As more operations select compressed-natural-gas-powered concrete mixers, an increasing number of concrete producers are beginning to make the move to this new technology. Earlier this summer, McNeilus Companies Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, delivered 15 McNeilus Standard ready-mix trucks to Ferrara Bros. Building Materials Corp. of Flushing, N.Y., and MMC Materials Inc.,Ridgeland, Ms., formally introduced its new natural gas-powered concrete mixer fleet.
As these and other early adopters kick the tires on the new fleets, they've got a lot to say about the decision to switch. Their comments just might provide the answers that help you decide whether a shift over to CNG is right for you.
"We knew we could use CNG that's made right here at home, and given the price difference between natural gas and diesel, it adds up quick." – Stanley Mangum, MMC Central Region VP
“Since the McNeilus CNG configured trucks are inherently cleaner running, they require fewer engine emission control systems; we’ve found them to be more reliable than diesel engines – especially in a stop-and-start urban setting ... Plus, they are smooth running and very quiet. We get requests from contractors to deliver ready-mix from the CNG trucks because of how quiet and clean they are. That says a lot.” – Bob Gartman, Ferrara Bros. vice president of operations
“Before we could put the trucks into service,we needed to put in a refueling system.Then we had to train our drivers on operating it, and all the safety procedures.” – Tim Ozinga, Ozinga Bros. Inc., Chicago
"It was the right thing to do to help us become less dependent on foreign oil," –Stephanie Fancher, family corporation member, Loveland Ready Mix, Loveland, Co.
Want to learn more about CNG concrete mixers? Don't miss the 2014 World of Concrete expo Jan. 21-24, Las Vegas.