Business briefs - Aug. 4

August 04, 2013


Hagerstown-based ThompsonGas, the 18th-largest propane service provider in the United States, recently was selected as the first and only provider of propane for six alternative-fueled lawn mowers for the National Mall and Memorial Parks, or NAMA.

Each new Exmark Lazer Z S-Series lawn mower, donated by the Propane Education & Research Council, will be refilled using a propane cylinder exchange system from ThompsonGas.

The new lawn mowers are part of the National Park Service’s initiative to reduce dependence on foreign oil and conserve energy. The lawn mowers will comprise one-third of the mall’s mower fleet and replace diesel-powered mowers.

Switching to propane will reduce fuel spills, save NAMA money on fuel and maintenance costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the mall by 50 percent per lawn mower. Carbon monoxide emissions are expected to drop by 80 percent.

Propane is the third most-used auto fuel in the world. ThompsonGas offers engine fuel for fleet vehicles, police cruisers, forklifts, lawn equipment and other high-mileage, high-run time vehicles and equipment.

In addition to being better for the environment than gasoline or diesel fuel, almost all propane available in the U.S. is domestically produced, reducing dependence on foreign oil.

Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, formerly Butts Tubes/BTI Whitewater, recently announced the addition of Segway Off Road Tours to its outdoor adventure offerings.

The fun and challenging tour allows people to be in control of their every move while mastering balance, reflexes, coordination and speed. Those who participate will test their skills in an obstacle course and then have the freedom to play.

Since Segways are less damaging to natural terrain than hiking boots, they are an eco-friendly way to ride atop the mountain. Segways travel up to 12 mph and are battery powered. The rugged tires on the all-terrain X2 are designed to maneuver on varied terrain.

Harpers Ferry Adventure Center also offers tubing, white-water rafting, canoeing, camping, cabins, a zip line, kayaking, fishing and hiking. It also has a new facility, The Mountain.

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