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Business diversity is the chorus of the industry

  Selling fuel oil and oil-burning appliances is the core business model of FON‘s readers and it remains the core focus of our magazine. However, it is becoming more apparent each day that business diversification is of critical importance. The National Association of Oilheating Service Managers announced a name change to National Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals at ...

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Who’s The Real Competition?

  I have often asked company owners, managers and suppliers who their real competition is and I get many different answers. Many in the wholesale supply business say it’s the companies that are always selling products at a very low price point’the items range from boilers, furnaces, A/C units. When I ask what they do to overcome the situation, some ...

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Is fuel oil a dying industry?

                                                               An associate of mine told me that he recently attended a business meeting and was told that the oil industry was a dying industry. To say the least, I was somewhat defensive because, as I have said in the past, I have fuel oil in my blood. When I asked why this statement was made, my associate said ...

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Wow, a really diverse winter!

              In March, we talked about how the winter was like those of years gone by.  Long days, longer nights, getting home in time to go to bed and get up to do it all over again.  Since that conversation I have been contacted by a few technicians who tell me that I am crazy.  It seems that they ...

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Nothing says springtime like a meeting with our political representatives

  I’m on the soapbox once again this month ‘ I’m going to cover the need to become politically active. I’m not doing this because I have nothing else to comment upon (though some months tend to be more fruitful than others) but because Fuel Oil News’ Dateline news section contains another reminder of why this is not only important, ...

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Put Up or Shut Up

As noted in the lead news article and as we have covered in the pages of this magazine for several months now, the industry-favorable provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act are under heavy attack by the financial industry

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