A grand opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, built by TruStar Energy for beverage distributor JJ Taylor, has been held in Fort Myers, FL.

It is the second CNG station built for JJ Taylor. Both stations are owned and maintained by TruStar Energy.

“JJ Taylor was among the first beverage distributors in the country to migrate their fleet to CNG,” said Scott Edelbach, TruStar Energy vice president, Scott Edelbach. “After witnessing first hand the benefits – in terms of operating costs and bottom-line savings, they asked us to build a station at their Ft. Myers distribution center.”

The Fort Myers station is similar to the previous Tampa fast-fill station, but has additional time-fill posts to accommodate the fleet’s 10 new Freightliner Cascadia tractors, powered by the Cummins-Westport 12L engine. Jose Rivera, JJ Taylor’s corporate vice president of administration, said the fleet has an additional 12 Kenworth tractors slated for delivery in June and 25 on order for January 2015.

“We’ve had a very positive experience with CNG powering our Tampa-based fleet and now can realize additional operational savings by utilizing natural gas to power our tractors that move products between our Tampa, Fort Myers, and Fort Pierce locations,” said Rivera.

The station will also be accessible to local fleets needing CNG fuel.