Crystal Flash Adds Heartland Propane, Expands Footprint in Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan, DATE – Crystal Flash™ announced today that it has acquired Hart-based Heartland Propane, LLC, its fourth acquisition in 2012.

 The Grand Rapids-based energy distribution company will now be able to better serve residential and commercial customers in the Newaygo-Muskegon-Hesperia area, including Hart, Shelby, Fremont, Pentwater and other locations. The transaction, which will add one new employee to Crystal Flash, is expected to be accretive to earnings.

 “We are delighted to welcome Heartland Propane to the growing Crystal Flash family,” said President Tom Fehsenfeld. “Terry enjoys an excellent reputation in our industry, and his ‘coffee shop recruiting methods’ have helped build a loyal following. Heartland Propane will be an excellent addition to Crystal Flash, allowing us to grow our customer base in the Newaygo area.

 Located at 5550 N. Oceana Drive, Heartland Propane was launched eight years ago by industry veteran Terry Dykema, who will retire after the acquisition is finalized. The company provides propane to commercial and residential customers in a 20-mile area in Hart and Pentwater of West Michigan. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to join Crystal Flash,” said Dykema, Heartland Propane president. “As another family-owned, Michigan-based company, our values and mission to provide exceptional customer service align very much with Tom and the organization he is building.

“With their resources, technology and propane service, I believe Crystal Flash has the potential to further enhance the service options we provide to our customers.”

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 11 locations. For more information, visit us online at www.crystalflash.com.

 

Crystal Flash Joins Alliance AutoGas Network as Exclusive Dealer in Michigan

The Grand Rapids-based energy distribution company will provide a complete program to help regional fleets to switch to propane autogas, a fuel that is nearly as efficient and powerful as gasoline or diesel – but with virtually no tailpipe emissions. Engines that use autogas, which is growing in popularity in Europe as a green alternative fuel, run cleaner, cost less to run and require less maintenance.

As a new partner in the international Alliance AutoGas network, Crystal Flash will offer vehicle conversions, autogas fuel station installation at the customer’s location, safety and operational training, and ongoing technical support to commercial customers in virtually every county of the state.

“Fleets are looking for affordable alternative fuel options now more than ever, so it was important to us to partner with Alliance AutoGas to get Michigan fleets running on clean, affordable, American-made autogas,” said Crystal Flash President Tom Fehsenfeld. “The Alliance network is growing to meet the needs of fleets wanting to cut fuel costs with a domestic clean fuel, and we're proud to be a part of it.”

Unlike ethanol, biodiesel and other alternative fuels, propane autogas is cheaper to produce and easier to supply. Fleets that run on autogas currently save approximately $1.50 per gallon over those that utilize gasoline. It is also about 1/15 of the cost to build an autogas station than one compressed natural gas, or CNG, station.

“Crystal Flash is a welcome addition to the Alliance AutoGas partner network, as they extend our reach to serve more fleets in Michigan,” said Stuart Weidie, president of Alliance AutoGas and founder of Autogas for America. “While state governors lobby Detroit to produce more natural gas vehicles, we're already helping real fleets – business owners, government agencies, public transportation and more – switch to the most practical vehicle fuel, propane autogas.”

David Dykstra, commercial sales manager for Crystal Flash, said the company expects its new relationship with Alliance AutoGas to have a positive effect on its bottom line in 2013.

He said that autogas would be a smart choice for many light-duty vehicles, from police cars and school buses to delivery vans and service trucks. Dykstra explained that fleets using more than 175 gallons of fuel each month would save money by making the switch to autogas. Initial conversion costs range between $5,000-6,000, with savings realized almost immediately through its vehicle and infrastructure leasing programs.

“We are incredibly excited to join the growing network of Alliance AutoGas dealers,” Dykstra said. “The ability to offer current and new customers such an effective, efficient and green alternative fuel will help Crystal Flash continue to grow. We continue to be on the leading edge in fuel and energy distribution.”

 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 11 locations. For more information, visit us online at www.crystalflash.com.

 About Alliance AutoGas

Alliance AutoGas enables fleet managers to use clean, economical, American-made autogas through vehicle conversions, on-site fueling and ongoing safety training and technical support. The Alliance AutoGas partner network of international propane marketers and conversion centers is experiencing tremendous growth, currently spanning 40 states, Washington D.C., and now the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba in Canada. For fleets interested in new propane autogas-powered vehicles, Alliance also provides OEM vehicles through partnerships with automotive experts at ROUSH CleanTech as part of the complete program. Learn more at www.allianceautogas.com. 

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Crystal Flash Announces Acquisition of Leelanau Propane

September 21, 2012 - Crystal Flash is proud to announce the acquisition of Leelanau Propane of Northport, Michigan.  With this recent acquisition, Crystal Flash continues to expand its area of operations in the northwest lower peninsula.

Sander Scott, former owner of Leelanau Propane, expressed excitement that his former customers would still be serviced locally out of the Crystal Flash office in Traverse City.  He said, "I've found a great partner in Crystal Flash.  I believe Crystal Flash has the potential to further enhance the customer's service options."

 

Fuel Up for Father Fred

Effective August 08, 2012; Crystal Flash is proud to announce the "Fuel Up for Father Fred" event on Friday, August 24, 2012.

The Fuel Up for Father Fred event serves to gather food good and personal care item donations for The Father Fred Foundation of Traverse City. In return for the donation at either location, the donor will receive a free propane fill on his/her barbeque propane tank. Anyone wishing to support The Father Fred Foundation may bring 3 or more food or personal care items to the Crystal Flash office located at 896 West Blue Star Highway in Traverse City or Rentals Unlimited located at 3100 N US 31 S.

The Father Fred Foundation serves Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties by providing food, clothing, household goods, and financial assistance to families in need. Joan O'Neill, Marketing Manager for The Father Fred Foundation stated, "We are so excited to have businesses so willing to help support us."

For more information about the announcement, please read the entire press release.

 

CF and Silent Observer speak out against violence

Effective August 08, 2012; Crystal Flash is proud to sponsor the Rock the Mic: Artists Against Violence competition.

The "Americal Idol" style competition is presented by Silent Observer, local law enforcement, and local business to spread an anti-violence message amoung young people.

Chris Cameron, Executive Director of Silent Observer stated, "Silent Observer launched this project knowing that there was no better way to get an anti-violence message across to young people then to provide young people the opportunity to share that important message with their peers. We are so appreciative of your $500 donation to make this happen. We could not have done this without you." He went on to say, "We are appreciative of [all the contestants] willingness to speak out against crime and our hope is that these top 10 finalists will influence a positive change of ideas among the youth in our community."

The final competition was held on July 24, 1012 and 19 year-old singer/songwriter Annie Wildgen, a student at Grand Valley State University, won the grand prize of $750 and studio time to professionally record her music.

For more information about the announcement, please read the entire press release.
 

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