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Kessinger Propane expands amidst pandemic

PHOTO PROVIDED Personnel from Hiltz Propane Systems use two cranes to set the tank in place.

BEECH CREEK — The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been kind to local businesses, as many have been forced to either shut down or exclusively offer curbside services. Only a few weeks ago Gov. Tom Wolf announced the statewide shutdown of non-essential businesses and while there have been many hardships to endure, not all of that news is bad.

Kessinger Propane Inc., an essential business under natural gas distribution, has recently installed a 30,000 gallon storage tank at their gas plant in Beech Creek, according to Bill Kessinger. The plant houses a 25,000 gallon tank which has been there since the opening of the business in 2004.

“We’ve grown to the point in 16 years where we’re exceeding our storage capacity several times in the winter months,” Kessinger said, noting January as a particularly challenging time of year. The whole project is estimated to be a $225,000 deal, Bill said.

At first it was believed that the expansion would have to be put on hold due to the pandemic but Hiltz Propane Systems, the company in charge of installation stationed in Marietta, Pa., assured Kessinger that the company fell within the homeland security guidelines of transportation and storage of fuel and energy, thus the project was able to move forward.

Kessinger Propane has also taken the proper measures to ensure the safety of their customers by assuring no direct contact is needed for their services. Bills can be paid via mail or phone order and services are being limited to exterior work only for the time being.

“By adding storage we will increase efficiency, cut filling time and hopefully be more competitive,” Kessinger said.

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