Acquisition Testimonials

“As we began the sale process, it became evident that Crystal Flash would provide the perfect fit for our valued employees. We are happy that our employees will have the opportunity to flourish as employee owners of Crystal Flash,” said JMT founder Barry Jacobson.

Brad Jacobson, who will serve as Senior Operations Manager of the new Crystal Flash Midwest Transportation Office said, “We are proud to join the Crystal Flash team and look forward to continuing to provide our customers with the same level of service they have come to expect from J-M Transports.”

– Barry Jacobson, Founder, and Brad Jacobson, Senior Operations Manager, J-M Transports, Newark, IL

“I’ve found a great partner in Crystal Flash. I believe Crystal Flash has the potential to further enhance the customer’s service options.”

– Sander Scott, Founder, Leelanau Propane, Northport, MI

“We are very pleased to join Crystal Flash. For more than 30 years, we have worked diligently to establish a company focused on providing exceptional customer service. We are pleased that our reputation for excellence will continue under the Crystal Flash name.”

– Kelly Murphy, Founder, C.A. Murphy Oil, Mendon, MI

“Selling a business is a life milestone. The transition from running and managing a business to planning for retirement brought me to an important crossroad. I wanted to be sure I had considered all the factors and options that would ensure the smoothest transition for my staff and me. With Kohley’s being in the community for over 60 years, honoring the family tradition and values was the priority when selecting a business to carry it forward.

Thankfully Crystal Flash has already proven to be timely, fair, and honest in all their dealings during the changeover. I am grateful to their team for honoring the past and for their commitment to quality and customer service going forward.”

– Lance Kohley, Former Owner, Kohley’s Superior Propane, Muskegon, MI

“Selling a business, especially a family business can be a very difficult and stressful time for the seller. The fact that Crystal Flash had done a number of successful acquisitions in the past and actually had a plan for my company made the decision to sell to them much easier. The Crystal Flash team from top management on down worked with me to make sure that our employees, customers and suppliers would be well taken care of and a top priority for them. This made the ensuing transaction smoother than I had anticipated. The people at Crystal Flash did what they agreed they would do and made the transition easier for everyone involved. I feel confident that Crystal Flash will carry on with the values and customer service we promoted at our family business.”

– Dave Knapp, Former Owner, Knapp Energy, Kalamazoo, MI

“The Crystal Flash Team was 100% dedicated in their efforts to ensure a successful outcome in the sale of our fuels and propane company. Selling a family-owned business is often a once-in-a-lifetime decision that raises questions, concerns and worries. We were no different at Owens Petroleum and Propane – at times throughout the process, we were nervous and wondering whether this was the rights decision. Not only was the Crystal Flash team available and responsive 24/7, but the senior-level attention was clear from the start and helped us navigate through the challenges that surfaced before, during and post-sale. Crystal Flash has proven to be a fair, honest and reliable transition partner. We are truly thankful to have worked with them and know that our business and our employees are in great hands.”

– Randy & Shelley Purucker, Former Owners, Owens Petroleum & Propane, Albion, MI

“We are very pleased to join Crystal Flash. 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, we believe Crystal Flash has the potential to further enhance the service options we provide to our customers.”

– Terry & Linda Dykema, Founders, Heartland Propane, Hart, MI

“We feel very blessed and excited to learn that both Drakes Fuels Service and Crystal Flash share the same focus on customers and focus on reliable service!”

– Skip Drake, Founder, Drakes Fuel Service, Schoolcraft, MI

“Barron is extremely pleased to join Crystal Flash. 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.”

– Paul Barron, Former Owner, C. Barron & Sons, Inc., Monroe, MI