The oil well runs dry at Macungie bus...

The oil well runs dry at Macungie business

There are 28 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 8, 2008, titled The oil well runs dry at Macungie business. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Prepaying home heating oil is usually a very good investment. But that's assuming the oil dealer will make good on his promise to deliver the fuel -- something R.P. Hutchinson Inc.

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joe poli

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#21 Mar 9, 2008
Another local business steals from a local. HIs name is Jones, I doubt he is from New York or New Jersey.

There are plenty of native felons living in the valley. I have had experience with some of them. They come into your house look at the furniture and then try to charge you accordingly. Nice furniture, higher price. They get friendly and try to find out where you came from. My advice, do not tell them you are from out of state, otherwise, they will rob you blind.
goon

Allentown, PA

#22 Mar 9, 2008
that's part of the problem. Most houses are so poorly designed. Its still in the head of the home industry that its 1955,except for maybe some better windows.All of the designs you recognize were designed in a cheap and abundant energy era.

That won't work in the lower energy future. It possible to design houses that use 10 percent of the energy most houses use. But "they" won't like it.
LAuburn

Allentown, PA

#23 Mar 9, 2008
joe poli wrote:
Another local business steals from a local. HIs name is Jones, I doubt he is from New York or New Jersey.
There are plenty of native felons living in the valley. I have had experience with some of them. They come into your house look at the furniture and then try to charge you accordingly. Nice furniture, higher price. They get friendly and try to find out where you came from. My advice, do not tell them you are from out of state, otherwise, they will rob you blind.
What furniture?? I thought this article was about heating oil.
Or am I missing something here?
Redisland

Allentown, PA

#24 Mar 9, 2008
LAuburn, you aren't missing anything. This chain of messages was hijacked for people to spout their issue of the moment.

RP Hutchinson was reputable for many, many years. We don't know why they've gone out of business. We can only speculate. We dont 'know if its the market. We don't know if they made bad business decisions. We only know they're out of business.

For those who say that pre-paying customers deserve this, then you obviously are not a budget-conscious person.

I hope Reichley can help the poor folks who pre-paid get something out of this. Messing with people's utilities is NOT a good thing.
Johny Schwancenbacker

Salfordville, PA

#25 Mar 9, 2008
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Excuse my quick typing and occassional incorrect word typing.
What do you consider a small business? A business with multiple millions of billings in a year?
Then some of you then talk about how risky the oil market is. Who do you think firm hire for assessing risk management and implimenting financial solutions?
Her is the choice for the anti education, anti everything, anti spending money on competent solutions, either don't do it and go bankrupt or figure out a way to hire people who can provide value added competence to your organization so that you may have a chance to stay in business.
Maybe small business fails because they lack the expertise as they grow to a certain size and the complexity of competition changes.
For all those who reject the notion of learning and building experise through education, I hear the local butcher is offering pre-paid surgery for clogged arterys. Step right up, for most of you imbiciles, a knife is a knife right. We don't need no stinking educated people in Pennsylvania.
I guess there must be so many options for uneducated people in Pennsylvania. This explains the 10% college degree holders in PA and the high percentage of high school dropouts and teenage pregnancys.
Enjoy Pennsylvania as you deal with low paying jobs and high commodity inflation. As for me, I went semiretired in my late 30's with my wealth from that useless education. I also grew up an orphan, for those with next smart ass comment that I inherited it.
BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!!
yep

Nazareth, PA

#26 Mar 9, 2008
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Excuse my quick typing and occassional incorrect word typing.
What do you consider a small business? A business with multiple millions of billings in a year?
Then some of you then talk about how risky the oil market is. Who do you think firm hire for assessing risk management and implimenting financial solutions?
Her is the choice for the anti education, anti everything, anti spending money on competent solutions, either don't do it and go bankrupt or figure out a way to hire people who can provide value added competence to your organization so that you may have a chance to stay in business.
Maybe small business fails because they lack the expertise as they grow to a certain size and the complexity of competition changes.
For all those who reject the notion of learning and building experise through education, I hear the local butcher is offering pre-paid surgery for clogged arterys. Step right up, for most of you imbiciles, a knife is a knife right. We don't need no stinking educated people in Pennsylvania.
I guess there must be so many options for uneducated people in Pennsylvania. This explains the 10% college degree holders in PA and the high percentage of high school dropouts and teenage pregnancys.
Enjoy Pennsylvania as you deal with low paying jobs and high commodity inflation. As for me, I went semiretired in my late 30's with my wealth from that useless education. I also grew up an orphan, for those with next smart ass comment that I inherited it.
I was not saying that people should not be educated, I was saying that everything you said was completely pointless. I too have completed my higher education and currently work in a professional position, however, my father owns a small business, has a 3rd grade education from a foriegn counrty, and is successful. I can see how this type economic occurance could completely ruin all my father has worked hard for, sometimes 20 hours a day. So, if your solution was anywhere possible for a small business owner, I would imagine that they would take advantage of it, but, what you said was completely worthless and you continue to say completely worthless things. So, go on believing that people disagree with you because they are uneducated rednecks from Pennsyltucky or that you say nothing you pretensious bastard.
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Korea

#27 Mar 9, 2008
Either compete or wither, regardless of how old your business is or how many hours you work.

If you do not like the reality of my commentary, then do not read them and stay farther back in the cave and darkness rather than in the light of reality that exists outside the cave.

For those who read Plato's Republic, you will understand this comment.

Make excuses for your own reality, or seek out ways to survive in a competitive world. This is my point.

It is a classic case study in finance. A company pre-writes contracts where there is future risk associated with the spot rate price of some commodity. You either hire a firm that will impliment a hedge or you have a financial person on staff which will implement a hedge. Farmers in Nebraska and Kansas, even small family farms, have been doing this for decades. The capabilities are out there for risk minimization. If you can do it yourself or want to try to do it yourself as a small business, they go right ahead. If not, hire someone part time to consult on these type of issue.

Who has benefited from this business of a long-standing history not being positioned well from a managerial perspecitve of financial issues to survive? The business owner hasn't, because he has lost valuable equity in what was an ongoing enterprise. The customer isn't because now they will have to seek repayment in a bankruptcy proceeding, plus also have to pay again a second time for oil. Neither is happy. The only winner is the efficiently run business who now takes market share, because they have run a business in a prudent financial manner to survive these times of high commodity volatility, by either charging the spot rate and passing it onto the consumer with a mark-up or by implementing a hedge on anticiapted inflation of spot oil price.

There are many solutions for small business owners, but the first thing you learn if you are an educated person is how to find access to questions you do not know how to answer. Neither time in a business or previous experience of doing things a certain way keep any business immune from competition.
Michael

Philadelphia, PA

#28 Mar 10, 2008
This woman should shut up !!! And not blame Him!!!!!!
Does she even know thats how his business is Run!
He has always been out delivering oil.Thats why the doors are locked and blinds drawn. B ?!??

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