September 2016: Click the link below as Pine Run Construction is the featured business in the October 2016 Issue of the 422 Business Advisor.
September 2014: Grand Opening of VNG Facility Philadelphia- Pine Run is proud to be a part of bringing clean fuel to Philadelphia.
Governor Corbett Opens New Clean-Burning Natural Gas Fueling Station in Philadelphia
Sept. 9, 2014
Philadelphia — Governor Tom Corbett today joined officials from VNG Co. to announce the opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) public fueling station in Philadelphia to support the widespread use of natural gas vehicles in the region.
“Pennsylvania has the second-largest energy field in the world, and cities from Pittsburgh to Williamsport to Towanda to Philadelphia are benefiting from our game-changing energy resources,” Gov. Corbett said. “The convenience of a local CNG fueling station makes it possible for local governments, organizations, companies and residents to make the switch to this cleaner and affordable alternative fuel. By harnessing natural gas, we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and putting Pennsylvania at the forefront of American energy independence.”
The VNG public fueling station was constructed in-part with a $253,752 Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) grant and $169,150 ACE loan from Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) which is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). VNG provided matching funds of more than $422,000. The CFA approved the funding at its public board meeting on September 17, 2013.
The ACE Program provides financial assistance in the form of grants and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants for the usage, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in the state, including CNG and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) filling stations.
The company also received Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) awards totaling nearly $270,000 from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to support the purchase of 35 natural gas vehicles by its partners at Comcast, Aqua America, H.B. Electric Services, and the Safelite Group, to be fueled at the station. AFIG grants are an annual solicitation, administered by DEP, providing financial incentive for a variety of transportation projects with the result of reducing air emissions in Pennsylvania.
Governor Corbett was joined today by DEP Secretary Christopher E. Abruzzo, along with Philadelphia Gas Works CEO Craig White.
In 2013, Pennsylvania became the second-largest natural gas producing state in the nation. The abundance of low-cost natural gas has driven electric and natural gas prices down nearly 40 percent since 2008, saving the average Pennsylvania resident nearly $1,200 annually in lower energy costs. After importing 75 percent of its natural gas just five years ago, Pennsylvania has become a net exporter of gas for the first time in more than 100 years.
Phila. gets its first retail CNG fueling station
POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 5:19 PM
Gov. Corbett on Tuesday formally opened Philadelphia's first retail compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling site at a BP station on Fox Street in East Falls.
The CNG pump is the first outlet for VNG.co, a Bala Cynwyd start-up that aims to build out a national network of natural-gas fueling stations. VNG was founded by Harvey Lamm, former chairman and chief executive of Subaru of America, and Bob Annunziata, founder of Teleport Communications Group.
VNG and its partners Aqua Pennsylvania, Comcast and HB Electric Services last year received a $235,000 state grant to purchase 32 CNG vehicles. The grant also supported the development of the fueling station.
There are about a dozen public retail stations surrounding the city.
July 2012: Greg Dubas, President and Brian Dubas, Vice President have successfully completed Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Station Design and Construction provided by the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute. Pine Run Construction is now certified to install compressed natural gas vehicle fueling facilities, one of the few in Pennsylvania to have achieved this distinction.
The use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel is predominately only viable for organizations with large vehicle fleets that drive short distances, but as gasoline prices continue to rise, it is predictedt hat natural gas will become an increasingly attractive form of energy. More compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations will, therefore, be constructed.
"We are poised to take advantage of this marketplace change" says Greg Dubas, "and as more gasoline stations begin to offer natural gas, we are looking at a future with more vehicles shifting to this cheaper, cleaner form of energy."
Pine Run Construction has already completed a compressed natural gas vehicle fueling facility for Sunoco in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
August 2011: Making a Living Fueling a family business
Gregory Dubas has built a successful career out of building gas stations. And at 64, an age where many business owners consider retirement, Dubas is looking forward to the future of Pine Run Construction, which builds infrastructure for the petroleum industry. His son, Brian, recently joined the Buckingham company as vice president of business development, bringing his experience in banking and customer service.
Gregory Dubas founded Pine Run 26 years ago, after learning the petroleum construction business at Mobil Oil Corp., now Exxon/Mobil. He spent 16 years working in retail gas station construction with Mobil. Dubas saw changes in the industry early, as the big oil companies began to move away from building their own stations. So he left Mobil and started Pine Run Construction.
At its height, Pine Run installed a half-dozen new gas stations every year. But the business has changed over the years. Today, instead of building stations from the ground up, Pine Run concentrates on installing tanks and pipes at commercial, industrial and residential properties.“Today, we do not work with major oil,” Greg Dubas said. “All are small customers, like convenience stores.”
Brian Dubas, the oldest of Gregory Dubas’ four children, spent summers working in the field with his father. But he chose banking as a career in college, and made a name for himself in management and commercial lending for several area banks.
On their way back from a basketball game, his father brought up the possibility of his son returning to work for Pine Run. A few months later, the younger Dubas, 36, decided to jump at the chance.
Son, Brian, noted that two of the foremen he worked with as a teenager, Rob Bresser and Rich Gable, are still employed with Pine Run to this day, to which the senior Dubas adds, " I've seen many businesses come and go during our 25-year tenure, and one factor that has set us apart has been attracting and retaining the best talent. If I've learned one thing during my career it's that the key to being successful is owed to the caliber of a company's employees."
Says Dubas, "The workmanship and dedication of our field staff are complimented by the personal commitment and professionalism of our administrative staff."