Green Alternative Systems (GAS) Announces Newly Expanded Facilities To Increase Propane Fleet Conversion Capacity

Elkhart, IN, (Feb. 05, 2016) — Green Alternative Systems (GAS), provider for propane fleet conversions and compressed natural gas conversion in the United States, announced that due to the popularity of fleet conversion to propane autogas in both 2014 and 2015, GAS will be making considerable investments in areas that increase their propane autogas fleet conversion capacity. Green Alternative Systems currently operates a dozen facilities in the United States and stated that its newest service center is on track to open in Chicago in 2016.
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Green Alternative Systems converts thousands of vehicles each year to propane autogas, reducing costs for fleet managers as well as damage to the environment with cleaner-burning, American propane. A nation-wide network of service facilities ensures that fleet managers have ready access to the services needed when their vehicles are on the road.

As gas prices continue to fall, fleet managers still look to alternative fuel conversions (especially schools and city governments). Communities concerned about the environment are pushing their local fleets to adapt to clean, alternative propane autogas and the number of annual conversions has been record setting for each of the last five years.

An increase in capacity for fleet propane conversion is positive news for large fleet managers in the market for a conversion and also indicates a positive trajectory for the propane autogas industry. Higher capacity allows Green Alternative Systems to process more vehicles at once, drastically reducing the amount of time fleet vehicles are off the road. The Chicago service center will compliment the existing Elkhart, Ind., facility and bring more conversion and maintenance bays to the Midwest region.

Green Alternative Systems is a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier and one of the fleet propane conversion companies that successfully completed the Altoona Federal Bus Testing Program.


Hopatcong Gas Service Merges With Combined Energy Services

Family-owned Hopatcong Gas Company, established in 1994 by Bill Sutphen as part of the family hardware store business, has merged with tri-state propane and fuel oil supplier, Combined Energy Services (CES), according to a Jan. 31, 2016 report in The New Jersey Herald.

The Herald’s report said owner Bill Sutphen and his family opted to sell to a regional company, rather than a national one, because they thought it would be best for Hopatcong customers.

“When you supply people for decades, they’re more than just customers — they’re friends and family,” the newspaper quoted Sherri Sutphen Norlander, a Hopatcong manager, as saying. "We've known Combined Energy Services, their people and the Taylors for a long time and knew they would take care of our customers properly, instead of treating them like a number, like corporations do."

Family-owned and operated since 1968, Combined Energy Services is one of the largest propane gas and fuel oil suppliers in the Tri-State area.

"Hopatcong Gas is a perfect fit with CES as we're gaining new customers all over North New Jersey every day," CES manager Mike Taylor said. "Customers of Hopatcong Gas shouldn't see much difference going forward, just great service from another family-owned company that cares for their customers, along with expanded capabilities."

(SOURCE: NJBIZ, The New Jersey Herald)

DHL Expands with New Service Center in Memphis

(January 18, 2016) DHL, one of the world’s leading international express services provider, announced that it moved into a new service center in Memphis that will serve the tri-state area of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The $2.5 million investment was driven by the company’s current and forecasted shipment growth from local businesses trading internationally as well as e-commerce shipping. The new service center features a large customer counter, expanded parking lot, and several dozen pick-up and delivery vehicles fueled by clean, safe and economical propane autogas.
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DHL moved from an 11,000-square foot facility to the new 30,000-square foot facility, which can process more than 2,500 shipments per hour. It is located adjacent to the Memphis International Airport, and operates as the local center for pick-up, delivery and sorting operations of international shipments. Located at 3560 Air Center Cove in Memphis, the facility will provide enhanced services to customers since it’s situated closer to the airport and can take advantage of process efficiencies from a larger building footprint.

“Memphis is a top metro area for exports, and as a leading international shipping provider, we are keeping pace with the tremendous growth from the area’s global businesses,” said John Fox, DHL Area General Manager, Southeast U.S. “This new facility will not only support customer shipment growth, but will also allow for earlier delivery times and later drop-off times for international importers and exporters.”

The state-of-the-art facility will handle a variety of shipments, including international small parcels as well as palletized and container freight.

Propane Export Facility Near Prince Rupert, British Columbia Announced

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Jan. 20, 2016) - AltaGas Ltd. announced yesterday that a sublease and related agreements have been signed with Ridley Terminals Inc. ("Ridley Terminals") to develop, build, own and operate the proposed Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, to be located on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert, British Columbia on a portion of lands leased by Ridley Terminals from the Prince Rupert Port Authority. The agreements are an important first step for beginning the regulatory and engagement phases of the project.

The proposed Facility will be designed to ship up to 1.2 million tonnes of propane per year and will be constructed by AltaGas. It will be built on a brownfield site with a history of industrial development, connections to existing rail lines and an existing world class marine jetty with deep water access to the Pacific Ocean. Propane from British Columbia and Alberta natural gas producers will be transported to the Facility using the existing CN rail network.
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"We are very excited about the opportunities presented by the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal," said David Cornhill, Chairman and CEO of AltaGas. "We anticipate this Facility will be the first to export propane from British Columbia's west coast, opening up new international markets for natural gas producers in Western Canada. We look forward to working closely with First Nations, governments, the community and other stakeholders to bring this project into operation."

"Ridley Terminals is encouraged by this concrete step to diversify products shipped from our facilities while sustaining and creating new jobs in the community," said David Kirsop, Chief Operating Officer and President of Ridley Terminals.

"This project aligns with the type of growth and diversification envisioned in the Port's development plan, with the potential to advance Prince Rupert's support of Canadian export industries through our trade gateway," said Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert.

Preliminary engineering has been completed and the front end engineering and design study has begun. The process of engaging and consulting with First Nations, communities, government, and environmental and regulatory authorities is underway. AltaGas is working towards reaching a final investment decision in 2016. Commercial operation to commence propane exports is targeted for 2018, subject to First Nations consultations and necessary approvals. The Facility is estimated to cost between $400 - $500 million.

AltaGas owns or has an interest in six large natural gas processing facilities in British Columbia and Alberta that produce propane, and operates a similar propane export facility in Ferndale, Washington.

MFA Oil Company Acquires Central Oklahoma Propane Supplier

COLUMBIA, MO (January 14, 2016) – MFA Oil Company, the seventh largest propane retailer in the United States, announced it has acquired R&S Propane, Inc., a propane supplier based in Dibble, Okla. The acquisition strengthens MFA Oil’s position in central Oklahoma.
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“This purchase gives us a good entry point into the nearby Norman and Oklahoma City markets and fits well with our existing operations in Oklahoma,” says Mark Fenner, MFA Oil president and CEO. “We look forward to integrating R&S Propane’s assets into our company and continuing to work with their customers to see that their propane service needs are met.”
This is MFA Oil’s third acquisition of its fiscal year, which began September 1, 2015. Previous acquisitions for the current fiscal year included Lybarger Oil Inc. in Garnett, Kan. and Elaine Petroleum Distribution Inc. in Elaine, Ark. The company plans to continue evaluating acquisition opportunities in its existing market area and other states where it can expand its footprint.

MFA Oil Company also supplies fuels, lubricants and propane to customers in Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming. And, through a subsidiary, MFA Oil operates Break Time convenience stores in Missouri and Arkansas, Jiffy Lube franchises in central Missouri and Big O Tires franchises in Missouri and Arkansas.