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Fastenal turns on the natural gas

WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- In Winona, Fastenal introduced six new semi-trucks to their fleet today.  In the long run, they believe it will pay off.  That's because they're all powered by Natural gas.

In talking with the a spokesman for Fastenal, the answer was obvious for a business it all boiled down to cost.  The cost of diesel gas compared to natural gas is nearly 50-percent less.

The mileage may be slightly less , although these new blue rigs cost 40 to 50-percent more.

And still, Fastenal believes it will be enough to venture to this new option.

The six trucks were put on display at the Fastenal headquarters and the logistics manager explains why the company made the decision to switch.

"It's a little less efficient, fuel-wise. Some say 90-percent," said Fastenal National Logistic Manager Chris Duffenbach.  "I've heard different numbers. but the saving, as we've mapped it out the vehicle itself is quite a bit more expensive because of the tanks and so one and so forth. it doesn't have the emissions issues that some of the other vehicles do."

Fastenal is working on a partnership with a Minnesota City Kwik Trip store to install natural gas pumps at their site.  They are expected to be installed by the end of November and that's when the trucks will hit the road.

However, there are locations in Rochester and LaCrosse to gas-up, so depending on routes, that timeline could be bumped up.

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