Heritage holds grand opening for Kenton facility

Heritage Cooperative (Heritage) celebrated the grand opening of a $7 million expansion to its branch in Kenton, Ohio, 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.

“What makes this new facility unique is the ability to offer unmatched access in this region of the state to a clean-burning, affordable fuel source like CNG,” said Eric Parthemore, CEO, 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 — this expansion reflects that commitment.”

The new expansion offers significant opportunities for the future.

“We are pleased to partner with Heritage Cooperative on this exciting project,” said Jim Lammers, general manager of transport, Precision Strip, Inc. “With the addition of CNG, we plan to convert our 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 our customers.”

The expansion project also includes a two-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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