KBX Logistics And Georgia-Pacific Receive US EPA 2019 SmartWay Excellence Awards

Award Recipients are Top Environmental Performers and Leaders for Freight Supply Chain Efficiency

October 7, 2019

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Wichita, KS – KBX Logistics LLC and Georgia-Pacific, two companies of Koch Industries, Inc., today each received SmartWay® Excellence Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for being leaders in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. The EPA presented the award to KBX for its superior performance in logistics while Georgia-Pacific won the award for its excellence in shipping.

“We’re honored to receive the SmartWay Excellence award from the EPA, which recognizes leaders like KBX Logistics in the freight and supply chain industries for outstanding environmental stewardship in their operations,” said Paul Snider, President of KBX Logistics. “We continually strive to innovate and look for the most effective and environmentally friendly solutions for our customers and society, and this award is a testament to the hard work our employees and contractors are doing and the value they’re creating.”

KBX’s sustainability goals each year include continuing to meet and striving to exceed the standards of the EPA’s SmartWay program, growing backhaul to reduce deadhead and emissions, increasing intermodal shipping, experimenting and innovating to reduce its carbon footprint, and reducing driver dwell time at loading and unloading locations. 

KBX and Georgia-Pacific were two of 17 logistics and shipper companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3,700 Partners. The Excellence Awardees were honored at the 2019 American Trucking Association’s Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, California on October 7th, 2019.

“This year, the U.S. EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is recognizing 13 shippers and four third party logistics providers as recipients of the 2019 SmartWay Excellence Award,” said EPA’s Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Sarah Dunham. “These awardees are the top two percent of environmental performers among all of our SmartWay Partners. They are redefining best practices for freight transport by reducing fuel costs and improving the public health of the communities they serve.”

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About KBX Logistics LLC

KBX Logistics is the transportation arm for Georgia-Pacific, and affiliate of Koch Industries, Inc., and an independent Koch company. Based in Wichita, KS, Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America, with estimated annual revenues as high as $110 billion, according to Forbes. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals, and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control systems; electronics, software and data analytics; minerals; glass; automotive components; ranching; commodity trading; and investments. With a presence in 60 countries, Koch companies employ nearly 130,000 people worldwide, with about 67,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 1,300 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service.

For more information on KBX Logistics, visit www.kbxlogistics.com. For more information on Koch Industries, visit www.KOCHind.com.

About Georgia-Pacific 

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras® and Vanity Fair®. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its Georgia-Pacific Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest recyclers of paper, metal and plastics. The company operates more than 180 facilities and employs more than 30,000 people directly and creates approximately 89,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: www.gp.com.

About SmartWay

EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing air pollution. Demonstrating a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive business environment, while enabling partners to make freight decisions that have a positive impact on efficiency and the environment. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have avoided emitting more than 134 million tons of air pollutants (NOx, PM, and CO2) contributing to cleaner air and healthier citizens, while saving 280 million barrels of oil and $37 billion in fuel costs – equivalent to eliminating the annual energy use of over 18 million homes.

For more information on SmartWay, please visit: www.epa.gov/smartway/  

For more information on the SmartWay Excellence Awards, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/smartway/smartway-excellence-awardees