News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015343
ContactSteven Gerrish660-263-7400, ext. 4
(MARCH 20, 2012) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROVIDES RENEWABLE ENERGY GRANT FUNDS TO JEFFERSON CITY OIL COMPANY
Jefferson City, Mar 20, 2012 --

@@In a Certificate of Recognition ceremony on March 20, 2012, Matt Moore, Business Program Director for USDA Rural Development, announced the award of $20,108 in grant funds to Jefferson City Oil Company. Funds were used to help with the purchase of three new E85 blender dispensers on existing fuel islands located at 3714 Truman Boulevard and 701 Eastland Drive in Jefferson City. The assistance consists of a Rural Energy for America (REAP) Grant from USDA Rural Development. Additionally, Jefferson City Oil contributed $60,326 towards the purchase of the three new flex fuel pumps and related equipment.

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler stated, “This USDA Rural Development project will make E85 fuel more easily available to drivers in the Jefferson City area through the installation of three new E85 blender dispensers. This funding will greatly assist two rural businesses as they offer greater access to cleaner-burning fuels.”

Thomas Kolb with Jefferson City Oil stated, “We’ve come a long way since 1995.  It was in May 1995 that this location, Convenient Food Mart, introduced the first retail E85 pump to Missouri motorists.  That was a tough decision back then knowing the volume of sales for E85 would be minimal given the number of Flex Fuel Vehicles traveling the highways.  However, being a local fuel distributor since 1928 and thus, a long history of supplying fuel to our local farmers and state government, we decided to make the commitment and move forward in our support of ethanol.  Now, 16 years later, it is an exciting time to bring to our customers newly installed E85 Blender pumps which include the convenience of credit card acceptance.  And, by the way, our volume of sales are up on E85 thanks to all involved in supporting alternative fuels from the auto industry, to the ethanol producers, and to driver behind the wheel.  These pumps are not just dispensing E85, but also optional blends of 20%, 30%, 40% and 50% ethanol with gasoline.  We have 2 of these multi-blend dispensers here at 3714 West Truman and 1 across town at the Convenient Food Mart, 701 Eastland Dr.  I want to extend our sincere gratitude to Missouri Corn Growers Association, Growth Energy, and USDA for their assistance in making this project possible.”     

“The addition of blender pumps is a great opportunity for Missouri to expand its biofuels infrastructure and allows drivers to choose a fuel that is locally produced and better for the environment," said Bradley Schad, Missouri Corn Director of ethanol policy. "Missouri Corn is proud to work with our partners to help provide consumers with a Missouri-made product."

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for funding the purchase of new flex fuel pumps that will move our country towards energy independence,” said Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development. “This project is right in line with USDA Rural Development’s mission of being committed to the future of rural communities. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for these kinds of projects.”

Anyone seeking more information about the REAP program or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.gov/mo or contact the Moberly Office at 2995 County Road 1325, Moberly, MO 65270 or by calling (660) 263-7400, ext. 4.

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