Cavagna Group expands new ERP System to include Cavagna North America, Inc.

(Brescia, Italy) — Cavagna Group recently announced the expansion of its new ERP system to include its subsidiary, Cavagna North America, Inc., located in Somerset, New Jersey.
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Cavagna Group has partnered with SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software. “The implementation of SAP represents the company’s single largest technology infrastructure investment in our 70 year history. This strategic investment will provide us the opportunity to sustain growth and ensure future success in an evolving digital economy,” said Ezio Cavagna, Group President.

“As we launch SAP in North America, we recognize that it will optimize our information exchange globally. The resulting efficiencies will allow Cavagna to provide our customers with the highest quality LPG and Compressed Gas products in the world,” said Richard Darché, president, North America.

About Cavagna Group:
The manufacturer of equipment and fittings for compressed gases, gas storage, and gas control, the Cavagna Group has been supplying industries and consumers worldwide since 1949. The Cavagna Group offers a complete and reliable line of products in this sector. The Cavagna Group works with virtually all major oil/gas companies, in addition to producers of compressed gas containers and gas appliance OEMs. With approximately 1,000 employees worldwide, the Group consists of nine vertically integrated production companies in Italy, and nine other companies throughout five continents. With a distribution network consisting of an additional fifteen fully-owned distribution companies, the Cavagna Group now sells its products in more than 145 countries worldwide.

Mulhern Gas Company Celebrates 5th Generation Family Propane Business

HUDSON, NY – Mulhern Gas Company is pleased to announce the addition of Richard “Rick” Cummings, IV, to their staff based in Hudson, New York. In joining the company, Cummings represents the fifth generation of the Cumming’s family at Mulhern Gas. Mr. Cummings is a 2011 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, NY, and a 2015 graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, where he received an honors degree in Geology. His work at Colgate has subsequently been published by the Geological Society of America.

Mulhern Gas Company is a full-service propane provider service with customers in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, and Rensselear Counties. Mulheron was founded in 1918 by Thomas J. Mulhern as a coal provider. The company later moved into fuel oil distribution in the 1950’s through the 1970’s. In 1978, Mulhern sold its fuel oil assets to concentrate exclusively on propane sales and service. The firm will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018.

According to the Family Business Review, about 30 percent of family businesses continue into the second generation, with 12 percent staying viable for a third generation, and only three percent surviving to a fourth generation and beyond. 
“As you can imagine, we are thrilled to have Rick on board at Mulhern Gas.  He’s grown up in the propane business and he’ll be here to bring Mulhern Gas well into our next one hundred years,” said Richard Cummings, Jr., president of Mulhern Gas and Rick’s grandfather.

“We are very proud that Rick has chosen to be the fifth generation to join the family business,” said Cummings, Jr.  Family businesses are the backbone of our economy and, according to Forbes Magazine, they generate more than 50% of the U.S. Gross National Product (GNP). I think our multi-generational family operation is a perfect fit with our customer-centered approach to the propane business,” Cummings, Jr. said.

Smith Gas Co. Celebrates 88 Years in Business

Established in 1928 by William M. Smith, Smith Gas Co. Inc. celebrates its 88th anniversary in 2016 and has become a landmark on Third Street in Floresville, Texas. To celebrate this extraordinary milestone, owner Steve Smith, grandson of William Smith, invites customers and community members to the company’s “Open House” during the entire month of September. Smith Gas Co. will be offering a variety of great deals, prizes, refreshments, and propane, of course.
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If your mindset is, “I don’t use propane, I don’t need to go there,” think again. Smith Gas offers an extensive selection of elite stainless steel cookware, fire pits, and gas grills, not to mention kitchen utensils and gift baskets.

Smith Gas will commemorate its 88 years in business throughout the month of September with free refreshments, and even free sausage wraps on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Smith Gas is holding anniversary prize drawings for a kitchen accessory basket, a Holland stainless steel fire pit, and a $100 gift certificate. Ten customers also will win 100 gallons of propane during the anniversary celebration; customers purchasing 100 gallons during September are automatically eligible for the “free gas” drawing.

One lucky customer will win propane for 88-cents per gallon for one year. Smith Gas Co. is also offering $50 savings on an American-made Holland Gas Grill for the entire month. Holland Grills are made in a small town called Warrenton, GA.

Oregon Sheriff’s Office Saves Thousands By Converting Fleet to Propane Autogas

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) in Albany, Oregon, converted its vehicle fleet to operate on a bi-fuel system that runs on propane autogas as well as gasoline. To date, converting the vehicle fleet to also run on clean-burning propane autogas has saved the agency nearly $24,000 in fuel costs in 2015, said Randy Camp, general manager of CoEnergy Propane. CoEnergy Propane has offices in Albany and Redmond, Oregon.
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Last month, CoEnergy Propane also presented a $6,700 check to Benton County during a Board of Commissioners meeting. The check represented the 50-cent per gallon Federal rebate that is available for vehicles that operate on propane autogas.

“There are other entities now that are looking at converting to propane autogas all over the state,” Camp said. He added that there’s been a mandate by the State of Oregon to move more of its vehicles to alternative fuels, and propane is the easiest switch at this point.

“The infrastructure is already out there. There are places you can refuel all over Oregon, and that’s not true with electric and natural gas,” Camp said. Part of the Philomath School District’s bus fleet also runs on propane autogas, Camp said.

Benton County decided in fall 2014 to install equipment that would allow the Sheriff’s Office’s cruisers, SUVs and Pick-up trucks to use both gasoline and propane autogas. The work on the fleet was done at Linn-Benton Community College’s new Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon, Oregon. CoEnergy is a partner at the Center for Alternative Fuel Education that has also provided autogas technician training.

In a January 2015 interview, Benton County Sheriff, Scott Jackson, said his agency spent nearly $350,000 a year on fuel. Besides the cost savings, propane autogas allows BCSO to operate a much greener fleet by powering their vehicles on this clean-burning, abundant American fuel, Camp said.

Benton County also is looking at equipping other vehicles, such as Dial-A-Ride buses, to run on propane autogas, Camp said.

A reader posted a comment on the Corvallis Gazette-Times website that read, “Good stuff. It seems to me that post offices such as the ones in Corvallis and Albany, Oregon, could benefit from this as well. Post offices have a common fleet of equipment, housed at a central location each day, with a limited range — yet requiring enough hill-climbing power and utility range to make electric vehicles impractical. The conversion is not terrifically difficult."

CoEnergy Propane has offices located in Albany and Redmond, Oregon, and serves the surrounding areas.

(SOURCE: Kyle Odegard, Albany Democrat-Herald, Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Palmetto Gas Grows Gallons With Outdoor Living Product Showroom

Palmetto Gas (Ridgeland, S.C.), a Blossman Gas company, recently expanded its store to incorporate an 1800-sq-ft dedicated “Outdoor Living and Hearth Showroom.” The addition features an array of outdoor living and fireplace products including direct- and vent-free fireplaces, an entire gas log wall, fire pits, propane gas heaters, grills, and more.
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Al Brownrigg, store manager, indicated the company saw an opportunity with an empty bay to expand into outdoor living products for the builder/contractor market. The plan is to market directly to the homeowners in the Ridgeland/Hilton Head communities.

Palmetto Gas recently held a "Contractor’s Night" with more than 50 contractors in attendance. “They loved seeing our products on display rather than in a catalog. Two of our largest builders, H2 Builders and Randy Jeffcoat, said they felt extremely comfortable with having their future customers come into the showroom to make their selections,” notes Brownrigg. A soft opening is in process with the Palmetto Gas customers, and a full community grand opening will take place shortly.
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Blossman Gas acquired Palmetto Gas and its 2800 customers in 2014.