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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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Kim Keil Joins Haffner’s Energy North Group

Kim Keil has joined Haffner’s Energy North Group. “Kim has achieved success in the wholesale fuels, C-store and propane industries for over 15 years,” said Pat O’Connell, executive vice president of Haffner’s Energy North Group, which is based in Lawrence, Massachusetts. “She is involved with several industry associations and strives to build and retain customer relationships. Kim resides just south ...

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NYSEC Moves

As of Monday, June 1, the headquarters of the New York State Energy Coalition will be located in the former offices of the Oil Heat Institute of Long Island, Rocco J. Lacertosa, CEO of the Coalition announced. “We will continue to practice ‘social distancing,’” Lacertosa, said, adding that he and Coalition staffer Vicki Denicker will alternate days in the office ...

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Accepting Payments During Covid-19

As we are adjusting to business during Covid-19 the way we interact with our employees and customers has changed, writes Marci Gagnon. “Not only do we need to create new operational processes to keep employees and customers safe, we need to rethink how we accept certain types of payment,” Gagnon says. Here, the vice president of strategic alliances for Qualpay ...

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N.H. Governor Announces ‘Stay at Home 2.0’

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu announced a new, modified Stay-at-Home Order. “Stay at Home 2.0” is in effect until May 31st. The state is taking steps to reopen the economy “in a smart, phased approach that is supported by facts, science and data,” the governor said in a statement. Each of the decisions and guidance documents below have been reviewed ...

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Beckett Offers Training Online

Beckett Corp. announced the availability of technical training online, live, on-demand, and free. “Even in the midst of social distancing, your work and education as a heating technician is essential to providing comfort and security in homes across the nation,” the company said in a statement. “That’s why we’re offering our popular training courses and materials online for your safety ...

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Brunner Named Director at Cetane Associates

Cetane Associates announced that Jeff Brunner joined its team of financial advisors as a director. Cetane Associates provides advisory services to owners of businesses in the retail energy distribution industry. Clients engage Cetane to advise on sales, spin-offs, and acquisitions, and to perform valuation and ad hoc corporate finance assignments. Jeff BrunnerPhoto courtesy of Cetane Associates Brunner brings more than ...

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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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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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Sprague to Donate $150,000 for 150th Anniversary

Sprague Operating Resources, headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2020, and in celebration plans to donate at least $150,000 to nonprofit organizations within its footprint. Each year, Sprague donates more than $100,000 to give back to the communities in which its employees live and work. “We’re excited to be able to further support the local ...

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