CNG for Hire also received a $475,000 loan from the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, which was implemented to help businesses survive during and after construction of light rail on the surface of South Martin Luther King Jr. Way. It also partnered with Clean Energy Fuels, which owns five of six CNG stations in the Puget Sound area, to finance the purchase of the new Impalas.
Even though the company has hired 14 employees for operations, dispatch, billing and maintenance staff, there are plans to grow to about 20, informed local media Seattle P-I. In turn, there will be 100 drivers to operate the NGVs during day and night shifts. According to Yusuf and his business partner, company president Rasheed Ahmed, they want to recruit veterans returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.