LATHAM, N.Y., Oct. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq:PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, today announced Golden State Foods has deployed GenDrive hydrogen fuel cells in the material handling fleet at its new food distribution center in Illinois.
Plug Power will supply GenDrive fuel cells to power 39 material handling vehicles – 11 class-2 stand-up reach lift trucks and 28 class-3 rider pallet trucks. Plug Power will also provide Golden State Foods with GenCare onsite maintenance and service.
Golden State Foods is a global, California-based food manufacturer and distributor for the quick service restaurant industry, with customers such as Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Arby's and Taco Bell. The 158,300 square-foot regional headquarters and logistics center built on a 15-acre parcel west of Chicago, will serve more than 460 McDonald's in the Midwest region. The facility incorporates Golden State Foods' sustainability initiatives by meeting LEED Gold Certification standards and integrating green operations solutions, including the zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells from Plug Power.
"We understand how important it is to Golden State Foods to ensure that day-to-day operations are highly efficient, with minimal ecological impact," said Andy Marsh, Plug Power CEO. "Integration of GenDrive fuel cells into the material handling fleet at the company's brand new logistics center will enable it to meet those strategic goals, and will have positive productivity and cost-saving impacts."
Plug Power's GenDrive fuel cells are a clean alternative to lead-acid batteries, and are designed to fit into all major OEM material handling vehicles. Using fuel cells eliminates the need for battery storage and charging rooms, enabling customers to free up valuable warehouse space and removing the possibility of contamination from lead and sulfuric acid in the work environment.
Lift and pallet trucks powered by fuel cells improve reliability, enable cost savings and provide greater productivity. They run at full speed even when fuel is low and can be re-fueled within minutes, as compared to battery-powered trucks that experience voltage drops and speed reductions when the charge runs down.
GenCare is Plug Power's ongoing maintenance service. It includes advanced system monitoring, preventive maintenance, periodic system enhancements, parts inventory logs and rapid-response onsite service by GenCare technicians.
About Plug Power Inc.
The architects of modern fuel cell technology, Plug Power is revolutionizing the industry with cost-effective power solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints. Long-standing relationships with industry leaders forged the path for Plug Power's key accounts, including Walmart, Sysco, P&G and Mercedes. With more than 6,000 GenDrive units shipped to material handling customers, accumulating over 20 million hours of runtime, Plug Power manufactures tomorrow's incumbent power solutions today. Additional information about Plug Power is available at www.plugpower.com.
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