HP Hood Plant in Lafargeville, NY Converts From Burning Fuel Oil to Cleaner, Less Expensive Natural Gas

NG Advantage to Truck CNG to HP Hood Plant Not on a Gas Pipeline

For immediate release: June 16, 2014 - Milton, VT and Lafargeville, NY

HP Hood’s plant in Lafargeville, NY is converting from fuel oil to compressed natural gas (CNG) as a boiler fuel. CNG is much less expensive than fuel oil so the plant will be more competitive. After the conversion, the plant will emit 26% less CO2, much less SO2 and NOx, and almost no particulates.

HP Hood’s Lafargeville plant is not located on a gas pipeline so did not have the option of converting to gas until now. NG Advantage LLC provides the answer. NG Advantage trucks CNG using its “virtual pipeline”of 27 trailers to deliver the natural gas from pipelines to large institutions and industrial facilities in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The Company is now expanding into eastern New York State.

HP Hood LLC was founded more than 160 years ago and has grown to be a national company distributing dairy products throughout the United States. In fact, HP Hood is now one of the country’s largest branded dairy operators with 15 manufacturing plants throughout the United States. As a leader in its industry, Hood is committed to conducting business in a way that maintains a vigilant focus on sustainability.

NG Advantage will begin delivering natural gas to very large energy users that do not have access to a pipeline in upstate and eastern New York in Q4, 2014. The Company is committed to bringing the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas to customers located beyond the reach of pipelines. Customers do not need to build storage tanks as the tractor/trailers automatically arrive 24/7 and gas is drawn directly from the trailers into the boilers at the plant.

NG Advantage’s customers save 20-40% off the cost of their process and comfort heating bills by replacing fuel oil as their primary source of heat with cleaner, less expensive, North American natural gas.

Freeman Covert, Director of Operations at the HP Hood Lafargeville plant, expressed his support of the conversion to CNG saying, “As we strive to work smarter and better, we are pleased that the partnership with NG Advantage creates both environmental and business efficiencies.”

NG Advantage CEO Tom Evslin said “we are pleased to have the opportunity to bring the benefits of natural gas to HP Hood, its customers, employees, and neighbors. We are looking forward to bringing natural gas beyond the pipeline to New York institutions just as we have already done in New England where we got our start.”

ABOUT NG ADVANTAGE LLC: NG Advantage is a leading fuel provider trucking compressed natural gas (CNG) in the U.S. – bringing the economic and environmental benefits of North American natural gas to large institutions and industrial customers without access to a pipeline. The Company’s current customers include hospitals, paper mills, asphalt facilities, food processors, industrial dry cleaners, and light manufacturing facilities. With a compressor station in Vermont, one soon to open in southern New Hampshire and a third in permitting in the greater Albany area, the Company currently serves customers in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and eastern New York.

ABOUT HP HOOD: Founded in 1846, today Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States.  Hood is the number-one dairy brand in New England, and Hood’s portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Hood, Crowley Foods, Simply Smart Milk, Heluva Good!, LACTAID®, BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers, HERSHEY’S Milk and Milkshakes and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®. For more information about Hood, please visit www.Hood.com.

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