Paris Gets Alternative Fuel Grant

Posted November 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Paris Cos., DuBois, PA, recently was awarded a $144,850 grant to convert its fleet to alternative fuel. The company will use the funds to buy new liquid propane gas (LPG)-powered trucks and convert existing gasoline-fueled trucks to LPG for its local delivery routes, according to a news release.

Paris expects the conversion to reduce the fleet’s gasoline consumption by 116,000 gallons annually and lower greenhouse gas emissions by almost 20%. The state grant was announced by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection in September. According to the release, Paris Cos. has received two state grants within the past six months to expand its use of alternative motor fuels.

“We strive to incorporate the most sustainable practices inside our plants, and alternative motor fuels are just an extension of that philosophy,” said Rich Hopson, vice president and COO of Paris Uniform Services. “Paris is proud to be in the forefront of transportation environmental initiatives in Pennsylvania.”

Nearly $4 million has been awarded through the state’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program to 33 local governments, nonprofit organizations and companies.