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Local Businessman Appointed Chairman of New England Propane Assoc. Board

SOUTH HADLEY — Steve Chase, president and CEO of Fuel Services Inc. Oil and Propane (FSi), was recently sworn in as chairman of the Propane Gas Assoc. of New England (PGANE).

FSi Oil and Propane has been a leader in the fuel industry for almost 30 years. Over these three decades, many things have changed, including the company’s management, which now includes Chase’s son, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson; expanding its service areas; as well as adding in new fuels such as Bioheat, kerosene, and propane.

PGANE is a regional alternative-energy trade association representing more than 800 members of the propane industry by promoting safety, education, and public awareness of the uses of propane.

Chase said he is honored by this appointment because he has a passion and commitment to the propane industry and educating consumers on the benefits of this type of energy. “Propane is a clean, green fuel,” he noted. “It is American-produced and puts less contaminants in the air. It is a clean, safe energy when handled properly.”

Propane can be used for heating a house, water heating, cooking, clothes drying, fireplaces, standby generators, and as an alternative fuel as auto gas. Throughout New England, there are nearly 300,000 residential customers using this climate-friendly energy and more than 11,500 jobs in the propane industry.

Throughout his life, Chase has shown a devotion to both the community and country. He serves as the state director of the National Propane Gas Assoc. board, is a board member of the BBB of Central and Western Mass., devoted 25 years on the Oxford, Conn. Fire Department, and is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served on the USS Little Rock.

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