Marketers, state execs mull effects of propane supply issues

January 22, 2014 - By

Propane marketers were begging for colder temperatures two years ago throughout that mild winter. Now, they’re begging for warmer weather that will give them the chance to catch up and overcome the supply shortage that continues to plague many parts of the United States. Unfortunately for the industry and its consumers, no such warmup is anticipated anytime soon. Instead, temperatures... read more

Westmor to build bobtails at additional Midwest facility

January 22, 2014 - By

Westmor Industries opened a truck and trailer facility in Shawnee, Kan. Westmor’s Blueline bobtails and refined fuel trucks will be manufactured there, as well as in Morris, Minn. According to Westmor, the Kansas facility is certified for truck rebuilds, repairs and Department of Transportation testing. read more

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Overcoming propane shortage: Q&A with Texas association head

January 21, 2014 - By

Challenging. Untimely. Unprecedented. There are a number of adjectives that can be used to describe the current propane shortage and its effects on U.S. consumers. But whatever your word of choice is, the fact remains that propane consumers are still in need of solutions – and sooner than later. The propane industry is now turning to Texas as a state that... read more

Blue Bird: Propane buses perform despite record cold blast

January 20, 2014 - By

Although much of the United States experienced record-breaking cold weather courtesy of the recent polar vortex, Blue Bird says that school districts and contractors reported their Blue Bird propane school buses started and operated without any issues. All Star Transportation in Torrington, Conn., experienced an average temperature of 0 degrees, according to a Blue Bird press release. All Star Transportation’s fleet... read more

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New railcar emergency shutoff valve increases flow capacity

January 16, 2014 - By

Emerson Process Management has released the new Fisher Type N863 Snappy Joe emergency shutoff railcar valve with up to twice the flow rate of the previous N562, offering a significant reduction in propane railcar loading/unloading time, according to the company.
 The railcar valve was originally developed more than 30 years ago. It can be used with most compressed gases, such... read more

In the Know: Enhancing propane retailer operations through technology

January 16, 2014 - By

In the Know is a monthly partnership between LP Gas Magazine and Propane Resources. Our focus this month is on equipment and technology, addressed by consultant Tamera Kovacs. Q: In what ways can technology enhance propane retailers’ operations and improve efficiencies? A: The goal when investing in technology is to increase efficiencies and improve profitability. With staff costs being 40 to... read more

Web of potential exists for propane marketers in digital age

January 16, 2014 - By

A retired couple is moving across states and settling in your territory, and it will be choosing a propane provider for its home. The couple, because it’s new to the area, isn’t familiar with propane as a heating fuel, and it doesn’t know of any propane providers. So the two do a Google search for “propane” plus their new city... read more

Medical certificate requirement extended for commercial drivers

January 15, 2014 - By

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending a requirement by one year that interstate commercial driver’s license holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at roadsides by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors. The requirement is being extended to Jan. 30, 2015. read more

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Ferrellgas names senior vice president of strategic development

January 13, 2014 - By

Ferrellgas Partners LP appointed Todd Soiefer senior vice president of strategic development. Soiefer previously worked at RBC Capital Markets as director of energy investment banking. Ferrellgas President and CEO Steve Wambold says Soiefer’s responsibilities include looking at asset acquisitions to diversify and stabilize cash flow. read more

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Supplier appoints new senior management

January 13, 2014 - By

Gibson Energy Inc., a Canadian supplier with U.S. operations, appointed Rick Wise as its COO and Brian Recatto as president of U.S. operations. In addition, Doug Wilkins was appointed chief commercial officer. According to a press release, Wise is responsible for operating activities in the company’s terminals and pipelines, truck transportation, retail propane and processing. Recatto is responsible for the... read more