NatGas summit set in Minnesota

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Updated Sep 20, 2013

The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) has planned the region’s first industry-wide summit directed for natural gas. 

The Natural Gas Summit is set for Oct. 17 at the Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Center. The event is open to those interested in learning more about the use of natural gas in commercial motor vehicles.

“The infrastructure is in place,” says MTA President John Hausladen. “We have the natural gas supply, the engines, the distribution and fueling stations. We know we can increase the use of natural gas when we talk candidly about what it takes to add natural gas trucks to your fleet and what it takes to upgrade service facilities to maintain them.”

MYA member Kwik Trip Alternative Fuels Manager Joel Hirschboeck will provide a case study regarding the company’s success in converting both their stores and fleets over to natural gas in the past two years. Dave Oren, president of Eagan-based Dart Transit Company, will discuss his company’s experience using natural gas vehicles to serve Minnesota and regional shippers.

Other speakers for the summit include corporate representatives from key players in the development of natural gas across the United States, including Clean Energy; Cummins Westport; Kenworth, Volvo and Daimler; national leasing company Ryder Systems; and logistics leader UPS.