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August 13, 2013

Local food distributor's fleet is going green

PITTSBURGH — A Cambria Township-based food distributor is the latest local company to be making the move from diesel trucks to a natural gas powered fleet.

McAneny Bros. Inc., of the 400 block of Industrial Park Road has been awarded a $173,000 grant for eight compressed natural gas vehicles.

In making the announcement Tuesday, state Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, said the money is part of the Pennsylvania Natural Gas Vehicle grant program and the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program.

The state funds are generated as part of the natural gas fees paid for Marcellus and other unconventional gas wells in Pennsylvania.

“Thanks to the Natural Gas Vehicle grant, McAneny Brothers will be able to modernize its fleet,” Wozniak said. “These funds will help the company save on fuel costs as well as reduce its environmental impact.”

McAneny owns and operates retail food markets in Hollidaysburg, Bellwood and Philipsburg. The company headquarters and food warehousing facility is located on 17 acres in the industrial park outside Ebensburg.

In May the state awarded a half million dollars to W.C. McQuaide Inc. of Richland Township for use toward conversion of its trucking fleet from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas.

Also named in that round of funding was Burgmeier’s Hauling Inc., a trash service based in Altoona with an extensive customer base in Cambria and Somerset counties.

Burgmeier was awarded $288,000 for the purchase of 12 refuse trucks designed to operate on natural gas.

Smith Transportation of Roaring Spring was awarded $300,000 to purchase 12 liquified natural gas vehicles.

Kathy Mellott is the environmental reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/kathymellotttd.

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