Press Release 2015-08-19

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Housing Authority Partnering with Enterprise Fleet Management to Cut Costs, Save $25K Annually

Wilmington Housing Authority: “This is really an investment in our residents and the city”

Wilmington, Del. (Aug. 19, 2015) – The Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) in Delaware is partnering with Enterprise Fleet Management to reduce costs over the next five years. The WHA expects to reduce its fleet from 44 to 38 vehicles and save an average of more than $25,000 per year in operating expenses.

In Wilmington, Enterprise Fleet Management will provide 38 cargo vans, pickup trucks and mid-sized sedans for use by WHA maintenance and management teams. Enterprise analyzed WHA’s fleet needs to help identify ways to manage the fleet more efficiently. As a result, the new strategy includes downsizing the fleet and introducing several different vehicle models. The new vehicles have better fuel economy and lower emissions; they also require less maintenance.

“WHA is home to nearly ten percent of Wilmington’s population, so this is really an investment in our residents and the City of Wilmington,” said Frederick S. Purnell, Sr., Executive Director of the WHA. “With this fleet refresh, Enterprise will help us more reliably service the buildings we manage, while at the same time significantly reduce our fleet costs and carbon footprint – it’s a win-win for everyone.”

Direct funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development enables the WHA to develop and manage affordable housing for low-income families throughout the City of Wilmington.

The WHA had been operating an aging fleet of vehicles that were more than 10 years old and required frequent maintenance. So far, Enterprise Fleet Management has delivered nine vans to the WHA. The remaining vehicles are scheduled to be phased into the fleet over the next four years.

White Cargo Van
Enterprise Fleet Management will provide new cargo vans, pickup trucks and mid-sized sedans for use by WHA maintenance and management teams.

With a network of more than 50 fully-staffed offices, Enterprise manages nearly 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, providing local service to businesses, government agencies and organizations that don’t have a dedicated fleet manager for their medium-sized fleets. Enterprise Fleet Management also is an affiliate of Enterprise Holdings, the largest car rental company in the world.

Enterprise will provide regular maintenance, vehicle registration, use reporting and a fuel card program that automatically monitors fuel purchases and miles for each vehicle. Enterprise will use local businesses to provide routine service and delivery of the vehicles. Once the vehicles have reached the optimum point in their lifecycle, Enterprise will use its remarketing expertise to auction and resell some of the vehicles for the WHA. In addition, the WHA will provide an opportunity for its residents to purchase some of them as well.

“Replacing more than three dozen vehicles in a short period can take a big toll on an organization’s financial resources,” noted Becci Miller, Delaware area sales manager for Enterprise Fleet Management. “We can help manage those costs with a formal strategy that enables the WHA to acquire new vehicles sooner, so they can start to realize savings faster.”

For more information about Enterprise Fleet Management, visit http://www.efleets.com or call toll free 1-877-23FLEET.

About Wilmington Housing Authority

Since its establishment in 1938, the mission of the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) has been to develop and maintain safe, decent, and affordable housing for low-income families in the city of Wilmington, Del. Today, the WHA is the largest direct provider of affordable housing opportunities in the State of Delaware, managing nearly 2,000 units of public, tax credit and market rate housing and administering nearly 1,900 housing choice vouchers in a variety of programs. WHA programs serve over 7,000 low to moderate-income residents of the City of Wilmington. Directly funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, WHA's combined operating, capital and voucher program budgets exceed $30 million annually.

About Enterprise Fleet Management

Enterprise Fleet Management is a privately-held, full-service fleet management business for companies, government agencies and organizations with medium-sized fleets. Owned by the Taylor family of St. Louis, Enterprise Fleet Management supplies most makes and models of cars, light- and medium-duty trucks and service vehicles across North America. The Taylor family also owns and operates, through regional subsidiaries, the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car network of more than 5,500 neighborhood and airport branch offices, all located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population.

With more than 50 fully-staffed offices nationwide, Enterprise Fleet Management has been recognized with the Automotive Service Excellence "Blue Seal of Excellence" award for 16 consecutive years, an industry record. For more information about Enterprise Fleet Management's environmental stewardship and long-term commitment to the sustainability of the fleet management business, visit http://drivingfutures.com/fleetmanagement. For more information about Enterprise Fleet Management, visit http://www.efleets.com or call toll free 1-877-23FLEET.

For more information, contact:

Frederick S. Purnell, Sr., Wilmington Housing Authority
fpurnell@whadelaware.org

Katie Bowring, Enterprise
kathryn.h.bowring@ehi.com