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Local trucking business partners with national alternative fuel supplier

The opening of a compressed natural gas vehicle fuelling station on Bowen Road was marked with a dedication ceremony last Friday morning.

Envoy Energy, a national supplier of CNG, and Truk-King Logistics of Fort Erie partnered to build the station with the help of a $1 million grant from the federal government from its investment fund for alternative fuel sources for vehicles.

Vance Badawey, member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, represented the government at the grand opening.

James Ro, president of Envoy Energy, said it was a bold decision of Truk-King president Rick Bacon to begin the transition away from diesel for its fleet of trucks.

“They are the first Ontario carrier to do this,” he said.

The facility is capable or fuelling 250 highway transport trucks in an average time of 10 minutes each. It will also serve as a depot for Envoy’s mobile trailers to deliver CNG to surrounding transportation fleets.

Mayor Wayne Redekop said this is a project “that checks all the boxes for economic development.” It’s a partnership among the principals, the suppliers and the government and “checks the box with regard to the environment.”

“You can be environmentally sensitive and still make money,” he said.

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