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Fuel delivery app designed to simplify data capture

December 24, 2014 - By

TouchStar’s TransPac dual Android/Windows app is designed to eliminate paper processes for LP gas deliveries and simplify delivery data capture. According to TouchStar, drivers enter information directly into the app, which automatically calculates volume delivered and prints delivery tickets and invoices on site. The company says the app offers the same features and functionality as its legacy application yet delivers... read more

Retailer differentiating exchange program on islands with composites

December 23, 2014 - By

Hawaii Gas is by far the largest propane retailer in Hawaii and the most dominant provider in the state. But the company’s sheer size doesn’t necessarily shield it from oncoming competition. Hawaii’s cylinder-fill market, for example, has undergone change in the last few years, according to Cheryl Lien-Fua, an operations superintendent at Hawaii Gas. Cylinder fill is also an area... read more

Blossman appoints director of sales for small propane engines

December 23, 2014 - By

Blossman Services Inc., a subsidiary of Blossman Gas and the equipment distributor for Alliance AutoGas, has hired Alex Catchings as its director of sales for small engine systems. His responsibilities include developing sales in the golf and lawn care industries, as well as for other small engine applications. Catchings helped to form AltFuel, which manufactures and markets kits to convert... read more

Enterprise Products makes three promotions

December 22, 2014 - By

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced the board of directors of its general partner has elected Craig W. Murray as its group senior vice president and general counsel. The company also announced Harry Paul Weitzel will serve as senior vice president and deputy general counsel, and Vijay A. D’Cruz will serve as vice president of litigation. Murray formerly served as the... read more

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2014 events reaffirm industry connection to rest of the world

December 22, 2014 - By

Where are we as an industry? It’s a question we set out to answer at the end of every year. The process involves taking the information we have gleaned through attending propane industry events and meetings throughout the year, talking to trade leaders and those on the front lines, and surveying readers to help us form the basis for our... read more

In the Know: Our changing industry

December 21, 2014 - By and

In the Know is a monthly partnership between LP Gas magazine and Propane Resources. Our focus this month is on the state of the propane industry, addressed by supply and risk management experts Marty Lerum and Pat Thornton. Q. How would you describe the state of our propane industry today and what do you feel is the biggest development that... read more

2015 Forecast: Clearing skies, looming clouds

December 19, 2014 - By and

Rising employment, healthier housing market and willingness of larger corporations to invest in infrastructure should add needed boost to U.S. economy. Blue skies and cool breezes. That’s the economic forecast as the calendar turns for a new year. Businesses looking to bolster revenues and profits over the next 12 months should benefit from a gradual improvement in such vital supports... read more

Obama signs tax extenders bill that includes autogas provisions

December 19, 2014 - By

President Barack Obama has signed legislation that extends two propane autogas-related tax credits through 2014. The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) reported that important provisions benefiting the propane industry were included in the House of Representatives bill (H.R. 5771) – particularly the 50 cents-per-gallon fuel credit and the refueling infrastructure credit. According to NPGA, the legislation passed with ease in... read more

Baltimore-based bakery unveils fleet of propane-fueled vehicles

December 19, 2014 - By

H&S Bakery, a Baltimore-based baked goods business, launched a fleet of Roush CleanTech Ford F-59 trucks fueled by propane. H&S Bakery reported that it plans to operate 10 percent of its 600-vehicle fleet with propane by the next two years. The company also installed a private propane fueling station that includes an 18,000-gallon underground propane tank. The fueling station is... read more

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Wind-generated electricity faces headwinds from homeowners

December 18, 2014 - By and

The propane industry has had decades of experience in dealing with the “Not in my backyard” battle cry from energy activists and other under-informed opponents. Propane industry members have faced resistance to everything from the placement of an aboveground residential tank in a backyard, to new bulk storage at a plant or satellite location, and to a game-changing storage facility... read more