Heritage Co-op announces Kenton ag campus expansion

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WEST MANSFIELD, Ohio — Heritage Cooperative recently celebrated the grand opening of a $7 million expansion to its branch in Kenton, during a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The project includes a new state-of-the-art fuel station, located at 1305 S. Main St. in Kenton, which will provide increased services to Heritage’s local customers.

Among the project’s most important elements is a fuel station, which offers gasoline, E85, diesel, diesel exhaust fluid and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

With four pumps for passenger vehicles, five pumps for commercial vehicles and three dedicated CNG pumps, the station is a valuable new resource for Kenton-area residents and for town and county businesses in public service, agriculture and transportation.

The facility offers unmatched access in the region — to a clean-burning, affordable fuel source like CNG, said Eric Parthemore, CEO of Heritage Cooperative.

“As the needs of our customers and members are changing, we know we must evolve to ensure we can deliver better solutions that incorporate the latest technologies, safety features and precautionary measures,” he said.

Jim Lammers, general manager of transport, Precision Strip, said he is pleased to partner with Heritage. With the addition of CNG, Precision Strip plans to convert the Kenton fleet of trucks to operate on a 50/50 mix of diesel and CNG, with a goal of having 100 percent of the fleet running on CNG by the end of 2016.

This will provide numerous benefits by using a cleaner and less expensive energy source without sacrificing service to the customers.

The expansion project also includes a 2 million gallon liquid fertilizer storage tank and a computer-automated liquid load-out building with eight 10,000 gallon bulk chemical tanks and storage areas for package products and mini-bulk containers.

Also added to the site are four 30,000 gallon liquid fertilizer storage tanks and two large water storage tanks. To learn more about the project, visit www.heritagecooperative.com.

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