New Fueling Stations in Des Moines and in Indianapolis
For Natural Gas Trucks Operated by Ruan & Delco Foods
U.S. Oil has publicized the opening of two new public-access Gain Clean Fuel CNG stations, in Iowa and Indiana. The new Gain Clean Fuel CNG station in Des Moines will support compressed natural gas-fueled trucks operated by Ruan. The new CNG station in Indianapolis will support CNG trucks operated by Delco Foods. updated July 30
“A lot of research and planning has gone into making the conversion from diesel fuel to CNG,” Ruan dedicated contract carriage president Ralph Arthur says in a Gain release.
“It’s great to see all the planning come to fruition,” he said, terming the new station “a significant next step forward for our company.”
Manufacturers Motivate the Carriers
“We believe it’s more than just good business,” Arthur said. “It’s a commitment to making our trucking operations part of the equation when it comes to the stewardship of the environment.”
“More and more manufacturers are desiring their carriers to make efforts to reduce their carbon footprint,” U.S. Gain GM Bill Renz says in the Des Moines station announcement. “We hope that other carriers take advantage of this Gain station and view our growing network as an incentive to consider converting their fleets.”
Ruan has 85 CNG tractors in the Midwest with plans to expand to additional units where there is a fit, Gain says. Ruan operates trucks from Freightliner, Kenworth and Volvo, domiciled in states including Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin and California.
CESO, DDC, CMD
The Des Moines station was designed by CESO, Gain says, with on-site construction and management was provided by its affiliate DDC: “Together, DDC and CESO provided successful turn-key delivery of the new CNG station.” The station has twin four-stage, 200-horsepower compressors packaged by Wisconsin’s CMD.
The Gain Clean Fuel CNG station for Delco Foods in Indianapolis was announced last summer (F&F, August 3, 2014). The four-lane station was also packaged by CMD, and is to support 17 Delco Foods trucks – six Freightliner tractors with Agility Fuel Systems CNG arrays, and a Kenworth truck with Trilogy CNG fuel system are already in hand, Gain says.
“Our trucks make about 1,300 deliveries a week so being able to get our products to customers with an environmentally-friendly and less expensive fuel option is an important component of our operational strategy,” Delco Foods president Steve Goldman said in Gains announcement this week.
‘Actively Seeking Partnerships With Carriers’
The station is strategically located near a Delco Foods distribution center, contributing to overall sustainability efforts.
“Our goal is to have a Gain network in place that will provide easy access to CNG for local, regional and national carriers,” said Gain GM Renz.
“To achieve this, we are actively seeking partnerships with carriers that are looking to benefit by converting their fleets to CNG.”
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Source: U.S. Oil Gain Clean Fuel with Fleets & Fuels follow-up