Blossman Gas Acquires Two Southeast Propane Companies

Swannanoa, NC (February 6, 2020) — Blossman Gas, Inc., the larglargest family owned LPG business Blossman Gas Acquires Two Southeast Propane Companies reports BPN 02 06 2020est privately held propane company in the US, has acquired two Southeastern propane companies: Stateline Gas of Ranburne, AL, and Youmans Gas & Oil of Hollywood, SC.

Youmans Gas & Oil has been in business in South Carolina for more than 80 years. When asked about the change, former president John Boineau said, “I’m extremely positive about this transition for Youmans with Blossman Gas, and expect that our customers will receive the same level of care and service that we have provided them since 1937.”

Stateline Gas has been in the Georgia and Alabama markets since 1999.

Both businesses were previously family-owned, making for a seamless integration into Blossman Gas, a 3rd generation family-owned company itself. “We are pleased to announce our acquisition of Youmans Gas & Oil and Stateline Gas” says Stuart Weidie, president and CEO of Blossman Gas. “We are excited that after many years of growing exemplary companies and providing quality customer service, these propane marketers selected Blossman Gas to transition their business.”
Customers of both companies will continue to receive uninterrupted service.
Blossman Gas acquires two Southeast propane companies making it largest family owned LPG company in USA reports BPN Feb 6 2020About Blossman Gas
Blossman Gas, Inc. has been providing comfort to families throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic for more than 65 years. Serving customers in 16 states from over 70 branches, the family-and employee-owned company delivers propane and efficient propane appliances to their 170,000+ customers. Showrooms provide demonstrations and expertise on most national manufacturers of ranges, cooktops, water heaters, outdoor living products, generators, gas grills and gas logs. Leading the industry in technician training, Blossman is a full-service company that provides everything from propane delivery to appliance sales, installation and service. For more information, call 1.888.Blossman or visit

Bergquist, Inc. Announces New President, Employee Promotions

Toledo, Ohio (February 4, 2020) — Bergquist, Inc., an industry leader in wholesale propane equipment distribution, today announced the appointment of Lauren Clark as president of the company. In addition to this promotion, Bergquist also announced new roles for three other employees: Bob Barry, CFO; Joe Montroy, vice president of sales; and Scott Biggs, director of outside sales.
Lauren Clark promoted to President of Bergquist, Inc. leading propane equipment distributor reports BPN Feb 2020
Formerly, as vice president of operations, Clark oversaw all accounting, IT and HR functions. Prior to her role within the company, Clark worked for a domestic third-party logistics provider at Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. Clark joined the family distribution business at Bergquist in 2009 and has been actively involved with the company’s continued growth over the past decade. In her new role, Clark is responsible for all day-to-day operations at Bergquist.

“Our former leadership helped transform Bergquist by making quality customer service our highest priority,” said Clark. “I will use my knowledge of operations and logistics management to further enhance and build upon the day-to-day experience our customers and internal employees have come to expect from our company.”

Clark’s father, former president Bob Barry, joined Bergquist in 1986 when his father-in-law, Larry Hinkley, purchased it and appointed him controller. Barry took over as president following Hinkley’s retirement in 1995. During his tenure, Bergquist has grown from a single, small distribution center to a large, national distributor of propane equipment with over 70 employees and six facilities.

“In my 25 years as president, I’ve made a commitment to providing exceptional customer service and the most innovative products,” said Barry. “I am confident Lauren has both the knowledge and ability to keep this business moving forward while staying true to those commitments.”

Barry is set to continue working for the family business as CFO.
Joe Montroy promoted  to national sales director at leading propane equipment distributor Bergquist Inc. reports BPN  Feb 2020
In addition to the president and CFO transitions, Montroy has been appointed Bergquist’s vice president of sales after eight years as regional sales manager - north. His responsibilities include managing both the inside and outside sales teams as well as overall business development and customer support.

Scott biggs promoted to director of outside sales at Bergquist a leading propane equipment and parts distributor reports BPN the propane industry leading source for news since 1939 Feb 2020As director of outside sales, Biggs leads Bergquist’s team of qualified sales professionals committed to providing critical support to the company’s customers. Prior to his promotion, Biggs served as regional sales manager – south and was responsible for five area sales managers in the southern U.S. He started his career with the company as an inside sales representative in 1998.

“Our employees are dedicated to providing tremendous service to our loyal customers – they are the primary reason for Bergquist’s success,” said Clark. “As an industry leader, we recognize that change is necessary to stimulate growth and innovation. Leadership appreciates the efforts put forth by those within our company and trust them to lead us in that change.”

For more information about any of Bergquist’s 12,000 products, visit

Vote For WLPGA To Win Green4Sea Initiative Award

(February 3, 2020) — The World LPGas Association (WLPGA) has once again received the honor of being short-listed for the Green4Sea Initiative Award. This nomination was received for the WLPGA's organization's “LPG Bunkering, Guide for LPG Marine Fuel Supply” Report of 2019.
Vote for the World LPG Association WLPGA Innovation Award 2020 for WLPGA report on environmentally sustainable shipping standards for clean fuel propane reports BPN the propane industry leading source for news
GREEN4SEA Initiative Award is awarded to any organization or association that has sparked, realized, or significantly contributed with a specific initiative toward more environmentally sustainable shipping. The WLPGA nomination is a vote of confidence for the significant work done by the organization on behalf of the marine industry.

The award is granted through a voting process. BPN invites propane industry professionals to cast a vote for WLPGA and its work deserving of this presitigious award.

Voting takes less than five minutes. Click the link below, scroll down to ‘Green4Sea Initiative Award’ and click ‘Start,' then on the WLPGA and click ‘Continue’

NPGA Update: Alternative Fuel Tax Credit Reinstated, Retroactive

(January 31, 2020) — In December 2019, the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) played a critical role in the reinstatement of the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit and the Alternative Fuel Refueling Property Credit. These credits are estimated to be worth more than $500 million dollars to the propane industry. In its NPGA Legislative Report released today, the NPGA advises its members not to leave money, on the table.
Alternative Propane Autogas Fuel Tax Credits reinstated in 2020 and retroactive credit allowed for 2018 and 2019 reports BPN the propane industry's leading source for news since 1939
Below are Next Steps as recommended by the NPGA:
  1. Share the Alternative Fuel Credits Fact Sheet with your tax professional. This document is not tax advice. It is a tool to be shared with your tax professional. A tax professional can determine eligibility and use of the credit.
  2. Keep in mind - the tax credit is retroactive for 2018 and 2019. There is a 180-day time frame to submit all retroactive claims. This one-time opportunity begins on February 14, 2020 and will continue through August 11, 2020.
  3. Share the document with your customers.
  4. Forklifts are eligible to claim the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit.
  5. Use your tax credit.
This information is being shared with the full NPGA membership. It will also be available on the NPGA Member Dashboard on the NPGA website.
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Smart-Hose® Technologies Granted Exception by Railroad Commission of Texas (RRCT)

(January 31, 2020) — Smart-Hose® Technologies has been granted an exception from the RRCT LP-Gas Safety Rule Section 9.143(d)(7)(E)(i-ii) which mandates a 12" schedule 80 riser pipe be used for product transfer at bulk-head applications. The exception allows LPG bulk head transfer applications to utilize the Smart-Hose Break-Away coupler as an alternative. The Smart-Hose Break-Away coupler is designed with an engineered break point located between two swing check valves.
Smart Hose Technologies Granted Exception of LP-Gas Safety Rule By Texas Railroad Comm for break-away propane hose reports BPN
In the event of a pull-away, the Smart-Hose Break-Away coupler would automatically shut off at both the bulk-head and tank truck side. This exception improves the safety of product transfers at bulk-head applications. NOTE: This exception is not limited to a specific location.

The Smart-Hose Break-Away Coupler:
  • Designed as a passive safety device, the Smart-Hose Break-Away coupler requires no human intervention to activate.
  • Full flow.
  • Economic Impact: Reduces plant closures, repair of plant facilities, and helps prevent increased insurance premiums due to pull-away instances.
  • Both check valves are designed to close simultaneously. Product flow instantaneously shuts down in both directions in the event of a pull-away.
Smart Hose Technology granted LP-Gas Safety Rule exception by Texas Railroad Commission for propane break-away hose reports BPN jan 31 2020
Smart-Hose® Technologies is an engineering company located in Folcroft, PA, USA, that designs and produces integrated safety and break-away systems for industrial transfer applications. The Smart-Hose® Safety System can be installed inside of transfer hose assemblies from ¼” ID to 8” ID and break-away technologies in 1 ¼”, 2 and 3” ID.