NJPGA e-Regulator
2018 - Issue 2
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Upcoming NJPGA events
PERC: Important Announcements
NPGA: Updated Bobtail Requalification Fact Sheet
NPGF: Congratulations, 2018-19 Scholarship Recipients!
Welcome! 2018-19 NJPGA Board of Directors & PERF Board of Trustees
Why everyone should care about NOx
Women in Propane Update
Fall Board/Membership Meeting & Awards Dinner
October 4, 2018
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Forsgate Country Club
375 Forsgate Drive
Monroe Township, NJ 08831

Nominate an NJPGA member/affiliate

  • Recognize an individual and his/her company for their commitment and/or contribution to safe acts over and above the normal expectations of safe practices employed in the workplace, or for contributing to a safer industry during his/her lifetime.

  • The award is presented in memory of Sgt. Howard Card, formerly of the New Jersey State Police, who had full responsibility for the regulatory oversight of the propane gas industry

  • It is not mandatory that the award be presented every year.

If a recipient is selected for 2018, the Howard Card Safety Award will be presented at the NJPGA Fall Meeting on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, NJ.
A Round of Golf?

Interested in golfing at Forsgate Country Club on October 4, 2018 before the Board Meeting & Awards Dinner?

Interested in sponsoring a golf hole to benefit NJPGA's PAC fund?

Employee of the Year nomination forms are here!

Are you an NJPGA member?

Do you have
exceptional employees?

Awards will be presented at
October 4 th Meeting 

Nomination Forms due August 8 th !
To nominate an employee for their service in 2017, click the applicable category & download nomination form. To be eligible, the individual must be employed by a company that is a member of NJPGA.

If you need to confirm membership status, please email Katina Pearl-Blando, Managing Director at njpga@hq4u.com . If you're interested in becoming a member of NJPGA, click here .
Interested in members-only sponsorship opportunities?

$500 Bronze
$1000 Silver
$1500 Gold

All NJPGA sponsorship levels include registration for Fall  & Holiday Meetings!

For more details about the 12-month sponsorships, scroll down or contact Katina Pearl-Blando at njpga@hq4u.com.

Save the Date!
Board Meeting & Holiday Luncheon

Thursday, December 6, 2018
 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Maggiano's Little Italy
Bridgewater, NJ

Ready to register? Click here!
CETP Courses

Placing Vapor Distribution Systems & Appliances into Operation, July 24-26 - Piscataway

Propane Appliance Service & Troubleshooting, Aug. 6-10 - Freehold
This new, 5-day, hands-on class is the most intensive CETP course
ever offered in NJ. It covers electrical, mechanical and compliance issues.
Don't miss your chance to attend in 2018; this course may not be repeated until 2021!

Bobtail/Cylinder Delivery Combined, October 2-4 - Freehold

Join us in promoting the use of Propane School Buses in NJ!
Booth volunteers needed!
NJSBA Workshop 2018
NJ School Board Association

October 23-24 Atlantic City

Email  njpga@hq4u.com   for more information .


PERC will soon remove the Find a Propane Retailer tool from p ropane.com and will instead start using Google search results.
This will help you better connect with potential customers.

Learn how to claim and manage your Google business listing by listening to a recent webinar from PERC – click here then scroll down for the “Watch Our Google My Business Webinar.”
NPGA: Updated Bobtail Requalification Fact Sheet
In June, the U.S. Department of Transportation published a correction notice to address typographical errors in the 2016 Final Rule that extended the requalification period from five to 10 years for eligible bobtails.

In addition to correcting the typos, the Final Rule also clarified that eligible bobtails can take advantage of the extended requalification period from the date of the bobtail’s most recent qualification.

To assist the industry, NPGA updated the bobtail requalification fact sheet.
This is also available through NPGA’s website . If you have any questions, please contact NPGA’s Sarah Reboli .
2018-2019 Scholarship Winners
NJPGA warmly congratulates the 2018-2019 NPGF Scholarship Winners from New Jersey!
Grace Gilman
New Jersey Propane Gas Association/
Alvin E. Clayton Memorial Scholarship

Grace is from Kinnelon, New Jersey and is a rising sophomore at University of Miami in Miami, Florida. She plans to work on Wall Street. Grace is involved in the Entrepreneurship Club and the Women in Business Club. Her interests include downhill mountain biking and snowboarding. Grace is grateful for the scholarship because she now has resources to spend on books. Grace adds, "This will ultimately help me reach my academic and future goals." Grace’s father, Peter Gilman, works for LP Transportation Inc. as a senior Vice President, Operations in Chester, New York. Congratulations, Grace!
Abigail Lynch
New Jersey Propane Gas Association/
Alvin E. Clayton Memorial Scholarship

Abigail is from Cape May Court House, New Jersey and is a rising sophomore at Atlantic Cape Community College in Cape May Court House. She is planning to enter the nursing field. Abigail enjoys babysitting her niece. She also likes going to the beach, listening to music, and spending time with family. Abigail is grateful for the scholarship because it is helping her pay for her books and tuition. Abigail adds, "Without this scholarship, I would have to continue taking money out of my savings, which I have worked so hard to build in order to pay for everything I need for school." Abigail’s father, Jack Varner, works for AmeriGas Propane LP as an Operations Manager in Woodbine, New Jersey. Congratulations, Abigail!
Alyssa Von Ahnen
AmeriGas in Memory of David Lugar Scholarship

Alyssa is from Pennsville, New Jersey and is a rising junior at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She is majoring in Elementary Education and being a teacher is just the first of many goals she has. She plans to complete a master program to become a Reading Specialist. Alyssa is involved in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is an assistant dance Instructor at Pennsville Community Performing Arts Troupe. Alyssa is grateful for the NPGF scholarship because it has lessened her financial burden and has allowed her to pursue her dreams. Alyssa adds, "As a future teacher, education is so important to me, and I truly value every class I get to take. This scholarship is allowing me to continue on in my educational journey and become one step further to becoming an educator myself." Alyssa’s mother, Carolyn Von Ahnen, works for AmeriGas Propane LP as a CRR in New Castle, Delaware. Congratulations, Alyssa!
From Roush CleanTech
Why Everyone Should Care About NOx

Over the last few years, there has been a lot of discussion about NOx — or nitrogen oxides — and the negative impact it has on many levels within our society. The problem was brought to light in 2014 when West Virginia University released its report on Volkswagen diesel engines that significantly exceeded the allowable threshold for NOx.
By the end of this year, Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., will deploy 600 new propane autogas-fueled delivery trucks.
Since it’s summer and baseball season is in full swing, let’s go back to first base and explain what NOx is all about. NOx is the generic term for a group of highly reactive gases, all of which contain nitrogen and oxygen in varying amounts. They form when fuel is burned at high temperatures. NOx contributes to numerous environmental problems, such as acid rain, climate change, deteriorated water quality and smog. NOx also causes negative health issues. Exposure to these tiny soot particles and toxic gases can cause headaches, fatigue, lung irritation and more.

The primary source of NOx is motor vehicles. Approximately 55 percent of man-made NOx emissions comes from motor vehicles. According to a University of California Riverside study, diesel-fueled medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are the number one source of NOx emissions in almost every single metropolitan region in the U.S. The same study shows that a diesel engine can emit up to four times more NOx than its Environmental Protection Agency emissions standard during a full-duty cycle.

How do we, in both the public and private sectors, help lower these harmful emissions from our fleets? One readily available solution is fueling your fleet vehicles with propane autogas. Propane autogas is naturally much lower in NOx than diesel and gasoline. For heavier-duty engines fueled by propane autogas, NOx is reduced by about 60 percent compared with conventional diesel engines. Propane autogas vehicles emit about 20 percent less nitrogen oxide than gasoline vehicles.

NOx emissions are regulated under EPA standards because they are known to be harmful to human health and to air quality. For example, ROUSH CleanTech has developed an engine to meet even stricter standards set by the California Air Resources Board. The company’s 2017MY and newer 6.8L V10 3V propane engines have the lowest NOx levels of any engine in class 4-7 vehicles and are certified at .05 g/bhp-hr. The engines are 75 percent cleaner than the EPA standard of 0.20 g/bhp-hr.

There is $2.9 billion in funding from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust to pay for transportation projects that reduce NOx emissions. School buses and transit options equipped with low NOx engines qualify for funding under this settlement, depending on how each beneficiary chooses to allocate these funds. Read more about the EMT here

To learn more about ROUSH CleanTech’s alternative fuel vehicle technology that powers school buses and Ford commercial vehicles, please visit www.roushcleantech.com .
Todd Mouw is president of ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology. Mouw has more than two decades of experience in the automotive and high-tech industries. As former president of the NTEA Green Truck Association, Mouw helped set standards in the green trucking industry. To learn more, visit ROUSHcleantech.com .
Women in Propane Council : UPDATE

Summertime, and the Grillin’ is Easy!
NPGA Business Council
Wishing all Women in Propane members a safe and happy holiday!

After the July 4th holiday, the WIP Council leadership team will be getting back to work to plan workplace and leadership development for 2019. The focus on Sales effectiveness is exciting for all of us since, as we know, “Nothing happens until someone sells something.” We will also be rolling out a new opportunity for individual companies to have DISC training come to their site.

And, the Knowledge Exchange now reports that all mentors and mentees are meeting over the summer. The Knowledge Partners have been paired, trained, and scheduled their mentoring meetings. Watch this newsletter for updates on the six-month course.

Late summer and early fall events.
Northeast Propane Show | August 8 & 9
New location: DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, MA
Dig into DISC; behavioral profile overview on Management effectiveness, presented by WIP, August 8, 10:00 a.m.
And, visit the Women in Propane booth on the trade show floor. Details and Registration, CLICK HERE .

Teeco Open House | September 27
7471 Reese Road, Sacramento, CA
WIP hosts a booth at this popular open house.

Women in Propane Annual Meeting | September 30
The Four Seasons Houston, 1300 Lamar St., Houston, TX Members gather for Annual Meeting, strategic planning, 3-5:00 p.m. WIP Networking Lunch, October 1, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
In conjunction with NPGA Fall Board Meeting. Register Here.

Note: Regretfully, the WIP Council will not be in Ohio on August 21 at Bergquist’s Open House as previously scheduled.

When you’re online, visit Women in Propane. Here’s why ...
In our various realms, most of us hear strong opinions either for or against social media. Here are 7 Key Benefits of Social Media for YOU . 1. Networking with colleagues. 2. Boosting your industry I.Q.
3. Partnering with influencers. 4. Finding information curated for WIP members. 5. Practicing “social listening” to gain new ideas for your career. 6. Engaging with the WIP community. 7. Learning more about the Women in Propane Council.

Women in Propane Council
Facebook.com/WomeninPropane Twitter: @WomeninPropane LinkedIn Women in Propane group 
Welcome to NJPGA's newest member
confirmed at the Board Meeting on June 22, 2018

Corrine Walker – Honorary Member
Welcome, 2018-19 NJPGA Board of Directors & PERF Board of Trustees!

NJPGA's Board of Directors' election was held on June 22 at the Annual Meeting. 
Michael Merrill of JEM Mechanical Services, who most recently served as Treasurer, is returning to the position of President. We are also pleased to announce that Mike Taylor of Combined Energy Services joined the Board as a Director. After decades of service on the NJPGA Board, Bill Curcio has officially retired from the Board, stepping down from his most recent position -- National/State Director. We are truly grateful for Bill's service in this role (and many others), and are delighted to have Tom Tarantin of Tarantin Industries, Inc. assuming the important position of National/State Director.

2018-19 NJPGA Board

Michael G. Merrill, JEM Mechanical Services
Vice President:
Marco Perez
Beth Karr, AmeriGas
Henry S. Papiano, C Three Logistics
Immediate Past President
Scott Fitzgerald, AmeriGas
National/State Director
Thomas A. Tarantin, Tarantin Industries, Inc.

Peter Gilman, LP Transportation, Inc.
Chris Mohler, Chesmont Engineering Co., Inc.
Jack Neff, Woodruff Energy
Jayson Schneider, Victor Div. of F.W. Webb Co.
JD Stem, Stem Brothers, Inc.
Mike Taylor, Combined Energy Services
Jim Wiltshire, Ray Murray, Inc.

2018-19 NJPERF Board of Trustees

JD Stem, Stem Brothers, Inc.
Vice President:
Marco Perez
Beth Karr, AmeriGas
Corrine Walker, Suburban Propane

Michael G. Merrill, JEM Mechanical Services
Thomas A. Tarantin, Tarantin Industries, Inc.
The NJ Propane Gas Association members are grateful to these dedicated volunteers for their ongoing efforts and diligence on behalf of the propane industry in New Jersey and beyond.
Interested in becoming
a member of NJPGA?

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NJPGA Officers & Board of Directors 2018-19
Michael G. Merrill
JEM Mechanical Services
Vice President
Marco Perez
Amerigreen Propane, Inc.

Beth Karr

Henry S. Papiano
C Three Logistics
Immediate Past President
Scott Fitzgerald

National/State Director
Thomas A. Tarantin
Tarantin Industries, Inc.
Peter Gilman
LP Transportation, Inc.
Chris Mohler
Chesmont Engineering Company, Inc.

Jack Neff
Woodruff Energy
Jayson Schneider
Victor Division of F.W. Webb Co.
J.D. Stem
Stem Brothers Inc.

Mike Taylor
Combined Energy Services

Jim Wiltshire
Ray Murray, Inc.
Director of Public Affairs
David Smith
Princeton Public Affairs Group
NJPERF Officers & Board of Trustees
J.D. Stem
Stem Brothers, Inc.
Vice President
Marco Perez
Amerigreen Propane, Inc.

Beth Karr

Corrine Walker
Suburban Propane
Thomas A. Tarantin
Tarantin Industries, Inc.

Michael Merrill
JEM Mechanical Services

NJPGA and NJPERF Headquarters
Debbie Hart
Executive Director

Katina Pearl-Blando
Managing Director
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Email NJPGA@hq4u.com to learn more about our member-only, 12-month sponsorship opportunities:

Bronze Sponsor $500
  • Logo display on NJPGA website
  • Inclusion on page of sponsor logos meeting handout packets
  • Company listing on Meeting Tables at each meeting
  • Registration for one at the Fall and Holiday meetings

Silver Sponsor $1000
  • All Bronze Level benefits+
  • 4 Newsletter ads
  • Link to your website, included with logo display on NJPGA website 
  • Verbal recognition at each 2018 meeting
  • Invitation to address the attendees at the Holiday Meeting

Gold Sponsor $1500 
  • All Silver Level benefits +
  • Registration for one at the meetings for all 4 meetings
  • Invitation to address the attendees at the 4 meetings
  • Inclusion on Sponsor poster at Fall and Winter meetings 

Interested in becoming an NJPGA member?
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