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Posted: May 7th, 2013
State grant to help fund CNG filling station in Erie

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved a $208,000 grant to help build a compressed natural gas filling station at the Birkmire Trailer Co. facility in McKean Township at Interstate 90 and Route 832.

That funding is part of a $2.6 million project by Butler-based Birkmire. The company plans to convert 15 trucks so they will be able to burn both CNG and diesel fuel. Six new CNG trucks also are being purchased.

The company’s new filling station could provide access to other trucking companies in the area and will feature a 125-gallon-per-hour CNG compressor.

The grant money was provided through the Alternative and Clean Energy program.

The project is expected to save 359,000 gallons of diesel each year.

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