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Wilmer Biodiesel fuel center opens

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press
WILMER - Owners of diesel powered cars and 18-wheeler trucks now have an earth-friendly option when purchasing fuel just south of Dallas.

Big Daddy's General Store, just off Interstate 45 northbound in Wilmer, recently opened a biodiesel fuel depot after several improvements were made at the commercial fleet fueling station.

Earth Biofuels was founded in 2004 as a way to reduce America's heavy dependence on imported oil.

A mixture of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel, Earth Biofuels' licensed brand BioWillie, uses vegetable seeds, such as soybeans to create the biodiesel.

'We realized there was a demand for BioWillie among truckers traveling this corridor so when we found the abandoned fueling depot on I-45 we couldn't pass up the opportunity to provide customers with BioWillie,' said Bill Hamm, co-owner of Big Daddy's General Store.

Earth Bio-Fuels Director of Public Relations Rob Reed said some truck drivers have found they are getting better gas mileage while helping support America's farmers.

'A lot of truckers are reporting they are getting between one to four miles per gallon more with biodiesel,' he said.

'It benefits farmers because we create more and better markets for their products.'

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