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Willow Run Foods in Kirkwood is the first regional food distributor in the Northeast to add compressed natural gas trucks to its fleet.
Willow Run Foods in Kirkwood is the first regional food distributor in the Northeast to add compressed natural gas trucks to its fleet.

Willow Run held a ribbon cutting on Friday to unveil 15 new CNG tractors it's leasing from Ryder Systems. Trillium CNG helped the company install a temporary filling station on site while Trillium constructs a high-volume, fast-filling fueling station on Barlow Road in Kirkwood. Joe Rende, Regional Director for Trillium, says CNG is anywhere from $1.50 to $2 cheaper per gallon equivalent of diesel. And he says CNG is much better for the environment, with none of the particulate matter of diesel exhaust, and 20 percent less carbon dioxide.

"It's been around at least 20 years. But, what's happened in the last two years, there's been probably more activity in the last two years than in the previous 20. We see this growing, we see it growing quickly because there is an environmental benefit for sure.  And now there's also a financial benefit and it's a great combination," said Rende.

Rende says Mirabito Energy Products also plans to utilize CNG trucks and use the filling station. Willow Run received a $1 million grant from NYSERDA to help cover the cost of adding the new tractors. It expects to save $100,000 per year on fuel costs.
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