Ruan, Des Moines, Iowa, opened a new GAIN Clean Fuel CNG station for its compressed natural gas (CNG) trucking fleet.

“A lot of research and planning has gone into making the conversion from diesel fuel to CNG,” says Ralph Arthur, Ruan’s president of dedicated contract carriage. “It’s great to see all the planning come to fruition, and we’re looking forward to taking advantage of the many financial and environmental benefits CNG provides. This is a significant next step forward for our company. We believe it's more than just good business; it’s a commitment to making our trucking operations part of the equation when it comes to the stewardship of the environment."

Ruan currently has 85 CNG tractors in the Midwest with plans to expand to additional units where there is a fit.

The new station will be incorporated into U.S. Gain’s network of Gain Clean Fuel stations throughout the North America.

“Despite reduced oil prices, which have lowered the price of diesel fuel, we’re still seeing significant growth in the use of CNG,” says U.S. Gain general manager Bill Renz. “There continues to be a significant savings, and more and more manufacturers [want] their carriers to make efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. This is creating a perfect situation for us to partner with carriers to make that happen. We hope that other carriers take advantage of this GAIN station and view our growing network as an incentive to consider converting their fleets.”

Design of the project was completed by CESO, Inc., Dayton, Ohio. On-site construction and management was provided by its sister company DDC, LLC. Together, DDC and CESO provided successful turn-key delivery of the new CNG station.

“It is exciting to see fleet owners continuing to meet their sustainability goals through CNG conversions,” says Scott Bryan, vice president for DDC. “We were thrilled to be supporting U.S. GAIN to bring CNG station development to fleets all across the country.”

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