Retired Stellar Industries sales representative dies

April 29, 2016 - By

Alan Marsh, a retired employee of Stellar Industries Inc., died March 30 at age 73. Marsh joined Stellar Industries in 2008 as a national sales representative and served the Iowa company until his retirement in 2015. He previously worked for Auto Crane as a regional sales manager for 12 years. “All of us will cherish the fond memories of working... read more

NPGA names director of safety, certification

April 29, 2016 - By

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) hired Eric Kuster as its new director of safety and certification. Kuster comes to NPGA from Fairmont Insurance Co., but NPGA says he has worked for multiple propane retailers in the past. He also served as chairman of NPGA’s CETP certification committee and the Propane Education & Research Council’s safety and training working group.... read more

The state of traditional propane markets

April 29, 2016 - By

ICF International’s Mike Sloan discusses the state of traditional propane markets, as well as propane versus natural gas and electricity. read more

Gas detection app a study tool, quick reference for technicians

April 29, 2016 - By

Industrial Scientific released the Gas Detection Made Easy free training app and reference tool for gas detection information. The app assists anyone who wants to learn about gas detection techniques and technologies. The company says the app is an ideal study tool to reinforce in-person training or a quick reference to refresh gas detection knowledge. The app covers sensor technologies,... read more

Florida propane business rebounds after challenging year

April 29, 2016 - By

Florida Propane Exchange launched almost on accident in 2001. Angel Fernandez Jr., the owner of the company, says his father worked in the propane industry for more than 40 years. Although Fernandez originally sought to become a chef, he worked at his family’s retail propane operation on weekends. In 2001, he developed a concept to launch a cylinder exchange program... read more

Alliance AutoGas to drive converted truck across the country

April 28, 2016 - By

Alliance AutoGas plans to complete a 5,500-mile, cross-country trip starting May 2 using a 2016 bi-fuel 3.5-liter Ford F-150 V6 truck. The trip was dubbed the Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride, and the truck will stop in 12 cities. The trip starts at the Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park in Kansas City, Mo., and will end May 23 in... read more

Regs on propane jurisdictional systems gain House committee’s attention

April 27, 2016 - By

The House Energy & Commerce Committee approved an amendment to H.R. 5050, the Pipeline Safety Act of 2016, to include a study on regulations affecting propane jurisdictional systems. According to the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), the manager’s amendment was approved by a voice vote and included the committee’s passage of H.R. 5050. Under the current regulatory framework, propane systems... read more

Kenworth opens service location in Utah, relocates in Pennsylvania

April 26, 2016 - By

Kenworth Sales Co. opened a new parts and service location in northern Utah, while Kenworth of Pennsylvania relocated one of its dealerships to better serve business growth. Kenworth Sales Co. opened the parts and service location in Ogden, Utah. The location includes two buildings totaling 8,800 square feet, with a four-bay service department and a 5,400-square-foot parts department. According to... read more

Propane bus demand growth prompts dealer to expand

April 25, 2016 - By

Canyon State Bus Sales, a Blue Bird dealer in Arizona, opened a new 27,500-square-foot facility in Glendale, Ariz. Canyon State Bus Sales says the move to Glendale was partially influenced by the rising interest in propane autogas-fueled buses. Last month, the company supplied the Kyrene School District in Tempe, Ariz., with 73 Blue Bird Vision propane-powered buses equipped with Roush... read more

EIA: Strong El Niño reduces winter heating demand

April 25, 2016 - By

Propane demand decreased 16 percent in the 2015-16 winter compared to the 2014-15 winter, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA adds that heating oil and residential electricity demand also decreased by 45 and 6 percent, respectively, this winter compared with last winter. Above-normal temperatures during the 2015-16 winter were the main factor in lowering heating demand and winter fuel... read more