Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. and TruStar Energy are celebrating the grand opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) public fueling station. The station, designed and constructed by TruStar Energy, is located at 11790 County Highway 4, Upper Sandusky, Ohio near the company’s Wyandot County, Ohio manufacturing plants and distribution center.
The station is part of a new venture, Kalmbach Clean Fuels, LLC, and will support Kalmbach’s new CNG-powered feed distribution trucks. Strategically located near the intersection of US 30 and US 23, the new station will allow other CNG fleets and individual vehicle owners to take advantage of the benefits of the clean-burning, domestically produced fuel. “The trucking industry needs leaders who are willing to invest in new technology,” said Tim Rausch, Kalmbach Feeds’ Director of Distribution, adding, “Kalmbach Feeds is stepping forward to develop that infrastructure to move the industry forward.”
Kalmbach Feeds is planning to transition its entire fleet to either dedicated CNG or a combination of CNG/dual-fuel powered vehicles within five years. To service the new vehicles, the company found that they needed to invest in a new garage designed to service CNG vehicles. Certain safety standards must be met to work on natural gas vehicles, and a new, state-of-the-art garage is currently being built. All of the Kalmbach technicians have also been trained and certified to work on natural gas equipment.
The company’s endeavors earned it recognition as a 2013 Emerging Green Fleet by CleanFuelsOhio, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles.