Strive to serve others – through work and in retirement

December 31, 2015 - By

Retirement has been described as “twice the man and half the pay.” Retirement is a fairly new concept in American culture. It was introduced in the late 19th century. Many who retire enjoy their new lifestyle. But for the moment, let us consider the following. We were made to work. And work, in its purest form, is serving others. We... read more

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Enterprise completes LP gas export terminal expansion

December 30, 2015 - By

Enterprise Products Partners LP increased the loading rate at its LP gas export terminal on the Houston Ship Channel from 16,500 barrels per hour (bph) to about 27,500 bph of capacity. The company says the completion of a new refrigeration train helped Enterprise to increase loading capacities at the terminal from 9 million barrels per month to 16 million barrels per... read more

Cavagna fulfills engine conversion interest with Bigas deal

December 29, 2015 - By

Cavagna Group has assumed full ownership of Bigas, an Italian company specializing in the production of fuel system technologies for LP gas and compressed natural gas (CNG) engines. The Florence-based Bigas plant designs and manufactures the front kit for converting vehicles with direct or sequential fuel injection systems and naturally aspirated engines. Cavagna says the deal fulfills its interest of... read more

LP Gas Growth Summit: Trends in propane gallon sales

December 28, 2015 - By

Attendees from the 2015 LP Gas Growth Summit, including Terry Fisher of South Florida Gas; Brandon Hewett of J&J Gas Service; and Brian Powers of Indiantown Gas Co., share their takes on trends in propane gallon sales. Watch to see what they have to say. read more

2015-16 State of the Industry: Gallon sales trends

December 28, 2015 - By

Propane sales dipped for five straight years before rebounding two years ago, according to the American Petroleum Institute’s “2013 Sales of Natural Gas Liquids and Liquefied Refinery Gases” report. Sales increased 14 percent to reach 8.8 billion gallons in 2013. Propane sales are down more than 25 percent from where they were at the turn of the century, but the... read more

How Canadian propane inventory affects the US

December 28, 2015 - By and

As the core winter season approaches, propane inventory levels in Canada are slightly below average. The Canadian inventory position is in stark contrast to the record-high levels of propane inventory in the United States. Like U.S. propane inventory, Canadian inventory set five-year-high marks last winter. However, the rate of build in inventory through spring and summer was below normal. This... read more

Acquisition unites Pennsylvania propane retailers

December 28, 2015 - By

Two independent propane companies from Pennsylvania are joining forces. Richgas is acquiring Bradford Nugas, The Bradford Era reports. Bradford Nugas sent a letter informing customers of the decision, noting how the companies hold similar family-owned qualities, the article says. Four generations of the Rich family are involved in the business. Nugas owner Jerry Craver plans to lead his company’s operations... read more

The digital revolution and its impact on the propane industry

December 26, 2015 - By

It’s everywhere – from our desktops at work, to the restaurants where we have lunch, to our own hands. There’s no denying that digital technology has a power over our day-to-day lives, whether we’re working, eating, relaxing or even sleeping. It’s grown exponentially in the business world – and the propane industry is no exception. “Historically, IT automated, integrated and... read more

2015-16 State of the Industry: Insurance anxieties

December 24, 2015 - By

Government regulation, natural gas expansion and other forms of competition are among the issues that keep propane retailers up at night these days. Rising insurance costs are in the mix as a factor that keeps retailers up, as well. “Insurance other than labor is our single biggest cost,” says Brandon Hewett, owner of J&J Gas Service in Mayo, Fla. “The... read more

LP Gas Growth Summit: Threats to the residential heating market

December 23, 2015 - By

2015 LP Gas Growth Summit attendees, including Scott Brockelmeyer of Ferrellgas; Kara Tucker of Koppy’s Propane; and Carlton Revere of Revere Gas, share what threats they deal with regarding the residential heating market. read more