NFI Receives U.S. EPA 2013 SmartWay Excellence Award: Award Recipients are Top Program Performers and Leaders for Freight Supply Chain Efficiency

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NFI, a nationally leading supply chain solutions provider, was honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a true industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

NFI, a nationally leading supply chain solutions provider, was honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a true industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. Previously winning the SmartWay Excellence Award twice before in 2006 and 2008, NFI has continued its mission in improving the supply chain industry’s environmental impact.

“NFI has always been committed to minimizing its impact to the environment,” says Ike Brown, NFI vice chairman and president. Brown adds, “Like the use of natural gas fleets with home improvement retailer Lowe’s, there are many opportunities for NFI to innovate and further our sustainability efforts across our warehousing and transportation operations.”

Currently rating in the top 20 percent overall environmental performance for each of the eight SmartWay emissions metrics, NFI has also improved its miles per gallon by nearly 10 percent and decreased its idle time percentage to less than 4.5 percent. NFI was one of 55 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3000-plus Partners. The Excellence Awardees were honored at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals annual conference held in Denver, Colorado.

"EPA is pleased to recognize the 2013 SmartWay Excellence Award recipients. I commend NFI for its superior environmental performance and leadership in advancing freight sector efficiency", said Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator. “Their commitment is helping lead the freight industry to a more sustainable future."

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About NFI -- NFI is a fully integrated supply chain solutions provider headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ. Privately held by the Brown family since its inception in 1932, NFI generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue and employs nearly 6,700 associates. NFI owns facilities globally and operates in excess of 20 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space. Its company-owned fleet consists of over 2,000 tractors and 7,000 trailers, operated by more than 2,500 company drivers and 250 Owner-Operators. Its business lines include logistics, distribution, warehousing, intermodal, real estate and solar services. For more information about NFI visit http://www.nfiindustries.com, or call 1-877-NFI-3777.

About SmartWay -- EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help business improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains. Today the Partnership consists of more than 3,000 Partners, representing a cross section of the freight supply chain industry. As of today, SmartWay Partners have saved 65 million barrels of oil. This is equivalent to taking over 5 million cars off the road for an entire year. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 478,000 tons nitrogen oxides, and 22,000 tons of particulate matter reduced so far) help protect the health and well-being of citizens while contributing to our nation’s economic and energy security.

More information on SmartWay in general: http://www.epa.gov/smartway/

List of Excellence Award recipients: http://www.epa.gov/smartway/partner-resources/awards.htm

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