News Release
 November 26, 2014
CONTACT: Katie McKenna

Tops Markets entire fleet of tractors will transition from diesel to compressed natural gas

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, today announced a partnership with Ryder to replace its existing 55 tractors with ones that are compatible with compressed natural gas (CNG). In addition, Tops selected Saratoga Springs, NY-based American Natural Gas (ANG) as their provider for CNG after an extensive RFP process. Pending town approval, as a part of the agreement, ANG will develop a CNG fueling facility on-site at the Tops distribution center, located at 5873 Genesee Street in Lancaster, NY. The facility will provide CNG fuel to Tops’ new fleet of tractors, all of which are expected to be delivered in mid-2015.

“At Tops Friendly Markets, our priorities are to have a reliable fleet of well-maintained vehicles to ensure our stores receive deliveries on time,” said Ron Ferri, Senior Vice President of Distribution and Logistics at Tops Friendly Markets. “With Ryder’s natural gas vehicles, we have the confidence that we can get the service and performance we need from our new natural gas fleet, while operating more cost-efficiently and environmentally friendly.” Ryder is the leader in natural gas vehicle solutions for the commercial transportation industry, with more than 27 million miles of experience, 14 natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities, and 260 natural gas vehicle trained technicians.

Tops chose ANG as its fuel provider, taking into account the company’s expertise in designing systems that are durable and reliable for cold weather climates. "ANG is proud to partner with Tops to help fuel their CNG strategy with a state-of-the-art, heavy-duty CNG fueling station,” said Drew West, CEO of American Natural Gas. “Our focus on client satisfaction and operational expertise has helped position our team where we are today.”

Tops has also contracted with Wendel, a full service architecture and engineering firm which specializes in CNG, to serve as strategic advisor to Tops throughout the procurement, design and construction process of the fueling facility. Wendel is assisting ANG and Tops with obtaining the necessary permits and approvals from the Town of Lancaster. With the conversion to clean-burning natural gas, Tops Markets will be conserving over 1,200,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.

As a part of Tops mission to reduce its overall carbon footprint, this change is in addition to a switch from the distribution center’s metal halide bulbs to energy efficient LED lighting bulbs in 2014. Assisted with funding from NYSERDA, this $1.1 million project reduced Tops energy lighting consumption by 66 percent.

Additional benefits of Tops’ conversion to CNG vehicles include: ·A 50% reduction in annual fuel costs ·A reduction in Tops’ overall carbon footprint ·A reduction of greenhouse gas emissions including 6,276,421 lbs of CO2 annually ·CNG engines are significantly quieter than their diesel counterparts, providing an overall reduction in noise generated by the fleet

The anticipated station launch is planned for late May, 2015.

# # # About Tops Friendly Markets Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 162 full-service supermarkets – 157 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 16,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at

About ANG: American Natural Gas (ANG) is a premier distributor of alternative motor fuels in the Northeast. ANG designs, builds, owns, operates and maintains natural gas fueling stations for transportation. The mission of American Natural Gas is to help America by making natural gas readily available for commercial and public use in vehicles. ANG’s team of industry, legal, construction, engineering and entrepreneurial experts is committed to changing America. With more than 20 years of industry experience, ANG will provide the best solution possible to meet and exceed your CNG fueling needs.

About Ryder: Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Inbound Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as a top third party logistics provider and green supply chain partner. In addition, Security Magazine has named Ryder one of the top companies for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing sector. Ryder is a proud member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

About Wendel: Wendel is a full-service integrated firm, equally strong in its various multi-disciplines including architecture, engineering, energy services and construction management. Wendel has over 20 years’ experience providing alternative fuel options to private enterprises, municipalities, utilities and public transportation companies across the country. We design and implement alternative fueling stations and vehicle maintenance facilities, and work with public and private fleet owners who want to convert to alternative fuels. Wendel’s company headquarters are in Western New York. In order to better serve our clients, we now have offices in Long Island, NY; Minneapolis, MN; Phoenix, AZ; Richmond, VA; Clarksburg, WV; and Washington, DC.


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