Outlet East of St. Louis Is Gain’s Largest CNG Station to Date
The new public-access compressed natural gas fueling facility built with Unilever in Edwardsville, Ill. just east of St. Louis is now open for business. It is the largest U.S. Gain Clean Fuel station yet.
“This partnership establishes a relationship between Gain Clean Fuel and Unilever, one of the top consumer packaged goods companies in the world,” U.S. Gain GM Bill Renz said in a release.
The agreement calls for Unilever to purchase 800,000 gallons of Gain Clean Fuel CNG per year. Equipment for the four-lane station is being furnished by Appleton, Wisc.-based CMD Corp, Renz says.
Commitment by the Shipper: ‘a Paradigm Shift’
“We focus on energy reduction in our own manufacturing operations and also with our suppliers. The use of Gain Clean Fuel is important part of this program,” said Unilever procurement VP Camille Chammas.
The Edwardsville station gives Unilever’s carriers a strategic fueling location.
“Gain’s partnerships are generally with carriers and it’s great to partner with a shipper that realizes the value in using CNG,” said Renz. Gains notes that many carriers are converting their fleets to CNG to remain competitive “but, as a shipper, Unilever’s agreement is a paradigm shift for the CNG industry.”
Targeting 100 in Two Years
Gain said it continues to work towards its goal of having more than 100 Gain Clean Fuel CNG stations in operation in North America within the next two years.
Gain further noted that Unilever’s decision to incorporate CNG into its logistics network was led by recommendations from Breakthrough Fuel, a supply chain management and transportation advisory firm. Breakthrough Fuel is based in Green Bay, Wisc.
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Source: U.S. Gain CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up