Author Archives: The Staff

Be Prepared

Feature Story Testing your equipment before the onset of the heating season can save a lot of headachesBy George Lanthier A lot of my recent articles have focused on meters, testers and gauges, and in response to those articles a lot of my e-mail surprised me, but I guess in some ways it didn’t. When writing articles I’m finding out ...

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The basics of hedging

Feature Story What is it, really, and who’s doing it? By James M. Burr The recent increase in volatility is causing a major shift in the marketplace. Accounts that five years ago swore that there was no need to learn how to hedge are attending classes. Marketers that scoffed at the idea that the age-old practice of midnight pricing would ...

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Katrina touches all

Feature Story Devastating hurricane leaves its mark on Americans from coast to coast By Chris Traczek While the physical devastation ‘ which is expected to cost over $100 billion ‘ and loss of life ‘ which could reach into the tens of thousands ‘ wrought by Hurricane Katrina was limited to the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, ...

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Adapt and flourish

Feature Story By Chris Traczek Like Fuel Oil News, many companies in the fuel-oil industry have been in business for 70-plus years. Two, Taco, Inc. and ECR International, chose to share with us how they have been able to stay ahead of the curve over the past seven decades. Taco innovates for the “good of the industry”Taco, Inc., Cranston, R.I., ...

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Nudge the sludge

Feature Story Consider tank cleaning before converting to E10 By Fernando Crosa With gasoline prices at an all-time high and retailers switching to more cost-effective fuel choices, proprietors should remember that the process is not as simple as swapping fuels.The price of gasoline is expected to go down by Thanksgiving; however, it is unlikely that prices will drop below $2 ...

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Growing pains

Feature Story Infrastructure playing catch-up with increased use of biofuels By Joel Glatz A few years ago, biodiesel and bioheat were poorly understood and often ridiculed by the average fuel marketer. However, with the increasing cost of petroleum and the demand for cleaner fuels on the rise, it’s no surprise that serious consideration is being paid to a fuel that ...

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Going strong at 70

Feature Story Going strong at 70Much like the industry it chronicles, FON has survived in challenging conditions By Chris Traczek When choosing a year to start a new entrepreneurial enterprise, there had to have been better choices than 1935. First of all, the country was still battling to shake the grip of The Great Depression, a battle that some would ...

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Horses to horsepower

Cover Story Jacobus Energy grows, diversifies with the help of Freightliner trucks By Jennifer Edwards When Jacobus Energy was founded in 1919, refueling meant keeping the company’s main transportation sources full of hay and oats. Back then, the company consisted of five employees and two teams of horses who hauled coal, animal feed and building supplies, among other products, to ...

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Industries prepare for tighter emissions regulations that go into effect in 2007

FeatureDiesel deadline looms By Mark Stasell With the deadline just 15 months away, tighter diesel-emissions regulations that will take effect in 2007 continue to the shape business plans and strategies of the fuel oil industry, diesel-engine manufacturers and United States commercial truck and school bus operators.These groups now share a defined commitment to clean-air initiatives not only because they are ...

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Space trucking

FeatureRF Delivery System uses satellites to keep delivery trucks connected By Gary J. Sullivan Maine, the 23rd state to join the United States, is the home of the world’s largest boulder, the inventor of the toothpick, the author of “America the Beautiful,” the first state to have mandatory retirement at age 65, the first to broadcast a transatlantic TV signal ...

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