TravelCenters of America Opens 100th DEF Location

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TravelCenters of America Opens 100th DEF Location


WESTLAKE, Ohio -- TravelCenters of America LLC has finished installing bulk Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispensers at 100 of its TA and Petro Stopping Center branded locations. All total, the 100 locations offer DEF fueling at more than 400 fuel island lanes.

The company plans to have substantially all of its locations outfitted with on-island bulk DEF by the end of 2012. The on-island installations include the "1+1," a dispenser that pumps both diesel fuel and DEF, according to a TravelCenters release. Drivers can authorize diesel and DEF transactions at the same time and dispenser, simultaneously dispense both products, and pay for both fills at the same time. The "1+1" dispenser also eliminates the need for drivers to move their truck to accommodate both fills.

"We are completing DEF dispenser installations in accordance with our plans," explained Tom O'Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters. "We took time up front to research the product and dispensing process -- we wanted to make sure we did it right. We waited for the most technologically advanced dispensing unit to come to market, and invested in DEF tank installation away from the island to avoid visual obstructions and accidents at the island."

O'Brien added that TA also executed underground installations of those tanks and related piping from tank to dispenser to "properly protect the product from exposure to temperature extremes and minimize downtime that can be associated with alternate, above ground installations."

Professional drivers can find TA and Petro sites carrying on-island DEF with the TruckSmart mobile app available as a free download from the Apple App Store and Android Playstore. An updated map and listing is also available at TravelCenters website.