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Kalmbach Feeds and TruStar Energy Celebrate CNG Station Opening

| November 19, 2013

Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. and TruStar Energy are celebrating the grand opening of a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) public fueling station.

The station, designed and constructed by TruStar Energy, is located at 11790 County Highway 4, Upper Sandusky, Ohio near the company’s Wyandot County, Ohio manufacturing plants and distribution center.

“The food distribution market segment is becoming increasingly more aggressive in their migration to CNG fuel – and the Kalmbach Feeds station represents an important part of the growing infrastructure,” said TruStar Energy Vice President, Scott Edelbach. “Fleet owners in the area now have added incentive to look at migrating their own fleets thanks to Kalmbach’s vision.”

The station is part of a new venture, Kalmbach Clean Fuels, LLC, and will support Kalmbach’s new CNG-powered feed distribution trucks. Strategically located near the intersection of US 30 and US 23, the new station will allow other CNG fleets and individual vehicle owners to take advantage of the benefits of the clean-burning, domestically produced fuel. “The trucking industry needs leaders who are willing to invest in new technology,” said Tim Rausch, Kalmbach Feeds’ Director of Distribution, adding, “Kalmbach Feeds is stepping forward to develop that infrastructure to move the industry forward.”

Kalmbach Feeds is planning to transition its entire fleet to either dedicated CNG or a combination of CNG/dual-fuel powered vehicles within five years. To service the new vehicles, the company found that they needed to invest in a new garage designed to service CNG vehicles. Certain safety standards must be met to work on natural gas vehicles, and a new, state-of-the-art garage is currently being built. All of the Kalmbach technicians have also been trained and certified to work on natural gas equipment.

Not only is compressed natural gas 90% cleaner than diesel, but is also more economical to use. It will be sold by Kalmbach Feeds at a price equivalent to paying $1.95 for a gallon of gasoline. A bonus benefit is that the CNG engine has an 80-90% lower decibel level than its diesel counterpart.

The company’s endeavors earned it recognition as a 2013 Emerging Green Fleet by CleanFuelsOhio, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles.  More info at: www.trustarenergy.com

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