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February 4, 2013
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  • Pa. propane dealer unveils propane autogas-fueled van
    Propane dealer and HVAC contractor Ace-Robbins unveiled its first Ford E-250 service van that runs on propane autogas. The Roush CleanTech-equipped van offers several benefits, according to Ace-Robbins Distribution Director Abe Kukuchka: "First, this van has the same weight as gasoline-powered versions of the same model and a lower weight than versions fueled by compressed natural gas. Additionally, it qualifies for a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II emissions rating. These are important factors that all fleet managers must consider." (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Opinion: N.J. propane group commends retailers' heroism in Sandy's wake
    New Jersey Propane Gas Association State Director Robert Nicholson commended the efforts of the group's members in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. These companies include AmeriGas, Ferrellgas, Tarantin Industries and Eastern Propane. "The New Jersey Propane Gas Association is very proud of its members, and proud that no major incidents have taken place involving propane during the recovery efforts from Sandy," Nicholson wrote. (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pinnacle Propane's facility near N.M. village nears completion
    Pinnacle Propane's propane storage facility near Eagle Nest, N.M., is expected to be complete within the next week, the company announced. Pinnacle Propane currently gets its supply for the area from its branch in Raton, so the new facility will enable the company to make deliveries to customers faster and at a lower cost. "Eventually, the cost gets back to the consumer because we're not burning the fuel going back and forth [to Raton]," said Pinnacle Regional Manager Alan Dickson. Sangre de Cristo Chronicle (Angel Fire, N.M.) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Conoco to focus spending on North American shale plays, CEO says
    North American unconventional formations are the primary area of investment for ConocoPhillips over the next few years, said Chairman and CEO Ryan Lance. "We pivoted as fast as anybody, I think, in recognizing the potential of these unconventionals," Lance said. He also cited Canadian oil sands and the North Sea as other areas of investment. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • CSB: PERC's safety actions after W.Va. explosion are acceptable
    The Propane Education & Research Council have performed the necessary actions to ensure safety after the 2007 explosion in Ghent, W.Va., that killed four people, according to the Chemical Safety Board. Aside from PERC, the agency wrote that the West Virginia Fire Commission, the National Fire Protection Association and the National Propane Gas Association, among others, had provided "realistic and effective solutions" to avoid similar incidents. The Register-Herald (Beckley, W.Va.) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Free Mower Reference Card from PERC
    A new reference card on propane's benefits for commercial mowers is available for free on the Propane MaRC from the Propane Education & Research Council. The card is designed for marketers to leave with landscape contracting prospects. Visit the MaRC to order this card, and check out other free collateral for this industry, including brochures, photos, and a mechanic's troubleshooting guide. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumer Reports Covers the Generac LP5500 Generator
    Consumer Reports recently published a video and write up on the Generac LP5500 propane-powered portable generator, a product that was developed with the support of the Propane Education & Research Council. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Aim for the stars -- but keep an eye on the road ahead
    It's fine to have sky-high ambitions, but you should make sure your hopes and dreams don't distract you from the banal but vital process of running a business, says John Baldoni. "Aspiration is a process of reaching for the stars. But before you can reach for the stars, you check the ground upon which you are standing," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • 6 ways to lead like a mother lion
    On a trip to the Serengeti, Beth Armknecht Miller spotted a lioness caring for her cubs -- and showcasing some key skills every business leader needs. A lioness models good hunting techniques for her cubs, watches them carefully while allowing them space to fail, and rewards their successes. "One of the primary roles a leader has is to develop her team to their full potential. And on the plains of the Serengeti, eating and being aware of your surroundings are critical to survival," Miller writes. Great Leadership (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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