Ohio Says Hello to Valero

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Ohio Says Hello to Valero

BEREA, Ohio -- The Ohio Turnpike Commission recently awarded a five-year contract for service station operations along the highway to Lehigh Gas Corp. of Center Valley Pa., supplier of Valero-branded fuels. The contract begins Jan. 1, and provides fuel for 14 of the Turnpike's service plazas, reported Crain's Cleveland Business.

"Valero just recently entered the Midwest market, but it won't be long before people become familiar with the company's teal and yellow signs. We are working toward a smooth transition to the Valero brand at the end of this month," Turnpike Director of Service Plaza Operations Drew Herberger said in a written statement.

Lehigh Gas offered the turnpike commission an additional royalty of one-quarter cent per gallon if it chose the Valero gas over the existing supplier, Sunoco, according to Crain’s.

"Valero is experiencing tremendous growth and the name is already well recognized on the U.S. East and West coasts. We are certain that Valero will not only meet travelers' expectations, but exceed them," said Linford Bauder, area manager, Lehigh Gas Corp.

Limited interruptions can be expected while the transition to the Valero brand is underway, according to the turnpike commission.

"We are looking forward to a successful partnership with Lehigh, and we are extremely pleased to offer Valero gasoline and diesel fuel to our Ohio Turnpike customers," Herberger added.