It's affected business, but people are still going to drive. People
buy lower grade gasoline. Because of the American's love affair
with the automobile, it hasn't impacted sales dramatically. Some
people are changing their driving habits, and premium sales are
down. ... It hasn't affected any of the business's long-range plans.
Dave Samson, Store Manager
Holiday Station Stores-Helena, Mont.
I wouldn't say our ridership is up a lot. This is probably due
to the fuel surcharge we have to place on the tickets, I think that
has had some effect. I haven't noticed an extreme shift up or down.
... As far as next year , we haven't really done anything
other than trying to cut down on general maintenance by utilizing
25 buses rather than 30.
Brad Hansen, General Manager
Jack Rabbit Charter and Bus Tours-Sioux Falls, S.D.
As the price increases, we pass that on to our customersthey
need to fly. It hasn't really affected us too much. We raised the
cost for flight training, and the charter department placed a $20
to $25 surcharge for fuel. ... We just go with the flow.
Robert Hamilton, Manager
Valley Aviation-Fargo, ND.
We're spending $5 million more per quarter than last year, so
it is really impacting us. ... We're currently accessing a fuel
surcharge and we're trying to prepare a leaner and meaner budget
for 2001. We're trying to find other ways to trim costs. It's top-of-mind
in preparing the coming year's budget.
Tammy Lee, Vice President
Corporate and Public Affairs
Sun Country Airlines-St. Paul, Minn.
It stopped all Toyota sales for one month, in June. SUV [sport
utility vehicle] sales have stopped. You couldn't give them away.
The smaller, more fuel-efficient cars are selling. ... We'll cut
back on SUVs and just order vehicles that are higher on the economy
endmore sticks and more 30 mpg type cars.
Mike Siler, Sales Manager
Riverside Toyota-Marquette, Mich.
Our fleet of 20 trucks usually burn 25,000 gallons of diesel each
month, which used to cost $20,000 to $25,000 each month. Now it
costs about $45,000 each month. Our customers have accepted a temporary
fuel surcharge. ... I'm not optimistic about the outlook. It fluctuates
so much because of the volatility and the rapid swings; it's hard
Steve Schilling, President
F.J. Schilling Trucking-Eau Claire, Wis.