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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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Shipley Energy Launches Seth Energy in Wake of Worley & Obetz Bankruptcy

Shipley Energy announced the launch of a new division in cooperation with Seth Obetz called Seth Energy that will be focused on growing the company’s presence in Lancaster and other southeastern Pennsylvania counties. The creation of the new division is one result of a bankruptcy filing by Worley & Obetz, Manheim, Pa., parent company of Amerigreen Energy Inc., Amerigreen Propane Inc., ...

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ECR Names Michael Klas Director of Sales & Marketing

ECR International, Utica, N.Y., appointed Michael Klas director of sales and marketing. Klas’ responsibilities include overseeing the company’s brand and channel management as well as leading the North American sales team. Klas previously worked for Uponor, where he held the title director of sales for the Eastern region.  He was responsible for both the heating and plumbing sides of the ...

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Obituary: Wayne Frank, Parts Manager, W.B. Hill

​Wayne Frank, who worked for W.B. Hill, East Longmeadow, Mass., for 20 years, died on June 21, the company announced. He was 75 years old. Frank worked in the trucking industry for over 50 years. He started selling Brockway and Peterbilt trucks in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He changed to lift axles, and then tank truck and trailer parts, becoming parts manager ...

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New Hampshire Sets 15 ppm Sulfur Level: Effective July 1

Effective July 1, all heating oil imported into the state of New Hampshire must be at the 15-ppm level, reports the Energy Marketers Association of New Hampshire. A bill signed on June 27 by Gov. Christopher T. Sununu established the requirement along with an amendment that the association requested, Robert J. Sculley, executive director of the association, wrote in an ...

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​NATSO Hails Proposed RFS Obligations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Trump Administration’s proposed renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will support continued growth in the advanced biofuels market, NATSO says. “We thank EPA and the entire administration for hearing and responding to the retail fuel industry’s concerns and proposing ambitious yet achievable renewable fuel obligations. If the United States can continue down ...

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OESP Honorees Recognized at Awards Banquet

The Oil and Energy Service Professionals held its awards banquet at the Eastern Energy Expo at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. They gathered for a group portrait. From left: Bob Daros, Heritage Fuel & Propane, Croton Falls, N.Y, chair of the OESP awards committee and Matt Spink, Platinum Energy Group, East Meadow, N.Y., on stage with OESP honorees Brian ...

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