York-based United Farmers Cooperative (UFC) has embraced the growing opportunities presented by the uptake of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel by investing in J & J Compression, LLC to develop CNG stations across Nebraska. Dick Munn, VP of energy for UFC, commented “We recently converted trucks in our fleet to operate on dual fuels of diesel and CNG. Based on the projected operational savings provided by utilizing natural gas as an alternative fuel source, we look forward to converting more vehicles in our UFC fleet as well as those of UFC customers and area fleet operations.”
Carl Dickinson, CEO for UFC, stated “We are excited to be involved in leading the introduction of CNG technology to the Nebraska marketplace. This investment allows us to be a leader in building the CNG fueling infrastructure Nebraska needs to allow the transition of more vehicles to be powered by natural gas. This project aligns very well with our mission to provide innovative products, services and information that grows stakeholder value.”
“Our first CNG station will open in November 2013 at the Sapp Bros. Travel Stop located on Cornhusker Highway in northeast Lincoln, with plans already in development for additional stations in strategic locations across the Midlands,” Munn said.
J & J Compression, headquartered in Lincoln, was formed to build an infrastructure of CNG filling stations through strategic partnerships and alliances. J & J Compression operates stations under the trade name of Stirk CNG. Stirk provides expertise in developing CNG stations from the conception stage to the completed project. Steve Knuth, VP of Stirk, stated “One of the biggest obstacles in converting to CNG is the up front capital cost. Stirk offers customers a unique strategy to finance those costs, and allow them to transition to CNG without affecting their budget.
“In an earlier press release, Mike Hoelscher with Stirk CNG explained the Sapp Bros Travel Center will feature Lincoln’s first high flow compressor: “Our equipment has been specifically designed to handle and fill heavy duty and large trucks, but along with that we are able to provide CNG for cars and other light duty vehicles.” A fast fill dual hose CNG dispenser with two lanes of CNG access will provide for a quick and easy way for fleets equipped with dual fuel trucks to fill up with diesel fuel and CNG at the same time.
United Farmers Cooperative is a farmer owned cooperative headquartered in York, that currently operates in 32 locations across southeast Nebraska and northeast Kansas.