October 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // RICHMOND, Va. – The Clean Auto Alliance is privileged to announce J.D. Byrider – Richmond, Virginia, as a recipient of the Environment & Safety Elite Award. With receipt of this prestigious award, the Richmond franchise joins a select group of automotive, truck and equipment dealerships, and service companies that have demonstrated dedication to excellence in regards to overall concern for their community, their employees, and their customers. J.D. Byrider - Richmond, which opened in March 2012 at 7400 Midlothian Turnpike, is owned by franchisee Craig Baker.
In order to achieve this award, J.D. Byrider – Richmond participated in a rigorous review process and proved adherence to industry best practices in all six program categories, including: Safety Systems, Environmental Systems, Hazard Communication, Loss Control, Emergency Response, and other Facility Specific Requirements.
“We’re honored to be recognized as a leader in our policy standards and believe we are the first pre-owned auto dealership to earn this award,” said Craig Baker, owner of J.D. Byrider – Richmond. “Our dealership puts great emphasis on the environment, the safety of our employees and the advancement of our customers. It’s great to see these efforts recognized.”
“The goal of the Environment & Safety Elite Award is to reward automotive businesses that go above and beyond simply complying with environmental, health and safety regulations,” said Eric Schmitz, board chairman of the Clean Auto Alliance. “More and more often, consumers prefer to do business with companies that value good environmental practices and the safety of their employees, and this recognition program is a way for businesses to show their customers and their community that they are committed to exercising environmental, health and safety best practices. That’s a big competitive advantage that these businesses deserve to have.”
J.D. Byrider - Richmond has been exemplary in meeting or exceeding environmental health and safety regulations and standards. Their activities include preserving their local environment by properly disposing of waste, minimizing emissions, and utilizing Air Conditioning equipment that protects the ozone layer. Additionally, they demonstrate their concern for their employee’s safety and well-being by providing a safe environment. This includes; maintaining a chemical inventory, training employees, providing employee access to Safety Data Sheets and a written hazard communication plan.
“The award should mean a lot to J.D. Byrider’s customers,” Schmitz said. “Not only does it show that the dealer cares about their workers and how the business affects its surroundings, but also that the client’s investment will be protected, by ensuring each job is done safely and without damage to the customer’s vehicle, or their community.”
A searchable map of all Environment & Safety Elite recipients nationwide is now available online, visit www.elitedealeraward.com/find
Founded in 1989, J.D. Byrider is a leading used car sales and finance enterprise. The company was founded to serve customers with special auto financing needs and to ensure that they receive the same quality service in every J.D. Byrider dealership. With more than one million consumers matched to quality, affordable vehicles and a franchise system servicing more than $1 billion in retail contracts, the company continues its focus on reliability and customer satisfaction. Headquartered near Indianapolis in Carmel, Indiana, J.D. Byrider consists of 139 franchised- and 30 company-owned dealerships in 34 states. Visit www.jdbyrider.com or franchise.jdbyrider.com to learn more.
The Clean Auto Alliance is a non-profit organization that brings together automotive-related businesses, manufacturers, government agencies and dealerships to address environmental, safety and transportation best practices through education, research, recognition, and related activities.
To learn more about the Environment & Safety Elite program, visit www.elitedealeraward.com To learn more about the Clean Auto Alliance, visit www.cleanautoalliance.org.
SOURCE J.D. Byrider
Craig A. Baker