ROUSH CleanTech Rolls Out New Propane Autogas Ford Vans to ARS/Rescue Rooter
Nationwide leader in heating, air conditioning and plumbing services embraces environmental stewardship with propane autogas fleet vehicles in Los Angeles and Houston
MEMPHIS, TENN. (July 18, 2011) —Today ARS/Rescue Rooter, a privately held, nationwide provider of air conditioning, heating, plumbing and efficient attic insulation services, has taken strides to become more green by deploying 21 clean-burning propane autogas cargo and cutaway vans in the Los Angeles and Houston areas. These Ford E-Series vans, powered by ROUSH CleanTech, significantly reduce harmful emissions and carry certification by the California Air Resources Board and the Environmental Protection Agency.
“After researching several fuel options, we decided that ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas systems offered the best solution for us,” said Mike Baessler, fleet director of ARS/Rescue Rooter. “We believe this investment will provide longevity to our fleet, in addition to reduced operating costs allowing us to pass the savings on to our customers.”
“Propane autogas powered vehicles help reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil because 90 percent of U.S. propane supplies are domestic,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing at ROUSH CleanTech. “We’re proud to develop new technologies that use alternative fuel sources to help fleet operators, such as ARS/Rescue Rooter, meet their goals of reducing both the operating costs and carbon footprint of their fleet.”
In addition to reduced maintenance costs and the potential for extended engine life due to its clean-burning properties, propane autogas historically offers a 30- to 40-percent reduction in fuel costs compared to gasoline. When compared with gasoline, vehicles fueled by propane autogas produce:
• 17 to 24 percent less greenhouse gases.
• 20 percent less nitrogen oxide.
• Up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide.
“ARS/Rescue Rooter is committed to providing exceptional service to our customers through a team of thoroughly trained technicians with the experience to do any job right — the first time,” said Dave Slott, ARS/Rescue Rooter president and C.O.O. “These new alternative vehicles allow us to maintain that promise, while being environmentally responsible as well.”
ARS/Rescue Rooter plans to purchase 22 more vehicles by year-end, with an additional 100 or more vehicles planned for 2012, spanning multiple markets. There are thousands of propane autogas refueling stations across America, with stations in every state, making this a realistic, cost and environmentally conscious decision for ARS/Rescue Rooter in its Los Angeles and Houston branches and beyond.
About ARS/Rescue Rooter: ARS/Rescue Rooter, a company of American Residential Services L.L.C., provides air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, efficient attic insulation services, plumbing, drain cleaning and sewer line services across the United States. Based in Memphis, Tenn., American Residential Services L.L.C. has approximately 4,800 employees.
ARS/Rescue Rooter operates a network of more than 70 company operated, locally managed service locations spanning 23 states and the District of Columbia. United by exceptional service, the ARS/Rescue Rooter Network serves both residential and light commercial customers through a knowledgeable team of thoroughly trained technicians. Providing elevated service and ensuring the highest standards of quality, ARS has the experience to do any job right — the first time, with all work fully guaranteed.
The company is growing nationwide, both organically and through acquisitions, with recent acquisitions including: Brothers in Rock Hill, South Carolina, McCarthy Services in Alexandria, Virginia, Conway in Memphis, Beutler HVAC in Sacramento and Dallas-based Efficient Attic Systems.
American Residential Services L.L.C. is owned by CI Capital Partners LLC, Royal Palm Capital Partners Inc., and management. CI Capital Partners LLC, www.cicapllc.com, is a New York-based private equity firm. Royal Palm Capital Partners Inc., www.rpcp.com, is a private equity investment and management firm and, through its affiliates, the owner of publicly and privately held companies
About ROUSH CleanTech: Based in Michigan, ROUSH CleanTech offers dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel systems for a variety of light- and medium-duty Ford vehicles, including the F-150, F-250 and F-350 pickup truck series; the F-450 and F-550 chassis cab truck series; the E-150, E-250 and E-350 van and wagon series; the E-350 and E-450 cutaway van series; and the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision. Currently offered through authorized Ford dealerships around the country, the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas system delivers the same factory Ford performance characteristics and serviceability with a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty. Customers can reduce operating costs significantly while reducing vehicle emissions. Complete details on ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas offerings can be found online at www.ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.
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