Operations

2021 AHR Expo Postponed

The 2021 AHR Expo in Chicago, originally planned for Jan. 25-27, has been postponed, International Exposition Co., the organizer, announced. “AHR Expo, ASHRAE and AHRI continue to explore the feasibility of hosting the event March 15-17, 2021, however, no final decisions have been made,” International Exposition, based in Westport, Connecticut, said in a Sept. 23 statement. “A final decision regarding ...

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Tower Energy Acquires Barrieau Oil

Tower Energy in Plainville, Conn., acquired the full-service energy business of Barrieau Oil Co. in West Hartford, Conn., Cetane Associates announced. Barrieau Oil, founded in 1971, provides heating oil delivery and HVAC and plumbing services to residential customers in much of central Connecticut under the brands Barrieau Oil Co., The James O’Toole Company, Ney Plumbing and Heating, and The Wm ...

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Grundfos Marks 75th Anniversary

Grundfos, which manufactured its first pump in 1945, is marking its 75th anniversary. Foss 1, the manufacturer’s first pump, was built in 1945 by founder Poul Due Jensen in Bjerringbro, Denmark. Grundfos’ first overseas subsidiary was established in 1973 in the U.S. The 75th anniversary is being observed by the company’s 19,280 colleagues all over the world. “We celebrate the ...

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Training Takes a Virtual Turn

Virtual training eliminates travel and other costs such as hotel rooms and meals, and so it is appealing to some companies, but it has limitations, too. Dave Latourell, director of safety and transportation for Paraco Gas Corp., Rye Brook, N.Y., who conducts training sessions–both the online kind and the in-person variety–said, “I do prefer face-to-face training for multiple reasons. Because ...

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Par for Py: A Fundraiser

Par for Py is set for Aug. 31 at the Brunswick Golf Club in Brunswick, Maine. In October 2019 Jamie Py, then president of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, suffered a severe stroke, causing him to be unable to work for the foreseeable future. MEMA will be using its annual golf tournament to show its admiration of and appreciation for ...

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Affordable Fuels Launches Simeon Fuel

Affordable Fuels, a full-service fuel distributor in Middleburg, Pennsylvania, is marketing its own brand, Simeon Fuel, treated with an additive called The Fuel Ox. The Simeon Fuel brand includes diesel, gasoline and heating oil, which Affordable Fuels delivers to customers throughout Central Pennsylvania. The fuel dealer is incorporating the additive into its products as a new ultra-low sulfur diesel standard ...

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W.B. Hill Expands

W.B. Hill, East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, purchased property adjacent to its existing facility, gaining 45,000 sq. ft. of building space and more than 4.5 acres. With the addition, the company’s total floor space is 66,000 sq. ft. on more than eight acres. The added space will be used to ramp up production, manufacturing, parts, and sales, the company said. The white ...

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Alaska Fuel Services Implements ADD Systems Software

Alaska Fuel Services, a fuel service in Fairbanks, Alaska, that specializes in commercial and residential oil delivery, including heating oil, equipment fueling, and bulk fuel, implemented Advanced Digital Data’s back office and mobile delivery software, ADD Systems said. Ben Wilker, owner of AFS, said “The biggest thing I was going after was the ease of routes and trying to be ...

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R.W. Beckett Launches BeckettLink Connected Tank Gauge

R.W. Beckett Corp., North Ridgeville, Ohio, introduced the BeckettLink Connected Tank Gauge, a system for dealers and users to continuously monitor fuel tank levels from a smart phone, tablet, or other connected device. The system is designed to enable dealers to monitor their customers’ usage and schedule deliveries based on actual consumption rather than weather data or route planning formulas. ...

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FMCSA Modernizes Hours of Service Rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The updating of existing regulations is designed to increase safety on roadways.     The new regulations will go into effect on September 29, 2020, according to New England Fuel Institute Regulatory Counsel ...

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