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Targeting locomotives for emissions reductions

Scott Myers, president and CEO of Optifuel Systems in Beaufort, S.C.
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Scott Myers, president and CEO of Optifuel Systems in Beaufort, S.C.

The transportation industry continues to be the target for reducing the effects of climate change. Our next guest says that if the railroads, in particular, want to eliminate their carbon footprint, they must decarbonize line haul locomotives that he says emit 85% of all criteria and greenhouse gas emissions. And that’s a market his fuel products company is focusing on. Mike Switzer interviews Scott Myers, president and CEO of Optifuel Systems in Beaufort, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.