Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order naming Interstate 865 after Fred M. Fehsenfeld, Sr. in recognition of his service and contributions to the State of Indiana and the nation as an entrepreneur, decorated military veteran, and community leader.
Mr. Fehsenfeld is a lifelong Hoosier and founder of The Heritage Group in Indianapolis, which is involved in energy sales and marketing, environmental services, chemical refining, and more—in Indiana, across the nation, and worldwide.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at 18 and served in World War II, flying in 86 missions in Europe. Mr. Fehsenfeld is a recipient of three Silver Clusters and Silver Stars. Following Mr. Fehsenfeld’s service to the Army Air Corps, he served in the Indiana Air National Guard.
Beyond his military service and business success, Fred Fehsenfeld, Sr. throughout his life has supported innovations in the energy field, including establishing the Fehsenfeld Family Head of Environmental & Ecological Engineering and the Purdue Energy Fund at his alma mater Purdue University.
Interstate 865 is the east-west connector between Interstates 65 and 465 on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The Indiana Department of Transportation has marked the highway with signage designating it the “Fred M. Fehsenfeld, Sr. Highway.”