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Prism Solutions trustees elected

NORTH BALTIMORE, OHIO – On October 24, the Hancock-Wood Electric (HWE) Cooperative Board elected three trustees to the Prism Solutions board. Each trustee will serve a three-year term. Prism Solutions Board of Trustees governs operations of Prism Propane Services of Ohio, LLC, an affiliate of Hancock-Wood.

Six candidates competed for three board seats, vacant due to expiring terms. Incumbent Ed Crawford won his re-election to the board and newcomer Dave Thomas was elected to the second seat. Past Prism board member and current Hancock-Wood Trustee Dave Corbin was elected to fill the final seat. 

Crawford is a graduate of Springfield High School and The Ohio State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He is semi-retired, working part time for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Soil and Water Resources, where he has been employed for 40 years. He has served as state coordinator of the Conservation Action Project (CAP) Lake Erie water-quality program for 25 years, and has completed the Dale Carnegie course. He and his wife Colleen have two grown children, Adam Crawford and Heather Flaherty.

Corbin is a graduate of Arcadia High School. He is semi-retired from farming and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years. Corbin is a former chairman of both boards, he will retain his current Hancock-Wood seat. Corbin also serves on HWE’s statewide association board, Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. He served as HWE trustee from 1983 through 1992, from 1995 through 2004 and again from 2007 to 2013. He and his wife Janet reside in Arcadia. The couple has grown children, John and Laurie.

 Thomas’s current occupation is farming. He has served as Biglick township trustee for 12 years and was on the board of directors for his local farm co-op for 13 years. Thomas also served on numerous committees at the county level and has been the operations manager for Hancock County Fairgrounds for 11 years. He and his wife Gloria have been married 46 years and together have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

 Remaining Prism Solutions Board members are Don Barker, chairman and David George, vice-chair.

Prism Propane was formed in 1998 as a for-profit company and affiliate of the HWE non-profit organization to offer economically priced propane gas services to customers in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot and Wood counties. Since that time, it has grown to become one of the leading propane companies in the area and provides propane autogas to several school districts, commercial heating and forklift services, 24-hour energy service, financing plans and online customer registration. Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative was established in April 1938 to serve member owners in 10 districts, occupying portions of Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties. 

Prism Propane Emergency First Responders Safety Training to offer free live-fire suppression instruction on May 7

North Baltimore, OH – April 29, 2016 ­– On Saturday, May 7, Prism Propane Services of Ohio, LLC, will host a free Emergency First Responders Safety Training seminar at the North Baltimore office on 1399 Business Park Drive South. There will be classroom instruction in the morning and live-fire suppression demonstrations in the afternoon.

 

More than 50 firefighters from seven area departments are invited to attend and bring their turnout gear to participate in the controlled-burn activity. This propane safety seminar is part of Prism Propane’s efforts to raise awareness in the community about safe use of propane gas. Prism Propane is sponsoring the event and Ohio Propane Gas Association (OPGA) and the Propane Education & Research Council are funding a portion of the seminar cost. This training has been provided to groups all over the state of Ohio.

 

In an announcement today, Prism COO George Walton stated, “Prism Propane is pleased to host this important safety training. In the event of an emergency, such as a gas leak or a fire, we want to help our already well-informed first responders to have all the informational tools at their command to handle the situation appropriately.”

 

Bob Herron, a past president and current OPGA board of directors chairman and Propane Operations Manager of the Energy Cooperative in Newark Ohio, will present the all-day safety seminar. Herron also has served as secretary, treasurer and vice president of the OPGA board.

 

The training will begin at 8:30 a.m. with four hours of classroom education covering the basics of propane-related equipment. There will be hands-on demonstrations throughout the day and lunch will be provided. The afternoon session incorporates State Certified Fire Instructors. The outside training will utilize a cut-away 500-gallon propane tank – which is plumbed to simulate a ground-level gas leak from a relief valve. There also will be intensive fire suppression training as propane burns a little differently from gasoline – although both burn at equal flame temperatures – (3,560 degrees Fahrenheit); however, propane yields more energy per unit volume than natural gas does. The training could be done without having fire involved however, for training purposes they utilize fire as a safety measure to consume the propane.

 

Walton said he believes continuous safety education about this clean-burning, energy-efficient fuel is essential.

 

“Propane, although safe when contained, is to be respected just like any flammable gas,” he said.

 

The departments who have RSVP’d to date are: North Baltimore, Van Buren, Washington Township, Weston, Rising Sun, Arlington, and Allen Township. North Baltimore Fire Chief Ted Francisco also will be in attendance. If any firefighters would like to attend call Prism Operating Manager Kevin Reynolds at 419-257-5035.

 

In addition to offering propane gas for residential and commercial heating to more than 3,500 customers, Prism Propane offers autogas service to commercial businesses and school systems, as well as supplying commercial forklift cylinder fuel service.

 

Prism Propane Services of Ohio, LLC, was formed in 1998 as a for-profit company and affiliate of the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative non-profit organization, to offer economically priced propane gas services to customers in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot and Wood counties. For more information about Prism Propane, visit prismpropane.com, the Prism Facebook page or call 877-887-7476.

Prism Propane partners with CoBank to donate $10,000 to aid Hancock County Fairgrounds Capital Campaign

On December 9, Prism Propane Services of Ohio, LLC, staff and board members, together with CoBank – a cooperative bank serving industries across rural America headquartered in Denver, Colorado – presented a total of $10,000 in donations to the Hancock County Fairgrounds Capital Campaign fund. The checks from both organizations were presented to Thomas Warren, president of the fairgrounds’ board of directors.

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Left to right are Aaron Smith, Hancock County fair board member; Marcia Stahl, HWE CFO; Clarence Mahovlich, CoBank VP; Thomas Warren, Hancock County Fair Board president; James Demler, Prism Propane chairman; Dave Corbin, HWE board trustee, and George Walton, Prism Propane COO.

Prism Propane is a for-profit affiliate of the non-profit Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative. Prism COO George Walton said, “We are pleased to partner with CoBank in offering a chance to help breathe new life into this valuable community asset. The fairgrounds is the heart of Findlay and Hancock County and tens of thousands come through its gates each year to celebrate the quality of life here.”

CoBank Vice President Clarence Mahovlich flew in from his Alabama office to present the check. “This is an incredible opportunity for us to highlight how the cooperative effort benefits communities across our nation. We feel privileged to be a part of this community revitalization project.”

These funds will be used toward a new facility at the fairgrounds to be named later. The funding is a 50-percent Prism grant combined with a 50 percent CoBank matching-fund Sharing Success Grant. As part of this partnership, Prism donated $5,000 to Wood Lane Schools in Wood County in 2012, and in cooperation with Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative and CoBank donated a total of $20,000 in 2013, to The Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Berry located in Findlay.

Prism Propane offers a wide variety of services including its recent introduction of Propane Autogas for vehicle fleet fueling. In October, Prism Propane held a grand opening ceremony to introduce its Autogas Propane fueling station as a “greener” fueling option in northwest Ohio. Speakers for the event included: U.S. Congressman Bob Latta, State Senators Randy Gardner and Cliff Hite, county commissioners, local elected officials and area school superintendents.

Van Buren, Elmwood and Wood Lane Schools are just a few of the area school systems which purchase Propane Autogas or have begun to look into the fuel as an alternative to diesel. Propane gas costs less and cuts down on vehicle maintenance – a savings for the school district and its taxpayers.

Prism Propane was formed in 1998 as a for-profit company and affiliate of the HWE non-profit organization to offer economically priced propane gas services to customers in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot and Wood counties. For more information about Prism Propane, visit www.prismpropane.com or call 877-887-7476.

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, established April 20, 1938, serves 13,000 accounts in portions of Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties. For more information about Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, visit www.hwe.coop or call 800-445-4840.

CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy.

Prism Propane holds Autogas Propane Fueling Station Grand Opening for “greener” fueling option in NW Ohio

North Baltimore, OH–October 5, 2015– Prism Propane Services of Ohio LLC, held a grand opening ceremony to introduce its Autogas Propane fueling station as a “greener” fueling option in northwest Ohio. Speakers for the event included: U.S. Congressman Bob Latta, State Senators Randy Gardner and Cliff Hite, county commissioners, local elected officials and area school superintendents.

North Baltimore Mayor Mike Julien began the ceremony by acknowledging Prism Propane and Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative’s support given to the community over the years and the impact the fueling station will have.

Mayor Julien said, “By opening this Propane Autogas fueling station, Prism Propane is giving our communities an environmentally clean and cost effective fueling option. This investment of the fuel station proves Prism Propane’s commitment to a better future for local schools and businesses.”

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Oct. 5 to debut the Propane Autogas fuel station at Prism Propane.

Congressman Latta echoed the mayor’s support for Prism Propane and Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative by addressing Prism COO George Walton and saying, “We were able to put laws into effect after the propane gas shortage because of the grassroots efforts made by Prism Propane. I want to thank you for your hard work.”

State Senators Randy Gardner and Cliff Hite were present and shared their support for an alternative fueling option for the community. Senator Gardner presented Walton with a letter of citation recognizing Prism Propane’s efforts to make a greener fuel alternative accessible in the area.

Walton stated, “We want to provide our local schools, business and municipalities with a cleaner burning fuel alternative that is not only less expensive, but also keeps vehicle maintenance costs down.”

Several area school systems have adopted Propane Autogas as a fuel alternative to help reduce issues of rising gas costs and vehicle maintenance, a savings for the school district and its taxpayers. Van Buren, Elmwood, Wood Lane Schools and North Baltimore are just a few of the area school systems who purchase Propane Autogas or have begun to look into the fuel as an alternative to diesel.

Some local agencies also signed up with Prism Propane to convert their fleet vehicles to accept the “greener” fuel. Jerry Greiner, President of Northwest Water and Sewer District said the company’s choice to switch its fleet vehicles to propane dual-fuel is to help with costs and to keep the communities more environmentally safe. “Not only are we helping our employees who are driving the vehicles by converting to a cleaner burning fuel, but also all of the communities we drive in everyday,” said Greiner.

Scott McKeown, health and safety, maintenance transportation coordinator of Wood Lane schools spoke about his experience with propane-fueled buses. McKeown explained that his schools have been using propane-fueled buses for several years and have seen tremendous differences compared to a diesel-fueled bus. He commented on how much quieter the buses are and how much faster they are to warm-up when the temperatures are below freezing.

According to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), Propane Autogas burns cleaner than other fuel alternatives, produces fewer undesirable emissions, and lowers preventative maintenance costs compared with diesel. Propane-fueled engines require less oil by volume than diesel, with no need for additional filters or diesel emission fluid. Switching to propane results in an estimated 80-percent reduction in smog-producing hydrocarbon emissions compared with diesel-fueled vehicles.

Propane Autogas infrastructure costs less to install, maintain, and operate than diesel and other fuel alternatives. The costs are low primarily because propane is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a non-contaminant of air, land, and water resources. Overall savings, especially because of available state grants, offset the price associated with conversion.

Prism Propane Services of Ohio, LLC, was formed in 1998 as a for-profit company and affiliate of the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative nonprofit organization, to offer economically priced propane gas services to customers in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot and Wood counties. For more information about Prism Propane, visit prismpropane.com, the Prism Facebook page or call 877-887-7476.

Prism Propane to hold Autogas Propane Fueling Station Grand Opening for “greener” fueling option

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Construction progress of the Propane Autogas fueling station located at Prism Propane’s main office site.

North Baltimore, OH–September 28, 2015– Prism Propane Services of Ohio LLC, will hold a grand opening ceremony to debut its Propane Autogas fueling station located at 1399 Business Park Dr. South in North Baltimore on Oct. 5. Speakers for the event include: Congressman Bob Latta, State Senators Randy Gardner and Cliff Hite, county commissioners, local elected officials and area school superintendents. Other attendees include, Ohio Propane Gas Association officials; fleet conversion expert ICOM will be on site and propane-fuel bus representatives Bluebird and Roche International will provide bus rides and information about the economical benefits of propane-fuel buses.

Several area school systems have adopted Propane Autogas as a fuel alternative to help reduce issues of rising gas costs and vehicle maintenance, a savings for the school district and taxpayers.

Prism COO George Walton stated, “We want to offer area schools and businesses an alternative fuel option to diesel. Propane Autogas is cleaner for the environment and has lower maintenance costs compared to diesel. Prism Propane offers economical propane fuel for school systems and companies because of our significant internal and external propane storage capacity.”

According to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), Propane Autogas burns cleaner than other fuel alternatives, produces fewer undesirable emissions, and lowers preventative maintenance costs compared with diesel. Propane-fueled engines require less oil by volume than diesel, with no need for additional filters or diesel emission fluid. Switching to propane results in an estimated 80 percent reduction in smog-producing hydrocarbon emissions compared with diesel-fueled vehicles.

Propane Autogas infrastructure costs less to install, maintain, and operate than diesel and other fuel alternatives. The costs are low primarily because propane is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a non-contaminant of air, land, and water resources. Overall savings, especially because of state grants available, offsets the price associated with conversion.

Prism Propane Services of Ohio, LLC, was formed in 1998 as a for-profit company and affiliate of the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative nonprofit organization, to offer economically priced propane gas services to customers in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot and Wood counties. For more information about Prism Propane, visit prismpropane.com, the Prism Facebook page or call 877-887-7476.

Prism Propane holds Autogas Propane Fueling Workshop to benefit area companies

AutogasNorth Baltimore, OH–May 18, 2015– Prism Propane Services of Ohio LLC, an affiliate of Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative will hold a workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on how school districts, companies with fleet vehicles and other organizations can benefit from Autogas Propane Fueling (APF). The purpose of this workshop is to spread awareness and education to groups in the community such as Northwest Ohio school systems, law enforcement, county and municipalities officials and other fleet owning companies. Using APF as an alternative fueling option provides great benefits such as cost efficiency and a greener fuel source. Representatives from Cardinal Bus, ICOM, and other vehicle experts will provide a demonstration of the advantages of a propane-fueled vehicles such as buses and trucks for attendees.

Prism Propane Services of Ohio’s Chief Operating Officer George Walton believes this is a great opportunity for these organizations and is excited about what the future holds with propane as a fuel of choice for automotive and bus industry. “Autogas Propane Fueling is an economical solution for a greener fuel alternative. We hope to share important information and answer any questions people might have,” stated Walton.

According to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) APF burns cleaner than other fuel alternatives, produces fewer undesirable emissions, and lowers preventative maintenance costs compared with diesel. APF- fueled engines require less oil by volume than diesel, with no need for additional filters or diesel emission fluid. Switching to APF results in an estimated 80 percent reduction in smog-producing hydrocarbon emissions compared with diesel-fueled vehicles. APF is cleaner for the environment and its users — both the World Health Organization and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have identified diesel engine exhaust as a carcinogen.

As for the price, there are costs associated with converting existing fleets to a dual-fuel, however they are offset by overall savings, especially because of state grants available. APF infrastructure costs less to install, maintain, and operate than diesel. The costs are low primarily because propane is classified by the EPA as a non-contaminant of air, land, and water resources.

Prism Propane will debut a ribbon cutting ceremony in July of 2015 for the groundbreaking to build an Autogas fueling station. Prism Propane Services of Ohio, LLC, was formed in 1998 as a for-profit company and subsidiary of the HWEC nonprofit organization, to offer economically priced propane gas services to customers in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot and Wood counties. For more information about Prism Propane, visit prismpropane.com, the Prism Facebook page or call 877-887-7476.

Prism Propane Launches Upgraded Website Aimed At Providing Superior Service

Propane is a very tried and true product. Tanks have not changed much over the years. It still burns pretty much the same as it always has and propane still has that same, familiar odor.

Still, times are changing and Prism Propane is putting forth the effort to keep up, with our latest sign of progress coming in the form of a revamped PrismPropane.com.

We learned many lessons during the winter of 2013-2014 and this new website is addressing a big one: We can always do a better job of making sure our customers are up-to-date on all of the pertinent information.

We encourage our customers (and potential customers) to explore the new website and all that it has to offer. We have created spaces where you can find out more about what we offer, what programs are available to you, how to be safe propane user, and how Prism Propane is making a positive impact in your community.

There is also a renewed commitment to giving our commercial customers the information they need to make the right decision and choose Prism Propane as their provider of choice.

This website is evidence that we here at Prism Propane truly value what our customers have to say, so please continue to give us feedback by contacting us at any time.

Also, be sure to check in often, as this is just the beginning of many great improvements coming to Prism Propane. We will soon have a big announcement regarding you ability to pay your bill right here on the pages of PrismPropane.com