Ferrellgas employee nominated for 2015 Fleet Manager of the Year Award

Four highly qualified, and long-serving fleet executives have been nominated for Automotive Fleet’s prestigious Fleet Executive of the Year award including Robin Lewis, Vice President, Procurement, Fleet and Asset Management at Ferrellgas. The award will be presented at AFLA’s annual conference in Nashville, September 2015. The Fleet Executive of the Year Award was created by Automotive Fleet, the car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine, to recognize exceptional leadership by managers who have a title of vice president or higher and who may have additional responsibilities beyond fleet.
Robin Lewis Ferrellgas

In addition to managing a fleet of more than 3,300 vehicles for Ferrellgas, Lewis develops and has oversight of a variety of comprehensive corporate purchasing and fleet strategies, each core to Ferrellgas’ mission of efficiency and optimized asset value.

In addition to managing a staff of four and indirect staff of eight, Lewis has been tasked with a number of disparate responsibilities since joining Ferrellgas in 1997. Lewis applies her experience and expertise on the processes and data-led logistics that drive performance and longevity for Ferrellgas’ more than 3,300 vehicles — keeping them on the road, delivering propane to its customers across the country, and managing an annual budget of more than $150 million.

She, along with members of her team, also represent Ferrellgas interests and offers input on behalf of fleet professionals through active leadership roles in a number of associations, including NAFA, the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), the Propane Education Research Council (PERC), Clean Cities, and American Purchasing Society.

In addition to Lewis’ leadership skills is the number of personal and professional honors and appointments, such as a seat on the National Propane Gas Association’s audit committee, selection as one of Women in Propane’s original advisory board members, and Kansas City Business Journal’s 2007 Women Who Mean Business honor.

South Florida Gas Selects TankLink to Monitor Over 1000 Underground Residential Tanks

Leading Florida Propane Company Installs TankLink to Improve Delivery Efficiency and Customer Service

TankLink, a wireless remote tank monitoring and tank data analytics company recently announced that South Florida Gas Company has chosen TankLink to provide remote monitoring and analytics for over 1000 underground residential propane tanks. TankLink was selected to help meet South Florida Gas’ complex needs involving technology advances, communication challenges and cost-effective monitoring hardware leading to cost reductions for the customer.

South Florida Gas supplies many upscale residential neighborhoods, often second homes, where the propane tank (used for heating pools/spas, outdoor cooking and home heating) is underground. Any equipment attached to the tank must be installed under the cover for easy installation and access, and for protection, but it still has to be able to communicate with nearby cell towers. TankLink solved all of South Florida Gas’ challenges with quality monitoring hardware using cellular technology to transmit tank level data to the office and the driver.
underground propane tank

“We know that some of our customers have tanks in unique environments that might prevent them from reaping the benefits of wireless remote monitoring to improve business efficiencies. After meeting with South Florida Gas we were able to develop a solution to meet their specific needs,” said Pat Barron, VP and General Manager of TankLink. “Additionally, with ProLink, our subscription-based Data Service, South Florida Gas was able to quickly adopt the solution with no upfront equipment cost.”

The TankLink Prophet magnetic mount monitor and antenna is easily installed under the tank cover, with a unique L-shaped Hall Effect sensor solution. The wireless device is out of sight and out of harm’s way and the cellular signal is able to penetrate through to nearby cell towers.

Since installing the TankLink solution, South Florida Gas has reduced their delivery trips by more than 50 percent because of the ability to remotely monitor their propane tanks to determine which tanks actually need service. With access to reliable tank data, the company has significantly lowered its operating costs and improved the efficiency of its service fleet.
“At South Florida Gas reliability and customer care are our priority. TankLink’s solution helps us improve that level of service by ensuring that we know exactly how much propane to deliver, where and when, so our customers never run out,” said Chuck Robb, President/CEO South Florida Gas Company, Inc. “Plus, installation is so simple and easy, all of my drivers can do it without any technical expertise saving us time and money. Since we now make deliveries only when we know they’re needed we can service more customers with the same resources.”

Ford Transit 3.7L Bi-Fuel Autogas System with “Plug and Play” Technology Achieves EPA Certification

Alliance Autogas has obtained the first EPA certification for the new Ford Transit.

“Our order queue has been off the charts even when the certification was pending,” notes Ed Hoffman, president of Blossman Services. “The Ford Transit 3.7L Bi-Fuel autogas system conversion by far and away, is Alliances’ largest and most popular platform yet. The number of conversion requests exponentially exceed all prior platform conversion requests we’ve ever seen,” said Hoffman.
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The Bi-Fuel system conversion on the Transit is precedent-setting in that no intake manifold drilling, cutting, or splicing of wiring is required. The Ford Transit is the first engine to employ the “Plug and Play” technology, reducing installation time in half, and ensuring consistent performance. Significant fuel cost savings of 35 percent or more are achieved without buying a new vehicle. The Bi-Fuel autogas system allows a fleet owner to operate wherever the fleet needs to be and eliminates range anxiety. Multiple tank options are available to meet all range requirements.

All Transit conversions come with the quick connect refueling valves. This allows for ultra-low emissions nozzles such as the Staubli GPV-14 to be utilized, greatly enhancing the end users autogas experience.

For more information about Alliance AutoGas, Ford Transit Bi-Fuel autogas conversion system and new Alliance Financing Options, contact David Finder, National Energy Programs Manager of Alliance AutoGas at 228.215.0544, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to www.allianceautogas.com.

Marathon Petroleum Subsidiary Merges With MarkWest Energy

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC; Findlay, Ohio) said July 13 that its midstream master limited partnership, MPLX LP, had signed a merger agreement with MarkWest Energy Partners LP (Denver) whereby MarkWest would become a wholly owned subsidiary of MPLX. The merger would be a unit-for-unit transaction, generally expected to be tax-free, plus a one-time cash payment to MarkWest unit holders. The deal is valued at about $20 billion, including assumption of debt of about $4.2 billion.

MarkWest owns and operates midstream service businesses in several liquids-rich natural gas resource plays in the U.S. and is a major processor of natural gas and one of the largest processors and fractionators in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions. “This combination is a significant step in executing MPC’s strategy to grow its higher-valued, stable cash flow midstream business by transforming MPLX into a large-cap, diversified master limited partnership,” said Gary R. Heminger, Marathon president and CEO. “We are very pleased that MPLX and MarkWest will join forces and provide us with opportunities to increase our participation in the U.S. energy infrastructure build-out.” Heminger added that the combination of MarkWest and MPLX eliminates the need for the recently proposed MPLX acquisition of MPC’s marine transportation assets.

Noted was that the complementary aspects of MarkWest’s, MPLX’s, and MPC’s diverse asset base provides significant additional opportunities across multiple segments of the hydrocarbon value chain. The combined entity would further MarkWest’s midstream presence in the Marcellus and Utica shales by allowing it to pursue additional midstream projects. Such large-scale projects would allow producer customers to achieve higher value for their growing production. In addition, the combination provides significant vertical integration opportunities since MPC is a large consumer of natural gas liquids.
MarkWest Marathon merge
Frank Semple, president and CEO of MarkWest, commented, “This powerful combination provides MarkWest with an investment-grade balance sheet and a significant expansion of growth projects driven by MPC’s significant pipeline and refinery operations in the Upper Midwest and the Gulf Coast. Our best-in-class midstream platform will provide the combined company with an extraordinary portfolio of integrated services and long-term growth opportunities.”

In The News — People In Propane Update

People Revere
Charles R. Revere, president of Revere Gas (Hartfield, Va.), died June 1. He was 76. Mr. Revere, who received the National Propane Gas Association’s Distinguished Service Award last year, served as NPGA chair from 1999 to 2000. He also chaired NPGA’s governmental affairs committee, and was vice chairman for marketers for the Propane Education & Research Council from 2006 to 2008. He also held leadership positions with the Virginia Propane Gas Association, having served as the association’s president and director. Since 1980, Mr. Revere had been president and CEO at Revere Gas and Appliance, and since 1964 served as president and CEO of Middlesex Bottled Gas of Middlesex, Va. After serving in the U.S. Army, he joined Middlesex Bottled Gas in 1964, the company his father, Howell Revere, started in 1942.


Mark A. Janek has joined Energy Distribution Partners (EDP; Chicago) as its CFO. Janek is a CPA with more than 25 years of executive and financial experience.

Charles (Chuck) Lewis Brandon, former regional manager of the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), passed away Dec. 28. He was 76. He managed the NPGA Southeastern Convention from 1987 until he retired from NPGA in 2006, and also served as executive director of the South Carolina Propane Gas Association.

William Roland Roberts, founder of Dealers LP Equipment Co. (Glen Burnie, Md.), passed away on May 15. With his sons, he managed Dealers LP Equipment Co for nearly 40 years until his retirement.

ICOM North America, a manufacturer of propane autogas vehicle system technologies, has added three autogas development specialists. Ed Zoglman joined ICOM more than a year ago as Central Division vice president. Bradley J. Wagoner, vice president of national accounts, will focus on the Texas and Oklahoma markets, while David Griffin will focus on the southeastern section of the U.S.