Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation Introduces Metered Service

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.

Dixie President Chris Earhart Assumes the Role of Chairman of the National Propane Gas Association

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.

Dixie Gas & Oil Presents Annual Scholarship

Tybios Turner (right), a graduate of Waynesboro High School, received the “Buddy Harris” Scholarship presented by Chris Earhart, President of Dixie Gas & Oil, at the Valley Career & Technical Center Recognition Ceremony on May 15, 2018.

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.

Tybios Turner (right), a graduate of Waynesboro High School, received the “Buddy Harris” Scholarship presented by Chris Earhart, President of Dixie Gas & Oil, at the Valley Career & Technical Center Recognition Ceremony on May 15, 2018.

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.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte visits Dixie Gas & Oil

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 & Oil Presents Annual Scholarship

Local Students Awarded Dixie’s Annual “Buddy Harris” Scholarship

VERONA, VA – May 24, 2017 – 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 2017 Recognition Ceremony on May 16, 2017, this year’s scholarship was presented to Derrike Hunsberger.

Mr. Hunsberger, a senior at Riverheads High School, completed the Electricity program at the Technical Center this year.  He is the son of Jeffrey and Kimberly Hunsberger of Staunton, Virginia.  Hunsberger completed a job shadowing experience with Trumbo Electric and is seeking a job in the electrical field.  He has applied for an apprenticeship at UVA Facilities Management.

Harry McGuire, Electricity instructor at VCTC commented, “Derrike has many of the traits that Buddy Harris demonstrated over the years.  He is a self-starter and a team player.  He has a desire to learn and achieve and is able to communicate effectively.”

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, along with Malissa Warren (Buddy Harris’s daughter), 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 to begin 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.

Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation Appoints Safety & Regulatory Compliance Manager

VERONA, VA – February 2, 2017 – Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation, a leading provider of propane and petroleum products in Western and Central Virginia, today announced that Steven Craig has been appointed as the Company’s safety and regulatory compliance manager.

“Safety, for our customers and employees, is among our highest priorities at Dixie,” said Christopher C. Earhart, president of Dixie Gas and Oil.  “As our company continues to grow, we remain focused on safety and we operate in a highly complex regulatory environment.  Steven’s background and experience prepare him well for this position and we are pleased to have him on the Dixie team.”

Mr. Craig attended James Madison University and Blue Ridge Community College and earned his Associate’s Degree in Business Management in 1995.  Prior to joining Dixie, he held various positions with Food Lion, for nearly 22 years, including roles as a Store Manager and as a Regional Merchandising & Training Specialist covering Central Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley and parts of West Virginia.  From 2013 to 2016 he was responsible for Operations and Fleet Management for the Waynesboro division of Blue Ridge Beverage.

“I have known Dixie as a company and people here for many years and I’m most pleased to become a part of the Dixie team,” said Mr. Craig.

Mr. Craig is a Shenandoah Valley native and grew up on Windy Cove Farm in Middlebrook, Virginia.  Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 17 years, Lisa, and sons Andrew and Daniel.  He also enjoys spending time on the farm working with purebred Angus cattle, sports, and is an avid outdoorsman.

Dixie Introduces New Logo & Website

 

VERONA, VA – November 29, 2016 – After months of preparation, Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation has formally introduced a new corporate logo and website. There has been no ownership or management change at Dixie and providing the highest levels of service and reliability to customers remains central to the Company’s core values – same company, new look.

“The objective of redesigning the logo was to present a fresh, innovative and progressive look, while maintaining the traditional values of the Dixie brand,” said Chris Earhart, president of Dixie. “Dixie’s exceptional service, reliability, community support and technical expertise are why customers have made our Company successful for 70 years and this process was to reinforce those traditions, not to change them in any way.”

Work on the logo redesign began in the fall of 2015 with the formation of a team of Dixie employees. Several companies were interviewed and Estland Design of Harrisonburg, Virginia, was selected as the design firm for the project. A final design was chosen in February of this year and a plan to implement the new logo was developed. Since that time, graphics on about 40 vehicles and building and road signs at all locations have been replaced, new apparel had been produced, Dixie advertising has been updated and the new logo has been incorporated into more than 100 Company forms and documents.

Concurrent with the logo design process was a redesign of the Dixie Gas & Oil website. In addition to design consistency, the new website features numerous improvements to provide more information about Dixie products, to simplify navigation and to accommodate the growing use of online services.Customers may now more simply set up a new account, place orders, make online payments and communicate with Dixie. Estland Design also performed the design work and the new website went live November 29, 2016.

“Dixie has always embraced innovation when it improves customer service,” said Mr. Earhart. “The new Company website is designed for that purpose and it, together with the new logo, present an updated and more progressive look, consistent with Dixie’s commitment to customer service innovation.”

Dixie has also fully implemented a new delivery, accounting and customer information system. The system is engineered and supported by Cargas Energy of Lancaster, PA, a leading provider of information technology systems for fuel delivery and service companies like Dixie. The new system provides improved delivery dispatching, enhanced customer information, more accurate fuel usage forecasting and expanded online services. The delivery system was implemented on January 25, 2016 and the back-office system went live on July 1, 2016.

Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation Appoints Area Manager

VERONA, VA – November 15, 2016 – Dixie Gas and Oil Corporation, a leading provider of propane and petroleum products in Western and Central Virginia, today announced that Nick Alexander has been appointed as area manager for the Company’s branch offices in Lexington and Covington, Virginia. Mr. Alexander joined Dixie in April of this year and has worked since in various roles in preparation for this
appointment.
“As our company continues to grow, we remain dedicated to core values that have made Dixie successful for more than 70 years – we focus on providing the best service and highest value to our customers,” said Christopher C. Earhart, president of Dixie Gas and Oil. “Nick’s background and experience prepare him well for this customer focus and we are pleased to have him on the Dixie team.”

Mr. Alexander earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and preK-12 Art Education certification from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Prior to joining Dixie Gas and Oil, Mr. Alexander was most recently a Primary Therapist for Harbor Point Behavioral Health Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. His background also includes other Therapist and Counselor positions in the Hampton Roads area, as well as middle and elementary art education positions in Culpeper and Augusta counties for seven years. While attending High School and College, he worked part-time at Dixie Gas and Oil.

“I am delighted to return to the Shenandoah Valley where I grew up,” said Mr. Alexander. “It is a wonderful place to live and raise a family and I’m pleased to join the team at Dixie.”

Mr. Alexander’s area includes customers served in Rockbridge, Alleghany, Bath, Amherst and Botetourt counties. He is a native of Augusta County and resides in Lexington with his wife, Lynn, and their two sons, Noah and Ben.

Dixie Gas & Oil Presents Annual Scholarship

Local Students Awarded Dixie’s Annual “Buddy Harris” Scholarship

VERONA, VA – June 13, 2015 – 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 2016 Recognition Ceremony on June 2, 2016, two scholarships were awarded. Recipients were Jordan Hearl and Justin Snead.

Jordan Hearl, a senior at Robert E. Lee High School, completed the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) program at the Technical Center this year. He is employed by Valley Restaurant Service and Repair and plans to continue his education through an apprenticeship program. Justin Snead graduated this year from Stuarts Draft High School and completed the Carpentry program at VCTC. He plans to gain experience in the trade through employment as he works to obtain his contractor’s license.

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.

Buddy passed away this past April, and the family requested that memorial contributions be made to this scholarship fund. Dixie matched donations received and these funds were used to award the second scholarship this year.

Presenting the scholarship, along with Malissa Warren (Buddy Harris’s daughter), 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 memory.”

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 to begin 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, fleet services 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.