Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Alert: Credit Card Pricing Updates

Is your company prepared for the credit card pricing updates coming in April 2020? It is not uncommon for the card brands to update their rates twice a year, once in April and once in October.  However, fuel marketers have been fortunate over the past decade, with pricing updates on payment acceptance being largely confined to “association expense” fees, such ...

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Emergency Declaration to Include Fuel Deliveries

O​n March 18, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service and other regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the New England Fuel Institute reported in a Regulatory Alert emailed to members. “In keeping with NEFI’s request from earlier this week, the ...

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CEMA Goes to Hartford

The good news is that the effort to establish tolls was defeated, CEMA leaders told fuel marketers at a lobbying day at the Connecticut state capitol in Hartford. The bad news is that the state’s campaign for electrification poses an existential threat to fuel marketers, they said. Chris Herb, president of CEMA, holds up a vial of biodiesel as he ...

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Organizers Postpone Eastern Energy Expo to August 2-5

Organizers of the Eastern Energy Expo postponed the event, scheduled for the middle of May, to early August. Here is an announcement that the organizers issued on Tuesday, March 17: “Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the joint announcement by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and New York Governor Andrew ...

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FMCSA EMERGENCY DECLARATION

An emergency declaration has been issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Here is the complete text of the emergency declaration, which was issued on March 13: The President has declared an emergency under 42 U.S.C. 5121, et seq., and pursuant to 49 CFR 390.23(a)(l)(i), an emergency exists that warrants an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the ...

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NPGA Cancels Convention & Expo in Nashville

“Following our U.S. President’s advice, NPGA is officially cancelling the Southeastern Convention & International Propane EXPO, scheduled for Nashville, TN, April 5-8,” NPGA President and CEO Steve Kaminski announced March 13. “This decision was made unanimously by me, each of NPGA’s officers, and the Chair of NPGA’s Convention Committee,” Kaminksi said, pointing out that the decision was made after President ...

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Obituary: John S. Rider

John S. Rider, who worked at Agway Energy Products, Webber Energy Fuels, and Dead River Co., and had been a member of the Better Home Heat Council of New Hampshire, died on Feb. 14 at his home in Swanzey, New Hampshire. He was 70. He had multiple myeloma, according to an obituary published online. John S. Rider worked for a ...

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ATRI: Top Truck Bottlenecks Include 27 in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

Of the 100 top truck bottlenecks in the nation, 27 are in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, where many fuel oil and propane marketers operate. Topping the list at number one is the intersection of I-95 and State Route 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The intersection of I-84 and I-91 in Hartford, Connecticut, is ranked 11th among the 2020 Top ...

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General Filters’ 2019 ‘Soaring Eagle’ Awarded to Shupe, Carboni & Associates

General Filters, Novi, Michigan, presented its annual “Soaring Eagle” Award to Shupe, Carboni & Associates, the sales representative company that best met a wide array of business objectives throughout 2019.    President and CEO Bob Abraham; Owner and Vice President John Redner; and Director of Sales and Business Development Allan Feys presented the Soaring Eagle Award Plaque to Joe Carboni ...

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General Filters Rolls Out New Brand Identity

General Filters, Novi, Michigan, announced a new brand identity that includes new logos, colors, and design. The transition has begun, and will continue in months to come. Since its founding in 1937, General Filters has updated its corporate logo just once. “The previous designs were appropriate at the time, but as the face of the industry changes so must we,” ...

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