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Cabinet heater coalition positions revised proposal on NFPA calendar

December 1, 2008 - By

Propane-fired cabinet heaters have roots that extend back to the 1980s when steel cylinders were considered for indoor use. Two decades later, the product remains sidelined awaiting introduction into the market. While attempts have been made, roadblocks and setbacks have blunted its progress time and again. Some wonder if it will ever happen. read more

Propane retailers feeling heat from challenging economic conditions

December 1, 2008 - By

Yep, things are a mess. Looking back, retailing sure was easy before overwhelming regulation and sky-high insurance took the fun out of the business. Sure, you worried about what weather Mother Nature would be throwing at you any given year. Sure, you spent a sleepless night or two, wondering whether you'd made the right decision about adding a bobtail despite a new retailer invading your territory. But global economic crisis? Where did this come from? Yep, things are a mess. read more

Understand, measure and improve customer experiences

December 1, 2008 - By

If your company successfully completed a new tank installation on time and without problems, is the new customer event considered a success if all that Mrs. Smith (the new homeowner) remembers is grumpy workers and tracked flower beds? read more

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Propane safety in tough times

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Times have been tough for propane marketers. read more

Case shows importance of monitoring cathodic protection of lines, tanks

December 1, 2008 - By

On Dec. 6, 2006, an industrial explosion shook Milwaukee, leaving three people dead, 67 injured and property damages in excess of $75 million. The case received national media attention. Locally, it was considered one of the biggest news stories of the year. read more

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Be as green as possible in your business

December 1, 2008 - By

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo was held last month in Boston. The event was hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council to explore the latest green building products and technologies that can qualify for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building rating system, a nationally known third-party certification program. For three days I immersed myself in green building products, technologies and education at Greenbuild. I came away comparing the propane industry to what is going on in the fastest-growing segment of the building industry. There are green opportunities for the propane industry, but we have some catching up to do. read more

Targa rail terminal operator targets fast, efficient, safe loading of LPG

December 1, 2008 - By

Eastern Liquids LLC has teamed with Targa Midstream Services for the past three years to operate a major wholesale terminal in the Northeast. And it continues to grow. read more