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November 5, 2012
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  • Propane marketers, Rinnai join forces to augment residential gallons
    A group of propane marketers led by Blossman Gas Chief Financial Officer Randy Doyle has partnered with appliance manufacturer Rinnai to augment propane sales in the residential market. The group aims to "organically grow residential gallons by displacing other fuel sources, mainly electricity, with propane-burning appliances." Rinnai is a top manufacturer of gas tankless water heaters, including propane models. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Conn. governor allows propane users to fill up from any supplier
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an executive order Friday allowing propane costumers to fill their tanks from any supplier in the wake of superstorm Sandy. "Right now, people who heat their homes or cook with propane need the flexibility to get their tanks filled -- it's that simple. With temperatures dropping, we absolutely must provide residents who use propane with a way to meet their fuel needs," he said. The order will be in effect for 30 days. Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. manufacturing, productivity improve
    U.S. worker productivity in the third quarter and manufacturing in October both showed gains, adding to signs of economic upturn. The number of hours worked during the quarter was up as well. The positive manufacturing index of 51.7 improved on the 51.5 reading in September and suggests U.S. manufacturers are riding out the global downturn. MarketWatch (11/1), Bloomberg (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction sector adds 17,000 jobs in October
    Non-farm payrolls in October increased by 171,000. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9%. The construction sector added 17,000 jobs, and the only sector that saw a decrease in jobs was government. The number of jobs added in September was revised -- up to 148,000 from the original 114,000. ABC News (11/2), Bloomberg Businessweek (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. natural gas changes global energy-supply dynamics
    The U.S. is entering a new energy reality as natural gas from shale provides the country with a reliable energy option, speakers at a Rice University forum said Thursday. "This will be the redefining global phenomenon, from a finite world to a surplus world," said Ken Hersh, CEO and co-founder of NGP Energy Capital Management. The effects are also felt in Europe, where countries are reassessing their reliance on Russian gas as alternate supplies become a viable energy source, Hersh added. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • E-learning Safety Programs Are More Convenient, Accessible
    Six e-learning safety programs from the Propane Education & Research Council have been updated to conform to 2012 NFPA 54 and 2011 NFPA 58 and are available on interactive computer-based DVDs. Each can be ordered for $22 through the Propane MaRC. The programs are Basic Principles & Practices of Propane, Propane Delivery Operations and Cylinder Delivery, Bobtail Delivery Operations, Designing and Installing Propane Vapor Distribution Systems, Placing Vapor Distribution Systems and Appliances into Operation and Initial OSHA & DOT First 90-Day Employee Hazmat Training. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free Safety Modules Help Customers Use Propane
    The Propane Education & Research Council has 16 interactive modules that explain how to use propane safely every day and during rough weather. The modules cover in less than 10 minutes such topics as maintaining propane appliances, what the consumer should do if they smell propane, during power outages, and for winter storm preparedness. The modules are available in English and Spanish versions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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