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PITTSBURGH -- Industry experts from Sheetz, General Motors (GM) and VeraSun Energy are holding an open discussion at Sheetz's Monroeville, Pa. location at 1:30 p.m. today to educate consumers about the renewable fuel E85.
Six experts from the companies and local GM dealerships and the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory will meet together to field questions and explain the whats, hows and whys behind the corn-based fuel.
In addition, Sheetz will open two more ethanol pumps at Pennsylvania stations in Monroeville and Robinson Township. The fuel, provided by VeraSun Energy, is already being pumped at one Sheetz store in Pleasant Hills, Pa. The pumps are part of an agreement between Sheetz, GM, VeraSun Energy and the state of Pennsylvania to educate consumers on the fuel and provide access for flex-fuel vehicles.
"Sheetz is excited to continue our partnership with GM and VeraSun Energy to expand sales of VE85 here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," said Louie Sheetz, executive vice president of marketing, Sheetz. "We thank VeraSun Energy for helping us make this homegrown, renewable fuel available to our customers. We appreciate the support of GM and our partners in promoting E85's availability and working to increase consumer awareness."
Bill Honnef, VeraSun's senior vice president of sales and marketing congratulated Sheetz on its commitment to bring additional E85 pumps to stations. "They are clearly leading the way by offering this biofuel as well as consumer education on its use and benefits," he added.
Sheetz operates 327 convenience locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. The company ranks 87th on the Forbes list of largest private companies in 2006. It also has been named one of the best places to work in both Ohio and Pennsylvania for 2006.