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February 6, 2013
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  • Wis. sees uptick in propane demand amid cold weather
    Cold weather in January led to a surge in propane demand in Wisconsin, causing retailers in the state to scramble to keep up with the increased demand. "The problem that we experienced in the last 12 days in Wisconsin was caused by the cold weather and the terminals were not able to keep up," Wisconsin Propane Gas Association Executive Director Betsy Ahner said. The situation prompted Gov. Scott Walker to issue an emergency order, which temporarily allowed propane truckers to work beyond the allowed trucking hours in the state to ensure needed deliveries. Wisconsin Dells Events (Wis.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Ore. county welcomes Pinnacle Propane's plan to build facility
    Officials at Lane County, Ore., welcomed Pinnacle Propane's plan to open a new facility in Goshen, Ore., as the facility would generate new revenues for the county and would create 36 new jobs. "It enhances the tax base, which is something we desperately need, and it creates jobs. Everyone knows how important those are. We've been suffering so long," said Community & Economic DevelopĀ­ment Department manager Glenda Poling. The planned 16,000-square-foot facility would be the company's first to serve the Northwest. The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • BASF, Lanxess consider U.S. petrochemical facilities
    BASF and Lanxess are looking at building petrochemical facilities in the U.S. to take advantage of cheap natural gas, executives said. "Resources are a lot cheaper in the U.S. than Asia," while Europe is three times more expensive for energy, said Bernhard Duttmann, chief financial officer at Lanxess. The biggest hurdle to expanding U.S. production is finding a skilled workforce, said BASF CFO Fried-Walter Munstermann. The Wall Street Journal/CFO Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • API: Oil, gas boom helping U.S. become "energy superpower"
    The U.S. is becoming an "energy superpower" because of the oil and natural gas development boom, the American Petroleum Institute said. The U.S. is first in natural gas production and third in oil production globally, said Karen Moreau, executive director of API's New York State Petroleum Council. For the first time in many years, "we are able to see that our energy supply is no longer limited, foreign and finite; it is American and abundant," she said. MarketWatch/The Tell blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • E-learning Offers Flexibility, Consistency, Savings
    E-learning works best when the students are geographically diverse, have time constraints, or need flexibility in the material. The Propane Education & Research Council offers six e-learning courses, including Basic Principles & Practices, and Bobtail Delivery Operations. To learn more, visit the Propane MaRC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar on Propane Mowers Today
    The Winter Webinar series from Wisconsin Clean Cities will cover propane lawn mowers, vehicles and stations today from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Central time. It features speakers from AmeriGas/Metrolawn, Roush CleanTech and Ferrellgas. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Would you trade companies with another CEO?
    Inspired by the TV show "Wife Swap," two engineering CEOs recently agreed to take over the other's company for a week. The experience didn't go particularly smoothly -- one CEO fired a key worker and the other refuses to discuss the experience. Still, the stunt apparently helped both executives to spot weaknesses in their companies and to hone their management styles. Inc. magazine (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The purpose-driven company
    There are five questions that corporate leaders should ask to determine their company's true goals and the best strategies to achieving them, experts say. "In the end, as a human being or an institution, you have to understand why you were put on this earth, and what actions you're going to take to deliver on that purpose," says design consultant Keith Yamashita. FastCoDesign (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
--Maya Angelou,
American author and poet


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