Growth Energy Partners with Rhoads Energy to Install First Blender Pump in PA

WASHINGTON, DC — Growth Energy, the coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, has teamed up with Rhoads Energy to install the first Flex Fuel pump in the state of Pennsylvania. The new pump is located at 2176 Paxton Street in Harrisburg and was installed with assistance from Growth Energy’s 2010 E85 and Flex Fuel Pump Program.

“Providing consumers with greater access to ethanol will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and strengthen our energy security. Growth Energy is pleased to have been able to assist in Rhoads Energy in their efforts and we hope that this Flex Fuel pump will be the first of many in the great state of Pennsylvania,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce will take place on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. EST at the Paxton Street Pacific Pride location. This ceremony will celebrate not only the installation of the Flex Fuel Pump, but also the various upgrades and enhancements made to the site over the past several months.

“We greatly appreciate the support Growth Energy provided during installation of Pennsylvania’s very first Flex Fuel pump, which is located only two miles from the State Capitol,” said Michael DeBerdine, President and CEO of Rhoads Energy. “In addition to the grant, their team offered guidance that proved invaluable as we navigated the process.”

Rhoads Energy has become part of Growth Energy’s 2010 E85 and Flex Fuel Pump Program, offering funds to retailers for the alternative fuel infrastructure. To find a listing of all Flex Fuel pump and E85 sites across the nation, go to

For more information on the 2010 Growth Energy E85 and Flex Fuel Pump Grant Program, contact the Growth Energy Market Development office at 402.932.0567 or at