U.S. Venture, Inc., an Appleton, Wis.-based distributor and marketer of energy, automotive and lubricant products, established a separate corporate division for its compressed natural gas (CNG) business. The new division, called U.S. Gain, will encompass all operations related to its expanding CNG network for commercial fleet operators and shippers in North America. The network is marketed under the GAIN Clean Fuel brand, which consists of 39 sites operational or underway with a target of 100 locations in the next two years.

GAIN Clean Fuel was originally managed within the U.S. Oil division, whose principal focus is petroleum and biofuel distribution, trading and terminal operations. U.S. Venture’s other two divisions include U.S. AutoForce and U.S. Lubricants.

“We are very excited about our new U.S. Gain division,” says John Schmidt, president of U.S. Venture. “This move supports the U.S. Venture vision of being the very best value-adding distributor of products that vehicles consume in North America. It recognizes the strategic importance and role U.S. Gain will play in achieving that vision.”

“The new division emphasizes U.S Venture’s commitment to this growing category and to the GAIN Clean Fuel brand,” adds Bill Renz, general manager for U.S. Gain. “The quality way we do business will not change, and our goal remains to be a leading national supplier to our commercial customers.”