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October 25, 2012
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  • Alliance AutoGas adds first fueling partner in Mich.
    Grand Rapids-based Crystal Flash has become Alliance AutoGas' first fueling partner in Michigan after the company decided to join the autogas network. "Fleets are looking for affordable alternative fuel options now more than ever, so it was important to us to partner with Alliance AutoGas to get Michigan fleets running on clean, affordable, American-made autogas," said Crystal Flash President Tom Fehsenfeld. NGT News (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • NGL Partners expands in crude oil market reach with new acquisition
    NGL Partners has expanded its reach in the crude oil industry with its recent acquisition of Pecos Gathering and Marketing. Pecos buys and transports 60,000 barrels of crude oil per day in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale formations in Texas and New Mexico. "NGL is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Jensen family, owner of Pecos, to expand our Crude Oil Logistics business in Texas and New Mexico," said NGL Director James Burke. Tulsa World (Okla.) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Confidence in equipment-leasing sector holds even for October
    The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry remained relatively steady this month, reaching 53.3, compared with September's 53. "Near term, results will continue to be strong," said Harry Kaplun, president of Frost Equipment Leasing and Finance. "In the longer term, significant variables like accounting rules, depreciation rates and cost of funds will change the landscape." Today's Medical Developments (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research & Development 
  • CPChem CEO says gas-led renaissance is a "durable" trend
    Royal Dutch Shell's proposed petrochemical facility in Beaver County, Pa., is seen as a symbol of a re-emerging manufacturing industry. "I never would have expected that as a region we'd have a second chance to be a real leader in American manufacturing. Suddenly we're back in the game," said Bill Flanagan of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. "We convinced ourselves that this is not a temporary thing. This is a real, durable phenomenon, a potential competitive advantage for the United States," said Peter Cella, Chevron Phillips Chemical president and CEO. The Wall Street Journal (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Minn. firefighters undergo live propane-fire training
    Firefighters with the Osakis Fire Department in Minnesota took part in a live propane-fire exercise last week to enhance their preparedness in handling propane emergencies. It had been 10 years since the department's last propane exercise, so "it definitely was a good experience for a lot of the newer guys, a lot who had never seen that before," said Osakis Fire Chief Chad Mathews. The Osakis Review (Alexandria, Minn.) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Willis: Propane Plays Vital Part in Nation's Energy Needs
    More than 90% of Americans believe that finding domestic energy sources is important or very important, according to a poll commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council. Propane plays a vital part in meeting the nation's energy needs, writes PERC President and CEO Roy Willis in a column in the influential The Hill's Congress Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PERC Updates Online Energy Cost Calculator
    The Propane Education & Research Council has updated its Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator online tool for construction professionals. The Cost Calculator quickly compares the one-year cost of operating a propane-fueled furnace or water heating system and measures it against a comparable system that uses heating oil or electricity. Check out the Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Why a bad decision is better than no decision at all
    Bosses need to give employees permission to make bad decisions from time to time, writes Mike Figliuolo, who polled business leaders and found that a whopping 96% of them would rather see team members make mistakes rather than leave all important decisions up to their bosses. According to Figliuolo, a thoughtful approach to decision-making should permit the occasional goof in the name of avoiding paralysis while using mistakes as learning moments. ThoughtLeaders blog (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The strategic implications of self-driving cars
    Self-driving robot cars could be a reality in remarkably short order, shaking up not just Detroit but also a range of subsidiary industries, the Economist asserts. Hands-free driving technologies could boost mobile entertainment and electronics companies; robot Winnebagos might reduce the demand for hotels; bars might get a boost as former designated drivers start knocking back drinks; and nose-to-tail fleets of automated coach buses might start competing with train operators. The Economist (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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