Catamount Industrial Park in Milton is home to two new buildings as of last week after a ceremonial “trailer park graduation.” NG Advantage and J.P. Noonan General Transportation can now begin to fully settle into the park.
For the past three and a half years, compressed natural gas company NG Advantage worked out of onsite trailers. By the end of the month, it hopes to move its dispatch and operation center and offices into the newly constructed building.
To celebrate, nearly 75 people including employees, families and business partners gathered for a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 23.
CEO Tom Evslin thanked everyone involved and referred to the move as a “milestone, not a capstone.”
Since opening in 2013, the company has grown extensively, and Evslin is excited to continue growing, noting there is a lot more progress to come. The company began with three trailer trucks and now maintains 58.
Throughout, health and safety was a big topic of concern and also central to the speeches given at the ceremony. NG Advantage’s virtual pipeline delivers compressed natural gas to 22 customers, representing themselves as “a clean energy company” that cuts fuel costs and saves energy.
Tours of the compression equipment zone and the new building were available before the start of the second part of the afternoon’s event, which commenced down the road at the new site of General Transportation.
General Transportation is an affiliate of J.P. Noonan Transportation, which provides tractors and drivers for the natural gas delivery. The company has been in partnership with NG since the natural gas business’ start in 2013.
The occasion turned from ceremonial to memorial once the lunch reception finished up and general manager Paul Noonan stepped up to the microphone.
Noonan led the building’s dedication, which is in memory of his deceased brother, Michael. A plaque stood at the front of the room in his honor, giving guests the opportunity to memorialize “his strong faith and his love for life [as] an inspiration to all who knew him,” it reads.
Steve Palmer, NG vice president of engineering, said without the community in Milton, the companies’ development “wouldn’t have gotten past first base.”
When dealing with hazardous material, a great deal of speculation occurs, and the two companies were excited to celebrate the challenges they overcame.