White Plains, NY - January 14, 2013
• Fortistar and its new affiliate, TruStar Energy LLC (“TruStar Energy” or the “Company”) announce the acquisition of Vocational Energy, the leader in compressed natural gas (“CNG”) fuel station engineering, design and construction.
• The significant increase in the domestic supply of natural gas and the resultant price decline has become a game changer for a number of industries, including transportation. The economic and environmental advantages of converting transportation fleets to clean burning CNG are now very compelling.
• TruStar Energy will provide “one-stop-shopping” for companies wanting to convert their transportation fleet to CNG by offering long term fuel supply agreements to customers from TruStar owned facilities as well as constructing customer-owned fueling stations.
On December 31, 2012, Fortistar, through its affiliate TruStar Energy, purchased a majority interest in Vocational Energy. TruStar Energy will continue the existing construction business of Vocational Energy and expand into offering long term fuel supply agreements to companies wishing to convert their transportation fleets to CNG. The Company will also be able to take advantage of Fortistar’s supply of landfill gas offering a renewable component to the fuel supply. A future division is expected to provide operations and maintenance services to owners of CNG facilities. Existing Vocational Energy management will remain in place as a central part of the TruStar Energy team. Mark Comora, President of Fortistar said, “We are very excited about joining with Vocational Energy, the best construction and technical team in the industry. Together as TruStar Energy our mission is to set a new standard of excellence in the industry.” Scott Edelbach, President of Vocational Energy/Vice President – Marketing of TruStar Energy said, “Our customers have always appreciated the simplicity of doing business with us. By applying our core business principals and teaming up with Fortistar, we are now able to significantly expand our market reach and better serve our customers.” Adam Comora, President and CEO of TruStar Energy added, “We are extremely pleased to be acquiring Vocational Energy and to be able to provide one stop shopping for customers looking to convert their fleets over to clean burning CNG.” Comora continues “We look forward to deploying the necessary capital to address this growing industry’s infrastructure needs.”
Contacts: FORTISTAR Mark Comora, President (914) 421 4949 TruStar Energy LLC Adam Comora, President and CEO (914) 421-4940 Scott Edelbach, Vice President - Marketing (813) 545 1343
About FORTISTAR FORTISTAR, headquartered in White Plains, New York, has a 25 year history of investing in and managing energy assets. Fortistar currently has ownership stakes in over 60 projects in North America selling electricity and gas to a wide range of commercial, industrial and utility customers. Fortistar’s growing renewable business currently focuses on the landfill gas and biomass sectors.
About TruStar Energy TruStar Energy LLC is the preferred partner for commercial fleets looking to transition their fuel supply from oil to natural gas. TruStar Energy provides a suite of solutions making the transition as simple and easy as possible for the customer. With over 40 CNG stations designed and built to date, TruStar Energy is a recognized leader in providing CNG infrastructure. More information can be found on www.fortistar.com