Natural gas use continues to grow in the United States, especially for use in truck fleets. U.S. Oil has partnered with FST Logistics to build a GAIN Clean Fuel station 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 the company’s vision of creating a CNG network of stations across the United States. U.S. Oil plans to 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, cites 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,” Kent 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 conversion, 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.
FST is a full service logistics company based in Columbus, with core customers in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania and a delivery network that spans the lower 48 states.