For release Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Kalmbach Feeds took delivery of their first three CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) powered trucks this week. The 2014 Peterbilt model 384 trucks are powered by the Cummins Westport 11.9L ISXG natural gas engine. They will be fully fueled at the Kalmbach Feeds’ new CNG fueling station, currently being built near the company’s Wyandot County, Ohio manufacturing plants and distribution center. The station, part of a new venture named Kalmbach Clean Fuels, is slated to open in November, 2013.
Kalmbach Feeds is implementing their plan of converting their fleet to CNG, which is the cleanest transportation option available in the United States today. 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.
Company president Paul Kalmbach believes this move to be more than just a sound business decision: “Natural Gas is the Made in America solution that will bring energy independence to our nation, and I believe it is the solution to our country’s economic problems.” He is confident that the plentiful supply of natural gas will bring back American jobs, as lower energy costs drive the American economy to higher prosperity.
Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. is a leading innovator in the animal feed industry, producing and distributing nutritional products throughout the eastern half of the United States. Developing a fueling strategy that best utilizes company resources, with the intent of transitioning away from foreign oil is what led Kalmbach Feeds to the decision to transition to a CNG powered fleet. Instead of waiting for the infrastructure to become available, company president Paul Kalmbach made the bold decision to be part of the solution by building a facility available to the public.
Kalmbach Feeds is planning to transition its entire fleet to either dedicated CNG or a combination of CNG/dual-fuel powered vehicles within 5 years. 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.