Generations of Fuel Delivery

After 44 years of service to our cooperative system, Bob Dubach is retiring from Harvest Land today. Bob has been an incredible asset to our team and has become a familiar face around the northern part of our territory while delivering fuel to businesses and homes for decades. Bob’s commitment to quality customer service has been evident throughout his entire career. His service has encompassed the cooperative spirit: helping others beyond yourself.

A personal note from Bob:

 After 44 years with the co-op and 34 years of delivering petroleum products, I have decided to retire. I want to take this time to thank each of you for allowing me to take care of your petroleum needs. Through the years we have developed some wonderful relationships. Some go back many years. I can remember my father doing business with your fathers. And with route changes, some not as long. Whatever the case, I am thankful for the opportunity to get to know each of you.

I feel truly blessed for my family, my health, and the job I had. The years have passed quickly. I am happy to inform you that Adam will be taking over the route in your area and is ready to get to know and meet your petroleum needs. Thank you again for the years you have allowed me to be your petroleum route salesman.

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Bob is a bit of a historian and has kept photo records of the fuel trucks not only he – but also his father – has driven throughout the decades. We thought these photos were quite telling, not only of the change that these men have seen in the many years they’ve dedicated to fuel delivery throughout the co-op system, but also the value in a job you enjoy. This week, as Bob closes out his career with the co-op, we invite you to open his fuel family scrapbook and enjoy a few photos from the years gone by.

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We thank Bob for his incredible 44 years of service. There is something to be said for a man who remains committed to a job through many changes, inclimate weather, volatile markets and so much more. We say with great confidence that our cooperative is a better place because of his commitment and pride in the work.

If you’re interested in a career with Harvest Land, we invite you to visit our website and review the opportunities before you.

 

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Benefits of Premium

As consumers we are bombarded by sexy marketing campaigns claiming bigger, better products and services that offer to simplify and improve our daily lives. Oftentimes, it is difficult to sift through the clutter as to what is factual and what is a half-truth marketing claim set out to confuse or convince us into purchasing products or services we may not necessarily need.

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The reality is that some products and services are indeed worth the additional cost if you consider value and not price. From a business perspective, if you calculate that the product or service will create long-term profit for your business then ultimately the higher-priced product may be worth the upfront investment. Or perhaps, if the premium product brings added-value including an extended warranty, a product guarantee, additional service or a network of proven experts, then the added cost may be warranted. Understandably, it is human nature to be skeptical of marketing claims especially when as customers we may have been deceived in the past.

When I was a first-time mom shopping at the grocery store for infant formula, I recall wanting nothing but the best for my daughter. I quickly noticed some name brands were nearly 20 to 40 percent more expensive than the generic brands. That is a significant cost difference especially when you consider an infant drinks 24 to 30 ounces a day for most 150327114044-05-baby-formula-stock-super-169of their first year. After additional research, I determined that nearly all infant formula is the same nutritional formulation aside from a few exceptions and relative to taste preference. In fact, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), all formula marketed in the U.S. must meet the same federal nutrient requirements, which are set at levels to fulfill the needs of infants. Although infant formula manufacturers may have their own proprietary formulations, brand name and generic formula must contain at least the minimum levels of all nutrients specified in FDA regulations.
Ultimately, the choice and the responsibility to delineate value and determine preference is the customers. The buying decision is simple when the product or service demonstrates proven value and improves the bottom line. A farmer-owned cooperative in Indiana known as CountryMark refines and markets premium, high-quality gasoline, diesel fuel and lubricants. A general consumer may not be able to comprehend the difference between diesel fuel products in the marketplace. But there is a distinct semi waiting on combinedifference particularly between a standard No. 2 diesel product and a premium diesel fuel. CountryMarkrefines a unique, premium diesel fuel called Premium Dieselex-4 (PDX-4) proven to bring added-value to the marketplace for several reasons. First, the refining process begins with local, light, sweet crude oil, refined to the highest specifications at the CountryMark refinery in Mt. Vernon, Ind. Fuel quality is protected as the product travels north along a 238-mile private pipeline to one of three CountryMark-owned terminals. Meanwhile, fuel quality and cleanliness Richmond stationis comprised with other brands because their fuel is intermingled with others across the country. In addition, the term premium is quantified because of the substantial additive package in PDX-4. The number “4” in the product name stands for lubricity, detergency, cetane and stability. Added lubricity in PDX-4 minimizes the wear and tear on fuel injectors and injector pumps, which leads to less downtime and extends the life of the engine. Added detergency helps maximize combustion efficiency, minimizes maintenance costs and also eliminates downtime. Added cetane improves engine performance, improves combustion and lowers emissions. Added stability reduces the fuel deterioration process, which leads to longer fuel life and assured performance. In addition, PDX-4 winter fuel is designed to withstand the coldest winter weather conditions to prevent fuel gelling and keep diesel engines running smoothly day and night.

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But if you don’t believe me, take it straight from a loyal CountryMark customer. A home-based fleet owner/operator in Bluffton, Ind., said, “In this business, I have learned that it doesn’t pay to run cheap fuel. With CountryMark’s PDX-4, we have seen a one-half to three-quarter percent increase in fuel mileage which equates to a 3 to 5.5 cent savings per mile or $4,500 to $5,000 savings every month and up to $50,000 to $60,000 a year. Premium quality fuel really makes a difference to our bottom line.”

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So there you have it, there are proven benefits to a premium diesel fuel product such as CountryMark PDX-4. Still skeptical? As an educated customer, be sure to research the options, weigh the benefits and determine what works best and what creates the most value for you and your business. Your Harvest Land EnergyPro team is ready to discuss your options for maximum performance.

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