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Lean & Green

When Gregg Hodgdon, fleet manager at Deli Express/E.A. Sween Company, identified suppliers that could co-develop a fuel-efficient, lightweight and cost-effective delivery truck, Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies was high on the list.

For Hodgdon, Johnson and the Guardian LT, built with food service and delivery fleet needs in mind, became the obvious choice. The new model offers more capacity and weight savings, in addition to the body's thermal performance, which results in reduced fuel consumption needed to keep the cargo area at a desired product temperature.

Deli Express/E.A. Sween Company's focus for its sustainability standards was on a truck body that would carry a typical day's load without adding unnecessary weight. Fresh and frozen compartments were also part of the design.

The Guardian LT's durability design was also an attractive feature for Deli Express/E.A. Sween Company. By allowing the body to last the life of several chassis, the company noted, the design is the true definition of sustainable.

The newest Deli Express/E.A. Sween Company delivery trucks with Guardian LT bodies are built on Isuzu ECOMAX chassis rated 12,000 lbs GVW. Refrigeration units for the vehicles are Thermo King V-520 RT Spectrum direct drive models.

"For us it's a big win on many fronts," said Hodgdon. "We're pleased that we could significantly improve our fleet's carbon footprint through an innovative solution that also saves money without sacrificing customer satisfaction."

Deli Express/E.A. Sween Company currently has several Guardian LT equipped trucks on the road and more planned for production. The vehicles in the field are already demonstrating a nearly 50 percent improvement in fuel economy over the fleet's previous models.

Deli Express/E.A. Sween Company is a family-owned business that produces and distributes hot and cold sandwiches to more than 26,000 convenience, grocery and drug stores, and vending and other food outlets. Deli Express route trucks provide direct store delivery in 26 states.