Operations

The Pain of Reconciling Payments

Energy marketers often have challenges reconciling credit card payments from initial sale to deposit into their bank account. This process becomes more tedious once you start to layer in more than one sales channel or software partner. Reconciling sales information gathered from multiple vendors can prove challenging. The complexity of multiple vendors, the associated logins, and receiving one daily deposit ...

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Hillside Acquires Maker of Philly Nozzles

The manufacturer of Philly Nozzles, swivels and other fuel oil delivery systems was acquired by Hillside Acquisitions group in an all-cash deal. After the acquisition, Philly Nozzle moved into Hillside’s new 85,000-square-foot facility in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. The original workforce of Philly Nozzle was retained, Hillside said in announcing the acquisition. After being acquired Philly Nozzle operations moved to this location ...

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Managing Through the Pandemic in 2021

Caution continues to be the rule for fuel dealers and their employees during the continuing pandemic. “If you and your people are not exceptionally vigilant, your ability to run your company could be upended overnight, at the very worst possible time,” says Richard Goldberg, president of Warm Thoughts Communications, a marketing firm in Clifton, N.J., that serves propane, heating oil ...

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Bouchard Named OMA Chair

The Oilheat Manufacturers Association announced Jan. 4 that its chairman for a two-year term is Mario Bouchard, Granby Industries. Bouchard will serve the organization in that capacity until November 2022. Bouchard, looking forward to the next two years, said, “In keeping with its mission to promote the health and well-being of the renewable liquid heating fuel industry, OMA members will ...

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PPA Hires Mercurio, Reeder

Updated Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Alan Mercurio and Jessica Reeder are newly hired staff members of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association. Mercurio is lead technical trainer, and Reeder is program administrator. Mercurio brings more than 30 years of industry experience in various roles. He holds multiple HVAC certifications. He will be responsible for directly conducting all oil heat training classes and ...

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R.W. Beckett Upgrades Firomatic Valve Line

R.W. Beckett Corp. announced a redesign of its Firomatic fire safety valves to meet Underwriters Laboratories’ current UL Standard 842 for “Fusible Link Valves for Flammable Fluids” in addition to the “Manual Valve” standard. Firomatic valves feature Beckett’s improved handwheel design, the manufacturer said. The changes to the design and assembly processes for the handwheel provide improved durability, the company ...

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Virtual Tank Inspections in Vermont

The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources approved Slick Energy’s proprietary Tank Tracker software application to perform virtual tank inspections, Slick Energy says. As a contactless data collection application, Tank Tracker addresses concerns about the health and well-being of tank owners and inspectors during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the overall condition of above-ground ...

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F.W. Webb Named Northeast Distributor of Cavagna LPG Tank Valves, Regulators

F.W. Webb Co., Bedford, Massachusetts, wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, HVAC, refrigeration, pipe, valves and fittings, announced that it was named the distributor of Cavagna LPG tank valves and regulators in the Northeast. Cavagna Group manufactures advanced, integrated solutions for the control, regulation, metering and storage of compressed gas. As of mid-December, the Cavagna Group’s solutions became available throughout the ...

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Employers: The Deadline to Register for Connecticut Paid Family Leave Is Dec. 31

The Connecticut Paid Leave (CTPL) program applies to all employers with one or more employees and is accessible to all employees who have met certain earned-wage thresholds. Those who are self-employed or are sole proprietors are also eligible to opt-in to the program.  The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association emailed information about the program to its members, including what steps employers ...

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Slick Energy Launches ‘Tank Tracker’ App

Slick Energy unveiled Tank Tracker, a remote and contactless data collection application for the home energy industry. With health and safety top-of-mind because of the coronavirus pandemic, heating oil tank inspections are a challenge, the company says. Tank Tracker is designed to enable heating oil tank inspections to be performed remotely.  “Asking a customer to be home [within] a certain ...

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