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June 7, 2013
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  • PERC exec: Plan ahead, work with community on bulk plants
    Propane marketers who are looking to build bulk plants should work closely with the community to establish relationships and build trust to dispel negative perceptions about propane, industry experts say. The Propane Education & Research Council also offers resources to help retailers educate communities about propane's safety. "Ultimately, [propane] is not only a safety issue ... but it's about [the community's] property values and things of that sort," said Stuart Flatow, PERC's vice president of safety and training. (6/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wis. company helps propane startups build their business
    Wisconsin-based Draeger Propane is not just focused on expanding its sales, it is also in the business of helping other entrepreneurs who want to start their own propane business. "We have helped four or five along over the years. These companies didn't have the resources or knowledge base at the time of induction. We wanted to help these individuals because we know how difficult it is to build a business and finance the assets needed to grow a business," said Josh Schmoll, Draeger Propane's location manager. The company boosts its sales by tapping new markets so as not to "steal gallons" from other propane retailers in the area, he added. (6/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research & Development 
  • Device measures remaining propane fuel in the tank
    German system supplier Truma has developed a device that can measure how much propane is left inside the tank. The LevelChecker is operated by touching its tip to the side of the tank and pressing a button. The device emits an ultrasonic signal to determine the tank's fuel level. Gizmodo (6/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Ga. school bus drivers flaunt skills at safety competition
    More than 60 Georgia school bus drivers competed at the recent Georgia Pupil Transportation Competition. The drivers' skills in parking, maneuvering and driving through tight spaces were tested during the competition. "I believe it has helped me drive ... more safely," said one of the contestants, Melanie Paulin. "I pay more attention to how I maneuver my bus and the little tricks and turns it takes to get your bus in and out of tight places." WMGT-TV (Macon, Ga.) (6/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Propane Daily News to Replace PERC SmartBrief
    The morning news roundup for propane professionals will change Monday to the Propane Daily News from the PERC SmartBrief. The Propane Daily News will offer subscribers a concise approach with propane-specific news. Subscriptions to the Propane Daily News are free. Learn more about the change. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Costco CEO: It pays to treat your workers well
    Costco pays its workers an average of almost $21 an hour compared with Wal-Mart's average of less than $13 an hour. That's part of a deliberate strategy to ensure that workers are well paid and well taken care of, says CEO Craig Jelinek. "I just think people need to make a living wage with health benefits," he says. "It also puts more money back into the economy and creates a healthier country. It's really that simple." Bloomberg Businessweek (6/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to ensure your employees bloom and thrive
    Employees are like beautiful flowers that fade and wilt if they aren't kept in the right environment, writes Mary Jo Asmus. If you've got a worker who's failing to bloom and thrive, try finding an environment that's better suited to their needs, Asmus suggests. "Despite employees? pleas for a bigger paycheck and better benefits, after their basic needs are met, what they really want is to flourish and grow," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (6/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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