Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Mike Doorhy Joins Weil-McLain as VP/GM

Weil-McLain announced that it hired Mike Doorhy as vice president and general manager. Doorhy’s experience “is an ideal fit as we accelerate our investment and growth across both residential and commercial heating segments, with a strong focus on high efficiency products, advanced controls and other emerging technologies,” John Swann, president of Weil-McLain said in a Nov. 27 news release announcing ...

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HVACR Manufacturers Upbeat About 2019

HVACR manufacturers reported positive 2018 sales growth according to the latest AHR Expo and ASHRAE Journal Annual Economic Outlook Survey. Confidence in the industry’s economic outlook is forecasted to carry into 2019, with 87% of respondents anticipating positive business prospects heading into the new fiscal year. The report indicates that the HVACR market is primed for continued business growth. Reports ...

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Dixon Energy Acquires Crown Oil

Dixon Bros., Inc., doing business as Dixon Energy, acquired the full-service fuels business of Crown Oil Corp. of Chatham, New Jersey, Cetane Associates announced Crown Oil, established in 1929, is a marketer of heating oil, diesel, and kerosene to residential and commercial customers in northern New Jersey, Cetane said in announcing the acquisition. Crown Oil also provides HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair services. Dixon Energy, established ...

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AHR Expo: Atlanta, Jan. 14-16

AHR Expo will return to Atlanta for the first time since 2001 for its 2019 Show at the Georgia World Congress Center. HVACR accounts for billions of dollars in revenue and is a key economic driver for the state of Georgia, with U.S. Department of Labor projections indicating it will see nearly 20% growth in the coming years. With this ...

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Jim Herrick to Retire from REG

Jim Herrick, described by an appreciative REG colleague as “a really special industry stalwart,” is retiring at year’s end. “Jim Herrick started in the industry in 1976, when he was hired to do a feasibility study on whether there was enough traffic flow and rig count to warrant putting in a full service truck plaza around the Exit 2 area ...

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HVOEC Honors Women in the Industry

“Women in Our Industry” were recognized at the 29th annual “Person of the Year” dinner dance held by the Hudson Valley Oil & Energy Council. The event raised $1,500 for “Tools & Tiaras,” an organization based in New York City that encourages girls to pursue careers in the mechanical, industrial, technical, trades. Judaline Cassidy, a tradeswoman and the founder and ...

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OPINION: A History of Accidents

News accounts over the years have chronicled many natural gas accidents, including what happened on Sept. 13 in the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts. Thomas J. Tubman, executive director of the American Energy Coalition, delves into the details.   ON SEPT. 13 A SERIES OF NATURAL GAS EXPLOSIONS AND FIRES rocked the Massachusetts communities of Andover, Lawrence and North Andover, forcing residents ...

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NHTSA: ‘Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks’

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council in partnership with San Francisco ad agency Pereira O’Dell produced new PSAs (public service advertisements) for “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.” It is a campaign to remind drivers that distracted driving is never acceptable. According to the most recent NHTSA data, at any given time during daylight hours, an ...

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Winter Weather Outlook

John Bagioni, a meteorologist and owner of Fax-Alert Weather Service, delivered his winter forecast to members of the New England Fuel Institute and the New York Propane Gas Association in recent weeks—and then he shared with Fuel Oil News. “The big point that everybody in the forecasting field has been stressing is that we are going to be experiencing what ...

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Lost and…Found?

Some of you might find the headline on this column strange, but I can assure you that by the end you will have a clear understanding of its meaning.  Let’s look at the “lost” part first. It refers to lost employees, and how or why a fuel dealer loses them. There are many reasons, of course, but I often hear ...

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