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Embracing Technology to Grow Your Propane Business

Brian Kay, business unit leader at iRely, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind., knows from experience that it’s an unlikely fuel dealer that embraces technology. “We see resistance,” Kay said. Typically, a propane company runs office software for “fifteen-plus years,” and they treat the software “like a beater car,” running it until they are forced to buy a new system, he ...

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Work Truck Show: March 5-8 in Indianapolis

The Work Truck Show 2019 will be held in conjunction with the Green Truck Summit and the Fleet Technical Congress, March 5-8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. Sessions begin March 5, and the exhibit hall is open March 6-8. NTEA has announced that Jeffrey Gitomer will be the keynote speaker at The Work Truck Show 2019. Gitomer will discuss the difference ...

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Dead River Acquires Cheshire Oil

Dead River Co., South Portland, Me., acquired Cheshire Oil Co. of Keene, N.H. The Robertson family sold the home heating portion of their business to Dead River. Cheshire Oil has served the Monadnock region of New Hampshire for 97 years. Dead River announced the acquisition on Sept. 14. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Dead River Company has served ...

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Wills Group Raises Over $525,000 for Blackie Wills Community Fund

The Wills Group, La Plata, Md., announced that it raised more than $525,000 at its second annual Blackie Wills Golf Classic and Gala at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md. The golf event was postponed to Oct. 29 because of inclement weather. The gala took place on Sept. 9. The Golf Classic and Gala support The Blackie Wills Community ...

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DataOnline’s Chet Reshamwala to Become CEO

Chet Reshamwala will become chief executive officer of DataOnline effective Jan. 1, the company announced. He is currently chief operating officer. Reshamwala will succeed co-founder and current CEO Martin Adams, who will transition to a strategic business development role, where he will focus on building account relations and helping customers improve safety and efficiency. DataOnline this year acquired Independent Technologies, ...

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F.W. Webb Acquires Palace Plumbing with Locations in Manhattan and the Bronx

F.W. Webb Co., Bedford, Mass., announced the acquisition of Palace Plumbing & Heating Supply, a wholesale distributor with a location in Manhattan and a location in the Bronx. “We have had a desire to get into New York City. Over the past couple of years, we have been working toward that goal by making acquisitions and opening new locations in ...

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DataOnline Acquires Independent Technologies

DataOnline announced that it acquired Independent Technologies, whose largest division, Wesroc, is a provider of tank monitoring systems to the North American propane market, offering cellular, satellite, and LoRa technology. Along with DataOnline’s recent acquisition of Germany-based Wikon GmbH, the combined businesses will serve more than 1,000 customers in more than 75 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, DataOnline ...

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Congress Urged to Renew NORA

Trade groups and 10 U.S. senators and representatives called on Congress to permanently reauthorize a check-off program that funds the National Oilheat Research Alliance. The current authorization is set to expire on Feb. 6, 2019. The trade groups include the New England Fuel Institute, state trade associations, the National Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals, and the National Biodiesel ...

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Dispatch from Canada: Code Changes Are Expected to Reduce Spills, Leaks

Changes to the minimum oil heat installation standard in Canada, known as CSA B139, are designed to reduce heating oil leaks and spills, thereby decreasing environmental damage, reports Michael Freill. Understandably, such occurrences negatively effect the homeowner and have been a stain on the oil heat industry’s reputation. Freill writes: The insurance industry has, in general, been responsible for clean-up ...

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John H. White, Jr. Reassumes CEO Role at Taco

The Taco Family of Cos.’ chairman and owner, John H. White, Jr., returned to the role of company CEO. The company, based in Cranston, R.I., also announced that John White III and Benjamin White have been named vice presidents of Taco Comfort Solutions. “Nearly four years ago I asked Wil VandeWiel to take the company into Europe and grow our ...

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