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Louisville trucking company, M & M Cartage, going green

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville company wants to become a national leader in green transportation. The firm is planning to spend millions to build a new headquarters and add jobs.

M & M Cartage is a family-owned trucking company located off Bishop Lane. It is investing $7.5 million to become a greener Louisville company.

"For more than 40 years, M & M has strived to be not just a great company, but a great corporate citizen as well," said Don Hayden, M & M CEO.

Hayden's father started the family business in 1972. Today, it has grown to 240 workers with a fleet of 170 trucks.

M & M hauls cargo for big companies such as Ford and GE. It has outgrown its current terminal off Bishop Lane and will soon begin construction on a new headquarters and terminal.

The company is also adding new trucks that are powered by cleaner and more efficient natural gas.

"Natural gas is really a game-changer for our industry," said Hayden, "and I wanted to be on the front end of that. And the timing was right; we have 120 trucks that I need to replace and create a strategy to replace those trucks."

Since the company plans to add 45 jobs, it is receiving $800,000 in economic incentives from the state.

"M & M Cartage fully appreciates the economic energy security and environmental benefits of fleet conversion and compressed natural gas," said the secretary of the Kentucky Energy and  Environment Cabinet.

Advocates for natural gas conversion say it will help move America toward energy independence as more companies see it as a good business decision as well.

"We have projects and programs planned across the state of Kentucky with this teamwork mindset because it takes a team to put all of this together all across Kentucky industry, private sector, public sector and government as well," said Melissa Howell of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition.

M & M says it hopes to close a deal in the coming weeks on the site for its new headquarters and terminal.

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