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FLEET MANAGEMENT
you have return-to-base-type vehicles and you're not using
CNG," Brown insists. "The savings are astronomical. It
makes it hard for companies to compete against us, because
we're using the cheapest fuel you possibly can, which is
true domestic fuel. Our guys love it."
A metal sign posted at TFC Recycling's CNG station
says, "Decreasing foreign oil dependency one truck at a
time." The company reports an approximately 25 percent
reduction in maintenance of CNG trucks compared with
diesel ones. One reason is the elimination of diesel filters.
Another is that no diesel exhaust fluid is required, and CNG
trucks use substantially less motor oil than diesel trucks.
TFC Recycling in Chespeake has partnered with a
company in California on the largest privately owned CNG
fueling station in Virginia. Additionally, TFC receives a
giveback from Virginia for having a CNG station, and the
federal government gives back 50 cents a gallon for TFC
compressing its own fuel, which amounts to approximately
$30,000 quarterly. TFC runs natural gas from a pipeline
through five stages of compression to bring it up from approximately 100 pounds per square inch (psi) to 3,600 psi
for its fuel tanks.
The company also has retrofitted some of its trucks with
CNG motors for dual fuel systems. These enable drivers to
switch from diesel to CNG or vice versa when their tanks of
one are running low. "Often we ask them to use more CNG
because it is less than half the price of diesel," Brown says.
One of TFC's suppliers is Chevron. TFC Recycling produced a commercial with Chevron to explain the benefits
of Chevron's CNG oil in reference to a CNG motor. TFC
has a long-standing relationship with Chevron, and the two
companies work together closely on a regular basis.

// TFC Recycling takes pride in its CNG trucks
and stations because CNG helps it reduce
costs and decrease dependence on foreign oil.

manager to manager to make sure we have smooth-running operations, so everybody's expectations are put out
and met," Brown says. "And it doesn't cost anything to tell
somebody, 'Thanks for doing a great job. I appreciate what
you did today.' It costs nothing, and it means so much."

Commodity Prices
Keeping costs low is necessary for a business that is
dependent on prices over which it has no control. "We're
commodity-based, so when the commodities are taking a
beating, so is the company," Brown stresses. "That's why it's
more important now than ever that we control costs and
make sure we are buying right and getting the best deals we
can on our tires and parts, because the recyclable prices are
low right now. Prices are always a moving target, because
they're not a fixed cost every month - it's always different."
Brown attributes TFC Recycling's success to its cost
control and teamwork. "Teamwork has to start from up
top," he emphasizes. At TFC, the standard management
pyramid is inverted so information flows from the bottom up to top managers. "Information is transferred from
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