CLAYSBURG - Sheetz Inc. officials Wednesday received an Energy Efficiency Leader award from Ray Pittard, president of Thermo King North America, in recognition of Sheetz's efforts to increase the company's environmentally sound practices.
Sheetz is the first convenience retail chain to win the award.
A customized delivery fleet of 52 Thermo King multi-temperature Sprinter vans is saving Sheetz more than 148,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually compared to conventional box delivery solutions.
This distribution method is one example of Sheetz's commitment to sustainability and energy and operational efficiency. The Sheetz Sprinter van fleet travels 5.6 million miles a year, making 160,000 deliveries.
Sheetz added the vans to its larger fleet in 2012 to support distribution of baked goods from its Sheetz Bros. Kitchen.
The vans provide the precise multi-temperature delivery conditions needed to ensure product freshness and maintain shelf life for deliveries to more than 450 Sheetz locations spread across Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Stan Sheetz, president and chief executive officer of Sheetz Inc., accepted the award on behalf of the company.
"Delivering fresh products to every single Sheetz location every single day is a critical piece of our operations," Sheetz said in a statement. "We have to make sure to meet our quality standards with each delivery. We're pleased that Thermo King has provided us with a temperature precision solution to meet these standards while also saving money and minimally impacting the environment."