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NATSO Testifies Before Congress on Biodiesel Policy

June 22, 2018

NATSO Testifies Before Congress on Biodiesel Policy NATSO

A travel center executive testifying on behalf of NATSO told a House panel that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is successfully incentivizing travel centers to incorporate advanced biofuels such as biodiesel into their fuel supply, but also warned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent practice of exempting certain refiners from their renewable fuels obligations undermines the law’s intent and decreases demand for biofuels.

Think Commercial Rest Areas Will Expand Truck Parking? Think Again

June 18, 2018

Think Commercial Rest Areas Will Expand Truck Parking? Think Again

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings submitted the following to Overdrive Magazine in response to its June 5 article, "Could Commercialization Stem Rest Area Closures."

NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

June 12, 2018

NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

NATSO Inc., the national association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry, today launched a new business venture known as the Alternative Fuels Council (NATSOAltFuels.com) to help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to learn about and incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings.

Statement on President Trump's Decision to Reject Plan to Revise Renewable Fuel Standard

June 6, 2018

Statement on President Trump's Decision to Reject Plan to Revise Renewable Fuel Standard

NATSO, the national association representing travel plazas and truckstops, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America and the National Association of Convenience Stores applaud President Trump for rejecting a proposal to revise the Renewable Fuel Standard in a manner that would have greatly harmed fuel retailers and their customers.

NATSO Announces 2018 Chairman of the Board and Slate of Directors

March 13, 2018

NATSO Announces 2018 Chairman of the Board and Slate of Directors NATSO

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, has reappointed Don Quinn, former President of Sapp Bros., as the Chairman of the NATSO Board of Directors for 2018. Quinn has served as NATSO’s Chairman of the Board since 2016. Tom Heinz, President of Heinz Inc. and Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores, will retain his seat as Past Chair. Andy Rebholz, Chief Executive Officer of TravelCenters of America, has been appointed Secretary/Treasurer, replacing Tom O’Brien who retired in 2017. Bob Wollenman, Managing Partner of Deluxe Truck Stop, will serve as Chair Elect, and NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings will continue to serve as President of the NATSO Board of Directors.

NATSO Foundation Names 2018 Chairman of the Board and Slate of Directors

March 12, 2018

NATSO Foundation Names 2018 Chairman of the Board and Slate of Directors NATSO Foundation

The NATSO Foundation, the research, education and public outreach subsidiary of NATSO Inc., announced that it has named Delia Moon Meier, owner and senior vice president of Iowa 80 Group and CAT Scale Co., its 2018 Chairman of the Board. Iowa 80 Group, based in Walcott, Iowa, owns and operates four large truckstops — Iowa 80, Joplin 44 Petro, the Oak Grove 70 Petro and the Kenly 95 Petro. CAT Scale Co. operates a nationwide network of more than 1,600 certified truck scales.

NATSO, National League of Cities Urge Lawmakers to  Reject Proposals to Commercialize Rest Areas

March 7, 2018

NATSO, National League of Cities Urge Lawmakers to Reject Proposals to Commercialize Rest Areas NATSO

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, and the National League of Cities (NLC), representing the interests of more than 19,000 cities, towns and villages in the United States, urged lawmakers to reject any proposals to commercialize rest areas as they draft infrastructure legislation and instead pursue policies that will improve the ability of businesses and communities to grow and prosper.

NATSO Board of Directors Adopts Infrastructure Funding Principles

February 20, 2018

NATSO Board of Directors Adopts Infrastructure Funding Principles NATSO

The Board of Directors of NATSO, the national association representing America's truckstops and travel plazas, unanimously adopted a set of high-level principles to guide the association's assessment of infrastructure funding proposals at its recent Board of Directors meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

NATSO Statement on Trump Administration Infrastructure Proposal

February 12, 2018

NATSO Statement on Trump Administration Infrastructure Proposal

NATSO, the national association representing America’s truckstops and travel plazas, said today that the association will actively oppose key aspects of the Trump Administration’s new infrastructure proposal. Specifically, NATSO is concerned about provisions designed to increase interstate tolling and commercialized rest areas.

Fuels Expert Jeff Hove Joins NATSO Staff

February 10, 2018

Fuels Expert Jeff Hove Joins NATSO Staff

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings today announced the appointment of Jeff Hove as the association's new Fuel Specialist.

Analysis Confirms Commercial Rest Areas Limit Truck Parking Capacity

February 6, 2018

Analysis Confirms Commercial Rest Areas Limit Truck Parking Capacity NATSO

A new report issued today by NATSO, the national association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, finds 69 percent more commercial truck parking spaces per mile along interstate highways where the private sector caters to the needs of the traveling public free from government competition at commercial rest areas.

Bobby Berkstresser Honored With NATSO Hall of Fame Award

February 2, 2018

Bobby Berkstresser Honored With NATSO Hall of Fame Award NATSO

NATSO, the trade association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, is pleased to announce that Bobby Berkstresser, owner of Lee Hi Travel Plaza and White’s Travel Center, will receive the NATSO Hall of Fame award during the Opening Keynote Session of NATSO Connect on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1:00 p.m. in Nashville, Tennessee. The NATSO Hall of Fame Award recognizes individuals for their notable participation in their communities, industry and the association.

NATSO Connect Attendees Learn Fuel Buying Techniques

January 29, 2018

NATSO Connect Attendees Learn Fuel Buying Techniques NATSO

During the NATSO Connect Learning Lab Make More Money and Beat Your Competition to the Punch with Modern Fuel Buying Techniques, scheduled to be held Sunday, Feb. 11, Duncan will offer detailed, specific advice and give attendees exactly the steps they need to take to stay relevant in the fuel buying game.

NATSO Statement on Leaked Trump Administration Infrastructure Plan

January 22, 2018

NATSO Statement on Leaked Trump Administration Infrastructure Plan NATSO

Media reports today contained a six-page draft document that is widely speculated to be the funding principles for the Trump Administration’s infrastructure plan. The document, which has yet to be confirmed by the White House, calls for liberalizing tolling policy and allowing states to commercialize interstate rest areas, among other things, as a means of funding infrastructure.

NATSO Briefs House Homeland Security Committee on Industry Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

January 17, 2018

NATSO Briefs House Homeland Security Committee on Industry Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking NATSO

NATSO Foundation President Lisa Mullings today told members of the House Committee on Homeland Security that the truckstop and travel plaza industry plays a vital role in combating human trafficking that takes place along the nation’s Interstate Highway System. NATSO was invited to participate as an example of the positive role that the private sector can play in the fight against human trafficking.

NATSO Connect Workshop Will Take Operators From Good to Great

January 3, 2018

NATSO Connect Workshop Will Take Operators From Good to Great NATSO

NATSO is packing even more learning into NATSO Connect 2018, Feb. 10-13 in Nashville, Tenn., with the addition of a bonus workshop that combines fundamental learning and game-show inspired education designed to help operators take their truckstop and travel plaza businesses from good to great.

Global Futurist to Help Truckstops Navigate the Future at NATSO Connect

December 18, 2017

Global Futurist to Help Truckstops Navigate the Future at NATSO Connect NATSO

No one can predict the future, but Jack Uldrich has made a career out of helping people prepare for it. Uldrich, a leading futurist and author, helps organizations gain the critical foresight they need to create a successful future. Ulrich is bringing his expertise to NATSO Connect 2018, Feb. 10-13 in Nashville, Tenn., where he will outline 10 trends transforming the truckstop industry, as well as identify a series of concrete actions truckstop business leaders can take today to future-proof themselves, their companies and their customers against the tides of tomorrow.

NATSO Statement on the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Imposition of Duties on Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia

December 5, 2017

NATSO Statement on the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Imposition of Duties on Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia

NATSO, the trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, issued the following statement Dec. 5 in response to the U.S. International Trade Commission's imposition of duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The statement can be attributed to NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs David Fialkov.

Truckstop Operators Go One-on-One With Top Trucking Economist  at NATSO Connect 2018 in Nashville, Tenn.

November 28, 2017

Truckstop Operators Go One-on-One With Top Trucking Economist at NATSO Connect 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. NATSO Inc

During NATSO Connect 2018, Feb. 10-13 in Nashville, Tenn., truckstop and travel plaza operators from around the country will have an opportunity to sit down with Bob Costello, senior vice president and chief economist at the American Trucking Associations, to gain key insights into the critical economic factors that will influence the trucking industry throughout the coming year.

NATSO, NACS and SIGMA Commend Environmental Protection Agency for Rejecting Petition  to Alter Compliance Responsibility Under the RFS

November 22, 2017

NATSO, NACS and SIGMA Commend Environmental Protection Agency for Rejecting Petition to Alter Compliance Responsibility Under the RFS

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, along with the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) today commended Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for soundly rejecting proposals to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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