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NATSO Condemns Legislation to Convert  Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit To Producers’ Credit

April 26, 2017

NATSO Condemns Legislation to Convert Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit To Producers’ Credit NATSO, Inc.

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, today denounced The American Renewable Fuel and Job Creation Act of 2017 introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that seeks to extend the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit but transfer it upstream to a producers’ credit.

NATSO Foundation Partners With DHS Blue Campaign to Fight Human Trafficking

April 25, 2017

NATSO Foundation Partners With DHS Blue Campaign to Fight Human Trafficking NATSO Foundation

The NATSO Foundation today announced a new partnership between the NATSO Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking.

NATSO Applauds “Investing in America: A Penny for Progress” — Legislation That Would Boost Highway Funding

March 22, 2017

NATSO Applauds “Investing in America: A Penny for Progress” — Legislation That Would Boost Highway Funding

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings issued the following statement following Congressman DeFazio’s (D-Ore.) introduction of “Investing in America: A Penny for Progress.” This legislation authorizes the U.S. Department of Treasury to issue 30-year Invest in America Bonds annually through 2030. The bonds will generate nearly $500 billion in additional revenues for the Highway Trust Fund that must be put toward authorized highway and transportation projects.

NATSO Statement on Moving RFS Compliance Obligation Downstream

February 28, 2017

NATSO Statement on Moving RFS Compliance Obligation Downstream

NATSO issued the following statement Feb. 27 along with SIGMA after learning that President Trump may issue an executive order shifting the RFS compliance obligation downstream.

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements

February 22, 2017

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements NATSO

As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public comment period on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) closes today, NATSO is encouraged by the vast support to keep the current compliance structure under the RFS. NATSO, in collaboration with other industry stakeholders, has engaged a diverse group of more than 35 organizations and companies representing downstream blenders, fuel retailers, marketers and end users at the federal and state levels. These groups speak on behalf of a majority of the fuel sector, which opposes the shift.

The NATSO Foundation Awards $25,000 in Scholarships; 2017 Application Process Open

February 8, 2017

The NATSO Foundation Awards $25,000 in Scholarships; 2017 Application Process Open NATSO Foundation

The legacy of the Bill Moon Scholarship continued in 2016 when The NATSO Foundation presented five students with ties to the truckstop and travel plaza industry $5,000 each to put toward their studies. The Bill Moon Scholarship Program has been changing lives for more than 20 years, awarding more than $300,000 in scholarships to date.

NATSO Congratulates U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

January 31, 2017

NATSO Congratulates U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao NATSO, Inc.

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Elaine Chao as the 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Tom Heinz, Co-Founder of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops, Receives NATSO Hall of Fame

January 23, 2017

Tom Heinz, Co-Founder of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops, Receives NATSO Hall of Fame NATSO Inc.

The NATSO Foundation presented Tom Heinz, co-founder and president of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops, the Hall of Fame award at The NATSO Show 2017 in Savannah, Ga. NATSO President and Chief Executive Officer Lisa Mullings presented the award to Heinz during the keynote lunch today.

Statement on Senators’ Meeting with EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

January 6, 2017

Statement on Senators’ Meeting with EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

NATSO, SIGMA and NACS issued the following statement on Jan. 5 following a meeting by a number of Republican Senators from states that produce renewable fuels with President-Elect Donald Trump's pick to head EPA Scott Pruitt. During the meeting, the Senators and Pruitt discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and who should bear responsibility for the RFS compliance requirements.

NATSO Tells Department of Transportation Expanding Commercial Services at Rest Areas Hurts Business

January 5, 2017

NATSO Tells Department of Transportation Expanding Commercial Services at Rest Areas Hurts Business

Expanding commercial services at rest areas, including vending, threatens consumers, small business and localities by undercutting the highway-based businesses that currently operate near the interstate exit interchanges, NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, said in comments filed with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

NATSO CEO Appointed to​ Trucking Industry​ Research Committee

December 22, 2016

NATSO CEO Appointed to​ Trucking Industry​ Research Committee

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, is pleased to announce that NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings has been appointed to serve on the 2017-2018 Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

NATSO Foundation Launches Online Training Course  Focused on Helping Drivers in Distress

December 20, 2016

NATSO Foundation Launches Online Training Course Focused on Helping Drivers in Distress

The NATSO Foundation today launched a new online course in the "How Truckstops Help People" educational series. Titled "How Truckstops Help Drivers in Distress," the 30-minute course is designed to promote highway safety by teaching truckstop owners, operators and employees how to assist someone who may be experiencing physical, emotional or financial distress at their location.

Over 85 Percent of U.S. Voters Agree: Shifting Renewable Fuel Compliance Would Harm Consumers

December 14, 2016

Over 85 Percent of U.S. Voters Agree: Shifting Renewable Fuel Compliance Would Harm Consumers

A majority of American voters believe that shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from refiners to wholesalers and fuel retailers would harm the economy and hard-working Americans, according to a survey released today by NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

NATSO Education, Programs Help Operators Attract Travel Plaza Talent

December 1, 2016

NATSO Education, Programs Help Operators Attract Travel Plaza Talent NATSO

Understanding what today’s job seekers look for in a career and work culture and developing new recruitment and retention strategies is vital to operators’ future success. During The NATSO Show 2017, Jan. 21-24, Maryellen Adams, director of association partnerships with CareerCo, a successful online recruitment leader, will dig into trends and best practices in hiring and retention to help operators uncover smart, innovative ways to engage and recruit the talent they need. During the session, operators will be able to weigh in on what is and is not working for them so all attendees can learn from their real-world experiences.

Learn How to Capitalize on Coffee at The NATSO Show 2017

November 22, 2016

Learn How to Capitalize on Coffee at The NATSO Show 2017 NATSO

Americans love coffee, and truckstops and travel plazas must offer a quality Cup of Joe to attract drivers. Coffee sales are a top profit generator for successful travel plazas and truckstops, and locations that offer a superior taste and seamless operation can greatly increase profits. However, brewing the perfect cup and keeping it fresh takes advanced planning and operational knowledge.

Education at The NATSO Show to Focus on Operations, Costs and Opportunities

November 15, 2016

Education at The NATSO Show to Focus on Operations, Costs and Opportunities NATSO

For truckstop and travel plaza operators, deep insight into costs and operations can help improve profitability, efficiency and success. During The NATSO Show 2017, scheduled to be held Jan. 21-24, in Savannah, Ga., NATSO will present a series of educational sessions on managing and improving costs created to help operators can improve their operational performance and business planning.

EPA Sides With NATSO on Obligated Party Issue Under RFS

November 10, 2016

EPA Sides With NATSO on Obligated Party Issue Under RFS NATSO

“For more than a year, NATSO has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the entire fuels marketing community in support of maintaining the current point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as it represents the most effective means of achieving the RFS’s obligation."

Top Trucking Economist to Share Insight on the Year Ahead at The NATSO Show

October 27, 2016

Top Trucking Economist to Share Insight on the Year Ahead at The NATSO Show NATSO

During The NATSO Show 2017, scheduled to be held Jan. 21-24, truckstop and travel plaza operators from around the country will convene in Savannah, Ga., to gain insights essential to business planning. As part of this year’s learning, Bob Costello, senior vice president and chief economist at the American Trucking Associations (ATA), will share his outlook for the economy, freight volumes and the trucking industry to help truckstop or travel plaza executives prepare for the year ahead. Costello’s session is sponsored by Chevron Products Co.-Global Lubricants-Americas Region.

New Presidential Administration’s Impact on the Truckstop Industry Covered During The NATSO Show

October 20, 2016

New Presidential Administration’s Impact on the Truckstop Industry Covered During The NATSO Show NATSO

A new presidential administration and Congress can bring vast changes to the business community and the economy. As 2017 gets underway, the new President will issue executive orders, start the confirmation process for Cabinet secretaries and set the tone for key political issues, many of which are relevant to the travel plaza industry.

Rhode Island Trucking Association, NATSO Oppose RhodeWorks Tolling Plan

October 18, 2016

Rhode Island Trucking Association, NATSO Oppose RhodeWorks Tolling Plan NATSO and Rhode Island Trucking Association

Tolling existing bridges in Rhode Island threatens the livelihood of the businesses and commercial truck drivers operating within the state, and jeopardizes the economic health of the towns and communities that rely on them for tax revenues, representatives of several leading industry trade groups said today.

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