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Taco Acquires Taconova

Taco Family of Companies has acquired the Taconova Group, a manufacturer of hydronic solutions for heating, plumbing, and solar energy applications in residential and commercial buildings. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Taconova has more than 55 years of experience in creating intelligent building technology solutions. The company offers hydronic balancing, underfloor heating, distribution technology, system technology and valves. Taconova’s markets include ...

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Joe Wills is the president of SMO Energy in La Plata, Md. The company has approximately 30,000 accounts, and operates in southern Maryland, which makes its business somewhat different–compared to marketers in New England, that is. “We do have the challenges with natural gas coming in,” Wills says. “But really our primary challenge is coming from the electric heat pump. ...

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Sean Cota to Head NEFI

Sean Cota is to head the New England Fuel Institute, according to industry sources. Cota succeeds Martha Leshine, who had been serving as NEFI’s acting president and chief executive officer since April. Cota has held several major positions in the industry, including chairman of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America. He is known for representing the industry for commodity trading ...

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Independent Technologies to Acquire EnerTrac

Independent Technologies, Blair, Neb., is acquiring EnerTrac, a fuel delivery and monitoring system, from Senet Inc., Portsmouth, N.H., the companies announced. The Wesroc division of Independent Technologies will be adding EnerTrac to its portfolio of monitoring solutions for companies that store and distribute propane and refined fuels, with capabilities to measure, monitor, track and report. Further, Wesroc and Senet will ...

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Trucking Groups: Assessment of RhodeWorks Toll Plan Should be Rejected

An environmental assessment of a plan to charge tolls on trucks in the littlest state is flawed and should be rejected by federal regulators, a national trucking group and its Rhode Island affiliate said. The American Trucking Associations and the Rhode Island Trucking Association called on the Federal Highway Administration to reject the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s assessment of ...

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NEFI: Issues in 2018

The legislative issues facing the home heating industry are profound. The New England Fuel Institute, a nationally recognized organization of over 1,100 independent oilheat, propane, biofuel and motor fuel dealers and associated companies, is a prominent voice for the industry before regional and federal policy makers, media and the public. Jim Collura, vice president and director of legislative affairs for ...

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ADD Systems Hires Frayko for Sales Team

Advanced Digital Data, Inc. (ADD Systems), Flanders, N.J., announced the expansion of its sales team with the hiring of Casey Frayko as a full-time “inside sales representative.” Frayko graduated from Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pa. He has four years of sales experience working as a salesman for a waste-water equipment company.  “We are very happy to have Casey join ...

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Blue Cow Software Expands Across the United States

Blue Cow Software expanded its reach across the United States with the recent hiring of two employees, the company announced. The software provider, based in Lynnfield, Mass., said its team now includes employees residing in Florida and Nevada. The additions allow fuel oil and propane retailers across the country to more easily connect to the Blue Cow Software team, the ...

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New Hampshire Oil Heat Council: State is Weighing ‘Massive’ Toll Hike

There is a proposal to raise tolls on New Hampshire’s turnpike system, reports Robert J. Sculley, executive director of the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire. “According to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, this toll proposal will generate an additional $36 million in revenue for the ‘acceleration and expansion of Turnpike capital projects,’” Sculley writes in a Nov. 29 ...

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SMO Energy: Total Home Comfort Provider

For Joe Wills, who became president of SMO Energy last summer, business, family and community are intertwined. “I am a fourth-generation family member of The Wills Group, so this is a really special time for me, to be taking over a key leadership role within the business and helping to carry on that family legacy,” Wills says. The Wills Group, ...

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