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October 24, 2014 - By

Technology conference, autogas summit cap forum The final day of the World LP Gas Forum featured a technology conference that covered a range of innovations. Sessions covered product developments for propane operations, as well as propane applications that can grow gallons across the world. U.S. representatives who spoke at the conference were Neil Leslie, Gas Technology Institute; Shelby Ahmann, TouchStar... read more

Walk-behind mower features optional propane engine

October 24, 2014 - By

The 2015 Turf Tracer S-Series walk-behind mower incorporates a number of improvements designed to deliver increased overall durability, serviceability and ease-of-use, Exmark says. A number of engine options are available for the 2015 model, including a Kohler PCV680 EFI propane engine. In addition, the Turf Tracer S-Series is available with a variety of Kawasaki engine options, two of which are... read more

Report: Propane prices, household expenditures to be lower this winter

October 23, 2014 - By

Propane prices are expected to be 17 percent lower this winter compared with the winter of 2013-14, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which has released its annual Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook. In addition, EIA says U.S. households will spend, on average, 27 percent less on propane this winter than they did one year ago –... read more

Autogas research center opens in North Carolina

October 22, 2014 - By

  Blossman Services Inc. and Alliance AutoGas collaboratively opened the Autogas Research & Technology Center in Asheville, N.C. According to a press release, the center will focus on the development of alternatively fueled engines. In addition, the center will be available to Alliance AutoGas fleet managers and certified conversion centers across the United States and Canada for training and educational... read more

Worthington acquires CNG fuel systems manufacturer

October 22, 2014 - By

Worthington Industries Inc. acquired a majority interest in dHybrid Systems, a manufacturer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems. According to a press release, Worthington will own 80 percent of the company’s equity, with dHybrid’s founder retaining 20 percent and continuing in a leadership role. “The acquisition of dHybrid gives us the opportunity to increase our participation in the fast-growing... read more

Icom North America opens technology and training center

October 21, 2014 - By

Icom North America LLC has launched its new Icom Technology and Training Center, dedicated to the development, integration, upfitting and training for its bi-fuel and mono-fuel liquid propane autogas injection systems, the New Hudson, Mich.-based company announced. The training center officially opened Sept. 30 with a special event at the facility, which increases the company’s building footprint by 50 percent.... read more

IMT hires sales director

October 21, 2014 - By

Iowa Mold Tooling Co. (IMT) hired Tim Gerbus as director of sales. He will oversee the company’s sales team and is responsible for strengthening the IMT distributor network. He will also be responsible for product management and business development, as well as customer service and aftermarket support. Before joining IMT, Gerbus served as sales manager, director of dealer development and... read more

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Industry partners in place for propane to penetrate step van market

October 20, 2014 - By

When the propane industry gathered in Atlanta earlier this year for its largest trade show, talk centered on a growing opportunity in the step van market. UPS had just energized the industry with a March announcement that it would invest $70 million in 1,000 propane-fueled package delivery vehicles and refueling infrastructure. And if a brand like UPS can choose propane,... read more

Propane vapor injection system creates secondary diesel burn

October 19, 2014 - By

LP Energy Systems says its dual-fuel system can be installed on any mobile or stationary diesel engine. According to the company, its system does not tap into a fuel injection system. Instead, the system injects propane in vapor form into the air intake valve. Diesel is injected into the air intake before the turbocharger. Propane is then mixed with the... read more

The value of your business is the result of your own actions

October 19, 2014 - By and

The phrase “You reap what you sow” has roots in early Christianity and can also be applied in nonreligious situations, such as valuing your propane business. I recently advised partners through the process of selling their propane business, and it was a classic example of reaping what you sow. Placing a value on your propane business for change-of-ownership purposes, whether... read more