Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

ONLINE ORIGINAL: Selling Fuel Via the Web

Julie Valvo remembers vividly the first online sale of fuel oil by a venture launched last season by Wilcox Energy, a company in Westbrook, Conn., where she is sales and marketing manager. “When we got our first order it was exciting,” she says. A customer called, wanting oil delivered, but was not interested in service. “I sent them to the ...

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Cargas Systems Named One of Top 50 Fastest-Growing Companies in Central PA

Cargas Systems, an employee-owned business software company, was named to the Central Penn Business Journal’s 21st annual list of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Central Pennsylvania. “Cargas is built to last, and we are proud to see our philosophy of sustainable growth paying off,” said Chip Cargas, chairman and CEO. “During the past year, we have been able ...

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Taco Comfort Solutions Names 2017 Student Scholarship Winners

Taco Comfort Solutions, Cranston, R.I., announced the winners of its annual Taco Student Scholarship Awards which provide college funding assistance for children of Taco employees. Equal cash scholarships are given to in-college and college-bound students who combine scholastic achievement with volunteerism and community service. Blind entries are judged by a two-person committee with distinguished educational backgrounds. A total of four ...

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NORA Releases 2018-2019 Budget for Comment

The proposed 2018 and 2019 biennial budget for the National Oilheat Research Alliance has been under development for several months. The NORA Finance Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors have reviewed the budget and it is now being released for public comment. At the conclusion of the public comment period, the budget will be forwarded to the Department of Energy. Anyone ...

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NORA Issues Call for Presentations for Technical Workshop: Sept. 18-19 in Newport, R.I.

The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) will hold a Technical Workshop in coordination with the Southern New England Energy Conference (SNEEC) at Gurney’s Newport, Newport, R.I., Sept. 18-19. NORA is inviting proposals for presentations at this workshop which will be an open exchange among technical leaders of the oilheat industry.General topic areas to be included are: The direction of renewable heating and cooling in New ...

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ATA Opposes Efforts to Delay ELD Deadline

American Trucking Associations sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expressing ATA’s staunch opposition to any effort that would delay the December implementation deadline for electronic logging devices. “Over the past week we have heard from our members, loudly and clearly, that they are vehemently opposed to these attempts to delay this important regulation,” said Bill Sullivan, ATA’s ...

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The Wills Group Appoints Joseph M. Wills President of SMO Energy

The Wills Group, a family-owned company headquartered in La Plata, Md., announced the appointment, effective July 1, of Joseph M. (Joe) Wills as president of SMO Energy, a provider of propane, fuel oil and home comfort solutions in southern Maryland. Wills was vice president at SMO Energy for the past year, where he worked with the company to build on ...

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July 24: Webcast of Roundtable on Driver-Assistance Technology in Heavy Trucks

The safety benefits of using advanced technology in heavy-duty trucks—and the obstacles too—will be the focus of a roundtable hosted by the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Safety Council on July 24 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Schaumburg, Ill. Nearly two-dozen trucking industry professionals, government officials, safety advocates, researchers and more will participate in a conversation about strategies to ...

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CVSA Releases Results from Unannounced ‘Brake Safety Day’; Next Brake Safety Day is Sept. 7

More than 9,500 commercial motor vehicles were inspected for an unannounced brake safety enforcement event, Brake Safety Day, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said in July upon releasing results of the event. Enforcement personnel throughout North America conducted inspections on large trucks and buses on May 3 to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and antilock braking system (ABS) violations as ...

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PMAA, Others Applaud Legislation to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit

Bipartisan legislation that would extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit and ultimately phase it out over five years “will enable PMAA’s members to charge customers less money for heating oil and motor fuel,” Rob Underwood, president of PMAA, said. Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) introduced the bill on July 18, and it was hailed the same day in a statement issued ...

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