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April 17, 2012
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  • PERC appoints new chief business development officer
    The Propane Education & Research Council named Tucker Perkins as its new chief business development officer. "The chief business development officer, the No. 2 position at PERC, has front-line responsibility for guiding key aspects of our commercialization strategy," said PERC President and CEO Roy Willis. Perkins' wide experience in business acquisition and product commercialization will contribute to the council's efforts to boost research and development of new applications for propane, Willis said. (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Natural gas producers seek to spur demand amid supply glut
    Natural gas producers in the U.S. are looking for ways to boost demand to mitigate the supply glut, which pulled natural gas prices in the U.S. to a 10-year low this past week. Recent efforts by energy companies to curb production haven't made a dent in the surplus. "The biggest new incremental demand will come from the petrochemical industry," which uses natural gas as a feedstock and a source of fuel, said Arthur Smith, president of Houston-based investment firm Triple Double Advisors. Houston Chronicle (4/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Homeowners focus on smaller home-improvement projects
    Garden supplies and other home-improvement products for smaller projects are in demand, according to home-improvement retailers. "Instead of spending money to rent a place at the beach, people are going to buy a grill and a patio set and spend time in the yard," said Dave Jones, co-owner of Intown Ace Hardware in Decatur, Ga. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (4/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UP, Gardendale Railroad keep up with demand from Texas shale play
    Union Pacific and Gardendale Railroad are handling a rapidly rising amount of freight business spurred by the booming activity in the Eagle Ford Shale play in Texas. "We went from 1,600 feet of track to 80,000 feet of track, with another 35,000 likely to be built. That's both our track and our customers'," said Matt Cundiff, vice president of Ironhorse Resources, Gardendale Railroad's owner. "Today, we're looking at handling about 15,000 railcars annually, and we expect to go to 25,000 in a year's time." San Antonio Express-News (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Ohio industries reap benefits of Utica Shale gas
    Eastern Ohio is benefiting from the economic activity brought by shale natural gas developments in the Utica Shale. "We seeing an unprecedented amount of growth in this area after 30 years of recession. Some existing companies that hung on through the hard times have seen business from oil and gas, manufacturing or fabrication," said Tony Paglia of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. MarketWatch (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Obama forms task force on natural gas development
    The Obama administration is creating a high-level task force that would coordinate with federal agencies on the oversight of domestic natural gas development. The task force would ensure that natural gas drilling techniques, particularly hydraulic fracturing, are conducted safely and responsibly. "[I]t is vital that we take full advantage of our natural gas resources, while giving American families and communities confidence that natural and cultural resources, air and water quality, and public health and safety will not be compromised," said an executive order signed by President Barack Obama. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Obama summons CEOs to Summit of the Americas
    President Barack Obama summoned top executives from companies such as Wal-Mart, PepsiCo and Caterpillar to Colombia for a summit aimed at improving U.S. relations with Latin America. Increased trade is a vital part of America's plan to bring to an end regional tensions rooted in "gun boat diplomacy and yanquis and the Cold War," Obama said. Associated Press (4/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Have you considered corporate mentoring? Your questions answered
    Mentoring is on the rise, says Beth N. Carvin, president and CEO of Nobscot, but administrators should be careful not to impose artificial mentor-mentee relationships on their workers. Technology can help suggest good matches, but there needs to be chemistry for a mentoring relationship to succeed. "In our experience, in the best mentorships there is a natural affinity between mentor and mentee," Carvin says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • New Leads List of Construction Pros Available
    An updated list of qualified construction professional leads is available on the Propane MaRC. The leads include confirmed e-mail addresses, additional contact information, and a proposed project start date for builders, architects, remodelers, and developers that have confirmed an interest in using propane. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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