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BURLINGTON, Colo. -- The first E85 blender pump installation in Colorado debuted yesterday in Burlington. The grand opening was hosted by Gilbarco Veeder-Root distributor Littlejohn's Equipment Co., along with Colorado Corn, Stratton Equity Co-op, and Colorado Oil & Public Safety.
Stratton Equity Co-op purchased the Gilbarco Encore S blender as part of the Blender Pump Pilot Program to dispense E85, E40, E20 and E10. Funding was provided through Advancing Colorado's Renewable Energy (ACRE), Colorado Corn and the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
Currently there are more than 100 E85 (non-blending) pumps in Colorado.
"We are excited today to be bringing Ethanol into a place in our market that can reduce our dependence on foreign oil," said Dan Slinger, general manager for the Stratton Equity Co-op, a farmer-owned business. "We are coming full circle with the advent of Ethanol. We grow it, we use it in our vehicles, and we keep the money in our community where it belongs."
"Many c-stores in Colorado have E85, but this is the very first to offer E20, E40 and E85. The fact that this Ethanol Blender is right in the middle of some of the best corn producing farm lands in the USA will be the reason for its success," said Dan Koster, sales manager for Littlejohn's Equipment. "We are currently in discussions with several other communities in Colorado to duplicate what we have done in Burlington."
Littlejohn's Equipment Company was established in 1946. The company has 25 full-time employees and offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction.
Gilbarco Veeder-Root will be exhibiting an Encore S dispenser at the NACStech Show, Booth 821, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, May 5 – 7.