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Cargill to Build Biodiesel Plant in Wichita, Kansas

Cargill plans to build a state-of-the-art $90 million biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kan., the company announced. Set to open January 2019, the plant will produce 60 million gallons of biodiesel annually. “This new facility will enable Wichita to be a competitive supplier in the biofuels market, bringing value to the suppliers and customers we work with, and connecting farmers with industrial customers by supplying quality biomass-based ...

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Eastern Delivery Trucks Run on Propane

Eastern Propane Gas is increasing the number of propane-fueled vehicles in its fleet. Half of the 300 vehicles in the Eastern Propane Gas fleet are now or soon will be running on propane. The propane-fueled trucks in the fleet include about 40 that are Freightliner Custom Chassis S2G models that Eastern started buying about three years ago, says Mike Gagne, ...

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Newport Biodiesel Expands

As biodiesel proponents continue working to build a bigger market for the fuel, Newport Biodiesel has expanded its production capabilities, adding storage and investing in a methane recovery system to make its plant more efficient, says Robert Morton, a founder, chairman of the board, and one of 25 shareholders in the company in Newport, R.I. Established in 2007, Newport Biodiesel ...

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Taco Creates Hurricanes Relief Fund with Red Cross

Taco Comfort Solutions, Cranston, R.I., and the American Red Cross, announced a Hurricanes Relief Effort focused on the HVAC industry to assist those in need in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Taco’s relief efforts were established with a gift from the White Family Foundation. To make ...

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ATA Urges Congress to Support Automated Vehicle Development

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation about the importance of including commercial vehicles in the discussion about automated vehicles, and urged the Federal government not to stifle innovation. “I hope my testimony will help unwind some of the myths about automation and our industry,” Spear said in his ...

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ESEA Launches ‘Upgrade Your Lifestyle’ Program

The Empire State Energy Association launched its new “Upgrade Your Lifestyle” program in September, promoting energy efficiency, equipment upgrades and “Upgrade & Save” rebates. The program uses National Oilheat Research Alliance funds allocated to the Upstate New York Energy Association (UNYEA) and Hudson Valley Oil and Energy Council (HVOEC) under the energy efficiency, research and development and rebate categories from ...

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Ray Energy Creates Fund for Hurricane Recovery

Ray Energy Corp., Troy, N.Y., set up a donation fund to aid in recovery efforts and support those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. “We are concerned for all those affected by the devastation produced by these storms,” said Ken Ray, president of Ray Energy. “We are committed to assisting these communities by supporting immediate relief efforts and long-term ...

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ATA Praises Rejection of Effort to Delay ELD Implementation

The American Trucking Associations praised the House of Representatives for rejecting an 11th-hour effort to delay implementation of the electronic logging device mandate, slated for December of this year. “ATA has supported, and will support, this important regulation,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said in a statement issued by ATA. Referring to a vote on Sept. 6, Spear said, ...

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​Distracted Driving Survey: Practice and Opinions Don’t Match

About one third of drivers feel confident in their own ability to text and drive, yet the majority believe distracted driving is the biggest cause of auto accidents and more than 90% say it should be illegal, according to a survey by Progressive Insurance, Cleveland, Ohio. The starkest difference in attitudes is between younger and older drivers. More than 60% ...

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Up and Running: Propane Rail Terminal in Montgomery, N.Y.

On Sept. 6 a grand opening commemorated completion of Crestwood Services’ propane rail terminal in Montgomery, N.Y. Propane tank trailers filed in, filled up and departed in a continuous stream throughout the day as Crestwood executives, Montgomery town officials, and fuel marketers participated in the grand opening. The terminal was completed in July and has been operating since then. The ...

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