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Blossman Gas acquires Palmetto Gas

March 21, 2014 - By

Blossman Gas purchased Palmetto Gas, a business based in Ridgeland, S.C. Palmetto Gas’ 2,800 customers will be integrated into the Blossman customer base, according to a press release. “The Hilton Head, S.C., area is a thriving market affording us numerous opportunities for growth,” says Stuart Weidie, president and CEO of Blossman Gas. Blossman acquired Ankey Propane Plus, an Ocala, Fla., business,... read more

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Crystal Flash acquires family-owned Michigan retailer

March 20, 2014 - By

Crystal Flash acquired Owens Propane Service Inc. and Owens Petroleum Inc. in Albion, Mich. The acquisition is the seventh in the past two years for Crystal Flash, which now has more than 230 employees in 16 locations across Michigan. According to Crystal Flash, the deal adds two new locations, as well as two Pacific Pride fuel stations, to the company.... read more

Companies reflect on long hours, added miles needed to source supply

March 20, 2014 - By

Spring is officially here, although it certainly doesn’t feel like spring in parts of the United States. Still, the brunt of winter is gone, and many propane suppliers and retailers are experiencing normalcy in their businesses for the first time in a long while. “When supply was extremely tight in the Ohio/Midwest market, we looked toward the South and started... read more

Minimizing customer losses after winter of 2013-14

March 20, 2014 - By and

Richard Goldberg is the president of Warm Thoughts Communications Inc., a marketing firm specializing in the needs of residential energy companies. Imagine you come home from work early one day, walk into your bedroom and find your spouse in bed with someone else. The other man or woman flees, and your spouse apologizes. That’s the end of it, right? Things... read more

Propane-fueled mobile generator can run for 24 hours

March 20, 2014 - By

Kohler Power Systems’ propane-fueled mobile generator, model 125REZGT, can operate on fuel from its on-board tank for about 24 hours. The 125REZGT features an external LP gas connection that allows for extended usage when a dedicated, on-site propane fuel source is available. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is making the generator more affordable through its Propane Heat and... read more

Alabama company joins Alliance AutoGas network

March 19, 2014 - By

Alliance AutoGas added Phoenix Energy Corp., located in Pell City, Ala., to its network of conversion centers. Alliance AutoGas coordinates propane autogas vehicle conversions, installs refueling infrastructure and provides ongoing vehicle maintenance support and training. The network now consists of more than 90 members. read more

In the Know: How to maintain propane supply during a harsh winter

March 18, 2014 - By

In the Know is a monthly partnership between LP Gas Magazine and Propane Resources. Our focus this month is on propane supply, addressed by supply and risk management expert Marty Lerum. Q: Much of the United States experienced record-low temperatures in January. How has propane supply held up for your retailer clients this winter, and what advice would you give retailers... read more

Dual-fuel system compatible with diesel, gasoline

March 14, 2014 - By

LP Energy Systems introduced a dual-fuel propane system for diesel and gasoline engines. According to LP Energy, the system injects propane vapor into the fuel mixture. The company says the system improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions. In addition, LP Energy President William Farrell says the idle circuit designed with the system provides a quieter idle and lower emissions at... read more

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Southeast show sets special mark with 2013 growth

March 14, 2014 - By

Trade Show Executive recognized NPGA‘s Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo as one of the 50 fastest-growing trade shows in the United States. Trade Show Executive measures the 50 fastest-growing trade shows in three categories: by net square feet of exhibit space; by number of exhibiting companies; and by total attendance. The Southeast show qualified through Trade Show Executive’s attendance... read more

Federal bill to temporarily ease HOS restrictions on propane distribution

March 14, 2014 - By

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that extends hours of service (HOS) waivers for propane deliveries through the end of May. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., first introduced the Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act of 2014, which passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now, the bill awaits the president’s signature. According to a press release, the bill... read more