.  They are beautiful, beautiful trucks.  That’s the real deal.  You wouldn’t switch jobs with anybody, would you?  Huh?

MR. MADIGAN:  No, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  You wouldn’t — I know the truckers.  They wouldn’t switch with anybody.  It’s what they love, right?  That’s why they’re good at it.  These are the best too.

Well, thank you all for being here as we celebrate some of the heroes of our nation’s great struggle against the coronavirus: our brave, bold, and incredible truckers.  And look at that equipment — they’re the best made — and great companies also, and companies that have really helped us a lot.  We appreciate that.

At a time of widespread shutdowns, truck drivers form the lifeblood of our economy — and the absolute lifeblood.  For days, and sometimes weeks on end, truck drivers leave their homes and deliver supplies that American families need and count on during this national crisis and at all other times.  They’re always there.  Their routes connect every farm, hospital, manufacturer, business, and community in the country.

In the war against the virus, American truckers are the foot soldiers who are really carrying us to victory.  And they are.  They’ve done an incredible job.  We’ve had no problems.  It’s been just — it’s been just great, and we want to thank you very much.  It’s really great.  We have a little special — a little special award too.

To every trucker listening over the radio or behind the wheel, I know I speak for the 330 million-plus Americans that we say: Thank God for truckers.  That’ll be our theme: Thank God for truckers.

On this special occasion, when we honor the truck drivers of America, I’m grateful to be joined by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who’s doing a fantastic job, and the CEO of the American Trucking Association, Chris Spear.

Secretary Chao, please say a few words.  Thank you.  Thank you, Elaine.

SECRETARY CHAO:  Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  You can move that, if you’d like.

SECRETARY CHAO:  I’m a little bit shorter, so.

Mr. President, thank you so much.  I am so pleased to join the President in honoring America’s heroes: our country’s truck drivers and trucking industry.  The whole country is cheering you on.  Without you, it would be impossible to keep our economy moving and get food, medical equipment, and essential supplies to where they need to be.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has been hard at work to help you do this difficult job for our country.  At the President’s direction, we have reached out to the trucking industry on an unprecedented basis, listening to your concerns, providing regulatory relief, and helping ensure that truck stops and state rest stops are open and food is available.

We are so grateful for what you do.  Truckers are playing a heroic role in helping America cope during this crisis, and truckers will be a critical part in helping our economy recover once this crisis is past us.

The administration is here for you.  Just let us know.  So a big thank you to America’s truckers, their families, and to the entire trucking industry for keeping our country moving.  You are truly America’s heroes.

Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thanks.  That’s beautiful.  Thank you very much, Elaine.

From the moment the invisible enemy landed on our shores, America’s 3.5 million truckers have never wavered at all, and they’ve never, ever let us down.  When we supply our country, we supply it through truckers.  And supply chains were stretched thin to hospitals and cities and states needed — they needed massive convoys of supplies that truckers kept on going, day and night.  It didn’t make any difference to them.  They had to get the job done.

With us today is Charlton Paul, a driver with UPS Freight from New York, and a leader in the Teamsters Local 707.  I know the Teamsters well.  I’ve had many a concrete truck in New York delivering to my buildings as I was building them.

Charlton, I want to just thank you for the great job you’ve done.  I have a little special award for each of you.  And please come up, tell us about your experience.  Please.  Thank you very much.

MR. PAUL:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Thank you, Secretary Chao.  My name is Charlton Paul.  I’ve been with UPS for nearly 25 years.  As growing up, the only thing I wanted to do was sit behind the wheel of one of these massive trucks.

It’s an honor in having a role in part of fighting this coronavirus.  I’m an America’s Road Team captain.  I’m a UPS All-Star.  I drive 606 miles every day from Newburgh, New York, to Brookville, Pennsylvania.

I recently carried 180 gallons of hand sanitizer made by one of our customers, Prohibition Distillery, in Upstate New York.  Some of my colleagues of UPS Freight have been delivering barrels of hand sanitizer to the New York City Police Department.  I couldn’t be more proud of my team.

I’m also honored to be here representing more than 495,000 UPS workers worldwide to get essential supplies to our frontline healthcare and emergency responders every day.

Lastly, my hat is off to the entire trucking industry for keeping our country and our economy moving.  Thank you and God bless you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

MR. PAUL:  Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Charlton, we have this for you.  That’s so beautiful.  Come on over here, and we’ll take a picture.  This is for you.

(The President presents a ceremonial key.)

MR. PAUL:  Thank you so much, Mr. President.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Great job.

MR. PAUL:  Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  And thank you very much, Charlton.  Appreciate it.  Great job.

We’re also joined by Dylan Madigan, a driver for DHL Express who has been delivering personal protective equipment to hard-hit areas of New Jersey.

Dylan, please, say a few words.  Thank you.

MR. MADIGAN:  First, I would like to thank President Trump for inviting me here today and for his outstanding leadership of our country, especially during this pandemic we are facing.  For myself and my colleagues at DHL Express, who are picking up and delivering essential shipments every day, we are on the frontlines, but we also know that our true heroes are the medical professionals who are battling to save thousands of precious lives each day. It is an honor to support them, especially in the Northeast, where I am based.

Within the last month, I’ve personally transported hundreds of shipments of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies, including several large shipments of masks to a private home in New — in East Brunswick, New Jersey, where the masks were all being donated by the thousands to our local first responders.

I am proud to be able to safely support our customers, first responders, and healthcare heroes.  It is truly an honor to be here, Mr. President.

Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s been my honor.  It’s been my — here, just stay right there.  I’ve got this for you, all right?  Okay?

MR. MADIGAN:  Thank you, sir.

(The President presents a ceremonial key.)  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Truckers move over 70 percent of all freight in the United States, over 10 million tons every single year.  Truckers keep our economy running.  And now, in this time of national need, they’re saving lives.

Here is a very fine gentleman, Stephen Richardson, a member of the American Trucking Association from the great state of Tennessee — we love Tennessee — who drives for Big G Express.

Stephen, please come up and say a few words.  Please.

MR. RICHARDSON:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Good afternoon.  Thank you, Mr. President, for having me here.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Great honor.

MR. RICHARDSON:  I am Steven Richardson and I’ve been driving with a company called Big G Express out of Shelbyville, Tennessee, for about 19 years.  But my total driving experience is 30 years almost.  They are an ESOP-owned company, meaning we are employee-owned; we own the company.  That makes me very proud to know that I’m part of this organization.

THE PRESIDENT:  And rich.  Very rich.

MR. RICHARDSON:  Thank you, sir.

But, also, in my time of driving in the last couple of years, I’ve been hauling barrels for a company called Jack Daniel’s, out of Lynchburg, Tennessee.  They make some of the greatest Tennessee whiskey, if I could say.  I’ve had a few swigs here and there.  (Laughter.)  But in times when the economy is running good, Jack Daniel’s makes great whiskey.  But now that we’re in this time of a pandemic, Jack Daniel’s has switched over to making hand sanitizer.

And by me hauling the barrels, it allows the company on the front end to do something for agriculture in our area.  It also allows the company to run and make hand sanitizer, which I think is great.

I just want to say I really appreciate the three and a half million men and women truck drivers out here that are running up and down the roads every day, supplying the essentials that we need — the groceries on the shelves, the toilet paper, et cetera — to keep our essential workers out there and keep them striving.

I really thank this opportunity to be here, and it means the world to me.  And I would like to personally say I thank all the truckers in the United States.  And I hope that, if you pass a trucker out there on the road, if you get a chance, say thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s true.

MR. RICHARDSON:  Thank you for your time today.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s true.  Here you go.  This is for you.

(The President presents a ceremonial key.)  (Applause.)

Thank you very much, Stephen.

In recent weeks, the American people have shown these devoted American workers the love and support like never before.  Good Samaritans have set up food services near highways so truckers can get meals while restaurants are closed.  It’s an incredible thing to watch.

Fast-food restaurants have opened drive-through lanes for semi-trucks and truckers and some others that help us out.  People have stood in overpasses and on top of highways, waving flags and cheering while they drive by, and billboards are rising above the roads all over the place.  I’m seeing them all over.  It says, “Thank you, truckers.”  I see them all the time.

Joining us is an owner/operator who drives for FedEx Ground, named Tina Peterson.  Tina is an incredible person — an incredible talent, they say; a great driver.  She completes an amazing 10 round-trip hauls with her husband from St. Paul, Minnesota to Dallas, Texas, every month.  They’re a tandem.  They drive together.

Tina, please come up and say a few words, please.

MS. PETERSON:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Since the coronavirus hit in the U.S., I have seen an increase in residential delivery of e-commerce at FedEx Ground.

My husband Dave and I have had a family give us a meal out of the back of their pickup truck at a rest area that they put together for truck drivers.  We’ve received thumbs up from motorists on the highways and have seen people standing on overpasses waving American flags to the passing trucks.

The delivery drivers bringing packages to doors have been sharing photos of thank-you letters, notes, cards, and sidewalk chalk messages telling us, “Thank you for still working,”  thanking drivers for delivering what their families need right now.

We recognize and appreciate the unique position we are in, helping to deliver aid and keep the economy moving during this challenging time.

Everyone at FedEx would tell you this is who we are and what we do.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Wow, that’s great.  Thank you very much.  Come right over here.

MS. PETERSON:  Thank you.

(The President presents a ceremonial key.)  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Tina.  Very good.

My administration is devoting every ounce of our energy and every fiber in our bodies to give a tremendous — really, create a border, create something very powerful against this virus, this horrible virus — to heal the sick, restore the full force of the U.S. economy, and do all of the things that we’re doing.

And, by the way, for the media, we have a very important press conference today at 6 o’clock.  We’re going to be talking about guidelines that have been very carefully done.  We’re speaking at 3 o’clock to the governors, and we’ll be informing them.  And I think they’ll be very happy with what we’re doing.  They want to win this war, and we’re going to win it.  We’re going to win it very, very big, and hopefully very soon.

No matter what we do, there have been so many lives lost, but the people here have helped us so much.  And I just — I am so honored to be with them.  That’s why, in recent weeks, we’ve done everything in our power that we have to keep our truckers safe, fueled, fed, and on the road.

And we’re also working — I think they’ll be happy to know, because they know the roads better than anybody — we’re working very strongly on an infrastructure package.  And if we could get some Democrat support, we’re going to have a tremendous — you’re going to have nice roads again.  Nice, beautiful roads again.  A $2 trillion — potentially, a 2-trillion-dollar package.

We eased regulation so that the truckers could be free to drive more hours and to transport emergency relief supplies, including masks, and gloves, and gowns, and groceries.  We worked with states to lift burdensome restrictions and ensure that all states’ rest areas remain open to support these hardworking men and women on the road.

And we also declared that our talented workers at private truck stops are essential employees.  They are indeed.  I don’t know if you know that.  Did you know we call you all as “essential”?  There’s very few people called “essential.”  I don’t know if they call me essential.  I’m not sure about that.  But you’re essential, that I can tell you.

But all truck drivers can continue to have warm meals and hot showers, access to mechanics, and a place to park at night.

We postponed the REAL ID deadline and made sure commercial licenses, learner’s permits, and medical certificates will not expire while DMVs remain closed.  That’s a big deal.

And because nearly 90 percent of operators in the trucking industry have fewer than 10 trucks, our Paycheck Protection Program, which is a tremendous success — in fact, it is now depleted; $350 billion is now depleted, and we’re going for another $250 billion.  They want it.  They have to have it.  This is for companies to give and to make sure that they won’t be letting people go.  Keep the companies together, and keep the workers — keep the people that really run those companies, keep them well taken care of.  But we’re protecting the jobs and wages of countless truckers employed by small businesses.

Truckers are playing a critical role in vanquishing the virus, and they will be just as important as we work to get our economic engines roaring, which is happening very quickly.  You watch.  But once we get going, the truckers are going to be working so hard you’re not going to be able to take a day of rest in between.  Maybe a couple of hours.

But they work hard.  They work long.  Nobody works harder, actually.  I know a lot about trucking.  I know a lot about truckers, and I know plenty of truckers.  They’re great people.

With the same spirit of faith and grit and abiding patriotism that defines everything they do, we know our truckers will never let us down under any circumstance.  They will never let us down.  They’re always there.  They always have been; they always will be.  They’re very exceptional people.

So I say, God bless our great truckers.  God bless every worker who is serving our nation in this time of need.  God bless all who are sick.  And God Bless America.  And thank you for being here.

And, Elaine Chao, I just want to say that we work together long and hard, and you have done an incredible job as our Secretary of Transportation.  And, you know, I have an extra key.  I’m going to let the truckers decide: Should I give one to Elaine Chao or not?  Huh?  What do you think?  Yes?  I think so.  I think we’re going to do it.

SECRETARY CHAO:  Let’s give one to Chris Spear.  He’s head of the —

THE PRESIDENT:  Where is Chris?  Where is Chris?

SECRETARY CHAO:  I don’t know where he is.

THE PRESIDENT:  Where is Chris Spear?  Come here, Chris.  That’s big power.  (Applause.)  Come here, Chris.  Come here, Elaine.  Do that.  Come.

SECRETARY CHAO:  Thank you so much.

THE PRESIDENT:  Let’s take a good picture.  That’s great, honey.  You take that.

SECRETARY CHAO:  Thank you so much.  And that’s Chris.

THE PRESIDENT:  Come here, Chris.

MR. SPEAR:  Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  Hey, Chris.  I won’t shake your hand.

MR. SPEAR:  No.  No.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.


(The President presents a ceremonial key.)

MR. SPEAR:  Thank you, sir.  Appreciate it, Mr. President.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Congratulations to everybody.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Great job.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.



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