ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) believes strongly in natural gas as a clean fuel for trucks. In fact, the support is so strong that it has planned the region's first industry-wide summit directed at those who own and maintain fleets of trucks.
The Natural Gas Summit is October 17 at the Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Center. Details are at www.mntruck.org. It is open to those interested in learning more about the use of natural gas in commercial motor vehicles.
"The infrastructure is in place," said 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.
One of our association members, Kwik Trip out of LaCrosse, is already a regional leader operating much of its fleet with natural gas. Alternative Fuels Manager Joel Hirschboeck will provide an amazing case study regarding their success in converting both their stores and fleets over to natural gas in the past two years. And Dave Oren, president of Eagan-based Dart Transit Company, will discuss their experiences 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: fuel supplier Clean Energy; engine manufacturer Cummins Westport; truck makers Kenworth, Volvo and Daimler; national leasing company Ryder Systems; and logistics leader UPS.
"We know natural gas is of high interest to elected officials committed to sustainable fuels and cities and counties who maintain fleets of trucks for community services," said Hausladen. "We encourage them to join us for a day of information and an opportunity to ask questions of those who operate with natural gas every day."
About MTA: The Minnesota Trucking Association is a non-profit trade association representing over 720 member-trucking companies and allied firms from across the state. The membership reflects the diversity of the Minnesota trucking industry, including less-than-truckload, truckload, bulk, agricultural, heavy specialized and private trucking operations.