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TAC Air Aids Florence Relief
Flooded roads force Florence relief efforts into the air
TAC Air is providing the facilities, giving pilots a discount on fuel, and waiving ramp fees for Operation Airdrop
With many of Florence's victims landlocked by floodwaters in medium to small sized towns in Eastern North Carolina, the relief effort was thwarted on the ground.
Instead, much of the relief effort took to the skies on Tuesday as the long-lasting storm finally left the state.
At the private aviation terminal at RDU International, dozens of volunteers were joined by the owners of small planes from all across the country for Operation Airdrop. The non-profit, formed in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, called on its list of aviators.
More than 150 aviators have come to RDU including Raleigh based Delta Airlines pilot Ben Stout. Stout heard about Operation Airdrop on ABC11 Eyewitness News late Monday night.
"As soon as that segment was over I got in my car and came out here to talk to them to see if they needed any more pilots," Stout told ABC 11. Tuesday morning he was at RDU's North Ramp with his personal Cessna aircraft.
"I've got an airplane. It doesn't cost that much to operate," he said. "I didn't even have to think twice about it."
Dan Benedict, a volunteer pilot and spokesperson for Operation Airdrop, said the operation wouldn't fly without the people who help on the ground.
"These are all volunteers that showed up today to work and have been trained this morning. So a lot of support staff, a lot of people helping out," he said.
Those are the people who loaded baby food, formula, medicine, and other supplies on Stout's small plane. Less than an hour later he was in Robeson County over miles of floodwaters and notifying other pilots and air traffic controllers of his arrival.
"Lumberton traffic, compassionate flight five-five-niner," he said on his plane's radio.
Once the plane landed on the ground the supplies were quickly off-loaded and soon Stout was back in the skies headed to RDU for his second mission.
He and the spokesperson for Operation Airdrop explained why small planes are critical at this point in the relief and recovery effort.
"The areas that we are flying to are landlocked and some of the airports have shorter runways, and this airplane is suited just for that," Stout said.
Benedix added, "We are specifically targeting places where people are stranded and need supplies. Lumberton, Southport, Morehead City, Beaufort - all those areas that are landlocked because of flooding. You've seen the pictures of highway 40. It's a river. Their supplies are running out quickly."
TAC Air is providing the facilities, giving pilots a discount on fuel, and waiving ramp fees.
If you survived Florence unscathed and would now like to help out, Operation Airdrop is one opportunity. Volunteers can simply come to the General Aviation Terminal at RDU's North Ramp. Donations can be brought to the same location. Organizers said they are most in need of critical items like diapers, baby food, and formula, cleaning supplies and, most of all, generators.
TACenergy Acquires New Mexico Based Wholesale Fuel Distributor, Desert Fuels
Texas-based fuel marketer expands sales presence with new Albuquerque, New Mexico office
Dallas, Texas (September 4, 2018) – TACenergy, a division of The Arnold Companies (TAC), has acquired petroleum commodity supply & logistics company Desert Fuels, effective August 27, 2018. Terms of the sale between the privately held companies are not being disclosed.
TACenergy will maintain all key sales and customer service associates along with establishing a new sales office in Albuquerque located at 901 Rio Grande Boulevard, NW.
The shared expertise and resources of TACenergy will help the local team continue to provide the service expected, along with the competitive fuel prices and reliable supply the TACenergy network provides.
TAC Chairman and CEO, Greg Arnold, expressed his enthusiasm for the acquisition by saying, “We are so pleased to welcome J.J. and the Desert Fuels team into the TAC family and look forward to servicing each new customer with the level of expertise they are accustomed to.”
The office and staff will be located in Albuquerque’s Old Town district providing employees the opportunity to stay local and close to existing customers. J.J. Mancini, President of Desert Fuels, Inc., shared with his customers, “This acquisition sets up an unbeatable combination of the TACenergy supply, financial, IT, trading, and geographic scale along with Desert Fuels’ technology expertise to better serve each customer while holding true to the Desert Fuels mission: to revolutionize the wholesale fuel industry.” Mancini will stay directly involved in the business, consulting with TACenergy from the New Mexico office.
Desert Fuels’ owners, Jason Mancini, Jay Kennedy, and J.J. Mancini are excited about the acquisition and believe there is no better company than TACenergy to continue to champion the Desert Fuels values of service and innovation.
This acquisition will help TACenergy strengthen its footprint in the southwest with the majority coming from local and regional business throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Fred Sloan, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of TACenergy stated, “The Desert Fuels’ customers, along with our existing customers, will benefit from the additional supply resources.” Sloan also added, “Enhancing our existing technology offerings with Desert Fuels' refreshing approach to incorporating technology in the buying and delivery of wholesale fuel will be easily accomplished.”
TACenergy is a Dallas, Texas-based independent national wholesale distributor of refined petroleum products. Customers include unbranded gasoline and diesel retailers, industrial users, transportation, trucking, government, utilities, mining, construction, plus any other commercial user or reseller of fuel.
TACenergy delivers added value to its customers through customized fuel management programs, its 24/7 Supply & Logistics call center and comprehensive carrier agreements. TACenergy has an annualized fuel volume of well over 1.7 billion gallons, and a vast terminal supply network with regional sales offices that span North America. Learn more at www.tacenergy.com.