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Core-Mark, U.S. Oil Open First Joint CNG Station

AURORA, Colo. — U.S. Oil and Core-Mark Holding Co. teamed up to open their first joint GAIN Clean Fuel station here.

Open to the public, this station marks the third compressed natural gas (CNG) station opened by Core-Mark and the first of five to open in partnership with U.S. Oil. Core-Mark has two company-owned and -dedicated CNG stations in Wilkes Barre, Pa., and Corona, Calif. 

Four additional joint GAIN Clean Fuel stations are expected to open near Core-Mark divisions by the first quarter of 2015 in: Sanford, N.C.; Smyrna, Ga.; Tampa, Fla.; and Forrest City, Ark.

Core-Mark's commitment to CNG began with conversion of its fleet, with more than 100 CNG tractors on the road today and another 100 expected by the end of the year. One of the main advantages of converting fleets to CNG is that it is a cost-effective alternative to diesel fuel, offering a savings of more than $2 per gallon equivalent under current market conditions, according to the company.

"We are excited about our partnership with U.S. Oil," said Thomas B. Perkins, president and CEO of Core-Mark Holding Co. "The transition from diesel to CNG will allow us to purchase more environmentally friendly fuel, reduce our carbon footprint and lower our transportation costs." 

Each GAIN station provides fast-fill capabilities and is strategically located for carriers. The stations also have fleet card acceptance capabilities. Nearly all the GAIN stations are open for public use, as well as other carriers not dedicated to GAIN.

"We continue to see extremely impressive growth in the buildout of our nationwide GAIN Clean Fuel network as more carriers seek to convert their fleets," said Bill Renz, general manager for GAIN Clean Fuel. "In addition to the cost savings, CNG has lower carbon emissions, which are better for the environment, and it's also a domestically produced product, which buffers it from global influences that impact other fuels such as diesel."

South San Francisco, Calif.-based Core-Mark is one of the largest marketers of fresh and broadline supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America.

Appleton, Wis.-based U.S. Oil is a division of U.S. Venture Inc., a leading energy and transportation products distributor and marketer.

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