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2017-05-12 / Business Briefs

PA Grain and Sheetz work together

CLEARFIELD, PA – Two Pennsylvania-based companies have partnered to make a huge difference in fueling Pennsylvania’s economy, literally.

Pennsylvania Grain Processing (PGP) corn merchandiser, Brian Kelly, was a little doubtful four years ago when he first approached Sheetz Inc. about selling new blends of ethanol at its fuel station near I-80 in Clearfield.

What Kelly didn’t know was that many of the newer Sheetz stations were engineered to be easily converted with the addition of a new pump and the forward-thinking company was willing to move ahead with higher ethanol blends.

The two Pennsylvania-based companies have worked together to better serve their customers in the Keystone State. Today, Sheetz is PGP’s largest customer and helps provide a stable demand for local farmers to provide a steady fleet of corn to the grain processing plant while Sheetz tankers roll through the Clearfield plant daily, loading ethanol to be blended with gasoline for distribution throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland.

In total, 97 percent of the gasoline sold in the United States contains 10 percent ethanol. In 2006, Sheetz introduced E85, which is made of 85 percent ethanol, at a number of stores. In 2015 another fuel option was added, Unleaded 15 (E15), made up of up to 15 percent ethanol. E15 is currently available at Sheetz locations across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, with 185 stores expected to have the fuel available by this June. Many Sheetz locations in Pennsylvania offer blends created from ethanol produced at PGP.

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