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Indianapolis-based Delco Foods says it will invest "several million dollars" to convert its delivery fleet to run on compressed natural gas. As part of the plan, the specialty food distributor will open a CNG refueling station.
September 21, 2014
Indianapolis, Indiana -- Delco Foods, a family-owned Italian and specialty foods distributor supplying businesses throughout the Midwest, announced today its plan to open a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station. Delco, who has partnered with U.S. Oil's GAIN Clean Fuel unit, will build the facility to be conveniently located near their distribution center in Indianapolis. Delco will break ground on the fastfill refueling station on October 1st, with plans to start converting their delivery fleet to run on CNG in early fall 2014.
"With CNG technology evolving and continually improving, we knew it was the right time to make the change," says Delco's Vice President of Operations, Bill Dollard. "As our delivery trucks convert over, we plan to stay on the cutting edge of CNG technology."
Delco began researching CNG as a cleaner fuel option two years ago as part of their
green initiative. By converting their fleet of nearly 20 vehicles to a better fuel alternative, Delco will not only reduce their carbon footprint, but will also switch to a fuel that is abundant and readily available domestically. On average, Delco's trucks make 1,200 deliveries each week.
"We're proud to be one of the early adapters in our industry,” stated Dollard. “This is an opportunity for Delco to improve the value of our products and services while
maintaining our commitment to the environment."
Penske, who provides full-service truck leases to Delco, has also committed to
converting their maintenance shop to a CNG capable facility so that they are able to
partner with Delco on the project.
The station is expected to be completed in December 2014 and will be open for use by
other carriers and the general public. It will be located at 8775 Zionsville Road on the
northwest of Indianapolis, just inside the I-465 loop.
About Delco Foods
Delco Foods is a family-owned wholesale food distributor providing the freshest
ingredients and products to customers since 1956. Delco is committed to providing the
highest quality products and service in the industry. Delco is headquartered in
Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, visit www.DelcoFoods.com.
Source: Delco Foods