TruStar Energy will build a compressed natural gas fast-fill station for Kalmbach Feeds near the company's Ohio manufacturing plant.
The station, which will allow two vehicles to fuel up simultaneously, is slated for completion in early November.
Kalmbach Feeds, an animal feed distributor, is planning to transition its entire fleet to CNG in the next decade.
"Regarding CNG, there has always been the discussion of whether to buy CNG trucks or wait until there were fueling stations available — the classic 'chicken or the egg' dilemma. The trucking industry needs leaders who are willing to invest in new technology," Tim Rausch, the company's director of distribution, said in a statement. "Kalmbach Feeds is stepping forward to develop that infrastructure to move the industry forward."
The development is part of Kalmbach Clean Fuels LLC; in addition to supporting the company's own trucks, the facility will be open to the public to encourage CNG use.
"Our president, Paul Kalmbach, wanted a 'made in America' solution to our fueling needs," Rausch said, "and with natural gas, we believe we found the right solution." - Jon Ross