TruStar Energy, Kalmbach Clean Fuels Building CNG Station

Kalmbach Feeds Inc., a large regional player in the animal nutrition industry, has formed a new division – Kalmbach Clean Fuels LLC – and partnered with natural gas refueling infrastructure specialist TruStar Energy LLC to develop a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

The impetus for Kalmbach's new venture is the company's own fleet transition to CNG. Tim Rausch, Kalmbach's director of distribution, says plans call for the entire fleet to consist of either dedicated or bi-fuel CNG vehicles within a decade. The company has already deployed its initial complement of natural gas vehicles, which handle some of Kalmbach's feed-distribution operations.

The new station, however, will also enable other fleets and the general public to refuel their NGVs. The TruStar fast-fill facility will accommodate the simultaneous fueling of two vehicles and have an NGV maintenance bay on-site.

Located near the intersection of U.S. 30 and U.S. 23, the 24/7 station is set to come online in November.

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