Smith Dairy Trucking unveiled a new Compressed Natural Gas fueling island in northern Ohio late this summer and is now making the station available to other fleets, around the clock, seven days a week.

Designed for truck traffic, the privately-owned station primarily services the six CNG-dedicated Freightliner trucks in the Smith Dairy fleet, and now welcomes other CNG vehicles to utilize the island, which accepts fleet accounts and credit card payments.

According to Dairy Enterprises Inc. Marketing Director Penny Baker, environmental impact was the primary motivation for the fleet conversion and fueling island. The low cost of natural gas and better city mileage was an added bonus.

"Our drivers really like the vehicles' automatic transmissions and quiet, smooth ride," said Baker. "Plus, our new tractor trucks can travel 325 miles on a fill-up, delivering Smith's premium dairy products throughout the region, while reducing greenhouse gasses."

The CNG fueling station is located in Orrville, Ohio.