Ferrellgas names new board member

February 28, 2014 - By

Ferrellgas appointed David L. Starling to serve on its board of directors. Starling is the CEO and president of Kansas City Southern, a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the United States, Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is Kansas City Southern Railway Co., which serves the central and south central United States. A member of the... read more

Altogas builds transfer terminal with impressive capabilities

February 26, 2014 - By

One thousand gallons per minute? No one could achieve an LP gas throughput rate that efficient, could they? That was the sentiment Scott Tonkin, operations and business development manager at Altogas, heard as he continuously discussed his 1,000-gallon flow rate plan two years ago at the company’s then-developing Red Arrow Transfer Terminal in Benton Harbor, Mich. “When [Tonkin] first called... read more

Getting an education at the Propane Expo

February 25, 2014 - By and

The largest propane trade show and its rich curriculum await attendees in Atlanta. The Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo will be held April 12-14 in Atlanta. This event has always been known for having the world’s largest propane industry trade show, with an exhibit area that will hold nearly 250 companies this year. More trucks, tanks, propane equipment, gas... read more

New training requirements set forth in NFPA 58

February 25, 2014 - By and

Are you aware of the latest changes and clarifications in NFPA 58? The training of employees is an important part of running a successful and safe propane operation. I periodically write about how training is a topic that is explored in litigated cases. The industry goes to great lengths to provide needed training materials for its employees to help them... read more

Turnaround tips for the propane industry

February 25, 2014 - By and

Have we hit bottom yet? Industry leaders must step forward to initiate our turnaround. This sobering question about our future, posed above, needs to be asked after a report from the American Petroleum Institute showed propane sales at 7.7 billion gallons in 2012, reflecting a steady decline from 11.9 billion gallons in 2002. As an industry, this 35 percent reduction... read more

Propane key to lighting Sochi’s Olympic flame

February 24, 2014 - By

A propane-air system was behind the Olympic cauldron and its flame during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Algas-SDI and its parent company, Eclipse, say they provided the system that lit the cauldron. An Algas-SDI QM100 system delivered the propane-air mixture that’s required to fuel the massive flame, which an Eclipse ThermAir 200 multi-fuel burner heated. The companies’ Russian partner,... read more

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PERC to exhibit at upcoming shows

February 24, 2014 - By

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will have a presence at this week’s Commodity Classic, Feb. 27-March 1, as well as at the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center May 5-8 in Long Beach, Calif. PERC will display an 8.0-liter Origin irrigation engine from Buck’s Engine Co. at the Commodity Classic. The engine... read more

OEMs to discuss corporate plans for propane autogas

February 21, 2014 - By

Several OEMs of propane autogas technology will participate in a panel discussion March 27 during the 2014 Propane Engine Fuel Summit in Irving, Texas. Panelists from Bi-Phase Technologies, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., General Motors and Roush CleanTech will discuss autogas’ future and their plans for autogas vehicles. According to a press release, attendees and viewers will learn what types of... read more

Task force to explore supply, infrastructure solutions

February 21, 2014 - By

NPGA established a supply and infrastructure task force that’s charged with conducting a post-winter analysis and providing recommendations to the association’s Executive Committee for future efforts and strategies related to propane supply, distribution and infrastructure. According to NPGA, its staff, PERC‘s staff, industry experts and state executives will support the task force in its focus on six specific areas. The... read more

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Autogas conversion company works to get customers out of their comfort zone

February 20, 2014 - By

Precision Sales and Service Inc., a Birmingham, Ala.-based company that converts vehicles to run on alternative fuels, has steadily seen business related to propane autogas vehicle conversions pick up. In January, for example, Precision Sales and Service completed 10 autogas conversions on Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC) vans, and the potential for future business with such customers is great, Precision... read more