RACINE, Wis. - In a move that's exciting corn-growing customers and field employees alike, Case IH is establishing a company fleet of flex fuel Ford F150 pickups. And for the first time, Case IH company vehicles will be fueled by the corn grown on America's farms.
New E85 flex fuel trucks are now being delivered to the Case IH field representatives. The company also is working on a new truck design for interested Case IH dealers. Not surprisingly, the color of the new E85-powered fleet is red, just like Case IH equipment.
"Every day, every Case IH territory sales manager, technical manager and product specialist will be helping drive demand for the products our customers produce," says Bill Nygaard, Case IH Manager of Customer and Field Service in North America. "It sends a visible message that we're committed to our customers and to the agricultural industry."
The president of the National Corn Growers Association agrees: "Case IH is a vital part of agriculture, and this shows the company's commitment to helping us move ahead into the future," says Ken McCauley, who farms in White Cloud, Kan. "Corn growers and ethanol are the big winners in Case IH's announcement to buy flex fuel vehicles for its entire fleet. This decision will continue to drive flex fuel vehicles and ethanol use."
According to Nygaard, the new fleet serves as a symbolic reminder of Case IH's commitment to agriculture. "When the big red Case IH truck pulls up, you know you're in good hands. And you know that we stand firmly behind every piece of Case IH equipment."
The new Case IH E85 flex fuel fleet is good for the environment, too. "Using E85 reduces harmful tailpipe emissions, and it contains less benzene and sulfur," Nygaard says. "This is a win, win, win. It's a win for Case IH employees, our customers, and the agricultural industry."
Case IH also works to increase demand for soybeans. Every engine that powers Case IH equipment is approved for B5 biodiesel blends. Use of 20 percent biodiesel blends (B20) are approved in more than 90 percent of the models now being sold in Europe and North America, including the workhorse Magnum tractors, when proper maintenance and fuel requirements are followed. And, nearly half of the models sold globally, including the flagship Axial-Flow 8010 combine are approved, following proper protocols, for use of 100 percent biodiesel (B100). Your local Case IH dealer will soon have details on specific technical requirements for B100 use. In addition, when approved supplies are available, every engine powering a new piece of Case IH equipment leaves the factory with a biodiesel blend in the tank.
Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment - for those who demand more. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that operates in over 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible financial service offerings and parts and service support for professional farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of professional dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools; planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; and site-specific farming tools.