Operations

What to Do After a ‘Carding’ Attack

In recent months utility companies, including fuel marketers, have increasingly become targets of carding attacks. In the August 2020 issue of Fuel Oil News, we explored how to identify and protect your business against this type of fraud. Below are the steps you should take if you find yourself a victim. As a refresher, carding is an automated bot used ...

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Mirabito Donates $50,000 to Cure Rare Disease

Mirabito Energy Products and Mirabito Convenience Stores donated $50,000 to Cure Rare Disease, a Boston-based non-profit organization committed to the development of precision medicine therapeutics that combat select rare diseases impacting millions of people nationwide. Each June, Mirabito holds the Mirabito Golf Classic in Syracuse, N.Y.  The event typically hosts over 300 golfers and business partners over the course of ...

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Paraco Gas Acquires F M Popovich & Sons

Paraco Gas Corp. acquired F M Popovich & Sons, Ashland, Massachusetts. Paraco acquired the Popovich business on Oct. 14, as owners Fred and Hildegard Popovich retired, Paraco said in a Nov. 18 announcement. The Popovich family business was founded by Fred and Wilma Popovich in 1946 and grew to serve approximately 850 propane customers. Fred Popovich, president of F M ...

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Casey Energy Acquires Marandola Fuel Service

Casey Energy of Ridgefield, Conn., acquired the fuel business of Marandola Fuel Service of New Milford, Conn., Cetane Associates announced. Established in 1995, Marandola Fuel sells and delivers heating oil to residential customers in and around Litchfield County, Conn. The company also performs maintenance and installation of oil-fueled heating equipment. Robert “Bob” Marandola said, “When I started the business I ...

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Santoro Oil Acquires Hometown Heating

Santoro Oil Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total Energy Capital Corp., Providence, R.I., acquired the heating oil delivery and HVAC equipment installation and maintenance business of Hometown Heating, Brooklyn, Conn. Hometown Heating, founded in 1998, sells and delivers heating oil and performs installation and maintenance of heating and cooling equipment to residential and light commercial customers in and around Brooklyn. ...

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The Pros and Cons of Fees

Convenience fees and surcharges might be right for your business, but do seek expert advice before making a decision, advises Marci Gagnon of Qualpay: Over the past few years, there has been a lot of conversation within the energy industry about charging customers surcharges and convenience fees to reduce the cost of credit card acceptance. As with credit card payments ...

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DCC Propane Acquires Northeast Oil and Propane, Saveway Petroleum

DCC Propane of Roberts, Illinois, acquired the full-service energy business of NES Group, consisting of Northeast Oil and Propane, and Saveway Petroleum, Cetane Associates announced. NES Group is headquartered in Brooklyn, Connecticut. “Northeast Oil and Propane and Saveway Petroleum presented us with an opportunity to enter the New England market in a big way,” said Matt Dantinne, chief executive officer ...

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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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