Feb. 8, 2011
's second largest and a Global Top 50 third-party logistics provider, announced today that it is partnering with customer Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB), Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUG), Air Products (NYSE: APD), and the Aiken-Edgefield Development Partnership to launch the nation's first multi-use industrial park fueling station to supply hydrogen directly for industrial, commercial, and government use.
The fueling station supplies hydrogen directly to Kimberly-
's 450,000-square-foot distribution facility managed by
to be used with fuel cells powering Toyota forklifts. Both the fueling station and the Kimberly-
facility are located in Sage Mill Industrial Park,
Graniteville, South Carolina
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and technology demonstration will take place inside the Kimberly-
Friday, February 11, 2011
and will feature several executive speakers and
, Speaker of the
House of Representatives.
is constantly looking for innovative ways to minimize the impact of our operations on the environment," said
, Vice President of Customer Supply Chain at Kimberly-
. "We are pleased to partner with
, Plug Power and Air Products to help expand hydrogen fuel cell technology to our entire forklift fleet. This energy technology can reduce our carbon emissions by hundreds of metric tons per year, lower costs and drive efficiencies to power our operations."
The fueling station and hydrogen-powered forklifts were made possible through the use of
cost-share award made to
by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
is committed to green technology initiatives that are viable, equitable and sustainable for our customers and our company," said
, Chairman and CEO,
. "Hydrogen fuel cells represent the best in energy innovation as a sustainable, productive and clean alternative to lead-acid batteries."
The supply chain industry estimates that annual greenhouse gas emissions created by an average 20-truck lead acid battery-powered forklift fleet can be reduced by hundreds of tons a year simply by converting to fuel cell-powered equipment. By using hydrogen fuel cells instead of lead-acid batteries, greenhouse gases can be reduced by over 90%, according to customer consumption estimates.