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Karina Ramírez: Peterbilt seals truck deal

Peterbilt Motors Co. has made another big sale, contracting with a Fairfield-based natural gas distribution agency to provide 60 trucks for use at drilling sites.

Green Energy Oilfield Services LLC, a major natural gas producer in Freestone County, will use Peterbilt Model 388 liquefied natural gas-fueled trucks to service XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.

In an announcement earlier this month, Green Energy officials said representatives from Rush Truck Centers in Austin and Waco had reviewed the first 60 Peterbilt Model 388 LNG trucks.

“We are very excited” to be reviewing the fleet, Roger Nevill, president and chief operating officer of Green Energy, said in a news release. “We believe that Peterbilt is a leader in alternate fuel technology. These vehicles offer us the quality and reliability we need for rugged oilfield operation, while enabling us to honor our commitment to operate alternate-fuel-powered trucks in the field.”

Green Energy Oilfield Services will operate 50 trucks as vacuum trucks, used to remove and dispose of formation water, and 10 as winch trucks, used to transport frac tanks, the release stated.

“Because the trucks are LNG-powered, we will not bill a diesel surcharge, allowing us to pass on an estimated $5 million in savings annually to XTO Energy,” Nevill said. “Even further, we can return support for our customer’s business by powering our trucks with LNG fuel.”

Rush Truck Financing helped secure the financing for the 60-truck deal, which is one of the largest of its kind in Texas for Rush Truck Centers, the release stated.

The trucks are expected to enter operation in April.


Organizers of the third annual What’s Your Plan Be? Fundraiser & Girls’ Night Out announced that $6,000 was raised at the Jan. 27 event.

Proceeds from the fundraiser, which was held at the Denton Marriott Courtyard, went to the Denton Public Schools Foundation.

“This money will become three scholarships for $2,000 each, and will go to an outstanding young woman at each of the three high schools in Denton,” Libby Spears, owner of Bravo Communications, said in a recent news release.

The event’s organizing committee included Spears, Kim Pollard, Shelley Rover, Kim Rogers, Alicia Taylor, Kara Carter, Penny Gee, Melissa Cox and Jennifer Weis.

Spears said she was grateful for the support the group received from the community, and for the time and energy the women on her committee dedicated to making the event wonderful.

“This group of women either works in our community, owns businesses in our community, or volunteers their time to numerous causes,” Spears said. “As I mentioned, this fundraiser began over a cup of coffee with a friend, but thanks to the women who give their time to make the event a success, we have been able to more than double the size of the event each year.”

Spears said nearly 200 women attended the event.

For more information, visit Bravo CC’s Facebook page.


Two weeks ago, the Denton Economic Development Partnership announced the release of its new mobile site.

The mobile site links to a variety of city-related information, including the city’s community profile, a listing of available properties, maps, news and other reports.

The site is available for iPhone, Blackberry and Android platforms.



Dot Foods, the nation’s largest food redistributor, announced several promotions at its annual company business meeting in January. Among the promotions was Denton’s Mike Ford, who becomes warehouse manager in Ardmore, Okla.

More than 1,200 employees and their spouses traveled from Dot’s eight distribution centers to the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis for the annual gathering.

Dot Foods Inc. carries and delivers 100,000 products from 700 manufacturers of food service, convenience, retail and vending food products, equipment and supplies to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers across the U.S.


Coming up

Influential Latina women from the Dallas-Fort Worth area will share their experiences as community and business leaders in “The Latina Soul: The Latina Empowerment Panel” at Texas Woman’s University from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The panel discussion will be held in Room 207 of the TWU Student Union.

Panelists include Jodi Perry, president of DFW Strategic Group; Diana Flores, District 6 trustee for Dallas County Community College; and Marisa Treviño, founder and publisher of

The event is sponsored by the League of Latin American Citizens, Council 4205.

For more information, e-mail Yasmin Juarez at


The Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce will hold its weekly coffee and networking meeting at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at North Central Texas College.

The meeting, hosted by the NCTC Honors Program, will be held in Room 301 at the college, 1500 N. Corinth St. in Corinth.

The chamber also is planning its annual banquet, “A Night at the Oscars,” for March 9. The event is set for 6 p.m. at Ashton Gardens, 2001 Ashton Gardens Lane in Corinth. The evening will include door prizes, live music and a silent auction.

Tickets for the banquet are $40 apiece or $400 for a table of eight VIP seats. Cost includes a door prize ticket, two drink tickets and a three-course meal.

For more information, call 940-497-3097 or e-mail


Dr. Mark Darner and the staff of Affordable Chiropractic Clinic will celebrate the grand opening of the clinic’s second location with special deals beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The new clinic is located inside Brookshire Plaza, at the intersection of Teasley Lane and Interstate 35E.

For more information, call 940-484-2525 or visit

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is