Fort Wayne Consumers to Have More Choice at the Pumps Thanks to Indiana Corn Farmers


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 26, 2012) — Fort Wayne residents now have more options when it comes to using ethanol blends when fueling their flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) with the opening of a new flex fuel pump by Lassus Handy Dandy at their new location at Dupont Road and I-69.

The flex fuel pump – the first of its kind in Fort Wayne – offers FFV owners a choice of two different ethanol blended fuels,E85 and E30. Drivers of flex fuel vehicles can use up to an 85 percent (E85) blend of ethanol-to-gasoline in their cars and trucks.

Lassus Handy Dandy is one of six companies to participate in a new program launched by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) last year that awards cost-share dollars to fuel retailers in Indiana looking to install flex fuel pumps. Currently, the Flex Fuel Pump Program – funded by corn checkoff dollars – has awarded grants for 14 flex fuel pumps to be added at fuel stations across the state.

“Hoosier corn farmers believe consumers should have choices at the gas pump when filling up their vehicles and we are excited to be partnering with Lassus to bring this choice to Fort Wayne drivers,” said Mike Shuter, ICMC president and farmer from Frankton, Ind. “The Flex Fuel Pump Program allows consumers to select the type of ethanol blend they want to use in their flex fuel vehicle and take advantage of the potential cost benefits of ethanol while using an environmentally-friendly, renewable American-made fuel.”

The Flex Fuel Pump Program offers fuel retailers grants up to 50 percent or $20,000 (whichever is less) toward the purchase of a flex fuel pump, hardware and storage tank or the conversion of an existing pump to a flex fuel pump. The program is open to both new and existing stations in Indiana. ICMC is currently accepting applications for the program.

For more information on the Flex Fuel Pump Program, call 317-644-0980 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting producer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives.

This communication was funded with corn checkoff dollars.