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December 17, 2012
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  • ThompsonGas expands business with 3 recent acquisitions
    ThompsonGas has become the 16th-largest propane retail firm in the U.S. after acquiring Drivers Energy, Quality/Ideal Gas group and Tarheel Oil and Propane. "We are continuing to greatly expand our presence in the Southeast and the whole East Coast of the United States," said ThompsonGas President J. Randall Thompson. The company said it has offered to hire "substantially all of the current employees" of the three firms. The Herald Mail (Hagerstown, Md.) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Willis: Propane can help reduce costs, environmental footprint
    Propane Education & Research Council President and CEO Roy Willis said he spent three hours Friday talking with reporters about propane. He writes on a blog that propane has many features to attract business. "Few consumers are willing to pay a lot more to be green, but if they can save money and reduce their environmental footprint, most consumers will take that deal. And that's what propane has to offer," he writes. Energy Gumbo blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carmakers' role is seen as key in promoting autogas vehicles
    Car manufacturers play an important role in promoting the use of propane autogas, said the Canadian Propane Association's president and CEO, Jim Facette. "The key to switching would start with the car manufacturers. If they offered propane-ready vehicles to the consumer and the consumer has the infrastructure available, it's at that point we can see it happening," he said. "More European car manufacturers produce propane vehicles. There's the infrastructure and the demand. We're not at that critical mass or tipping point yet, so the challenge is going forward," he added. The Toronto Star (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Christmas season puts damper on propane sales in Ala.
    Propane costumers in Alabama are saving their cash for Christmas rather than spending it to fill their tanks for home heating, propane officials said. "A lot of our customers -– well, they're people who need to spend money on Christmas, and that's understandable," said Kelly McCrory at Casey Propane. A ThompsonGas spokesman agreed, saying that "most of time, people will ride the forecast and hold off until they have to buy some." The Andalusia Star-News (Ala.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Oil and gas to bring gains in manufacturing, infrastructure
    Unconventional oil and natural gas production will have three waves of economic activity in the U.S., with the upcoming second wave bringing investment in petrochemicals infrastructure and manufacturing, writes Julie Carey of Navigant Economics. "Innovative solutions will address complex problems and hundreds of billions of dollars of investments and millions of new jobs are within reach," Carey writes. Forbes (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What will 2013 hold for the construction industry?
    This piece asks various industry experts about the key issues faced by the architecture, engineering and construction sector in 2012 and what they expect in 2013. Among the concerns discussed are highway construction, residential and multifamily construction, unemployment, material costs and the economy in general. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Industry looks to "energy security" in oil, gas production surge
    The oil and natural gas industry is focusing on "energy security," rather than "energy independence" to promote recent forecasts that the U.S. is poised to turn into a net exporter of oil and gas. Most acknowledge that the country will maintain a connection to a global commodities market even with a surge in domestic energy production, said Rayola Dougher, a senior economist at the American Petroleum Institute. "We're always going to be buying and selling world commodities -- oil and gas and anything else out there. But we can be a net exporter," she said. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • FEMA awards grant to W.Va. alt-fuel safety training program
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded nearly $1 million to the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University to train first responders on how to handle emergencies involving alternative-fuel vehicles. "The next-generation vehicles that use alternative fuels and advanced technologies are just as safe as conventional vehicles, but different. Therefore, it is critical that our first responders are properly trained to understand the differences, so they can safely respond, without any hesitation, to an accident involving these vehicles," said the consortium's executive director, Al Ebron. The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Share This Free Residential Case Study With Clients
    This case study of the Propane Energy Pod highlights three homes where building professionals are successfully integrating heating, cooking, drying and fireplace applications. The study can be used in presentations, newsletters, websites, as handouts at events and trade shows or with construction professionals in your area. Visit the Propane MaRC to download a copy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Generators on Tap for December's Third Thursday Webinar
    The Third Thursday webinar this month will focus on propane-fueled generators and feature executives from Generac Power Systems. The one-hour webinar sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council will run Thursday, Dec. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Tell your workers that it's OK to fail
    Bosses should tell their workers that failure is to be expected and even welcomed, OptionEase CEO Kim Kovacs says. Failure is a learning experience, Kovacs explains, and also a sign that you're testing the failure points of your company's business model. "If you can recognize the failure before it becomes epic, that's a really good thing. You're going to learn way more every time you fail at something than when you are succeeding," she says. Inc. online (free registration) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 12 steps to help leaders to keep stress in check
    Too many CEOs are overloaded with stress, writes Carole Spiers, a stress-management consultant. To avoid burning out, it's important to stay focused, to make time for yourself and to learn to switch off whenever you get the chance, she writes. "Remaining disciplined by managing both time and productivity well, is the key to good stress management," Spiers writes. Management-Issues (U.K.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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