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Reducing vehicle emissions and fuel consumption in Chicago

Today, Chicago Beverage Systems, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Reyes Holdings, L.L.C., removed a conventionally-powered diesel truck from service and replaced it with the first diesel-electric hybrid tractor to be purchased by a company operating in Illinois.

Working with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA), Chicago Beverage Systems purchased the DuraStar Hybrid tractor from International Trucks fitted with a hybrid power system from Eaton Corporation. Chicago Beverage Systems anticipates this hybrid to cost up to 30 percent less to fuel in comparison to a standard tractor, with a 30 percent reduction in emissions and an extended brake life.

Jim Doney, President of Chicago Beverage Systems said, “Whether it is through warehouse design, efficient routing programs, energy-efficient light bulbs, recycling or clean vehicle solutions, Chicago Beverage Systems is committed to a green supply chain that contributes to the sustainable development initiatives of our brewing partners, such as MillerCoors, Crown Imports, Heineken USA, Diageo-Guinness, Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Magic Hat among others.”

Chicago Beverage Systems has made changes throughout its operation to conserve resources for the community, today, tomorrow and well into the future, including utilizing the latest dynamic route optimization technology to consolidate deliveries and reduce both emissions and roadway congestion.