October 19, 2015 12:40 PM, EDT

Saddle Creek Upgrades CNG Infrastructure as Fleet Hits 50 Million-Mile Mark

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Saddle Creek Logistics Services said its compressed natural-gas fleet of 200 heavy-duty trucks reached the 50 million-mile mark in October. It recently completed a $1.5-million upgrade to the CNG fueling facility at its Lakeland, Florida, headquarters, adding more efficient time-fill stations.

“Our investment in CNG has enabled us to stabilize fuel costs while reducing our environmental footprint. The 50 million-mile mark is a significant milestone for our CNG program,” Saddle Creek President Mike DelBovo said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our industry partners to expand the nation’s infrastructure to support the adoption of natural gas as a fuel source on an even broader scale.”

Saddle Creek ranks No. 32 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies in North America.

The company also announced that its CNG fleet now serves the Southeast and Southwest regions with operations in Lakeland and Jacksonville, Florida, Atlanta and Valdosta, Georgia, and Fort Worth, Texas. The company said the expansion supports Fortune 500 companies and major retailers that use eco-friendly fleets to support corporate sustainability programs.

It announced that its CNG fleet had grown to 200 dedicated tractors from 40 since 2012. Saddle Creek also said it is converting 50 older diesel tractors into dual CNG-diesel fuel vehicles. By replacing diesel-fueled engines with certified CNG engines, the company will replace 70% of the diesel used with natural gas.