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October 16, 2012
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  • PERC officially launches Dealer Demonstration program
    The Propane Education & Research Council is seeking to partner with as many as 300 commercial mower dealers across the U.S. for its Dealer Demonstration program. Under the program, PERC is asking commercial dealers to display a propane-fueled mower in their showrooms and get it out in the field for their landscape-contractor clients to test for 90 days and report their assessment of the equipment to the council. Once PERC receives the field data, the organization will send a $2,000 check to the dealer if the dealer chooses to purchase the mower. Turf online (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Alt-fuel vehicle show to hit Albany, N.Y.
    Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, N.Y., will host the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey on Thursday. Vehicles that run on propane autogas, compressed natural gas and electricity will be featured. The school received a $1,000 grant from West Virginia University Research through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to host the event. Albany Democrat-Herald (Ore.) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spouses are propane marketers' trusted advisers
    Propane marketers and business owners should be wise enough to consult their spouses before making any major business decision, writes Ken Albrecht, president of Reliable Propane in Clarence Center, N.Y. "Listening to your wife's cautions is a critical part of making wise business decisions. And it is a subject that you may never hear about in any business curriculum," he writes. (10/15)
  • Blue Bird unveils new version of All-American school bus
    School bus manufacturer Blue Bird has redesigned its All-American school bus to offer improved serviceability and enhanced safety for passengers, drivers and technicians. "While developing the All Americans, we spent significant time focusing on customer-led product improvements to ensure these buses would strengthen our leadership position in the Type D segment," said Blue Bird President and CEO Phil Horlock. The company will showcase the new bus next week at the National Association for Pupil Transport Summit & Trade Show in Memphis, Tenn. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to stop your company from going off the rails
    Corporate culture acts as the guardrails that keep companies on track -- and it's up to the CEO to create and sustain that, says Christopher Nassetta, CEO of Hilton Worldwide. That takes steady hands and a crystal-clear, constantly repeated message, Nassetta explains. "You have to know who you are, what you stand for and where you are going, and ... have the discipline to stick with it," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marketers are from Mars, innovators are from Venus
    Marketing tends to contain feisty, aggressive types focused on short-term results, while research and development is more inclined to plan for long-term success, writes Michael Fruhling. That can make it hard to get marketers interested in a company's innovative products and technologies unless they're accompanied by a clear and immediately actionable business plan. InnovationTools/Innovation Weblog (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Third Thursday Webinar Covers Propane Bobtail Truck
    The Third Thursday webinar from the Propane Education & Research Council is a presentation by Freightliner Custom Chassis on its new medium-duty S2 commercial truck chassis for the propane bobtail market. The truck features an 8.0-liter propane-autogas engine supplied by Powertrain Integration and a fuel system from CleanFuel USA. The one-hour Propane Delivering Propane webinar on October 18 begins at 11 a.m. Eastern time, and features Freightliner's Bryan Henke. Register for the webinar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Energy Cost Calculator is Updated
    The Propane Education & Research Council has upgraded its Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator, giving construction professionals and propane marketers a way to quickly conduct pricing comparisons down to the county level. Users can find the cost of operating a propane furnace or water heating system and measure it against a comparable system that uses heating oil or electricity. Check out PERC's updated Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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