Opened 1948

Locations Smithfield, NC

Primary Business Hog/pork products

Employees 100

2013 Sales Over $12 Million


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Stevens Sausage plans to utilize the conversion to propane to become almost entirely independent of gasoline and diesel. In order to further develop business in N.C., Stevens Sausage is strategically cutting costs. To support this effort the company has focused on converting their fleet to run on propane. The fleet consists of 13 vehicles and their propane conversions are nearly complete.

Stevens Sausage began operating in Johnston County in 1948. What started as a family business has become a $12 million company delivering to more tha…

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How Your Local Utility May be Pouring Gas on the Climate Changing Fire


by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.   

We have a situation. Leaking natural gas (methane) is one of the most climate changing gasses we dump into our atmosphere.  In some places it is leaking at a disturbing rate. 

Scientists have just announced that 2014 was the warmest year on recordand noted an increasing number of violent storms.   Signs of climate change are being reported almost daily. Also noteworthy is that the language used to discuss the contribution of leaking natural gas in this emerging situation is misleading and creates a false sense of complacency.


Imagine your high school aged daughter coming home from her first…

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Lowering Gas Customers Bills Also Lowers Climate Change Risk

by Francis P. Koste, Ed.D.

Last summer, Professor Nathan Phillips of Boston University and teammates equipped a car with a new-to-market natural gas detector[1], and drove around Boston sniffing for leaks in underground natural gas pipes.   And helped blow the minds of public officials all across the country.

The sniffing team found 3,356 natural gas leaks.[2]

Using the same breed of new technology, a different research team flew over natural gas production fields in Utah, and found leakage rates between 6.2% and 11.7%.[3]

These combined findings are stunning because for years the assumed leakage rates for the entire system from well to kitchen stove was estimated be bet…

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Keeping Keystone XL Pipeline in Perspective

by Francis Koster Ed. D.

As we struggle to create a better future for our kids, and their kids, sometimes it helps to take a breath and put things in perspective.   The current political storm over the Keystone XL oil pipeline could really use it.

A sensible Federal law requires that when a foreign company or country wants to build a pipeline which would cross our international borders, a Presidential Permit is required.[i] In the case of Keystone XL, this set the stage for politics entering the national discussion.

Tweet #1: "Our national security is at stake".   No. Oil is sold to the highest bidder - regardless of country of origin. So there is no "American" oil - only oil p…

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U.S. Must Lead on Sustainable Energy Sources 

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

In the 1970's, at least two billion souls in the world had neither adequate food, clean water, or energy.   Each year, millions died every year because of that.   America was clearly the richest nation on earth. Our economy (inflation adjusted) grew from $5 trillion in 1970 to $16 trillion now. [1] We still are the richest.

Worldwide, in the 1970's there were 4 billion people.  Now there are 7 billion.[2] In another 40 years, there will be 9.3 billion.[3] Earth, and its capacity to absorb various forms of garbage and pollution, did not grow any bigger.

In 1970, each citizen of the United States used 35 times more energy than a citizen of…

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