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PERC Marketer Technology Training Coming to Oklahoma, Texas

WASHINGTON (August 4, 2011) — Oklahoma and Texas are the latest states to sign on as hosts of the Propane Education & Research Council’s Marketer Technology Training, a program designed to help propane retailers introduce customers to new and emerging propane-fueled products that can lower their operating costs, cut carbon emissions, and help America get closer to energy independence.

The Oklahoma LP Gas Research, Marketing, and Safety Commission will host training on residential appliances and on-road vehicles on August 19 in Oklahoma City. The Texas Propane Gas Association will host two sessions. The first, in Dallas on October 6, will feature training on commercial lawn mowers and residential appliances; the second, in Houston on October 7, will feature irrigation engines and residential appliances. The module on residential appliances is known by its goal: Fill the Home.

Richard Hess is contract manager of the Oklahoma LP Gas Research, Marketing, and Safety Commission. “It is important that Oklahoma propane dealers be in position to pursue new markets and to fully incorporate new technologies into their businesses,” Hess says. “This program will enable Oklahoma dealers to capture their share of an emerging motor fuel market while demonstrating propane’s advantages throughout the home by presenting the latest technologies for less traditional propane appliances including generators, clothes dryers, cook tops, space heaters, etc.” He notes that the “training will include practical information on all the advantages and uses of propane in the home and on the road.”

This year, in 19 sessions hosted by state propane organizations, the program has already trained nearly 500 industry members — roughly as many as it trained in all of 2010. With the addition of the sessions in Oklahoma and Texas, 16 sessions remain for 2011. Space is still available but classes are filling quickly. Marketers can review the schedule, watch a video, read the comments of marketers who have taken the training, and sign up for upcoming sessions at www.propanecouncil.org/MTT.

Lloyd Pope, vice president and region manager of Heritage Propane in Steilacoom, Wash., took the training in Portland, Ore., this year. “The Marketer Technology Training program is just what our industry needs,” Pope says. “I came away knowing that PERC is working hard for all propane marketers, showing us how best to capture additional and incremental gallons in today’s tough market. With the help of PERC, we can definitely get the message out that LP gas is renewable and sustainable and has been for 100 years.”

Each of the Marketer Technology Training sessions offer two of the six available modules: Commercial Lawn Mowers, Fill the Home, Generators, Irrigation Engines, On-Road Vehicles and Fleets, and Tankless Water Heaters.

Upcoming Sessions of PERC Marketer Technology Training

August 17 — Worthington, Ohio
August 19 — Oklahoma City
August 23 — Warwick, R.I.
August 24 — Auburn, Mass.
August 25 — Hartford, Conn.
September 7 — Statesville, N.C.
September 9-10 — Prescott, Ariz.
September 13 — South Lake Tahoe, Nev.
September 15 — Bozeman, Mont. (2 sessions)
September 21 — Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (2 sessions)
September 27 — Stevens Point, Wis.
October 4 — King of Prussia, Pa.
October 6 — Dallas
October 7 — Houston