BAYPORT, MN - Andersen Corporation announced the opening of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station near its Menomonie, WI, window plant.

Andersen's initial conversion to CNG involves seven trucks. The company said doing so will reduce emissions by 28 percent per year.

Andersen said the natural gas station is part of a broader plan to provide a new alternative fuel source for Andersen to convert its transportation fleet to CNG, reducing both operating costs and carbon dioxide emissions for the company. The company estimates that its total savings will range between $1.25 and $1.75 per gallon, depending on the market price of diesel.

"We believe finding new ways to use alternative energy is one way to help restore economic growth for everyone, and this project shows how the rubber literally meets the road," said Lance Whitacre, vice president, logistics at Andersen Corp.

The CNG station is a partnership involving Andersen, Dart Transit Company, U.S. Oil (a division of U.S. Venture, Inc.), Breakthrough Fuel and Xcel Energy.

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