Appleton, Wis.—Sept. 1, 2013—U.S. Oil partnered with FST Logistics to build a GAIN Clean Fuel station at the intersection of Atlas Street and Renner Road in Columbus, Ohio. The new station will provide compressed natural gas (CNG) to FST’s CNG truck fleet, and will be available for use by other companies and individual drivers. This will be U.S. Oil’s 12th GAIN Clean Fuel station, adding to its vision of creating a CNG network of stations across the nation. U.S. Oil will also add 50 new CNG stations within the next three years.
"The partnership with FST Logistics is very exciting, as we are able to develop a new fueling location for its fleet operations, saving both fuel and labor costs,” said Bill Renz, General Manager of GAIN Clean Fuel. “This location at the intersection of I-70 and I-270 in Columbus is ideal for CNG fleet growth and fits perfectly into our long-range strategic plan.”
The station will be built to support FST Logistics as the company continues to develop its CNG fleet. Dave Kent, president of FST Logistics, cited energy costs and the environment as the key factors in the decision to team up with GAIN. “We’re extremely excited about the potential of our partnership,” he said. “It will allow us to remain competitive over the long term, especially when factoring in fuel costs for our fleet. Another important benefit is CNG reduces emissions and helps contribute to a healthier environment.”
FST Logistics currently has 15 vehicles in its fleet capable of CNG conversions, with new orders for 20 tractors and eight other vehicles in the next 12 months. The company seeks to convert all of its fleet as more CNG stations are developed throughout the country. “The team at GAIN Clean Fuel is the expert in the CNG field,” Kent said. “We will lean on them for support as we work to reduce the cost of fuel, which is the second largest expense we have as a company.”
FST is a full service logistics company based in Columbus, Ohio, with core customers in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The company has a delivery network that covers the lower 48 states and is committed to improving the environment, launching recent initiatives to reduce waste, improve energy and fuel consumption, in addition to other community-based activities.
Headquartered in Appleton, Wis., U.S. Oil is a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., a leading energy and transportation products distributor and marketer. U.S. Oil has been recognized as the innovative leader in the distribution of petroleum and renewable energy products for more than 60 years.