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When the company gets sold

September 1, 2003 - By

As the owners/operators of a small retail propane company neared retirement age, they chose to sell their business to a larger regional propane distributor. As is typical in this industry, the owners of the selling company were very active in the day-to-day operations, in the office as well as in deliveries and service to residential customers. read more

Tax cuts: what’s in it for you?

September 1, 2003 - By

Let's take a look at what The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 means for you, the business operator. read more

Government (in)action

September 1, 2003 - By

Propane price spikes in two of the last three winters had unhappy constituents from the 4.6 million propane-dependent households chewing the ears of their Congressional representatives for help. read more

Who are your safety stakeholders?

September 1, 2003 - By

When I give a presentation I always list the stakeholders. That’s because every presentation, regardless of topic, begins with understanding issues and being aware of all people and associations that have a stake in the process. read more

Energy bill, budget cuts collide

September 1, 2003 - By

Look for another contentious conference over energy legislation in Congress this fall. Rather than slug it out provision by provision on the Senate floor, the Senate has passed the same bill it approved last year. read more

To buy or not to buy

September 1, 2003 - By

Heading into the 2003-04 winter season, propane retailers and wholesalers have a lot to think about. Last winter may have put the propane industry on notice that demand is up dramatically, and the supply situation needs serious improvement to address new realities. read more

Tanking Out

September 1, 2003 - By

Propane got a unique boost in visibility as a viable alternative fuel just in time for a rejuvenated debate by government officials for a national energy policy. read more

Defending the promising ag market

September 1, 2003 - By

In response to his July article "All customers don't offer equal value," I agree wholeheartedly with LP/Gas business columnist Carl Hughes that in his hypothetical residential vs. agriculture scenario all customers do not offer equal value. In fact, I would suggest that any time a business slashes margins by more than 58 percent for similar volumes -- as Mr. Hughes implies happens with agricultural customers -- then equitable profits and business value are unrealistic expectations. read more