Federated Co-ops hires CEO to replace general manager

October 27, 2015 - By

Federated Co-ops Inc.’s board of directors selected Michael McMahon to be the company’s CEO and replace the general manager who retired in September. The company says McMahon will replace Tim Kavanaugh, who worked for Federated Co-ops for more than 30 years. As a general manager, Kavanaugh oversaw four mergers that brought together 12 local cooperatives. In the new position, McMahon... read more

EPA creates ruling to reduce petroleum refinery emissions

October 27, 2015 - By

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to control toxic air emissions at petroleum refineries and provide information about refinery emissions to communities surrounding these facilities. According to EPA, this rule targets about 142 large petroleum refineries in the United States. The rule will require refineries to monitor and report levels of benzene, a cancer-causing compound, within... read more

Serve your customers by solving problems in creative ways

October 27, 2015 - By

Many of us know the frustration of having to wait on an airplane when flight operations are delayed. However, something unusual happened on a flight out of Chicago when the aircraft was held at the gate for an extended period. Knowing the frustration of the passengers, the pilot went back into the terminal and purchased 50 hamburgers and fries at... read more

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WAPA, Vitol receive first shipment of LP gas for power project testing

October 26, 2015 - By

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) and Vitol, the territory’s propane conversion contractor, received the first inventory shipment of LP gas at the Estate Richmond terminal Oct. 21. Hugo V. Hodge Jr., WAPA executive director and CEO, says this first batch of LP gas will be used for commissioning and testing the storage and delivery systems ahead of... read more

LP Gas Growth Summit: The impact of autogas on the industry

October 26, 2015 - By

Attendees at the 2015 LP Gas Growth Summit talk about how autogas is affecting the propane industry. read more

The benefits of implementing a level-pay program

October 26, 2015 - By

Performance-minded propane marketers continuously pursue solutions that improve customer service and productivity, in order to make their company and propane the preferred energy source. Few solutions offer more advantages than the level-pay program for the residential customer. The level-pay program, which is also called budget pay, spreads the customer’s payment over multiple months instead of requiring the customer to pay... read more

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Lightweighting solutions for vehicles ensure safety, performance

October 26, 2015 - By

Worthington Industries says it is developing lightweighting solutions for vehicles without sacrificing safety and performance. Just as fleet operators interested in alternative fuels would consider their options for engine conversions, refueling infrastructure and other factors, they should also inquire about their choices for vehicle cylinders, according to Worthington. The tank and cylinder manufacturer says it X-rays each propane autogas cylinder... read more

NPGA names executive assistant to president

October 23, 2015 - By

Meghan Keivel joined the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) as executive assistant to the president and CEO. Keivel, a native of Dayton, Ohio, worked with Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, for five years prior to joining NPGA. The association says she will be responsible for planning and executing NPGA board meetings. read more

Women in Propane Council announces 2016 officers, committee leaders

October 23, 2015 - By

Women in Propane (WiP), a business council within the National Propane Gas Association, named 11 women as officers and committee leaders for 2016 after its annual meeting in New Orleans. Kelly Bosak, affirmative action officer of Ferrellgas, will serve as chair of the executive board. WiP announced the following four women were also appointed as officers: Laurie Irish Jones, CEO... read more

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Battling cancer as an industry

October 23, 2015 - By

Debra Grooms will never forget the Iowa Propane Gas Association’s March 2007 district meeting. While away from home for the meeting, Grooms, the association’s executive director, realized she might have breast cancer. “I discovered a lump when I turned over in bed one of the nights I was traveling for work,” Grooms says. As soon as she returned home from... read more