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Ozinga Flagging Down CNG Drivers

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October 10, 2013 — A Gary business is using red, white and blue to bring green energy to Northwest Indiana.

Ozinga Bros., Inc. Director of Communications Tim Ozinga says a company known for cementing things to the ground is taking to the sky.

“With the flag, we’re hoping that you can see it from very far away and it’s a really proud symbol of what we’re doing here.”

Today the Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete plant in Gary is flagging customers down literally.  It’s providing compressed natural gas to local fleets and the public at its new fueling station, where a nearly-400–square-feet US flag draws people like David Galloway to stop.

Galloway says, “We love this!  This is a great set-up for us, and we hope we get the benefit of using it a long time!”

Galloway fills up every other day at the Ozinga station.

He says the low cost makes natural gas the way to go, “All of our guys are usually up and down Cline going to all different spots in Northwest Indiana for service calls and sales calls, so it’s very convenient for us to get over here and do that.   So, if you can afford to do it, do it!”

With gas prices at $2.55 at this pump, Tim Ozinga says he fills his compressed natural gas car up here and has slashed his pain at the pump by 40% , and he only has to fill up every 300 miles.

The company transitioned it own trucks to natural gas in 2011 and now has 12 concrete mixers running on CNG.

Ozinga says the pump is one of three in the Region, “We’re an American family-owned business and our trucks are powered by an American fuel.”

With old glory flying over the 85-year-old company’s Gary site, it’s a fitting symbol of new ideas being fueled.



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