December 1, 2020

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Fuel Storage?

Mark Collins discusses fuel storage needs with Brandon Thilges.

Mark Collins discusses fuel storage needs with Brandon Thilges.

When Thilges Bros. LLC started a year ago, the trucking company from Buffalo Center had just a couple of trucks. The business took off, however, and the company now runs six trucks in Iowa and Minnesota.

Brothers Curt, Brandon, and Derek Thilges turned to MaxYield Cooperative to make sure they had the right fuel storage solutions. “We had planned for 30,000 to 40,000 gallons of fuel a year, but now we’re using 90,000 to 100,000 gallons a year,” said Curt Thilges. “We had some on-farm storage but needed more.”

MaxYield put together a lease-to-own plan so the brothers didn’t have to come up with all the money up front for the storage tanks. “MaxYield’s service is fantastic,” Curt Thilges said. “We rely on them for fuel for our trucking business and our farming operation.”

Tailoring fuel storage solutions for you
Keeping up-to-date on fuel systems is important for any farming operation or other business that requires adequate fuel storage to keep things running smoothly.

“We help clients find the right solutions for their fuel storage systems, whether it’s refined fuels or liquid propane (LP),” said Chad Besch, MaxYield’s energy team leader. “Right-sizing offers a great potential for payback, since expanded storage allows you to buy fuel when it’s more affordable.”

If it has been awhile since you updated your fuel storage system or pumping capacity to keep up with changes in your operation, now’s a good time to start. MaxYield can walk you through the process, whether that means replacing refined-fuel tanks or upgrading your existing system.

Tanks can be purchased outright or acquired through a lease-to-own option for both LP and refined fuels. “Ideally, we’d like to see you have enough fuel on hand for half of your fall needs,” said Besch, who added that some MaxYield clients have enough fuel storage for an entire year. “We’ll help you find the right solution to fit your needs.”

Adequate fuel storage makes it easier to take advantage of pricing opportunities. “December through February is traditionally a good time to buy refined fuels,” said Besch, who noted that basis levels are usually cheaper this time of year. “We’ve seen clients pay for a new fuel tank with just one year of savings.”

Let’s talk
The Thilges brothers have also used MaxYield’s fuel contracting options to save money. Above all, they appreciate MaxYield’s customized service.

“I want a traditional way of doing business, whether it’s with billing or personalized service,” said Curt Thilges, who works with Mark Collins, a MaxYield energy solutions specialist. “MaxYield makes it easy to do business with them.”

That’s what MaxYield’s Energy Central is all about, Besch said. “We can assess your fuel needs and tailor a fuel storage system to fit your situation. Having one less thing to worry about gives you more peace of mind.”

To start the conversation, contact MaxYield’s energy solutions specialists, including Mark Collins (641-425-5184) and Doug Shirk (515-320-5629), or call Energy Central at 515-887-7282.

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