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TruStar CNG for Kimble in Ohio

September 16, 2014 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Another CNG Station on the March to Some Three Dozen This Year

TruStar Energy said today that it will build a large time-fill and public fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling station for Kimble Recycling & Disposal in Canton, Ohio.

TruStar rendering of a CNG fueling station for Smith Dairy in Orrville, Ohio

TruStar rendering of a CNG fueling station for Smith Dairy in Orrville, Ohio

The station will be built to time-fill up to 55 Kimble refuse trucks overnight – while allowing public fueling as well, Kimble operations director Keith Walker says in the latest TruStar announcement.

“At present, all of our trucks at our Canton location are filling offsite, which means we lose efficiencies,” Walker said. “We are excited to have them fuel at our new station – using our gas.”

Kimble’s Got the Gas

Kimble owns and operates more 600 gas wells in Ohio and uses that gas to fuel its expanding garbage truck fleet, TruStar says.

KimbleThe Canton station represents the second CNG fueling station for Kimble – and the second built by TruStar. The first, in Twinsburg, Ohio, was designed to fuel 65 CNG-powered garbage trucks overnight.

“Any time you get the opportunity to build a second station for an existing customer is exciting,” TruStar sales VP Scott Edelbach says in the release. “What’s even more rewarding is that Kimble is helping to expand the public fueling CNG infrastructure.”

Edelbach said TruStar Energy construction crews will break ground sometime late in September and the station is scheduled to be pumping gas by December.

‘It Pays for Itself’

Walker said that Kimble is planning to build another public CNG station in Dover, Ohio. “We like CNG and know it pays for itself,” he said. “The cost savings per DGE when compared to diesel more than pays for the cost of the station.”

“We think we’re going to build about 35 stations this year and next year be up in the 55 to 60 range,” TruStar president Adam Comora told F&F on the eve of the Kimble announcement.

“Our revenues basically doubled from 2013 to 2014 and I think we’re likely to get close to doubling next year,” he said.

TruStar strives for flexibility, he added, as the firm will build, own and operate CNG stations, or build them and let the customer operate them, or arrange for “hybrid” deals with anchor tenants taking up most of a station’s capacity with public access for others.

TruStar Does It All, Nearly

“We do more in-house than any of our competitors,” Comora says, including CNG station planning and detailed design, permitting, and all of the electrical and plumbing work. The strategy allows stations to be built faster, he says.

“The only thing we sub out is the civil work,” says VP Edelbach, like grading and paving.

“We try to keep the stuff as local and U.S.-made as possible,” Edelbach adds, telling F&F that about 90% of the equipment in a TruStar station is American equipment. Some, like time-fill posts, is made in house.

TruStar buys CNG compression packages from ANGI, with Ariel compressors.

Watch for announcements soon about TruStar projects in the southern U.S., and for word of a new mobile fueling solution for smaller fleet customers.

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Source: TruStar Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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