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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The State of Tennessee signed a new five-year contract for fleet fuel and makes available oil changes, car washes and other maintenance and reporting services with Fuelman of the Carolinas/Tennessee, an operating division of Acme Petroleum and Fuel Co. based in Gastonia, N.C. The original five-year, statewide contract with the state, which covered only gasoline, diesel and motor oil, expired earlier this year.
Tennessee uses more than 7.5 million gallons of fuel annually. The state estimates that 20,000 oil changes and 72,000 car washes will also be purchased each year under the contract. Total expenditures under the five-year contract are estimated at more than $50 million.
This new contract includes more than 15,000 state-owned vehicles from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Department of General Services, Department of Public Safety, the University of Tennessee and all other state agencies. Tennessee officials have said that the biggest benefit the Fuelman system offers its employees is the convenience of having multiple fueling sites in many cities and counties across the state. Having over 600 retail sites across the state has reduced the amount of driving time needed to locate a fueling location.
Fuelman also automated some 30 state-owned cardlock facilities, which provide gasoline and diesel to state employees. In addition to Tennessee, the Fuelman network also serves the state governments of Delaware, Idaho, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah, and many major cities such as New Orleans and New York.