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CD0814 NELAMembers of NELA working during Chauffeur Appreciation Day | July 17th Boston, MA Boston —The New England Livery Association (NELA) held its 14th annual Chauffeur Appreciation Day at Boston’s Logan International Airport limo pool on July 17. Sponsors included Acton Toyota of Littletown, Allied Technologies, Dav El/BostonCoach, Gullotti Insurance Agency, and Sullivan Tire & Auto Repair.

The event, which featured free food, live music, and raffles for Red Sox tickets, as well as car-maintenance services from Sullivan Tire, is NELA’s way of showing its “appreciation to the front-line employees of our members,” according to the association’s CEO Rick Szilagyi, who says that “support for the event is incredible,” citing Tina Benson of L.A. Limousine Service and BostonCoach’s Rick Cavalieri and Joe Puleo as being particularly stand-out assets in making sure this year’s event was another resounding success.

“We had 15 people at every 30-minute time slot throughout the day, so it’s not even an issue of having the support,” Szilagyi says. “The board is there, as well as other people who are members who want to volunteer to work that day. There’s actually a battle over who gets to do the grilling.”

Chauffeur Appreciation Day began as a cookout with “a couple of grills and paper plates” and slowly grew to include tents and a food truck run by Benson’s father. It now features an assembled-on-site plywood storefront façade, behind which sit two professional-sized grills. The event continues with Logan International’s blessing and assistance, and it served up close to 1,000 hotdogs, hamburgers and sausages this year, providing every hungry chauffeur who passed through the Boston airport with “a meal or two.”

“It’s just a very upbeat, wonderful event every year,” Szilagyi says. “It’s just a really fun time, and there’s just no shortage of volunteers who want to be involved and help.”

NELA’s next quarterly membership meeting will be September 9.

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CD0814 WorthingtonWorthington's Propane Autogas Fuel Tank Columbus, Ohio —A propane autogas fuel tank that won’t waste you’re vehicle’s cargo space is now approved by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and will soon be available in the United States. Developed by Worthington Industries, the new doughnut-shaped, or “toroidal,” propane autogas fuel tank fits in the spare-tire space of a car or pickup truck, and will be available to order in mid-August.

The tanks, manufactured at Worthington’s premier facility in Poland for nearly 20 years, have been popular throughout Europe, South America, and Asia. Worthington saw the need for the convenient tire-sized tanks in North America as an alternative to their line of cylindrical tanks, and met the stringent ASME propane autogas fuel tank regulations to earn approval. ASME provides engineering and manufacturing regulations that hold products to quality and safety standards that exceed the European requirements.

“We successfully met ASME’s rigorous materials, production, testing, and design requirements for the North American market,” says Wayne Powers, general manager of Alternative Fuels for Worthington Industries. “Earning this certification and having the ability to deliver this high-quality product will benefit fleet owners interested in fuel conversion and provide them a design that maximizes cargo space by only utilizing the spare-tire space of a vehicle.”

Varying in size and shape to fit a variety of vehicles, eight models of the fuel tanks are ASME-certified. The diversity of the tanks will provide an opportunity for most vehicles to convert to propane autogas, a clean-burning, domestically produced fuel that offers fleet managers an economical alternative to gasoline and other fuels.

Powers says that the fuel tanks are ideal for a variety of vehicles with large-capacity cargo needs, such as taxi fleets.

“The tank’s unique design is perfect for taxi fleets, and many others, which will now have the opportunity to switch to propane autogas when they previously couldn’t sacrifice the trunk space or cargo room,” Powers says.

The new fuel tanks will be in full production this fall, available for purchase in full container to minimum quantity orders.

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Exton, Pa. — Wolfington Body Company is proud to announce its partnership with Turtle Top for the immediate sales of the Turtle Top full product line in New Jersey and the Odyssey XL International model in Pennsylvania and New York. Boasting a steadily growing commercial and livery division, Turtle Top joins an extensive product line including Glaval Bus, Ameritrans, Mauck2, and Battisti Customs.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for Wolfington, as Turtle Top reflects our same principles of premium quality products and top-of-the-line service and support,” says Brian Engle, Wolfington’s Vice President and Commercial Sales Manager. “With a full product offering in New Jersey and the International Odyssey line in Pennsylvania and New York, we look forward to the new opportunities ahead of us as we continue to expand our livery sales.”

Wolfington is the IC Bus distributor for school buses in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, and one of the largest school bus dealers in the country. Started as a carriage builder in 1876, Wolfington Body Company kept up with the many changes in the transportation industry, ultimately moving from building bus bodies to becoming a full-service bus dealership.