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    Heartland Payment Systems, CITGO Extend Contract

    Payments processor will continue to authorize credit and debit card transactions at 6,000 CITGO locations nationwide.

    PRINCETON, N.J. -- Heartland Payment Systems signed a three-year contract renewal with CITGO Petroleum. The payments processor will continue authorizing credit and debit card transactions at approximately 6,000 CITGO locations nationwide.

    Heartland's suite of products and services includes SmartLink, a CITGO-endorsed secure managed network that effectively supports transaction data and back-office systems, allowing petroleum and convenience store operators to spend less time managing their networks, according to the company.

    "This contract agreement extends a decades-long relationship between Heartland and CITGO that is driven by Heartland delivering advanced, PCI-compliant network transaction processing services, SmartLink managed network solutions, customized help desk support and terminal services to CITGO-branded locations across the country," said Robert O. Carr, Heartland chairman and CEO. "It's a successful working relationship that benefits both organizations, as well as consumers that visit CITGO stations."

    "Heartland provides our retail locations with dependable and secure card processing solutions as well as exceptional customer service," added Gustavo Velásquez, vice president of supply and marketing for CITGO. "Furthermore, Heartland's extensive knowledge of payments processing in the petroleum industry ensures that our retail locations process card payment transactions smoothly and securely, which is vital to our customers."

    Heartland services more than 49,000 petroleum and convenience stores in the U.S.

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