Introducing Propane Industry's 30 Under 30 Leaders

(April 24, 2020) — Thirty young propane professionals, who were nominated by others in the industry, have been selected as Charter Members of the Young Gassers’ 30 Under 30 Program. Each of these young adults will receive a variety of assignments, perks, and recognition within the propane industry for their participation.

This is the inaugural year of the 30 Under 30 Program. Created by the International Association of Young Gassers in conjunction with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and the Canadian Propane Association (CPA), the program is meant in invest in, engage, and encourage young professionals working for companies directly involved in the propane gas industry.

These young professionals will be tasked to interact and coordinate on marketing and PR programs designed to improve the overall image and health of the industry; embed a younger and more vibrant point of view into industry trade associations; encourage other young persons, both professional and technical, to choose career paths in the propane gas industry; create liaisons and alliances between NPGA, CPA, state, provincial, and YG trade associations; and faithfully represent our industry to the national and international propane consumer through social and emerging media channels and local community involvement.

The International Association of Young Gassers is a professional networking, social, and service organization of the propane industry. For more information, visit younggassers.org.

Following is a brief description, as provided to BPN, of 15 of the inaugural members of 30 Under 30. The remaining 15 will be introduced in BPN's May issue.

Monika GossBPN presents Propane Industry Rising LPG Stars 30 Under 30 introduces Monika Goss of Goss Gas in Penn April 2020
R.N. Goss Gas Products
Reno, Pa.
Monika Goss earned her master’s degree in biomedical engineering and had an exciting career managing a neural engineering research laboratory, but knew she always wanted to return as fourth generation to her family’s business in industrial gasses, propane, and welding supplies. She returned in the spring of 2018 and served as the purchasing and inventory manager before taking on the responsibilities of assistant general manager in 2019.

Monika enjoys working with her father, third-generation Dave Goss, and having the opportunity to be a part of the next chapter at RN Goss Gas Products and Provanta Inc., both celebrating 85 years in business, and RenovEx Inc. Monika is excited for the future of the companies which includes projects such as converting the entire delivery fleet to propane-powered vehicles. In her free time, Monika loves to backpack, bake, and travel.


BPN features New Propane Stars 30 Under 30 Nate DeBerdine april 2020 Nate DeBerdine
Dead River Co.
Auburn, Maine
Nate DeBerdine began working at his family’s energy company located in Lancaster Pa. at the age of 16. Continuing to work part-time through college over breaks, he gained field knowledge and experience in energy product sales.

Upon graduating from Susquehanna University in May 2019, Nate accepted a position at Dead River Co. based out of Portland, Maine. Starting as a manager trainee, he was in an operations rotational program that lasted just shy of six months.

Most recently in October 2019, Nate accepted a permanent position with the company as an administrative service manager at one of Dead River Co.’s markets located in Auburn, Maine.


Barrett Conway
Cetane AssociatesBPN features rising propane stars 30 Under 30 Varrett Conway april 2020
Bethesda, Md.
Barrett Conway joined Cetane Associates’ Bethesda, Md. office as an analyst in January 2020. Barrett provides analytical support to the firm’s deal execution team, helping clients with the sale of their energy businesses. Prior to joining Cetane, he worked for five years as an associate in the wealth management area of HighTower Advisors in Houston.

Outside of work, Barrett has been involved in various organizations in Houston including Young Professionals in Finance, Yes Prep, and CHARM Ministries. After recently moving with his wife to the Washington, D.C. area, he plans to get involved in various organizations there. Barrett holds a BBA finance degree from Texas A&M University in College Station.


BPN presents Propane Industry Rising Stars 30 Under 30 Cooper Wilburn april 2020Cooper Wilburn
Propane Resources
Mission, Kan.
Cooper Wilburn is part of the consulting department at Propane Resources. Cooper has worked with the consulting group for more than five years, performing business valuations, business sales, and business and market reviews. Cooper enjoys spending time at the lake and playing volleyball.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri.


Daniel Libralato
ANOVABPN Highlights Rising propane leaders under 30 with Daniel Libralato at ANOVA april 2020
New Province, N.J.
Daniel Libralato is the U.S. customer success analyst at Anova, a global leader in remote monitoring solutions. Holding a key customer-facing position, he is critical to ensuring customers are maximizing the value of their investment pre, during, and post-sale, leveraging his background in data analytics and engineering. Daniel provides end-to-end training on Transform, an industry-leading proprietary analytics software, to improve operational efficiencies and ultimately, the end-value to every customer.

With nearly five years within the Anova/Gaslog family, he has become the visionary behind internal training and webinars to ensure Anova remains an influencer in the LPG industry where innovation, transformation, and responsiveness are the foundational pillars to every customer engagement.


Dan MonteroBPN introduces Propane industry annual list of rising LPG stars 30 Under 30 Dan Montero april 2020
Warm Thoughts Communications
Clifton, N.J.
As a current account manager at Warm Thoughts Communications in Clifton, N.J., Dan Montero is an online and direct marketing expert who has advised dozens of energy services companies on improving their web presence, search capabilities, direct response advertising and return on investment. He has launched and managed dozens of websites, SEO/SEM and broad-based advertising campaigns across the industry.

He puts a dedicated focus on building strong client relationships, and always makes sure to bring his sense of humor to the table. When away from his desk, Dan is a devoted globe-trotter having visited more than 43 countries to date, and is always looking forward to which stamp will be the next on his passport.

Meranda Hormann
BPN features rising propane professionals 30 Under 30 Meranda Hormann at Westmor Industries april 2020Westmor
Morris, Minn.
Starting with Westmor at only 16 years old, Meranda Hormann has now been with the company for over a decade. Meranda grew up around Westmor as her father has worked there for more than 30 years; so it was obvious to her at a young age that she wanted to be a part of the company. Meranda started by mowing lawns and doing yard work around the office and shops. Soon enough she got noticed and found herself interning in the engineering department. After graduating from high school, Meranda continued to work part-time for Westmor as she attended North Dakota State University for a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Meranda has now been on-board full time with Westmor for four years as a mechanical engineer. Despite being one of the only female engineers in the industry, she enjoys the challenge of creating new, innovative designs and working with shop employees to help a complete unit come together. Being born and raised in Minnesota, Meranda enjoys her summers on the lake with her high school sweetheart and now husband, Drew Hormann.

Colton Hayes
BPN featues rising propane professionals 30 Under 30 including Colton Hayes at Westmor industries april 2020Westmor Industries
Morris, Minn.
Colton Hayes started as a welder in the propane industry almost six years ago at the age of 21.
Colton started welding in high school, and once he graduated, he went to Tulsa Welding school. After welding in different fields, he started as a welder at Westmor Industries and quickly realized he wanted to learn more about the industry and turn it into a life-long career. Colton has since built new propane trucks as an assembler, became a certified code welder, repair technician, registered DOT inspector, and a state-licensed meter calibration technician.

He enjoys the propane industry because there is a new challenge with something to be learned everyday. He finds that the industry is full of opportunity and growth and a great career path for him. In his free time, Colton likes to spend time with his family outdoors, ride his Harley, and watch football (Go Chiefs!).


Clay Navarette
Tri-Co Propane Inc.BPN highlights rising propane industry stars 30 Under 30 with Clay Navarette Tri-Co Propane in Texas april 2020
Florence, Texas
Clay Navarette is a service technician for Tri-Co Propane Inc. in Rogers, Texas. He grew up in Florence, Texas and graduated from Florence High School. While in high school he played football and baseball and was honored with second team all district in both sports. He was awarded the Fighting Heart award his senior year in recognition for his leadership skills and compassion for others.

Clay spends time at the beach, playing softball on different leagues, and raising a son. He joined Tri-Co Propane when he was 19 years old. He has worked his way to lead service technician and trains all new employees in service work.

Tri-Co Propane is very proud of Clay being selected by the Young Gassers International for the 30 under 30 program. He is a dedicated, hard-working leader in our company.


Dustin Rose
Wendt’s Propane & OilBPN highlights rising propane leaders 30 Under 30 with Dustin Rose at wendts propane april 2020
Sanborn, N.Y.
Dustin Rose entered into the propane industry in 2015 as a bulk delivery driver with Wendt’s Propane & Oil in Sanborn, N.Y. During the slow season, Dustin spent a lot of time cross-training on the service side, making his skillset very versatile.

Dustin was recently promoted to service manager and has been handling dispatching for all propane and fueloil deliveries over eight counties In Dustin’s free time you will likely find him on the golf course or hanging out with friends around his smoker.


BPN showcases rising propane leaders 30 Under 30 with Megan Barlow at Evergreen Propane april 2020Megan Barlow
Evergreen Propane
Warner Robins, Ga.
Megan Barlow has been working in the propane industry since she was 18 years old. Her family has been in the industry for more than 50 years. She started working at Heritage Propane in 2008 after graduating from high school. In 2012, her family opened Evergreen Propane. Megan has worked in a number of positions, including back office, human resources, and CSR support.

She works along side her husband, Matt Barlow, who is a division manager for Evergreen Propane. Together, they have three boys, Jace, Grayson, and Hudson.



Daniel QuirogaBPN annual 30 Under 30 rising propane lpg industry leaders introduces Daniel Quiroga of Metsa Tanks april 2020
Metsa Tanks
Ciénega de Flores, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Daniel Quiroga is the sales manager at Metsa Tanks and has been working there for five years. He started as a sales agent with shared responsibilities in logistics. He has since grown to become sales manager and has been building a team worthy and passionate for the LP-gas industry.

Since joining Metsa he has more than doubled sales for the company and grown the brand internationally. He is looking forward to continuing working with Metsa and accomplishing his and the company’s goals as a whole. He believes getting to know gassers and turning them into happy customers is the most gratifying feeling. Daniel graduated in 2014 from ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico with a degree in mechanical engineering and is planning on studying for an MBA in the near future.

James Hajek
Christensen Inc.BPN annual 30 Under 30 list of propane industry rising leaders with James Hajek at Chrristensen Inc april 2020
Pasco, Wash.
James Hajek got his start in the propane industry upon graduation from Central Washington University in 2013. James began working for Christensen Inc. in Seattle, where he was the propane department manager for a newly formed propane division at that facility. In 2016, he moved to Pasco, Wash. to work as a propane operations manager in Christensen’s Pasco facility.

After moving to Pasco, James began getting involved with NPGA’s Benchmarking Council, which he believes has helped him learn and develop his skills in managing a propane division. James enjoys working with others in the industry, especially from other parts of the country, because it gives him insight into different ways to accomplish the same goals. James’ latest work has been focused on building a new propane rail terminal, which should be finished in 2020.

Recently, James has become a volunteer firefighter and will also be completing classes to become a certified EMT as he continues to look for ways to serve his community. James married his wife, Keely Hajek, in 2017. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his black lab duck hunting in the winter, and fishing on the Columbia River with his wife or spending time in the vegetable garden during the summer months.

Krista FilousBPN's 2020 30 Under 30 list of Rising Propane Industry leaders including Krista Filous john rosbough trucking april 2020
John Rosbough Trucking
Lodi, Ohio
Growing up with a father who was a truck driver, Krista Filous understands the importance of hard work better than anyone. Krista has shown just that throughout her career. During high school and after graduation, she worked for Bob Evans. A few years later, Krista worked her way up and began working as an account clerk for the Village of Lodi before moving on to Westfield Insurance and finally John Rosbough Trucking where she is currently employed.

She has now been with John Rosbough Trucking, LLC for two years as its administrative services manager, making sure things in the office run smoothly every day. Outside of the company, Krista has a love of traveling and hiking, and enjoys time spent with family and friends, including her two dogs and firefighter/EMT husband of seven years.


Ashton FullerBPN publishes propane industry's 30 Under 30 rising LPG indsutry leaders ashton Fuller with webster garner april 2020
Webster Garner
Clio, Mich.
My name is Ashton Fuller, I am 24 years old. Since the age of 16 I have worked in my family’s business. Currently I am the northern Michigan regional manager. At 19 years old I moved to a different town to take on the challenge of opening a new branch. Hard work, good teammates, and a father who took the time to mentor me blossomed the branch into the success that it is today. Learning the business and helping others succeed in life and in the workplace has been my passion. Being a female in a male-dominated industry has its own set of challenges, but has rewarding lessons that I’ve learned throughout the years. In the future I look forward to learning and improving the industry.

The remaining 15 30-Under-30 charter members will be featured in the May 2020 issue of BPN magazine.

NPGA Program Offers Networking, Professional Development, Advocacy Tools

Peter FERRELL Director political industry affairs NPGA picBy Peter B. Ferrell…  For nearly a century, the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) has been an advocate for the propane industry, representing the interests of business sectors and segments. But this business sector outreach overlooked the most valuable asset the industry has, the industry employees themselves. NPGA’s Individual/Employee Membership, or IM, provides an avenue for the employees of member companies to enhance their professional development and leadership potential. The IM program aims to groom the next generation of volunteer industry leadership by introducing young professionals to the near- and long-term policy and political challenges and opportunities confronting the industry.

David Lowe of Pro Image Communications represents IM interests on the NPGA board. He views greater employee involvement with NPGA as a direct benefit for companies. “IM allows members the ability to network with industry peers, utilize NPGA’s [advocacy] tools and resources, and be involved in professional development activities, such as the Benchmarking Council and Women in Propane.”

IM offers a two-way street of communication between industry personnel and NPGA. The program is available to all member company employee classifications—bobtail drivers, bookkeepers, and CEOs. This range of skill sets and experiences allows NPGA to understand the scope of issues facing the industry workforce and how it can better serve the membership.

NEED FOR GRASSROOTS ADVOCATES
The creation of the IM program was also due in part to the ever-growing need for grassroots advocates and politically engaged individuals, particularly after the infamous winter of 2013/2014. Chad Kroening of Boehlke Bottled Gas Corp. joined IM not long after that season, looking to become more engaged in federal issues. “The advocacy communications I receive directly from NPGA as an IM have been invaluable. Through the program, I have been connected to the actual grassroots measures that NPGA has taken on.” Kroening currently serves as chair of NPGA’s political action committee, PropanePAC, which engages with the IM program to increase propane’s political voice in Congress.

The policy challenges facing the propane industry are real, but so are the opportunities. The “fight electrification” advocacy program is one example of an opportunity to become more involved on an individual basis at the local level. IM can expand your professional reach and be a tool for career development. Join us today.

If you are a current employee of an NPGA member company, you’re invited to become a member free of charge. Details can be found at www.npga.org/join-npga.

Peter B. Ferrell is director, political and industry affairs, with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA).

Time to Submit Annual PERC Retail Propane Sales Report

New Propane Products Slated For Exhibition At Cancelled NPGA SE Expo

(April 20, 2020) — Propane companies continue to provide essential services to their customers worldwide during these uncertain times. For them, it is business as usual, but with added safety and security for personnel in the time of a pandemic.
Gas Equipment Co. Introduces a new propane Product the GEC EZ Link reports BPN the LPG industry leading source for news since 1939.  0420
But, as they maintain their businesses, they still have a need for the products and services that keep them moving. Although our industry did not have the opportunity to view and discuss these new products set to be on display in Nashville, at the Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo. Butane-Propane News is profiling a large selection of the products set to be on exhibit and contact information to keep our propane marketers and propane family up-to-date.

BACK OFFICE SOFTWARE
EZ-Link Office, a new back office software built specifically for the propane industry, is now available from Gas Equipment Co. (GEC). Users of this software can integrate to Base Mobile Computing system, QuickBooks, and Sage Business Works software. Designed for small- to medium-sized propane companies, EZ-Link Office is an economical solution that allows companies to stay with their familiar G/L accounting system while providing all the flexibility that comes with web-based design.
gasequipment.com

BPN April 2020 New Propane Product Showcase features LUMIN new LPG Additive with CH25X technology to increase productivity, savings by ValvTectLPG ADDITIVES
Lumin LPG Additives with CH25X technology, by ValvTect Petroleum Products, is a premium LPG product that is said to help cut costs and improve productivity. Premium LPG with Lumin boosts power output, improves fuel economy, reduces emissions, and decreases downtime and maintenance expenses. A full complement of merchandising materials including pump identification, tank labels, and sales flyers is available. Optional BlueMoon filtration systems can help remove particulates and other contaminants to keep fuel systems running clean. valvtect.com

Full Circle introduces new Propane Product reports BPN 04 2020
SWIVEL JOINT
Full-Circle is introducing its new UL-listed flanged-option swivel joint for hose reel applications. This allows for an alternative installation over the FNPT threaded connections in the swivel body. The flanged-option swivel is a “bolt-in” replacement for the current design with identical external dimensions. The flanges, machined from barstock, are available in 1-1/2-in. or 2-in. threaded, socket-weld, or butt-weld versions. Stainless steel is also available. fullcircleswivels.com

RegO Introduces new compact propane regulator reports BPN LPG indsustry leading source for news since 1939COMPACT REGULATOR
RegO’s compact 3/4-in. back-mount second-stage regulator, model LV3403B66R, is designed for easy installation. Its standard features include laser-engraved epoxy paint for decades of easy identification, pressure taps on the input and output, and a large vent that minimizes freezing. It has an available remote venting kit, requires no-tool adjustments, and is covered by a standard 10-year warranty. regoproducts.com

Renaldo introduces new propane tank dolly reports bpn the propane industry's leading source for news since 1939. 04-2020
TANK DOLLY
The Renaldo EZTC717 has been redesigned to accommodate the needs of a changing industry. Any size ASME tank up to 1000 gallons can be set by one operator and a utility trailer. It is described as lighter, more compact, and more efficient than prior models. The EZTC717 ASME tank dolly provides a safe and efficient platform from which to deliver any size residential propane storage tank. renaldo.org

Transwest introduces several new safety and features for convenience on its propane bobtails reports BPN 04-20
LPG BOBTAIL
Offered by Transwest Trailers and manufactured by Summit Truck Bodies, this LPG bobtail comes with a number of features that are standard to fulfill the needs of the propane industry. These features include high-mounted overhead tail lights, solid bumpers manufactured to DOT regulations, and an electrical junction box located on the rear of the truck to simplify servicing or repairs. Every bobtail also comes with a hose reel available in multiple sizes and styles. Further customization is available. transwest.com


Marshall Excelsior introduces new internal propane valve to increase safety of propane systems reports BPN 04-2020INTERNAL VALVE
The ME1000 series internal combination valve from Marshall Excelsior (MEC) is designed to incorporate the full functionality of the primary internal control valve and excess-flow protection, followed by a fully integrated positive shut-off downstream valve section, and incorporation of the stainless steel filter element section of a traditional Y-strainer, all in one compact unit. This combination, with fewer connection joints, leak points, and overall weight, is well suited for liquid or vapor withdrawal in LPG dispenser and NH3 nurse tank applications as well as emergency liquid withdrawal on stationary and mobile tanks, among many other applications. The ME1000 series features a range of excess-flow closing springs. Its universal tee body design ships complete with the bottom port factory plugged, allowing for plumbing configurations in tight-clearance areas. The ME1000 series is also designed to utilize the standard ME990 Series internal valve packing glands for easy serviceability. marshallexcelsior.com

Elaflex introduces new propane hose product showcased by BPN the propane industry's leading source for news in lieu of SE Expo cancellation 04 2020PROPANE HOSE
The “orange band” ELAFLEX propane hose has recently been listed to UL21 and has been approved to CSA 8.1, making it now available to the North American market. Sizes range from 1/2-in. to 2-in. The hoses feature strong resistance to abrasion, low permeation, extremely low leaching of extractables that harm injectors, and a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. They can solve performance issues on dispensers, reels, and bobtail loading points. elaflex.com.au

BPN the propane industry's leading source for news since 1939 showcases new Products to be exhibited at cancelled SE Expo including simplified propane tank monitoring product from Worthington Ind. 04-2020SIMPLIFIED MONITORING
Worthington Industries’ SmartLid™, designed with the technician in mind, integrates an Otodata heating tank monitor into a protective lid. It features easy installation, durable protection, and optimal coverage. Installation requires minimal training and no extra tools, which saves time and money. worthingtonindustries.com/smartlid
BPN April issues features New Product Showcase full of new Propane products including new propane software from Cargas Energy to be exhibited at cancelled NPGA SE Expo 04-2020
SOFTWARE
Cargas Energy has some new and upcoming features, including an HVAC service module and mobile application, advanced reporting and dashboard capabilities, and a point-of-sale mobile application. Its software, designed for fuel delivery and HVAC service companies, will help fuel dealers do more with the resources they have to grow their businesses, utilizing tools for fuel delivery, customer service, HVAC service, and cylinder exchange. cargasenergy.com

BPN new Product showcase features Superior Energy system new Pro vend autogas dispensers 04 2020AUTOGAS DISPENSERS
The PRO-Vend 1050 retail autogas dispenser from Superior Energy Systems features an enhanced software system that allows for communication with Gilbarco, Ruby, and Dresser Wayne retail fuel management systems. It has control-board-mounted LED lights related to system functions for easy troubleshooting. The PRO-Vend 2050 is a customizable web-based propane autogas fuel dispenser with an integrated fuel management system. It tracks key data such as driver and vehicle identification, mileage, and gallons pumped for a nearly unlimited number of vehicles, drivers, and customers. The software allows for exportation of fueling transactions and data directly to accounting software. superiornrg.com
BPN new products showcase features Superior Energy systems new autogas dispenser automation 04 2020
TERMINAL AUTOMATION CONTROL
Superior Energy Systems’ Integrated Terminal Automation Control provides midstream terminal users the ability to customize their terminal’s backend control system to improve both efficiency and safety. Customized processes include the starting and stopping of pumps, opening and closing of valves, beginning and ending of deliveries, changing process control variables including high and low liquid levels and pressure/temperature set points. In addition, the system utilizes a density meter to verify the state of the propane (liquid or vapor) and identify the process point from liquid withdraw to vapor recovery during railcar unloading. It also allows for remote monitoring of emergency-shutdown devices (ESD) for monitoring specific zone alarms. The controls offer increased security by allowing managers to operate terminal functions remotely and shut down terminal processes with the push of a button. Efficiencies are increased with the ability to begin, end, and change functions from any location. Operated through a tablet or smartphone, it provides use by multiple user accounts and at varying security level access. The system can be added to any new or in-use terminal. superiornrg.com

BPN features a new Product showcase to introduce LPG industry to new products slated to be on exhibit at cancelled NPGA SE Expo features a controlled substance testing kit for propane biz from PERS 04-2020CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TESTING
PERS DATA is a third-party administrator (TPA) that tests for controlled substance use and alcohol misuse. Its program helps carriers subject to U.S. DOT drug and alcohol regulations combat the high cost and confusion associated with compliance. It also offers non-DOT drug testing. pers-er.com
BPN Features New Propane Product Showcase highlights Blue Cow Software new product Ignite Mobile Fuel Delivery software 04-2020
SOFTWARE
Blue Cow Software has introduced its new Ignite Mobile Fuel for Android, which offers fuel dealers a fresher and more cost effective way to manage their delivery fleet. In addition, enhancements have been incorporated into the Blue Cow suite of software products, including automated operational system checks, power dashboards, and an updated unique design to its vigorous reporting functionality. bluecowsoftware.com/bpn

BPN features new Propane Product showcase highlighting products to be exhibited at cancelled NPGA SE Expo including new propane torch cutting additives from World Resources 04-2020 World Resources 04 2020ADDITIVES
Pro 2000-T propane cutting torch concentrated additive will cut steel up to 19 inches thick, as well as acetylene or propylene, providing clean cuts with less grinding needed prior to the weld. According to World Resources, its Pro 2000-T significantly increases cutting speed and reduces oxygen use. Torch tips stay clean. When 3 oz. of Pro 2000-T concentrate is added into a 100-lb cylinder, it produces the equivalent of 100 pounds of propylene at a fraction of the cost. worldresourcesltd.com
BPN introduces new 2020 Propane Product showcase including new industrial propane coatings from Sumter Coatings Co 04 2020
INDUSTRIAL COATING

Sumter Coatings Inc., a supplier to the propane industry for more than 23 years, manufactures industrial coatings for propane tanks, among other products. sumtercoatings.com
BPN featuring new Propane Products to be Showcased at cancelled NPGA SE Expo including Navien's new propane  tankless water heaters 04-2020
TANKLESS WATER HEATERS
The new Navien NPN tankless water heater is offered in two series, the NPN-Universal (indoor or outdoor with vent cap) and NPN-Exterior (outdoor only), available in 160,000 Btuh, 180,000 Btuh, and 199,900 Btuh propane models. The NPN series is the first and only non-condensing tankless series to offer NaviTech technology that includes a stainless-steel heat exchanger and an advanced stainless-steel burner with the same very low NOx levels as the NPE. Both the NPN-U and NPN-E include an integrated control panel, built-in water adjustment valve, built-in air pressure sensor, built-in recirculation control, and a pin-to-pin matching configuration for easy retrofit installations. Additional features of the 0.81 UEF NPN series are wi-fi remote control capability with NaviLink, cascade capability with other NPN units, low noise levels for quiet operation, and a sleek, space-saving, and lightweight design. navieninc.com

HOSE REEL ASSEMBLY
ELAFLEX now has available hose reel assemblies consisting of a reel and hose. The reels are offered with various drive systems including spring, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electric. The lightweight steel and stainless steel frames make for a strong, high performing unit. elaflex.com.au

BPN showcases new propane products in the news including Anova's new expanded telemetry solutions with WESROC 04-2020TELEMETRY SOLUTIONS
ANOVA has expanded the WESROC line with the addition of the ANOVA 415, and has launched analytic services. The ANOVA 415 features increased dependability, versatility, and accuracy. It has a 15-year battery life, extensive compatibility with other portals and mobile apps, and a dial that is said to be 2% more accurate than traditional dials. It is easily installed and stays connected with daily calls and half-hour alarm checks. anova.com

BPN introduces new propane valve Product by Squibb Taylor 04 2020VALVE
Squibb Taylor has enhanced its Quik Jaw valve to make it even more durable than before. The improved features include its stainless steel handle that provides increased impact resistance and wear-resistance from heavy usage; an updated bonnet to improve its latching mechanism; and the jaws are now polished carbon steel for smoother operation. The Quik Jaw is a minimum-loss valve with a loss of 0.75 cc at disconnect. Its design reduces repetitive hand and wrist injuries associated with regular twist-on valves, and a safety tab prevents the valve from being removed while in operation. squibbtaylor.com
BPN introduces new propane Products and two new design updates by Hannay Reels in their LPG reel line-up 04-2020
LPG REELS
Two new design updates have been made to Hannay Reels’ line of LP-gas reels. The unit’s Guidemaster option has been redesigned and given a new model name, the GM-X. To increase its durability and serviceability, the GM-X now features a one-piece 303-grade stainless steel body, replacing its cast aluminum construction, and redesigned roller guides made of a polished, wear-resistant zinc alloy with thickened bottom flanges. Stronger bushings and fasteners, with removal of all blind-threaded holes, eliminate the potential for galvanic corrosion and improve serviceability. The second upgrade, universal on all 1-1/2-in.-model LPG reels, is a greaseable split bearing on the plumbed side of the reel that simplifies the bearing’s replacement since product no longer needs to be evacuated from the reel and hose. The bearing can be replaced in less than 5 minutes while leaving the swivel joint and all other components on the reel intact. hannay.com
BPN showcases new benchmark in propane electronic meters from Liquid Controls in new LPG product showcase in April 2020
ELECTRONIC METER
Liquid Controls Corp. has developed what it considers the new benchmark in electronic meter registration, the CENTRILOGiQ connected technology platform and the LCR.iQ, a powerful and scalable electronic register platform. It features a bright, high-definition display for easy visibility; durable construction to withstand the elements; large, configurable smart keys; and requires little to no training to operate. The LCR.iQ was recognized with the 2019 iF Design Award by the International Design Federation for its user-friendly design and demonstrated intelligent features in the Discipline of Product, Industry & Tools category. lcmeter.com


BPN showcases new propane products in the news including two new lower cost of propane autogas engines by leader Alliance Autogas 04 2020AUTOGAS ENGINES
Alliance AutoGas is introducing its autogas technology progress on 2020 and 2021 model year vehicle development programs. Fleets will now have a practical choice offering a simplified, lower-maintenance alternative compared to a gasoline engine, while still providing a reduced fuel cost per mile compared to diesel engines. Alliance AutoGas’ 2020 Bi-Fuel 7.3 engine for Ford vehicles will provide average savings of $1 per gallon on fuel, extended operating ranges over 700 miles between refueling, and give fleets the option of not servicing complicated emission control systems or buying DEF fluid. Along with the Ford 7.3 engine, there will be a record number of new Alliance AutoGas bi-fuel products in the commercial marketplace, including a comprehensive portfolio of Ford branded products, General Motors, and Dodge. Offerings include the 2020 Ford Explorer; Ford F-750s with the all-new 7.3 engine; Ford Transit (3.5 PFDI and 3.5 EcoBoost); Ford F-150 (3.3 PFDI and 5.0 PFDI); Ford 6.2-liter Super Duty Pickups; Ford 6.2-/7.3-liter E-Series Vans; General Motors 6.6-liter EcoTec3; and Dodge
Durango 5.7-liter V8. allianceautogas.com
New multi-user propane grills introduced by leading mfg RH Peterson for condo community use BPN new product showcase april 2020
MULTI-USER GRILLS
Designed to withstand frequent use in settings such as resorts or condominiums, Fire Magic Choice Multi-User grills from R.H. Peterson feature durable materials, reliable controls, and low-cost operation. Available in three sizes of built-in models or post-mount units, the grills include a turn-to-light ignition (no power required, no batteries to change), anti-theft knobs and cooking grids, a one-hour automatic shut-off timer, and more. As with all Fire Magic grills, the Choice Multi-User collection boasts patented Diamond Sear Cooking grids offering superior grilling performance. firemagicgrills.com rhpeterson.com


BPN features New Propane Product by RegO a 2psi dialectric propane regulator in its April 2020 new LPG product showcase 2-psi DIALECTRIC REGULATOR
RegO has created another layer of safety by isolating potential electrical current on its LV4403Y3D series dielectric second-stage regulators for 2-psi systems. This versatile series also features laser-etched epoxy paint for easy identification, a serviceable design, easy adjustment, an integral relief valve, and a 25-year service life backed by a 10-year warranty. It is made in the USA. regoproducts.com


BPN introduces New Propane Product by Advanced Digital Data software to ehance back end mobile propane operations april 2020OPERATIONS SOFTWARE
ADD Systems’ enhancements to its back office and mobile solution enable propane companies to offer the exceptional customer experience required today. ADD Systems’ software offers customers a sense of control and insight by automatically informing them of real-time activity via text/email, giving efficient and accurate information via CSR’s 360º customer view, and giving self-service options via real-time web portal. addsys.com


TANKS
Metsa Tanks offers tanks ranging from 120 to 1000 gallons, aboveground, underground, and aboveground/underground. Also available are heads, domes, and accessories for manufacturers and refurbishing shops. metsa.com

BPN new Product showcase features Superior Energy system new Pro vend autogas dispensers 04 2020SMART METER
Bergquist Inc. has unveiled an innovative LPG smart meter equipped with LoRa cloud technology. The new product, the Mesura Smart Meter from Cavagna Group, ensures the most accurate LPG measurements. Mesura Metering, the Cavagna Group subsidiary developing its metering division, integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices into the new LPG smart meter in order to connect it to a cloud platform. Cloud access allows the smart meter to send usage data directly to the LPG utility facility. Companies that manage multiple LPG networks are then provided with clear data based on specific measurements. The smart meter removes manual calculations from data collection, allowing for a more streamlined billing process free of estimates or human error. It also allows consumers to pre-pay based on their individual LPG needs. LoRa enables gas companies to be notified promptly of non-paying customers or system malfunctions with the ability to assess them immediately from their facility. cavagnagroup.com


BPN's April 2020 New Product showcase features LPG products slated to be on exhibit at cancelled NPGA SE Expo featuring Transwest Trailors new Propane Crane Truck 04-2020LP CRANE TRUCK
The LP crane truck, offered by Transwest Trailers and manufactured by Summit Truck Bodies, is built using leading-edge design and manufacturing techniques to ensure high quality and customer satisfaction. The crane truck comes with standard features such as an auto hook release on the crane, capacity rating of 6000 lb at 5 ft, phase-3 radio system, backup alarm, reach of 29 ft, and remote engine start/stop connected. transwest.com



BPN April 2020 New Propane Product Showcases USA mfg RH Peterson new LPG firetableFIRETABLE

American Fyre Designs’ Contempo firetables from R.H. Peterson bring a sleek, contemporary design to outdoor living spaces. The newest offering in the Contempo collection is the American Fyre Designs Contempo LP Select. Featuring a low-profile chat height, the rectangular-shaped table houses a 60,000-Btu linear burner, manual flame sensing controls, and a convenient storage drawer for a horizontal-style propane tank. As with all American Fyre Designs products, the Contempo LP Select firetable is crafted from durable glass fiber reinforced concrete and is available in several finish options. americanfyredesigns.com rhpeterson.com

BPN April 2020 edition features a New Product Showcase with new Hexagon Reagasco lightweight fiberglass environmentally friendly and safer propane grill cylinders by Viking Cylinders in all 50 states
LIGHTWEIGHT CYLINDERS
Viking Cylinders are lighter than aluminum and steel cylinders, with a tare weight of just over 17 pounds. Filled to capacity, they weigh less than the OSHA-recommended 50-lb limit. The low weight, combined with an ergonomic design and BLEVE-free characteristics, make this cylinder very easy to lift, handle, and stack, further reducing the risk of workplace injury or accidents. They are approved for use in all 50 states and over 70 countries. hexagonragasco.com
BPN new Product showcase features new propane software from LPG industry leader Rural Computer Consultants 04 2020

SOFTWARE
RCC’s newest release of V10 comes with many enhancements including a full accounting suite, CRM, customer hub, imaging, and more. The Dispatch Manager is RCC’s FDS (Fuel Distribution Software) mapping and optimization solution that gives dispatchers vital information with immediate results. MOGO (Mobile Office on the GO) is FDS’ handheld solution for delivery, service, cylinder, and meter reading in the field. RCC also offers cloud hosting. rccbi.com


BPN New Product Showcase Features Products To Be Exhibited at Cancelled NPGA SE Expo Otodata new roster of propane tank moniotrs 04 2020TANK MONITOR
Otodata Tank Monitors has introduced a new roster of products, three of which are collaborations with industry majors that will expand its offerings and provide improvements to its existing solutions. Otodata and propane industry giant Worthington have ollaborated to create the SmartLid™.  otodatatankmonitors.com


BPN's New Propane Product Showcase Features Smart-Hose Technologies new LPG break away adapters in its april 2020 issueBREAKAWAY ADAPTERS
Smart-Hose TechnologiesBreak-Away Adapters protect plant, tank truck, railcar, and loading arm piping against the catastrophic effects of unintentional pull-aways. 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-in. Schedule 80 riser pipe be used for product transfer at bulkhead applications. The exception allows LPG bulkhead transfer applications to utilize the Smart-Hose Break-Away coupler as an alternative. The coupler is designed with an engineered break point located between two swing check-valves. In the event of a pull-away, the coupler would automatically shut off at both the bulkhead and tank truck side. This exception improves the safety of product transfers at bulkhead applications. smarthose.com 


BPN New Product showcase features new Lock America propane tank POlocks and Fill valves April 2020LOCKS
Designed to protect a propane supplier’s investment by ensuring that customers comply with their contracts, and don’t buy off-contract, the Fill Valve and POLocks from Lock America are beneficial when customers are on automatic fill-up contracts, and for those relying on tank monitoring software. The locks are built around tamper- and weather-resistant tubular keyways, with a heavy-duty key designed and registered exclusively to each supplier. The locks are easy to install, and can be keyed alike for a single company or separately. The Fill Valve Lock is available in heavy-duty and moisture-resistant versions. The lock body and the key are solid brass; the locking cap is steel. laigroup.com


BPN April 2020 New Product Showcase Features K&K Management Solutions new Energy-Force propane routing optimization software
ROUTING TOOL

OptimizerPlus from K & K Management Solutions/Energy-Force is the industry’s first fully intelligent and automated routing tool that analyzes every customer tank (K-factor, call-in, Julian) overnight to create the most efficient and profitable routes. OptimizerPlus is unique because it does not require the user to “drag-and-drop” to decide which tank to fill. Drivers can “get out the door” and be productive their very first day without waiting for a dispatcher. OptimizerPlus also considers the weather, a driver’s “off” days, and automatically adjusts for summer/fall/partial fills and prioritizes contract gallons’ ending dates. energy-force.com

Flame-Resistant Clothing: Critical Facts and Fictions for Propane Professionals

By Dave Emanuel…

Do you bet your life when you go to work each day? That may be exactly what you’re doing if your work involves handling propane, or simply being in a propane-rich environment. According to Derek Sang of Bulwark Protective Apparel, “For some reason, the propane industry has been reluctant to use flame-resistant [FR] clothing in day-to-day operations even though they [may] have similar thermal hazards as say refineries or oil and gas drillers where the use of FR clothing is mandated.”

flame resistant clothing for propane professionals is a critical safety need reports BPN the propane industry's leading source for news since 1939. April 2020.  Photo credit Ashutosh SonwaniINJURIES FROM FLAMMABLE CLOTHING
Sang explains, “What people don’t realize is that serious burn injuries (more than 50% body burn) that can and do lead to fatality are not because of the flash fire itself, but because of clothing that is not flame-resistant, catching fire and continuing to burn. Clothing that has flame-resistant properties has the ability to extinguish itself and therefore minimize those burn injuries and dramatically increase survivability.”

Employers should be aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires training on the proper selection, use, care, and maintenance of personal protective equipment (PPE)—even if employees provide their own equipment. Specifically, OSHA regulations specify, “Application. Protective equipment, including personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head, and extremities, protective clothing, respiratory devices, and protective shields and barriers, shall be provided, used, and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary by reason of hazards of processes or environment, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, or mechanical irritants encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact.”

Beyond that, the regulations state, “Employee-owned equipment. Where employees provide their own protective equipment, the employer shall be responsible to assure its adequacy, including proper maintenance, and sanitation of such equipment.”

In spite of OSHA regulations and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for flame-resistant garments, Sang notes that a great deal of misleading and inaccurate information abounds. This creates an abundance of problems, beginning with the selection of the proper garments. The “thermal events,” associated with propane handling and storage are typically short-duration flash fires: “A fire that spreads by means of a flame front rapidly through a diffuse fuel, such as dust, gas, or the vapors of an ignitable liquid, without the production of damaging pressure” (NFPA 2013-2020). Consequently, the appropriate flame-resistant clothing should be compliant to the NFPA 2112-18 Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Short Duration Thermal Exposure from Fire.

INTENTIONAL LACK OF USE
While it may seem obvious that having flame-resistant clothing is of no use if the clothing isn’t worn, intentional lack of use is a problem—a problem that exists across the entire personal protection landscape. Whether it’s a hard hat, steel-toe shoes, eye protection, hearing protection, or flame-resistant clothing, all too often, protective equipment is not worn when it should be in day-to-day operations.

Through his seminars, which he does throughout the world, Sang shares information that is needed to enable both workers and management to select and maintain the proper clothing that may well save their lives.

(Photo credit: Ashutosh Sonwani, April 15, 2020)