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December 13, 2012
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  • LP Gas Magazine unveils propane Hall of Fame honorees for 2013
    LP Gas Magazine has unveiled its propane Hall of Fame Class of 2013, which includes former AmeriGas President and CEO Eugene Bissell, former LP Gas Magazine publisher and editor Zane Chastain, Walter Johnson of the National LP-Gas Association and Robert Nicholson of Eastern Propane. The list also includes posthumous honorees Herbert Hills of Imperial Machine Products and William Hill of Pargas. The inductees will be honored April 12 before the NPGA Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo in Atlanta. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • La. city considers converting equipment to propane
    The city of Lake Charles, La., is looking at switching its public works equipment to run on propane in an attempt to cut costs and reduce emissions. "We want to be responsible with the taxpayers' moneys and make sure that there are savings out there," said Mister Edwards, the city's public works director. KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, La.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. town prohibits transfer of New England Gas' huge tanks
    The Board of Selectmen in Grafton, Mass., issued a cease and desist order that prohibits New England Gas' huge propane storage tanks from being delivered in the town. The tanks' new owner, Grafton & Upton Railroad, said it plans to build a propane transfer station in the town. "Our cease and desist order requires that no construction activity occurs on the site, which would prohibit the tanks to be taken onto the site. In short of that, the town has no authority to regulate traffic and transit on state roadways," said Assistant Town Administrator Kevin Mizikar. Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Storms lead to influx of work for Nev. roofing businesses
    Recent strong winds and heavy rainfall have swamped roofing companies in Nevada with work as customers seek to repair leaky roofs or replace those that were partly torn off, firms said. The surge in demand has led Burke Roofing to transfer some calls to other roofing contractors, said Shawn Sjodin, the firm's operations manager. Clay Davis, owner of East Fork Roofing, said he personally had to handle some repair jobs. Smaller contractors should be careful to hire qualified, knowledgeable workers if they decide to hire to keep up with increased demand, said Steve Nichols, owner of Ace Roofing. Northern Nevada Business Weekly (Reno) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • North America to become energy exporter by 2025, Exxon says
    North America will become a net energy exporter by 2025, fueled by surging oil and natural gas production, ExxonMobil said. According to the company's energy outlook, more than 50% of the unconventional gas supply growth over the next 20 years will come from North America. Exxon in recent years has been scooping up natural gas properties in the U.S., starting with its acquisition of XTO Energy. Reuters (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Vision school buses are recalled for brake-light switch malfunction
    Blue Bird is recalling model year 2013 and 2014 Vision school buses to fix brake-light switches. The company said the switches were improperly adjusted, which could cause the brake lights to function improperly. The dealers will replace the defective switches free of charge, according to Blue Bird. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Third Thursday Webinar to Cover Generators
    Generator sales have grown with the widespread power outages caused by superstorm Sandy and other recent storms. December's Third Thursday webinar will focus on propane-fueled generators and feature manufacturer Generac Power Systems. The one-hour webinar sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council will run Dec. 20 beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Video Previews Personal Safety Training Series
    See a preview of the Propane Personal Safety Training Series from the Propane Education & Research Council. The series offers insight and training for on-the-job safety directed to management and staff, as well as illustrating specific safe procedures for common tasks in the propane industry. The series includes a three-part video, a companion workbook, an instructor PowerPoint presentation and a how-to on conducting tasks in a safe manner. View the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Competitors are just distractions, Google CEO says
    Smart bosses don't make strategic decisions or seek to rally employees by focusing on their competitors, says Google CEO Larry Page. True progress only comes when you do things nobody else has thought of yet, and you can't generate that kind of innovation by watching your rivals, Page explains. "If you're looking at somebody else, you're looking at what they do now, and that's not how again you stay two or three steps ahead," he says. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stop trying to motivate your team
    The best bosses don't try to directly motivate employees, but instead focus on leading by example and encouraging people to harness personal beliefs and ideas, writes Garret Kramer. "In fact, those people in leadership positions who try to light fires for others tend to not keep their jobs for long," Kramer warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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