Customer-focused plan allows propane to be purchased as it is used. Eliminates large-volume purchases, delivery fees and tank rentals.
Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation, a leading provider of propane and petroleum products in Western and Central Virginia, today announced that the Company now offers customers a metered service option for propane. With this service, propane usage is metered and customers pay monthly for the amount of gas used. This purchasing method aligns propane with other usage-based utilities, such as electricity, natural gas and municipal water.
“At Dixie, we value our customer relationships and always seek to innovate when customers benefit,” said Chris Earhart, president of Dixie Gas and Oil. “While our customers appreciate and enjoy the cleanliness, efficiency and warmth of propane, some have told us that buying a large volume at one time can create a hardship. This exciting new program answers that concern – we keep a good supply in the tank and customers pay for what they use, as they use it.”
The equipment required for this type of service is effectively the same as for any propane system which uses a tank and one or more regulators, but a meter is simply integrated into the system. Meters in the Dixie system will communicate remotely with wireless technology, so no one is required to be on the property to read the meter.
The gas in the tank belongs to Dixie and the customer pays monthly for the propane used, as they use it. This eliminates large-volume purchases when a tank is filled. Customers who preferred to order fuel as needed (a Will Call plan) to avoid these large purchases have no need to do that with metered service. In addition, there are no delivery fees or tank rental charges with metered service – customers only pay a small monthly fee and for the propane they use.
“We believe that metered service will be a great option for many of our customers, as well as for people new to propane,” Mr. Earhart concluded. “The service simplifies the process of purchasing propane and offers a convenient and reliable solution with minimal up-front costs.”
For more information about metered service, please contact Dixie Gas & Oil at 540-248-6273 or through the website at dixiegas.com.
VERONA, VA – June 11, 2018 – Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation, a leading provider of propane and petroleum products in Western and Central Virginia, announced today that Christopher C. Earhart, the Company’s president, was installed as Chairman of the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) on June 4, 2018. He will serve in this capacity for a one-year term.
“Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the chairman role with more than 40 years of service in the industry,” said Richard Roldan, NPGA president and chief executive officer. “He has served in numerous capacities on the NPGA Board of Directors, including chair of the Member Services Committee and member of the Executive Committee. We look forward to working with Chris in the coming year.”
During his time as chairman, Mr. Earhart plans to focus on leveraging the resources of the national associations, NPGA and the Propane Education Research Council (PERC), for the benefit of the member marketers in the many state propane gas associations and to develop more aggressive and proactive marketing efforts to promote propane – a clean, safe energy source.
“Involvement with the NPGA has been important to Dixie and an important part of my career over the years,” said Mr. Earhart. “Through this affiliation, I’ve developed many wonderful and lasting relationships with many in the propane industry. It is truly an honor for me to serve as chairman and I look forward to meeting with members during travels to the many state association meetings.”
About Dixie Gas and Oil
Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation, founded in 1946 and headquartered in Verona, Virginia, is a leading provider of propane and petroleum products to residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers in Western and Central Virginia. Products include propane, gas fireplaces and accessories, heating oil, kerosene, diesel fuel, gasoline and a full range of bulk and packaged lubricants distributed from locations in Verona, Elkton, Lexington and Covington, Virginia. Detailed information about Dixie Gas & Oil is available at www.dixiegas.com.
About the National Propane Gas Association
The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) is the national trade association representing the U.S. propane industry. NPGA membership includes small businesses and large corporations engaged in the retail marketing of propane gas and appliances; producers and wholesalers of propane equipment; manufacturers and distributors of propane gas appliances and equipment; fabricators of propane gas cylinders and tanks; and propane transporters. With a membership of approximately 2,800 companies in all 50 states, 38 affiliated state or regional associations, and members in 19 foreign countries, NPGA represents every segment of the propane industry.
Local Student Awarded with Dixie’s Annual “Buddy Harris” Scholarship
VERONA, VA – May 17, 2018 – Each year, Dixie Gas & Oil recognizes the outstanding achievement and work ethic of a student at Valley Career and Technical Center (VCTC) by awarding a scholarship in memory of Buddy Harris, a long-time Dixie employee. At the center’s 2018 Recognition Ceremony on May 15, 2018, this year’s scholarship was presented to Tybios Turner.
Mr. Turner is a graduate of Waynesboro High School and the son of Jacqualine Hester of Waynesboro, Virginia. Turner completed the Carpentry program at VCTC as a post-graduate this year and is employed by Virginia Frame Builders in Fishersville, Virginia.
Tony Shifflett, Carpentry instructor at VCTC commented, “Tybios displays the same qualities that Buddy Harris demonstrated over the years. Tybios excelled in every task asked of him. He was always the first ready to go to work and the first to ask for more when he completed his assignments. He is a hard worker, dedicated to his job and to his family. I can think of no one who displays more character than this young man and no better recipient for this award.”
Buddy Harris worked at Dixie for 63 years, beginning in 1948. Buddy delivered propane and installed and serviced propane systems early in his career and broadened his trade skills in plumbing, electrical,
HVACR, concrete and masonry, welding, truck mechanics, and auto body work. In later years, he concentrated on the design, construction, and maintenance of the Company’s propane and petroleum distribution facilities.
Presenting the scholarship was Chris Earhart, president of Dixie Gas & Oil, who said, “Buddy took great pride in the quality of his work and made any task, no matter how difficult or menial, a fun project and a personal challenge. These are the traits of a dedicated and expert tradesman and the traits recognized in students receiving the Dixie Gas & Oil scholarship in Buddy’s honor.”
Scholarship recipients are chosen from the trades curriculum by the staff of Valley Career and Technical Center and receive $500 toward the cost of books and tuition or for graduates to acquire tools and equipment necessary in their career.
About Dixie Gas and Oil
Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation, founded in 1946 and headquartered in Verona, Virginia, is a leading provider of propane and petroleum products to residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers in Western and Central Virginia. Products include propane, gas fireplaces and accessories, heating oil, kerosene, diesel fuel, gasoline and a full range of bulk and packaged lubricants distributed from locations in Verona, Elkton, Lexington and Covington, Virginia.
About Valley Career and Technical Center
Valley Career and Technical Center is part of the public-school systems of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro. Students gain technical skills in a variety of career areas designed to prepare for entry level positions or acceptance into post-secondary education. In addition to the many high school programs, the Center offers career and technical training for adults interested in apprenticeship programs, basic skills training or a GED.
Discusses current and proposed regulations impacting the propane industry
Verona, VA – November 28, 2017 – Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) visited Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation’s headquarters facility in Verona, Virginia this morning. As part of a tour of the Company’s operations, equipment was displayed to illustrate how certain current and proposed federal regulations impact propane marketers, like Dixie.
Chris Earhart, president of Dixie Gas and Oil, highlighted the many safety and operator enhancements that have been made in trucking equipment and highway systems over the years to show how the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 100 air-mile radius regulation has become outdated. Also, related to proposed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations for crane operation, Dixie boom trucks used to load and unload propane tanks were shown. The proposed regulation would place the same requirements on this type small equipment as it does on large construction cranes, and an exemption for these low-weight, low-height boom trucks is being sought.
“I’m always pleased to visit with companies in Sixth District and learn more about their operations,” said Congressman Goodlatte. “Smaller companies like Dixie provide millions of jobs in the United States. They are critical to our nation’s economy and are drivers of innovation here in Virginia and throughout the country. It’s important for Washington to understand the impact government regulations can have on businesses in the real world, and we need to do all we can to promote the growth of small businesses by freeing them from unnecessary regulation. I’ve been working on legislation in the House to lessen the burden of federal red tape, and hope that Congress will act to provide small businesses with much-needed regulatory and tax relief.”
Along with several members of the Dixie staff, also attending were Debbie Garrett, Congressman Goodlatte’s district director, and Philip Squair, senior vice-president of public and government affairs for the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA). Dixie’s Chris Earhart currently serves as chairman-elect for NPGA and will assume the role of chairman for a one-year term beginning in June 2018.
“We were delighted to host Congressman Goodlatte here at Dixie,” said Mr. Earhart. “Some government regulations may be well-intentioned, but many do not universally apply or make sense for companies of all sizes in all industries. We appreciate the Congressman taking his time to see our operations and to discuss how certain regulations impact the propane industry.”
Dixie Gas and Oil is pleased to offer tankless, on-demand propane water heaters to residents in Albemarle County, Virginia and its surrounding areas. These innovative products provide an endless supply of hot water without heating and storing gallons at a time.
Dixie Gas and Oil is pleased to offer propane fireplaces in Madison County, Virginia. Doesn’t the idea of flipping a switch to light a propane fireplace sound appealing? Instant warmth and charm at a flick of the switch can’t be beat.
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