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March 15, 2013
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  • Peapod rolls out trucks that run on propane autogas, CNG
    Grocery service Peapod has rolled out several trucks that run on propane autogas and compressed natural gas in Illinois in a bid to curb carbon emissions. "With more than 23 million grocery orders delivered across 24 U.S. markets, we are committed to making our fleet as eco-friendly as possible. This pilot is the first step in a process to find the most environmentally impactful solution," said Peapod's president and general manager, Andrew Parkinson. Zurich, Ill. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Roush CleanTech exec touts propane autogas, CNG for fleet vehicles
    Roush CleanTech President Joe Thompson said his company saw the benefits of propane autogas and compressed natural gas as transportation fuels early on. During an interview on CNBC, he noted that fleet managers such as DHL and Dish Network have seen the benefits and have purchased or converted vehicles to run on the fuels. "We're not doing a pilot study; we're not doing an experiment. They have these products on the road, and we're getting results from them today," Thompson said. CNBC (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 Work Truck Show gets warm reception
    More than 10,300 people attended this year's Work Truck Show last week Indianapolis, nearly beating last year's record of 10,402 attendees. "With a record level of exhibitor booths already sold for the 2014 show, we are confident that the industry is again poised for growth in the upcoming year," said Steve Carey, executive director of the National Truck Equipment Association. Among the 520 exhibitors were Roush CleanTech and Green Alternative Systems, which showcased a propane autogas-dedicated Ford F-550 chassis cab. Fleet Owner (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why the stand-on, zero-turn mower is making a comeback
    The stand-on, zero-turn mower is once again becoming popular among commercial landscapers because of its improved design, versatility and better price, writes Gregg Wartgow. The machine is suited to maintaining narrow and sloped properties, and can benefit crews of small or large landscaping businesses. Some models come with a floating deck and higher horsepower to attract customers who prefer riding mowers, Wartgow notes. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Lyondell plans NGL, ethylene projects in U.S.
    LyondellBasell Industries announced U.S. petrochemical projects including a $430 million ethylene capacity expansion in Texas, a $200 million polyethylene plant and another $200 million for a natural gas liquids facility. "The availability of abundant supplies of natural gas and natural gas liquids from shale deposits is creating a tremendous advantage for U.S. manufacturers, and LyondellBasell is well positioned to seize this opportunity at our Gulf Coast and Midwest facilities," CEO James Gallogly said. Chemical Week (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • N.Y. county board passes resolution vs. Inergy's LPG storage plan
    The Seneca County, N.Y., Board of Advisors this week voiced its opposition to Inergy's planned underground LPG storage facility along Seneca Lake just north of Watkins Glen. "Putting one of the region's most valuable assets, Seneca Lake, at risk of suffering irreparable damage is not only unacceptable, it's also unbelievable," said Stephen Churchill, chairman of the county's Environmental Affairs Committee. Inergy maintains that the proposed facility poses no threat to the environment and nearby communities, saying that the "safety of our employees and the environment is paramount in all of our projects." The Leader (Corning, N.Y.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Interior chief pushes for disclosure of fracking chemicals
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar emphasized the need for drillers to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing during his trip to San Francisco. "People need to know what's being injected into the underground. I tell people in the oil and gas industry that unless they embrace a set of reforms like that, including disclosure, that it'll be the Achilles Heel of their industry," Salazar said. San Francisco Chronicle/Fossils & Photons blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Marketer Technology Seminars Visit New England
    There will be three Marketer Technology and Sales Training seminars in New England in May: Swansea, Mass., May 9, on commercial mowers; Nashua, N.H., May 10, propane autogas; May 21, Bangor, Maine, residential. Learn about these propane technology and sales training sessions from the Propane Education & Research Council. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Raleigh to Host Industry Responders' Conference in June
    The North Carolina Propane Gas Association and the Propane Education & Research Council will cosponsor a two-day Industry Responder Conference June 1 and 2 in Raleigh. The IRC is designed for firefighters, emergency personnel, hazmat personnel, and propane marketers, combining classroom learning with hands-on field training. Venue and hotel pending. View the flyer to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Leaders must be creators
    A good leader is a creator and not just a critic, Mike Figliuolo writes. This means not stopping simply with your opinion. "Give people the coaching, feedback, and resources to improve their average pieces of junk," he writes. "Identify opportunities to connect ideas and people so they can build something greater. Be part of the solution rather than simply pointing out the problem." ThoughtLeaders blog (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The difference between being the boss and being bossy
    While many dream of becoming the "boss," the word itself can create difficulties in the work environment, writes Tim Lambert. "Using it has the psychological effect of driving a certain type of behaviour. ... [W]hat's needed is a reframing of the relationship between a manager and the people they manage: a relationship based on mutual benefit and interdependence, not hierarchy," he writes. Linked 2 Leadership blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Adventure is not outside man; it is within."
--George Eliot,
British writer

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