Kirkwood, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Willow Run Foods announced 15 new trucks powered by natural gas will be used in their regional deliveries becoming the first CNG fleet in the northeast.
Executives of Willow Run cut the ribbon to showcase new tractor trailers estimated to save the company $100,000 in annual fuel costs.
Chief financial officer James Donovan said the trucks will help both the companies bottom line and the environment.
"It feels great," Donovan said. "Willow Run Foods is pleased to help the environment, use alternative fuels in New York State."
A $1 million grant from the state's regional economic development program helped Willow Run buy the trucks.
There's a temporary filling station on site.
Trillium Energy is building a permanent fast fuel station for the trucks on Barlow Road.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch (R-122nd District) said sometimes government investment is needed during transitions to a cleaner economy.
"That transition to get that type of clean energy is very costly," Crouch said. "So the state has always been very forward looking and given incentives to make that transition financially possible."
The trucks are on a four year lease where the company will evaluate and determine whether or not to renew the fleet.