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Ryder Leases 25 CNG Tractors to Maryland Food Distributor

On Thursday, Ryder announced that Northeast Foods has signed a full-service lease agreement for 25 CNG tractors. Northeast Foods, a baking company and food distributor based in Baltimore, Maryland, will use the trucks to support its distribution and delivery operations that exclusively service McDonald’s Corporation. Northeast Foods has been a key supplier to the McDonald’s fast food chain since 1965. This will be Ryder’s first natural gas lease customer in Maryland. Ryder will provide maintenance for the 25 CNG vehicles from Ryder’s Baltimore service facility, which is being upgraded for compliance with natural gas standards. Northeast Foods distributes baked goods to 15,000 direct delivery customers every day, including up to 90 percent of all Maryland public schools, as well as hundreds of super markets and fast food chains. Northeast Foods will begin to take delivery of the NGVs in 2015 and expects to have all 25 CNG tractors operational by midyear.