Our History

Strategic Growth, Designed for a Cleaner Tomorrow

U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., is a leader in development and distribution of alternative fuel and renewable thermal energy for the transportation and energy markets. Over the course of just 10 years, we’ve diversified to become vertically integrated in all aspects of the energy supply chain, enabling access to the cleanest fuel and renewable energy, at the best value.

Strategic Growth Designed To Support a Cleaner Tomorrow

Our parent company, U.S. Venture, Inc., was founded by brothers Art and Ray Schmidt in Kimberly, Wisconsin. Originally coined Schmidt Brothers Oil Company, the business quickly grew its footprint and offerings.

Started generating RINs (Renewable Identification Number) under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for fleets fueling with ethanol.

Inception of the U.S. Gain brand marked by our investment in compressed natural gas (CNG).

Opened our first CNG fueling station in Menomonie, Wisconsin for Andersen Windows.

Developed the GAIN® Clean Fuel brand, a trademark for all our branded fueling stations. Opened our first branded CNG site in Brookville, Pennsylvania with our branded partner O-Ring.

Invested in our first landfill, State Street Landfill, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Performed our first fixed-price off-take deal with Ameresco at Woodland Meadows Recycling and Disposal Facility in Van Buren Township, Michigan. Invested in our first wastewater treatment plant in Dubuque, Iowa.

Acquired our first RNG digesters at Dallmann East Dairy and S&S in Wisconsin. Partnered with Nacelle for clean up at our renewable natural gas (RNG) plants. Invested in our second wastewater treatment plant in Arlington, Texas. Constructed our first private RNG fueling station for Testa Produce in Chicago, Illinois.

Led the market as the first to provide RNG through the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS) Renewable Thermal Certificate platform. Performed our first voluntary sale of RNG to a Vermont utility.

Added credit generation as a service to our portfolio to include fleets who are not under a fueling contract.