Crystal Flash Acquires Home Heat Division of Brenner Oil Group

Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 21, 2014 – Crystal Flash™ announced today that it has purchased the home heat division from the Brenner Oil Group – its eighth acquisition since 2012.

The deal will add more than 10 employees and one new location in Muskegon to the Grand Rapids-based energy distribution company. Nearly 2,500 Brenner customers – roughly one-quarter of them commercial – will join the Crystal Flash family.

Brenner will retain the rest of its wholesale, transportation, crude transloading and diesel exhaust fluid business, which delivers gasoline, diesel, kerosene, ethanol, biodiesel, racing fuel, marine fuels and additives to customers in a broad range of industries across Michigan and surrounding states, as well as to Florida and New York.

The Charter Group M&A Advisors serves as merger and acquisition advisor to Crystal Flash, which has grown to 250+ employees in 18 locations across the state. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings. Terms of the deal, which was finalized Tuesday, were not disclosed.

“We have long been great admirers of the Brenner Oil Group, which is also a third-generation family-owned business headquartered in West Michigan,” said Crystal Flash President Tom Fehsenfeld. “As we were looking to expand Crystal Flash operations, and Brenner was looking to focus more on its core business, we saw a tremendous opportunity to do business with a like-minded company.

“We are very pleased to be able to add Brenner’s home heat business to our growing portfolio of companies. This acquisition will strengthen our position along the Lakeshore while allowing us to add some exceptional employees to our team.”

Brenner got its start in 1930 when company founder Leonard Brenner began hauling heating oil in the back of his pick-up truck. Today, Brenner Oil is one of the region’s largest independent fuel distributors, with more than 150 employees throughout Michigan including locations in Niles, Detroit, Lansing, Flint, Jackson, Owosso, Muskegon and at its corporate headquarters at 12948 Quincy Street in Holland.

Grandsons Doug and Jerry Brenner continue to run Brenner Oil, which hauls more than 1.3 million gallons of fuel on an average day. The company serves the retail, commercial, industrial, government, marine, construction and related industries.

“We have established a long-term relationship with our home heat customers and feel the transition for them to Crystal Flash as a service provider will be seamless,” said Co-President Doug Brenner of Brenner Oil. “Crystal Flash is well known and respected in the community, and their business philosophy is similar to how Brenner Oil provides service to our customers. We feel the sale of our home heat division will be a winning scenario for Brenner Oil, Crystal Flash, our employees and our customers.”

With the support of The Charter Group, Crystal Flash has also acquired the following Michigan companies since January 2012:

  • Drakes Fuel Service in Schoolcraft
  • Elliott Gas & Oil in Gladwin
  • Leelanau Propane in Northport
  • Heartland Propane in Hart
  • CA Murphy in Sturgis
  • C. Barron & Sons, Inc. in Monroe
  • Owens Petroleum, Inc. and Owens Propane Service, Inc. in Albion

About Crystal Flash™

Crystal Flash™ is a third-generation family-owned energy distribution company focused on commercial and residential customers throughout the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Established in 1932, Crystal Flash has grown as the demand for energy has evolved, and today concentrates on the sale and distribution of propane, diesel and other fuels. Today, the company is one of the largest independently owned energy suppliers in the state with more than 250 employees in 18 locations.

 

Crystal Flash Appoints David Scigliano as CEO

Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 24, 2014 – Crystal Flash™ has appointed David Scigliano as its new chief executive officer.

 

In his new role, Scigliano will guide the day-to-day operations of the Grand Rapids-based energy distribution company, which has more than 230 employees in 16 locations. Specifically, he will be responsible for ensuring the company reaches its financial goals and continued execution of its strategic plan.

 

Scigliano will continue to work closely with Tom Fehsenfeld, third-generation leader of the family-owned business who relinquishing his responsibilities as CEO in order to focus his energies exclusively on the strategic direction of the company. Fehsenfeld will retain the title of president and continue to be involved in the company’s ongoing search for merger and acquisition candidates.

 

Over the past two years, Crystal Flash has acquired six companies across the Lower Peninsula, expanding its Michigan footprint and enhancing the breadth of products and services it offers to customers.

 

Scigliano joined Crystal Flash in 1989 as vice president. Over the next 25 years, he assumed positions of increasing authority, most recently serving as chief operating officer and vice president of supply since 2009.

 

About Crystal Flash™

Crystal Flash™ is a third-generation family-owned energy distribution company focused on commercial and residential customers throughout the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Established in 1932, Crystal Flash has grown as the demand for energy has evolved, and today concentrates on the sale and distribution of propane, diesel and other fuels. Today, the company is one of the largest independently owned energy suppliers in the state with more than 230 employees in 16 locations. For more information, visit us online at www.crystalflash.com.

 

Crystal Flash Acquires Owen's Petroleum and Owens Propane

 

Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 19, 2014 – Crystal Flash™ announced today that it has acquired Owens Petroleum, Inc. and Owens Propane Service, Inc. in Albion.

 

The deal will add two new locations, including two Pacific Pride fuel stations, to the Grand Rapids-based energy distribution company. Owens brings approximately 400 new commercial fuel customers and 800 residential home heating customers in Michigan and Northern Indiana to Crystal Flash.

 

The acquisition is the seventh in the past two years for Crystal Flash, which now has more than 230 employees in 16 locations across Michigan. The Charter Group M&A Advisors served as the merger and acquisition advisor to Crystal Flash.

 

The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings. Terms of the deal, which was finalized today, were not disclosed.

 

“We are very pleased to once again the expansion of our Michigan footprint with the addition of Owens Petroleum and Owens Propane,” said Crystal Flash President Tom Fehsenfeld. “Like Crystal Flash, the Owens companies are multi-generational family-owned businesses that take pride in delivering quality products and services, which make them an excellent fit".

 

“In addition to strengthening our customer base in Michigan, this acquisition allows us to move into Northern Indiana. We continue to evaluate opportunities for growth throughout the Midwest and look forward to additional acquisition announcements in the months ahead.”

 

Family owned and operated for nearly 50 years, the Owens companies provide petroleum, tank wagon deliveries and bulk oils to commercial customers, as well as propane and home fuel oil for residential customers. Owens also offers a full line of lubricants.

 

Headquartered at 408 N. Albion Street in Albion, the companies serve Michigan counties stretching from Lansing to the Indiana border, as well as the cities of Fowlerville and Angola, Ind.

 

Joe Owens launched the business as a Standard Oil agent in 1968, incorporating seven years later to become Owens-Raymond Oil Co. He changed the name to Owens Petroleum in the 1980s, running the company until he sold it to his daughter, Shelley Purucker, and her husband, Randy in 1994.

 

With the support of The Charter Group, Crystal Flash has also acquired the following Michigan companies since January 2012:

 

  • Drakes Fuel Service in Schoolcraft
  • Elliott Gas & Oil in Gladwin
  • Leelanau Propane in Northport
  • Heartland Propane in Hart
  • CA Murphy in Sturgis
  • C. Barron & Sons, Inc. in Monroe

 

 About Crystal Flash™

Crystal Flash™ is a third-generation family-owned energy distribution company focused on commercial and residential customers throughout the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Established in 1932, Crystal Flash has grown as the demand for energy has evolved, and today concentrates on the sale and distribution of propane, diesel and other fuels. Today, the company is one of the largest independently owned energy suppliers in the state with more than 230 employees in 16 locations.

 

Crystal Flash Propane Fuels Fire Breathing Dragon at Art Prize

dragon2dragon1Crystal Flash is proud to donate the fuel behind Gon KiRin, a giant metal, fire-breathing dragon sitting just outside the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids. This dragon has been quite popular and is now on ArtPrize’s Top 25 list! To learn more about this amazing 3D representation click here. To see her in action, click here. And don’t worry…she’s feeling much more powerful and fiery now that she’s fueled by CF!

If you have a chance to check out any of the artwork around GR, you will not be disappointed!

New to ArtPrize? Check out the official website (ArtPrize) to plan your visit, get information on all the artwork and artists, or to cast your vote. And in case you’re wondering, Gon KiRin is 54232 if you’d like to cast your vote for her.    

 

Growing Again: Crystal Flash Acquires C. Barron & Sons

Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 29, 2013 – In its largest acquisition to date, Crystal Flash™ announced that it has acquired C. Barron & Sons, Inc. in Monroe, Mich.

 

The deal will bring more than 2,000 new customers, 28 new employees and four new locations to the Grand Rapids-based energy distribution company. The transaction, which closed last week, is the sixth acquisition for Crystal Flash in the past 18 months and will allow the company to expand its product lines, customer base and geographic reach.

 

The acquisition is a direct result of a targeted growth strategy supported by The Charter Group, merger and acquisition advisor to Crystal Flash.

 

Family owned and operated for more than 60 years, Barron provides fuel transportation services to retail and commercial customers throughout Michigan and into Northern Ohio. Barron carries a full line of fuel products, lubricants and diesel exhaust fluids, or DEFs.

 

The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

 

“We are delighted to welcome C. Barron & Sons to the Crystal Flash family,” said Crystal Flash President Tom Fehsenfeld. “Tom, Paul and Patty have done an exceptional job of growing the business that their family started in 1949. Their commitment to customers and strong focus on providing excellent service dovetails extremely well with our business philosophy.

 

“The addition of Barron not only strengthens our footprint in Michigan, it gives us an entrée into Northern Ohio and allows us to better serve several new areas in the Great Lakes states. We continue to look for opportunities to add new companies and to grow Crystal Flash.”

 

Headquartered at 87 Jerome St. in Monroe, Barron also has facilities in Ypsilanti and Toledo. A significant player in the Michigan/Ohio fuel market, Barron annually distributes 6 million gallons from its transports, 5 million gallons via its tanker fleet and 1.5 million gallons through seven Pacific Pride fuel locations. Additionally, the company hauls 40 million gallons for freight each year.

 

Barron distributes a wide variety of products, including:

  • Engine and hydraulic oils
  • Transmission fluids
  • Grease and gear lubricants
  • Anti-freeze
  • Industrial oils

 

Brothers Tom and Paul Barron, who have led the company, will move into senior consulting roles with Crystal Flash to ensure a smooth transition. Their sister, Patty Arnold, will retire from her role in human resources when the transition takes place.

 

“Barron is extremely pleased to join Crystal Flash,” said Paul Barron, president of Barron. “Over the past three generations, our family has worked to build a strong company committed to providing the best products and services to our customers. We are convinced that this tradition will continue under our new ownership, which was critical to me and my family.”

 

Since January of 2012, with the support of The Charter Group M&A advisors, Crystal Flash has also acquired the following Michigan companies:

  • Drakes Fuel Service in Schoolcraft
  • Elliott Gas & Oil in Gladwin
  • Leelanau Propane in Northport
  • Heartland Propane in Hart
  • CA Murphy in Sturgis

 

About Crystal Flash™

Crystal Flash™ is a third-generation family-owned energy distribution company focused on commercial and residential customers throughout the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Established in 1932, Crystal Flash has grown as the demand for energy has evolved, and today concentrates on the sale and distribution of propane, diesel and other fuels. Today, the company is one of the largest independently owned energy suppliers in the state with more than 250 employees in 14 locations. For more information, visit us online at www.crystalflash.com.

 

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