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Swift Fuels getting closer to widespread sale of unleaded aviation fuel

A Purdue Research Park-based company is accelerating efforts to bring its unleaded aviation fuel to the marketplace.

Swift Fuels held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning for a new blending facility, which will store at least 50,000 gallons of the gasoline.

The company also broke ground on a pilot plant, which will produce 10,000 gallons of the fuel per month when it reaches full capacity.

CEO Chris D’Acosta says the two structures represent a $2.5-million investment in Swift’s operating facilities.

He says there are more than 165,000 general aviation aircraft in the United States alone.

D’Acosta says they are all currently operating on leaded gasoline because an unleaded alternative has not been available until now.