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March 1, 2013
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  • PERC to sponsor this year's ACT Expo
    The Propane Education & Research Council is the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Washington, D.C. The conference, which will happen on June 24 to 27, will feature 150 exhibitors. NGT News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Standoff at propane yard closes Calif. highway
    A state highway was closed during a police standoff with a man at a propane yard in Manteca, Calif. on Feb. 27. According to police, an armed man drove his truck through a fence at the Van Unen Miersma Propane yard and hit a pump, causing an explosion and fire. The man also attempted to steal a propane truck. The standoff lasted three hours, and ended in gunfire. Police say the man was taken to a nearby hospital. It was unclear whether the man was injured by himself or by authorities. Manteca Bulletin (Calif.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Innovation, cheap natural gas drive manufacturing jobs back to U.S.
    The U.S. is regaining manufacturing jobs because of the availability and price of natural gas and the country's leadership in innovation, writes DSM North America President Hugh Welsh. "For the first time in decades, several key economic drivers have created a competitive advantage for the U.S. that will encourage corporate strategic decisions on capital allocation and acquisitions for generations to come," he writes. Business Insider (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. should not limit further gas exports, report states
    The U.S. should authorize further exports of natural gas and other fossil fuels, according to a report crafted by a group of energy executives, former government officials and lawmakers. Trade limits on such exports won't help curb carbon emissions or advance "domestic economic interests," the report stated, and they would likely lead to only "modest impacts" on domestic natural gas prices. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: U.S. gas production to increase through 2040
    Natural gas production in the U.S. will continue to increase through 2040, spurred by the development of the Barnett Shale in Texas and other shale formations across the country, according to a report by the University of Texas. The study, which analyzed 15,000 wells in the Barnett, determined that the formation will yield more than 44 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The Wall Street Journal (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Various roof trusses carry risks for firefighters
    Some types of roof trusses can create hazards for firefighters because they contain less material and less strength, thereby making collapse more likely when a building is ablaze, writes Gregory Havel, a fire instructor and former deputy fire chief. Although bowstring trusses have received a bad rap, they're not the most prone to be most dangerous. Havel suggests that preincident plans make note of "the use of trusses and other lightweight structural components in the construction or remodeling of a building." Fire Engineering (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • New York to Hold Responders' Conference in June
    There will be an Industry Responders' Conference June 11 to 12 in New York for firefighters, emergency personnel and propane marketers, combining classroom learning with hands-on field training. The conference will be held in the New York State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, N.Y. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Space Heater Safety is Right for Cold Weather
    Colder weather means it's time for marketers to share with customers season-appropriate safety modules from the Propane Education & Research Council. The "Using Space Heaters Safely" module provides tips on the proper use of propane-fueled space heaters and can be viewed in a few minutes. View the module. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Becoming the boss can be like being swept overboard
    Abruptly being promoted into a leadership position is like being swept into "turbulent seas ... without a visible lifeboat," writes Art Petty. To stay afloat, it's important to be realistic about your new role, to work hard and humbly, and to support subordinates and superiors. "[I]t's up to you to sink or swim," Petty writes. (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to run a company full of productive geniuses
    Good leadership is not only about unlocking your workers' talents, but managing them for the best cohesive performance, says John Peoples, vice president of global franchise marketing and innovation at Merck Consumer Care. The key, Peoples says, is "trying to find a unique perspective in each one of the people who make up the organization and figure out how all of those unique perspectives work together." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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