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US NGL prices weak despite new demand sources

August 31, 2015 - By

Fitch Ratings, a financial information services group, reports pricing for U.S. natural gas liquids (NGLs) will likely remain weak and range-bound through 2015 and for the medium term, despite several new sources of incremental demand. NGLs remain oversupplied in the United States due to the fast increment in liquids production from the shale revolution. As of early August, propane, butane... read more

Propane awareness to build with expansion of congressional caucus

August 31, 2015 - By

Propane retailers made a number of requests of their congressmen as they visited them on Capitol Hill this year during the National Propane Gas Association’s Propane Days festivities. One of those requests was for them to join the Congressional Propane Caucus, which was established in May. The caucus was formed to engage members of Congress, their staffs and the public... read more

Achieving residential market success involves more than tangible activities

August 31, 2015 - By and

One of the propane marketer’s top priorities is creating the emotional bond of loyalty with the residential customer. For most companies, the residential customer is one of their most valuable assets and, therefore, developing a long-term relationship is an appropriate ambition. The loyal customer is more likely to promote your company to others, as well as purchase other products and... read more

EPA certifies several bi-fuel police vehicles

August 31, 2015 - By

Alliance AutoGas received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications for several law enforcement vehicles. The EPA certified the following vehicles: 3.5-liter Ford Taurus Interceptor (2013, 2014 and 2015 models) 3.5-liter and 3.7-liter Ford Explorer Interceptor (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 models) 3.6-liter Dodge Charger (2015 model) Dodge Charger 5.7 Hemi (2013, 2014 and 2015 models) Alliance AutoGas says these vehicles will... read more

Family discussion at golf outing leads to software solution for retailer

August 28, 2015 - By

After a four-year process, Michigan-based Hamilton’s Propane Inc. plans to fully implement a customized software solution to help with propane deliveries within the year. Jeremy Kratt, a supervisor at Hamilton’s Propane, met with his cousin, Russ Tripp, at a golf outing four years ago and discussed software solutions with him. At the time, Kratt says Hamilton’s Propane was looking to... read more

PERC awards grain drying company with grant

August 28, 2015 - By

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) awarded grain dryer manufacturer Mathews Co. a grant to revamp its Legacy Series grain dryer. PERC approved a $100,000 grant at its July meeting in Park City, Utah, to revamp the Mathews Co.’s 75 and 80 Series grain dryers so they incorporate new technology. The Mathews Co. is based in Crystal Lake, Ill.... read more

Women in Propane Council makes leadership changes

August 27, 2015 - By

The Women in Propane Council (WiP) made changes to two of its leadership roles. Sarah Knight of Ferrellgas transitioned from her position as WiP’s vice chair of the programs and events committee to project manager for the Knowledge Exchange: WiP Mentor Network. Knight and her team will work to roll out the mentoring network in April 2016. Brilynn Johnson of... read more

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University converts buses to autogas

August 27, 2015 - By

Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) parking and transportation department converted 70 percent of its vehicles in its RamSafe bus fleet to run on both propane autogas and gasoline. The school partnered with Alliance AutoGas, the Virginia Department of General Services, Virginia Clean Cities and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to complete the conversions. According to VCU’s website, Alliance... read more

Propane commercial mower designed for stand-on riders

August 27, 2015 - By

Exmark unveiled the Vantage S-series EFI propane commercial mower for stand-on riders. The model uses a Kohler EFI propane power plant that delivers increased fuel economy, performance and reliability, according to the company. The engine adjusts fuel and air mixture settings for optimal performance at any altitude, temperature or condition. Exmark says the efficiency of the EFI system also reduces... read more

NGL Energy Partners appoints consultant

August 26, 2015 - By

Harold Poland joined NGL Energy Partners LP as a retail business development consultant in Tulsa, Okla. In the new position, Poland will assist the company with acquisitions in the Midwest and West. Poland has nearly 50 years of experience in the propane industry and has worked in management roles for Skelgas, Texaco, Williams Co. and Heritage Propane. Poland also served on the... read more