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Local Schools, Municipalities Save Money with Propane Autogas

Local Schools, Municipalities Save Money with Propane Autogas

Jacksonville, Illinois – Local municipalities, school districts and fleets learned the benefits of Propane Autogas at an educational summit held by Prairieland FS, Inc. based in Jacksonville, Illinois.

City of Springfield Director William McCarty, Office of Budget and Management and Mike Palazzolo, Fleet Manager shared their experience in converting 64 vehicles to propane autogas. According to McCarty the city has already realized a fuel savings of $100,000 over and above savings in maintenance and repairs. Prairieland FS supplies the city with propane and assisted with propane infrastructure - including design and installation of a new propane filling station.

Josh Olsen, assistant superintendent with Olympia Schools in McLean and Tazewell counties, shared his experience with propane powered school buses. Total cost of ownership, including reduced fuel expense and up to 50 percent reduced oil consumption, saves his school district money. The ability to start up faster than diesel vehicles in cold temperatures, cleaner exhaust, improved performance and quieter operation, make the propane powered buses popular with drivers, students and parents alike.

Industry representatives at the event included Central States Bus Sales, Icom North America, Dealers LP, Ray Murray, and the Illinois Propane Gas Association.

Tonya Crow, Energy Department manager, and the staff of Prairieland FS organized the event and showcased a number of propane vehicles and items at their office in Jacksonville. “We are pleased to bring this technology to local schools, municipalities and fleets knowing we can help them save money when budgets are tight,” explained Crow.

Prairieland FS, Inc. is a full service agricultural and energy supplier dedicated to providing high-quality products and services. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Illinois, Prairieland FS is located in 14 counties in Illinois and Missouri. Prairieland FS employs specialists in crops, petroleum, agri-finance and propane, in addition to trained staff in the areas of custom application, grain, marketing, and precision farming technologies.

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About GROWMARK, Inc.

GROWMARK is a regional agricultural cooperative headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois. GROWMARK is owned by local FS member cooperatives and provides its members and other customers with fuels, lubricants, plant nutrients, crop protection products, seed, structures, equipment, and grain marketing services. GROWMARK also provides products and services including warehousing and logistics, training and marketing support, and risk management services, to customers in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at

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