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November 6, 2012
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  • MFA Oil acquires Propane Pardners
    Columbia, Mo.-based MFA Oil has acquired Propane Pardners under undisclosed terms. "The industry has changed for rural electric cooperatives, and we believe MFA is a good fit for the propane business," said Gene Dorrel, general manager of United Electric Cooperative. Propane Pardners is a joint venture of United Electric and Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative. American City Business Journals/Kansas City, Mo. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • High costs drive fleet operators to use autogas, alt-fuels
    More fleet operators across the U.S. are considering using alternative fuels such as propane autogas as fleet operating costs increase, according to a recent study by Automotive Fleet magazine. "Many fleets see alternative-fuel vehicles as a long-term solution to rising fuel prices and fuel price volatility," said GE Capital Fleet Services' fuel product manager, Jayme Schnedeker, whose company contributed to the study. Propane autogas is one of the most highly considered alternative fueling choices by fleet managers, Schnedeker said. Propane Today blog (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Demand for roof measuring technology soars in Sandy's wake
    The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has brought a slew of business to EagleView Technologies, a Seattle company that provides software to assess the pitch and size of the roof from aerial photographs. The company's orders for the week grew almost tenfold as insurance companies start to assess claims, according to EagleView CEO Chris Barrow. The next surge in demand could come from contractors and claims adjusters, Barrow added. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New roofing material: Plastic soda bottles
    Plastic soda bottles could be the next thing in disaster reconstruction. SodaBIB, a project developed by a team at New York Institute of Technology, uses flattened bottles and a redesigned shipping pallet to create temporary roof repairs. The pallet contains a fastener that allows the bottles to be interconnected and then used as a roof covering. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Natural gas can help Mich. chemical industry, overall economy
    Michigan already has 28,000 people employed in the natural gas industry, with that number expected to double by 2035, writes Jim Standley, director of government relations for Linn Energy. One of the key beneficiaries is the state's chemical industry, which is the country's 12th-biggest, according to the American Chemistry Council. The Holland Sentinel (Mich.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Free Power Outage Materials Available
    Rough weather can lead to power outages, impacting the use of propane equipment. Help customers prepare for and address power outages with modules and handouts from the Propane Education & Research Council. Visit PERC's Consumer Safety Brochures and Related Materials page to find the Power Outages module, brochure and news release that can be distributed to customers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane-Fueled Bobtail Webinar Available
    The webinar on the soon-to-be-released Freightliner bobtail truck fueled with propane autogas is available from the Propane Education & Research Council. Visit Propane Delivering Propane for the 40-minute webinar that featured a presentation from Freightliner on its new S2G chassis. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survivalists offer a new model for innovation
    In rural Missouri, a group of unwashed survivalists are developing machinery they say would allow them to rebuild civilization in the event of a cataclysmic disaster. Their toolkit could also have broader implications, says group leader Marcin Jakubowski, by making it easier for noncorporate innovators to develop technologies on their own terms. "That is the model for the next economy. By open-sourcing the entire production system, you can increase innovation by a hundredfold," he says. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why bosses need workers who'll answer back
    Nobody likes back talk, but bosses should actively encourage employees to talk back to them, says John Baldoni. It's more important to hear uncomfortable truths than to have workers try to protect your feelings, Baldoni explains. "The man or woman at the top of the pyramid must work hard to enable people to speak truth to power," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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