Love's Opening More Fast-Fill CNG Sites

Partners with Seaboard Foods to expand public, commercial access

Love's CNG (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations)

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores will introduce fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capabilities for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for passenger vehicles at travel stops in Albuquerque, N.M., and Williams, Ariz.

The locations will be the first public-access travel stops along the 960-mile stretch of I-40 between Amarillo, Texas, and Barstow, Calif., to offer CNG. The announcement follows an agreement between Love's and Shawnee Mission, Kansas-based Seaboard Foods, an integrated food company with a refrigerated foods transportation division, to expand Love's Fast-Fill CNG offerings into new parts of the United States.

"With our growing fast-fill CNG network, Love's will be able to offer customers convenient accessibility from Oklahoma City to the West Coast because of this partnership," said Bill Cashmareck, general manager of natural gas at Love's. "Love's in-lane CNG will be a reliable and cost-effective full-service solution for motorists and fleets who want to use their existing fueling cards and also need diesel for their refrigerated trailers."

Terry Holton, president of Seaboard Foods, the anchor customer at the new CNG locations, said the benefits of the partnership with Love's are measurable.

"Seaboard Foods is excited to partner with Love's and continues to add CNG trucks to our fleet. CNG allows us to reduce our emissions, which fits our sustainability and environmental stewardship goals," said Terry Holton, president and CEO of Seaboard Foods.

Love's Fast-Fill CNG gives professional drivers a similar experience to filling up with Love's diesel or DEF. Love's CNG stations are designed to deliver a fill rate of greater than 10 gallons per minute, meaning a driver can fill a 100-gallon equivalent tank in 10 minutes or less.

Love's previously announced expansion of its Love's Fast-Fill CNG network at 11 travel stops across Texas and Oklahoma and an additional location in Burbank, Ohio.

Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love's is based in Oklahoma City and remains entirely family-owned and operated. It has more than 310 locations and 190 Love's Truck Tire Care centers in 39 states.

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers