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U.S. Oil expands network of CNG gas stations


Appleton-based U.S. Oil is continuing to expand its network of compressed natural gas fueling stations, adding stations in Middleton and Sturtevant, in partnership with companies looking to convert their fleets to run on CNG.

The Appleton company has opened 12 CNG stations nationwide, with another 12 stations currently being developed.

The company is projecting it will have more than 100 stations operating nationwide within three years — twice as many as it was projecting late last year.
UW Provision Co. and Middleton Farmers Cooperative are working with U.S. Oil to build a new Gain Clean Fuel station at the coop’s facility at 1755 Pleasant View Road in Middleton. UW Provision, a supplier of meat and specialized foods to customers in the Midwest, will convert up to eight of its trucks to run on CNG.

“We continue to see impressive growth in the demand for CNG stations throughout the United States and in Wisconsin,” said Bill Renz, U.S. Oil’s Gain Clean Fuel general manager. “We hope that other regional carriers take advantage of this station and our network of GAIN stations as an incentive to consider converting their fleets.”

The Sturtevant station near Interstate 94, which opened April 7, is one of three planned as part of a partnership with Time Transport, a trucking company based in Racine County. The other two being opened along Chicago area interstate highways in Channahon and Hodgkins, Ill.

“There is currently a gaping hole in the CNG infrastructure for heavy duty trucks in Chicago, the third largest city in the US,” said Mike Buchmeier, vice president of Time Transport, in a prespared statement. “This partnership will allow us to reduce emissions while maintaining our operational network as we transition from diesel to 100% natural gas.”

Time Transport’s hauls freight of all kinds, primarily in the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor, using a fleet of more than 50 semi-tractors and dry-van trailers.

Trucks using CNG are saving $2 a gallon compared with diesel fuel based on current prices, according to Renz.

Thomas Content; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel