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​Diesel Direct Acquires Volta Oil Co.

Diesel Direct, Inc. of Stoughton, Mass., acquired the commercial and marina fuel services assets of Volta Oil Co., Inc. of Plymouth, Mass., Cetane Associates announced Aug. 16. Cetane Associates served as the sole arranger and financial advisor to the seller. Volta Oil is an energy services provider operating in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The company provides gas station fuel dealer services and support, and ...

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Fighting Against Calls for a Carbon Tax

Carbon taxes would destroy the delivered fuel business by intentionally making the products too expensive, leaders of state trade associations say. “It is probably the biggest issue that is going to face the heating oil and propane industries as well as the motor fuels industry, going forward,” said Jamie Py, president, and CEO of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, based ...

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Women in Energy Lunch & Learn: Take Charge of Your Financial Future

“Taking charge of your financial future” is the subject of the next “Lunch & Learn” session to be held by Women in Energy, Sept. 19 from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Heritage Hotel in Lancaster, Pa. Experts from Janney Montgomery Scott LLC will lead the educational program. Pete Costanzo, senior vice president of wealth management, and Laura Pontz, registered private ...

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Hop Energy Acquires Cernak Fuel Corp.

HOP Energy of White Plains, N.Y., acquired the assets of Cernak Fuel Corp. of Easthampton, Mass., announced Cetane Associates, which served as the sole arranger and financial advisor to the seller. Cernak Fuel Corp. is a marketer of heating oil, kerosene, and diesel fuel to residential and small commercial customers throughout central Massachusetts. All of Cernak’s employees will continue to work from the existing ...

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Obituary: Paul S. Marston, Founder of Abenaqui Carriers

Paul Stuart Marston, founder and president of P.S. Marston Associates, dba Abenaqui Carriers in North Hampton, N.H., and an advocate for tanker truck transportation, died on July 31 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire. He was 75 years old. A self-made man and serial entrepreneur, Marston started the former Abercrombie & Finch Restaurant, Candia Woods and The Oaks golf ...

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Crestwood Expands Two Terminals, Upgrades One

Expansions at two of its propane rail terminals are complete, and upgrades are underway at a third, Crestwood Midstream’s Marketing Supply and Logistics (MSL) Group announced. Expansions of Crestwood’s rail terminals in Montgomery, N.Y., and Rose Hill, N.C., were undertaken to enhance winter capacity and to accelerate upload times, the Crestwood unit, based in Kansas City, Mo., said in a ...

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Alex Laforest Named New England Technical Sales Manager for Boston Steel

Alex Laforest was appointed technical sales manager of the New England region for Boston Steel, Haverhill, Mass., a division of Tremcar USA. A technical engineer, Laforest has been employed at Tremcar Inc., Boston Steel’s parent company, since 2012. Laforest has worked on several different projects for Tremcar, notably the U.S. patent for Tremcar’s total ground level operated tank-trailer. Laforest was ...

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Western Global Introduces ‘Envirocube’ Yard Tank

Western Global, Clawson, Mich., a manufacturer of fuel and fluid storage solutions, introduced the EnviroCube, designed for convenient, secure, and economical on-site refueling and fuel storage. The tank is for refueling equipment and fleet vehicles as well as reducing downtime and lessening fuel costs, the manufacturer said. A lockable cabinet keeps fuel secure and controls access to hoses, ports, and ...

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We Need to Keep Fighting

Many people think lobbying in Washington, D.C., is unamerican and only protects special interests of big corporations. My experiences tell me just the opposite. Sure, big business wants to protect their interests, but many smaller family-owned businesses need to protect their families, their employees, and their industry. This point was driven home for me at my second visit with lawmakers ...

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Tank Monitoring: Who’s Using It and Why

Tank monitoring vendors are vying for market share while fuel marketers that have invested in the technology tend to carefully consider what tanks to monitor. Santa Energy, Bridgeport, Conn., has tank monitors installed on approximately 1,000 accounts, says Scott Santa, customer experience manager. The fuel dealer targets accounts that have fluctuating propane usage that makes consumption harder to predict. It ...

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