U.S. Gain partners with H & S Bakery to bring new GAIN Clean Fuel station to Baltimore
Baltimore, MD – (March 31, 2016) – U.S. Gain, the compressed natural gas (CNG) division of U.S. Venture, Inc. announced today that it has completed a new CNG station in partnership with H&S Bakery, a bakery provider for McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants. The easy access, fast-fill GAIN Clean Fuel station is located at the intersection of I-95 and I-895 in Baltimore and is open to all CNG fleets and the public.
“This is a great partnership and one we encourage other carriers to consider,” said Michael Jones from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and Maryland Cities Coalition. “Utilizing natural gas as a transportation fuel offers significant economic and air quality benefits. CNG is produced regionally and throughout the U.S. and that contributes to a less volatile fuel price and is cheaper than diesel. In addition, CNG emits fewer air pollutants than conventional diesel fuel, so everyone benefits.” A $500,000 award from the Maryland Natural Gas Refilling Station Grant Program helped to fund the project.
“We are excited to partner with U.S. Gain as we transition a significant portion of our fleet to CNG,” said Chuck Paterakis, vice president, transportation and logistics for Northeast Foods/H&S Bakery. “We selected U.S. Gain as our partner based on the company’s ability to meet our customers’ extremely high operational and environmental standards. This business decision allows us to benefit from the future growth of CNG in the transportation industry.”
Located near their distribution center, the Baltimore station not only gives the H&S Bakery fleet a strategic fueling location, but also contributes to their own commitment to improve sustainability efforts.
One of the main advantages for fleets converting to CNG is that it is a cost-effective alternative to diesel fuel. “In addition to the cost savings, CNG has lower carbon emissions which is better for the environment,” said GAIN Clean Fuel’s General Manager Bill Renz. “For companies like H&S Bakery, it fits perfectly into the environmental policies they have for their business.”
Another advantage of CNG is that it’s a domestically produced product, which insulates it from global influences that create price volatility in other fuels such as diesel. “Fleets that are making the decision to convert to CNG are doing it for two reasons. One, because it’s more efficient from an environmental perspective, and two, because it’s a smart business decision,” Renz said. “Those companies that don’t begin to convert their fleets to CNG will have to catch up down the road.”
About H&S Bakery
H&S Bakery is a family-owned company employing more than 2,000 people with a service area reaching 23 states. They have been a bakery provider for McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants since 1960.