(GUYMON, OKLA.) AUG. 21, 2014 – Seaboard Foods and its subsidiary High Plains Bioenergy (HBP) celebrated the grand opening of HPB’s first public fast-fill CNG station located across from the Seaboard Foods’ Guymon, Okla. pork processing plant.
The station is open for 24/7 access for those filling compressed natural gas vehicles (CNG). The addition of the HPB CNG fueling station ensures the availability of CNG to Seaboard Foods’ fleet, but also provides a fuel source for the growing number of CNG vehicles in or passing through the Oklahoma Panhandle.
HPB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Seaboard Foods, is dedicated to finding alternative energy sources for and from the Seaboard Foods system, which produces premium pork products by controlling pork production every step of the way. The expansion of Seaboard Foods’ CNG fleet and launch of a public CNG filling station aligns closely with the company’s commitment to be environmentally responsible in the communities in which it operates. Beginning in August 2013, Seaboard Foods began building a CNG fleet for its farm operations as well as a company-owned fleet for its transportation division, Seaboard Transport.
“There is so much excitement surrounding our growing CNG operations. We take a tremendous amount of pride knowing that we are fueling our trucks with an environmentally friendly and sustainable resource produced right here in the United States,” said Chris Kraft HPB CNG business manager.
CNG is an alternative fuel to diesel or gasoline, and the same natural gas commonly used in most homes. As a motor fuel, pressure is applied to natural gas at a fueling station, which provides energy for vehicles designed to run on natural gas. CNG burns much cleaner than gasoline or diesel because it primarily consists of methane, the cleanest burning fossil fuel. It decreases particulate matter emissions by as much as 90 percent, greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 20 percent and NOx emissions by as much as 50 percent compared to diesel.
Since the start of their transition, Seaboard Foods has logged more than 7 million miles with CNG fuel and is on track to displace more than 1 million gallons of diesel fuel this year. Their fleet includes more than 160 CNG fueled vehicles, which includes light duty pickups, semis hauling feed and livestock and over-the-road trucks hauling pork products from coast to coast.
“CNG is just another way our people and the food system are connected every step of the way. It helps helps achieve our commitment to sustainability by providing numerous long-term benefits that are changing how we deliver our pork products and feed people,” says Terry Holton, president and CEO of Seaboard Foods.
Seaboard Foods continues to look for additional opportunities to enhance their CNG operations and enthusiastically welcomes the opportunity to lend industry expertise to its partners and others interested in integrating CNG vehicles into their fleet.
Seaboard Foods, with headquarters in Shawnee Mission, Kan., is an integrated food system producing premium pork products with a team dedicated to doing better by knowing better every step of the way. As a top exporter of U.S. pork to more than 30 countries, products sold internationally bear the Seaboard Farms® and St. Joe Pork™ brands. In the United States, Seaboard Foods markets fresh products under the PrairieFresh® Premium Pork brand and processed meats under the Daily’s® Premium Meats brand. As part of the company’s sustainability commitment, Seaboard Foods formed High Plains Bioenergy, a subsidiary committed to creating sustainable energy solutions for and from the Seaboard Foods system. For more information, visit www.SeaboardFoods.com.