Minnella taking advisory role at Lock America

December 26, 2012 - By

Lock America International Inc. is reorganizing several key employees, including Frank Minnella, who is stepping down as CEO and moving into an advisory role with the company. In addition, sales manager Watson Visuwan has been made vice president of marketing, and Dan Walsh has been promoted to sales manager. Visuwan started with Lock America as a teenager and worked his... read more

PERC program to help commercialize irrigation engines

December 23, 2012 - By

A new PERC program positions farmers to receive more than $4,000 toward the purchase of new propane-fueled irrigation engines. Farmers who participate in the Propane Farm Incentive Program will receive a $400 incentive per liter of engine displacement, up to 10.3 liters or $4,120, toward the purchase of a new propane-fueled irrigation engine. Qualifying equipment must be new, original propane-fueled... read more

Blue Star still making use of classic bobtail

December 20, 2012 - By

Blue Star Gas got more than 1 million miles out of the International Loadstar 1600 bobtail it purchased in 1966. Blue Star finally retired the bobtail in 2006 after 40 years on the road, but the company is getting a few more miles these days out of “Old No. 44,” as Blue Star calls the bobtail, yet in a different... read more

Nebraska schools to deploy 400 autogas buses

December 19, 2012 - By

Student Transportation Inc. will provide more than 400 new propane-powered school buses to the Omaha and Millard public schools in Omaha, Neb. read more

Ferrellgas expanding into new territory

December 18, 2012 - By

Ferrellgas Partners LP has acquired Connecticut-based IGS Propane, the propane division of Industrial Gas & Supply. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. IGS Propane is Ferrellgas’ third acquisition in its fiscal year that began Aug. 1. IGS also represents Ferrellgas’ first acquisition in the state of Connecticut. Earlier this year, Ferrellgas acquired Flores Gas of El Paso, Texas and... read more

Autogas network expands further into Canada

December 18, 2012 - By

Wilsons Fuel Co. Ltd. has joined the Alliance AutoGas fueling and conversion network. The addition of Wilsons expands the program into Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. The network now spans 40 states, Washington, D.C. and parts of Canada. read more

Vaporizer manufacturer develops customer support center

December 18, 2012 - By

Algas-SDI has formed a global support center to provide support to customers who contact the company Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST. Customer service representatives Tina Porter and Mandy Glaze will be responsible for processing and managing purchase orders, change-order requests and requests for order information and tracking. The two will also manage equipment and parts... read more

Coop joins Ferrellgas

December 17, 2012 - By

Nancy Coop, the former president and owner of JARCO Inc., is assuming a business development role with Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. Coop will assist in the company‚Äôs efforts to acquire propane companies, and she’ll participate in industry relations on behalf of Ferrellgas. Coop has been a member of NPGA’s board of directors since 2009. She also recently served on the association’s... read more

ThompsonGas acquires three Southern marketers

December 17, 2012 - By

ThompsonGas recently purchased the assets of three propane marketing companies, including Drivers Energy in Dawson, Ga.; Tarheel Oil and Propane in North Wilkesboro, N.C.; and the Quality/Ideal Gas Group in Griffin, Ga. ThompsonGas estimates it is adding nearly 7 million annual gallons and $26 million in annual revenues with the acquisitions. When complete, the company says it will serve about... read more

NPGA asks Congress to extend alternative fuel tax provisions

December 17, 2012 - By

NPGA has urged Congress to extend tax credits for alternative fuels, underscoring its importance to the country’s energy security and employment objectives. “Virtually all consumer propane used in the United States is produced in North America from North American resources,” Richard Roldan, NPGA president and CEO, wrote in a letter to the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee. “This,... read more