OnCue Express and the City of Norman Public Works Department–Fleet Division are recipients of the 2011 Zach D. Taylor, Jr. Clean Cities Vision Awards for Regional Alternative Fuel Leadership. The awards were announced at the 10th Annual Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Awards Luncheon held December 6 at the Petroleum Club in downtown Oklahoma City. The awards honor outstanding efforts to reduce dependence on imported petroleum, improve air quality, strengthen the local economy, and enhance public awareness of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
The OnCue Express alternative fuel connection goes back to 1995 when Griffith Petroleum installed a compressor and CNG dispenser at Jack Griffith’s Gas Up station in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The station, located a half mile south of State Highway 51 on Perkins Road, was heralded in the March 2, 1995 edition of The Oklahoman as “Oklahoma’s 17th public facility for refueling with compressed natural gas.”
In 2004, Jim Griffith, Chief Executive Officer of Griffith Petroleum, formed a joint venture with Shaw’s Gulf, Inc. to create OnCue Express. Today, the company, headquartered in Stillwater, owns 38 convenience store and retail fueling stations, and six (6) unattended fueling sites across the state.
In 2009, OnCue Express joined forces with Chesapeake Energy to promote and expand the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. In a “Point of View” op-ed article published in The Oklahoma on March 12, 2011, Jim Griffith wrote, “With the bulk of our oil supply at the mercy of politically tumultuous nations – we spent $32.6 billion (dollars) on imported oil in January 2011 – it is imperative that Americans look for clean, domestic alternatives to fuel their vehicles.”
With 10 new, public access CNG sites and two E85 refueling sites opened in 2009 and 2010, OnCue Express took a major step toward to making alternative fuels readily accessible for Oklahoma fleets and all Oklahomans. Three additional CNG pumps opened in December 2011 at existing OnCue convenience store fueling locations in Stillwater, Enid, and Del City. And, coming full circle, the original Jack Griffith’s Gas Up site at 1402 S. Perkins Road received a new CNG compressor and CNG dispensers.
With the addition of CNG to its Del City store, OnCue Express joined RS Fuel as one of Oklahoma’s newest fuel retailing pioneers, operating stations carrying multiple alternative fuels. These convenience store stations sell a full array of conventional fuels, as well as E20 and E85 ethanol blends for flex-fuel vehicles, and CNG for natural gas vehicles.
Oklahoma is fast approaching 50 public access CNG refueling sites. Thirteen of those sites are under the red and white OnCue Express logo – more than any other single retail fuel marketer in the state. From a lone CNG refueling site in 1995 to its position today, OnCue Express continues its commitment to making clean, economical, Oklahoma-produced alternative fuels more accessible.
Accepting the 2011 Zach D. Taylor, Jr. Clean Cities Vision Award for Private Sector Alternative Fuel Leadership on behalf of OnCue Express were Jim Griffith, CEO; Steve James, CFO, and Dennis Silvers, Director of Real Estate Development.