Ribbon-cutting for CNG station

Christopher Clements, CEO of Golden Eagle Distributors, cuts the green ribbon on a new compressed natural gas fueling station at his company's headquarters. Left of him is his sister Kimberly Clements, president of Golden Eagle, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and other local dignitaries and officials of TrilliumCNG and Ryder Systems.  

Tucson now has a third fueling station selling compressed natural gas (CNG) after Tuesday’s opening of a station at the headquarters of Golden Eagle Distributors, 705 E. Ajo Way.

The station, which is open to the public, was built in cooperation between Golden Eagle and TrilliumCNG.

Last year, beer distributor Golden Eagle heavily invested in a fleet of CNG-powered heavy-duty trucks. The company now has 23 CNG trucks in its fleet.

“We’ve made the commitment to use CNG in our local operations and to support sustainability in this community by opening a public CNG station,” said Christopher Clements, CEO of Golden Eagle. “Through our partnerships with Ryder and Trillium, we are able to take advantage of both the cost savings and environmental savings of converting our heavy duty fleet to CNG. By opening this public station, we will provide more of the needed infrastructure for other local business and individuals to choose CNG.”

The company is expanding its heavy duty truck fleet of CNG to include its distribution facility in Casa Grande where another CNG fueling station is to be built, Clements said.

CNG is billed as one of the cleanest fuels currently available for use in heavy-duty trucks.

In addition to the station at Golden Eagle, Tucson’s other two CNG stations are at 3034 E. Corona Road, near Tucson International Airport, and 1144 E. Winsett St., just east of South Kino Boulevard near a Tucson Unified School District bus facility.