GARY | Gary will soon have one of the largest compressed natural gas stations in the Midwest thanks to a partnership between U.S. Oil, Roehl Transport and H.M.D. Trucking.
The station, which is under construction on 5th Avenue near Interstate 65, will be open to the public.
Carl Lisek, director of South Shore Clean Cities, said the station will provide a number of benefits to the region.
"There's a lot of trucking companies in that area and it really will open up a lot of transportation options for steel haulers in the area and improve air quality in Gary," Lisek said, adding that he anticipates three CNG stations in Gary by March.
Roehl Transport is a transportation and logistics company serving regional and national customers. Roehl is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified SmartWaySM partner.
"We've made significant investments in our equipment, facilities and training programs to increase our energy efficiencies and decrease our fuel consumption," said Greg Koepel, vice-president of Roehl Transport.
Bill Renz, general manager for the GAIN Clean Fuel Division of U.S. Oil, said the partnership expands the company's nationwide network of CNG stations.
"The Gary station not only gives Roehl Transport a CNG fueling location along a key truck route, it also delivers an economic, clean-fuel alternative for their fleet, consistent with the company's environmentally-responsible green policy," Renz said.
The Gary station marks the 12th GAIN Clean Fuel station under construction in the U.S.