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MAY 21, 2020
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New survey captures retailer responses to COVID-19
Faced with the unknown impacts of a global pandemic and graced with an essential business designation by the federal government, propane retailers continued to perform the true nature of their work: They delivered.
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COVID-19 adds to propane supply and price uncertainty
Even before COVID-19 became a force in the market, Mark Rachal of Cost Management Solutions began to notice some erosion in the growth of propane supply. Learn what he had to say about the market.
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Merger and acquisition activity expected to remain robust
As the initial uncertainty fades and propane companies grow more confident they can withstand the challenges ahead, many business functions proceed, including merger and acquisition activity. 
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Distributor roles, relationships with marketers evolve
A closer look at distributor dynamics reveals changes related to developing technologies and high expectations to provide equipment, knowledge and support for propane marketers.
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Otodata featured on 'Advancements with Ted Danson'
Otodata was featured in an episode of the show on May 16 on CNBC. The segment focused on improvements in fuel delivery logistics. Learn more about the improvements Otodata discussed.
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National leaders prepare for supply and logistics impacts
Propane industry leaders are beginning to take notice and consider how market dynamics of late might impact propane supply this winter. Find out more about their outlook.
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Blue Cow Software hires four new personnel
Blue Cow Software hired four employees at the end of its first quarter. Find out more about Perry Bailes', Janice Trombetto's, Luziane Cavalcanti's and Richard Jesionowski's new roles.
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Energy Distribution Partners hires marketing manager
In his new position, Jose Cardenas is responsible for leading marketing efforts to achieve consistent and impactful messaging, according to EDP. 
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RegO adds business development manager to sales team
Sean Carr will be responsible for growing existing markets and developing new market opportunities through distribution as the company's Northeast business development manager.
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Quality Steel promotes vice president of operations
Sean Picou was promoted from director of operations to vice president of operations. He is now responsible for logistics and transportation, in addition to operations.
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What the propane industry is saying about COVID-19
As the coronavirus pandemic moved into April, the
LP Gas team began sharing information from their conversations with propane industry members in a state-by-state timeline.

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Marketers prepared to adapt will be best positioned
While economic uncertainty challenges businesses, the agile propane marketer who adapts through effective planning will be best positioned to weather this storm, says Randy Doyle.
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Stuart Weidie discusses new 7.3-liter Ford engine, autogas market growth
Blossman Gas President and CEO Stuart Weidie, who’s also the president of Alliance AutoGas, speaks with LP Gas magazine's Brian Richesson about the autogas market.
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Metsa expands tank production, transportation capacity
Metsa’s investment included building a new production line and infrastructure for the manufacturing of stationary tanks, and updating the equipment in its paint line to improve its part quality and product output.
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Attend the LP Gas Growth Summit
The LP Gas Growth Summit brings together propane retailers and vendor partners for one-on-one meetings and other networking opportunities. This year's event will be held Sept. 21-23 at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Florida. Find out more and apply for the event.
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LPG Spotlight: Blue Ridge Energy
Blue Ridge Energy is giving back with its campaign – fittingly dubbed “In This Together” – to offer its communities financial relief in a time when many people feel unsure.
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Propane Personality: Deb Grooms
Deb Grooms, CEO of the Iowa Propane Gas Association, has overcome both personal and professional hardships that have equipped her to lead.
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Digital platforms on the rise in unprecedented times
The digital space – whether it be websites or social media – has proven that it is here to stay and is vital to our day-to-day work.
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Don’t Buy New Technology Without Following These Best Practices
Date: Today, 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CET
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