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A Day in the Life: District Manager

 

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit one of our local district offices for a couple of days to learn more about what life in a district is really like. I enjoyed learning about the different positions and had the opportunity to get their first-hand account of what they do on a daily basis.

One person I had the opportunity to meet was Nancy Staley from our Woodbine, NJ Office. Below is her Day in the Life account of being a District Manager.

Explain your role with AmeriGas?

I am a District Manager so I am the overall person in charge of our Woodbine, NJ office.

 How long have you been with the company?

I have been with the company for a total of 31 years. I began as a seasonal employee and did this for two years and have now been a full time employee for 29 years.

 What was your first position with the company?

I started as a seasonal Customer Relations Representative (CRR).

What is your typical day like?

On a typical day I interact with many people including fellow employees, customers, vendors, and team members from Valley Forge. The first thing I like to do every day is say “Good Morning” to all of the employees as I come in or as I see them come in. I find this really helps start the day out on the right foot. Then I check my e-mails.  In addition, I may have a few conference calls scheduled in between. I usually try and speak to a few customers each day as well and I strive to end the conversation on a positive note. Every Thursday I have a Safety Meeting with all of my employees. This meeting also gives everyone the opportunity to go over any miscellaneous office matters or concerns. I am very passionate about my position and hold all of my employees to high standards when it comes to taking care of our customers and safety. I find each day is a new challenge which keeps my job very interesting.

What is most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is when I receive feedback from the customers on what a good job one of our employees has done. Also, when we have a month with zero safety incidents and we make our (other) goal(s).

What is your favorite pastime outside of the office?

I enjoy going to the beach and going out on the boat with my children and grandchildren.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Propane-Fueled Police Vehicles

You never know what type of vehicle is going to pull-up alongside you next! This 2014 Dodge Charger Police Car runs on a 5.7 V8 hemi and was converted to propane by IMEGA International USA. This car is equipped with all of the lights, sirens, etc. of a normal police car only difference is how it’s powered.

Unit 1075, as this vehicle is called, is used to promote propane run vehicles to law enforcement agencies throughout the south .While the car is on location officers are encouraged to test drive the vehicle so they can fully compare it to their normal squad cars. Every agency who has tested the vehicle has agreed this car has more power and torque than its gasoline powered counterparts.

As the cost of gasoline continues to rise, more and more agencies are seeing the benefit of using propane as an alternative fuel. Not only does switching to propane help save the agencies money but it’s also a more environmentally friendly way to power up their fleets.

Propane-fueled law enforcement vehicles offer the following benefits:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and particulate emissions in comparison to fleets fueled by gasoline.
  • Promote environmentally friendly transportation throughout the community because of their high visibility.
  • Ensure the reliable operation of essential emergency and security vehicles.
  • Support the use of domestically produced fuel, decreasing reliance on foreign imports.
  • Reduce fleet maintenance costs and increase engine life.

For more information on this clean fuel alternative visit http://www.amerigas.com/autogas/ or contact an AmeriGas AutoGas specialist.

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Don’t Wait To Marinate

Summertime calls for AmeriGas Propane grilling. To get that perfect flavor you and your guests are craving, make sure you know the ins and outs of marinating your favorite food. There are several factors to take into account with marinade time: type of meat, size of meat chunks, and acidity of the marinade. For dark proteins — beef, lamb, pork — longer is always better. BUT, if the food is delicate — shrimp, flaky fish — stop marinating after 15 or 30 minutes or the acid will start to break down the protein too much. Chicken is somewhere in the middle, anywhere from 2 to 12 hours is good depending on the cut (skin-on breasts require less time, for example).

Don’t worry too much if you don’t have the exact ingredients in a recipe — just follow this basic formula.

Acid + Salt + Oil + Herbs/Seasonings/Sugar + Time = Marinade

  • ACID (but not too much)
    • Ex: vinegar, lemon/lime/orange juice, wine, buttermilk, or yogurt
    • Why: tenderize protein to let the other flavor-enhancing ingredients get in there
  • SALT
    • Or soy sauce
    • Why: also tenderizes
  • OIL
    • Ex: olive oil, canola oil
    • Why: helps release the flavor of spices or herbs and hold them in contact with the meat.
  • HERBS/SEASONINGS/SUGAR
    • Ex: garlic, rosemary, ginger, chilies, maple syrup
    • Why: adds flavor

 

Perfecting the art of marinating will make you the envy of every grilling master out there. Don’t forget to grad the right tools for grilling and pick up an AmeriGas Propane Tank at your closest location! Happy Grilling!

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Wordless Wednesday

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School’s Out For the Summer: AmeriGas School Days Update



At AmeriGas we’re proud to support the communities in which our customers, employees, and families live. Each year we donate to local schools and community organizations via our School Days and Community Care programs. We’ve tallied up how much money AmeriGas has donated to local schools this year…drumroll please, and it’s over $75,000! This school year, we donated $78,960.36 to schools in the communities we service.

Schools enrolled in the School Days program are eligible to purchase items for any school-related need with funds earned from our program. Schools have purchased books, computers, sports equipment, band equipment, art materials, vocational technical supplies and more.

Organizations participating in these either of these two programs earn $.02 per gallon, up to $2,000 in a calendar year, simply by collecting AmeriGas receipts. Schools or organizations who would like to participate in the program should contact their local office to get set up. After that, simply collect AmeriGas receipts and watch the gallons add up!

We’re proud to support our customers and the organizations they support. For more information on the School Day and Community Programs, contact us.

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Independence Day, Grill The Right Way!

According to the Weber GrillWatch Survey, it looks like the 4th of July still holds the number one spot as America’s top grilling holiday. An astounding 84% of Americans grill on the 4th of July, followed by 71% on Labor Day, 62% on Memorial Day, and 45% on Father’s Day. So this weekend, impress your guests by not making these common mistakes.

Skip the Nonstick: Spraying a hot grill with a nonstick spray can cause flare-ups in some cases. If you like your eyebrows where they are, try dipping a paper towel in oil and letting it heat up until it is smoking. Then it’s time to get your grill on!

Room Temp is Best: Placing cold meat on a hot grill can lead to a raw interior and a charred exterior. To prevent this from happening, make sure you take out the meat a couple hours prior to cooking it.

Flip Theory:  Yes, I am talking about flipping burgers more than once people! Because burgers can be thin it is okay to flip them more frequently, this can also lead them to cook more evenly. Just don’t go too master chef on us and flip them every 10 seconds!

To Baste or Not to Baste: For sweeter sauces and longer-cooking foods, only baste for the last 20 to 30 minutes of grilling. The sugars in the sauce will be less likely to burn and leave a harsh taste in your mouth.

Is It Done Yet…: Put the spatula down and do NOT press down on the meat, or cut it for that matter. You will lose all the juice that you just worked so hard for! Instead, pick up an internal cooking thermometer which will indicate when your meat is cooked to perfection.

Rest Easy: After working so hard to keep all the juices in, don’t go slicing your meat quite yet. Having the meat rest before cutting it allows it to absorb the rest of the juices left in there from the grill. Patience is key to becoming a grill master!

Lastly:

Get ready for your barbecue the right way and head to your local retailer to get yourself an AmeriGas Cylinder Exchange grill cylinder!

We hope you enjoyed our tips and would love for you to share yours! Happy grilling this 4th of July!!!

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Grilling Up A Healthy Burger

Summer just isn’t summer without burgers sizzling on the grill. And with more healthy options than ever, burgers are becoming even more popular than ever. Top any of these burgers with colorful lettuce greens and slices of red and yellow tomato, and then serve in a whole-grain bun for a nutrient-packed meal.

Beef

Ground beef ranges in fat content from 11 grams to more than 20 grams per patty, so for a healthier burger make yours with lean or extra lean meat. A four-ounce burger contains about 21 grams of protein (almost half of your daily need) and 15 percent of your daily iron needs.

Turkey

With only five to seven grams of fat per patty, turkey burgers offer a definite caloric savings over beef. A turkey burger also supplies 22 grams of high quality protein.

Fish

When made from salmon, these burgers add healthy omega-3 fats to your plate. A four-ounce patty also supplies 23 grams of protein.

Veggie

These burgers are typically made from soy or a combination of grains, mushrooms, and beans. While generally a bit lower in protein (with 12 to 15 grams per patty), these burgers provide a dose of fiber—up to 12 percent of your daily need.

Grilling 101: For the best cookout results, keep these tips in mind.

  1. Clean the grill surface: Knock off charred remains with a wire brush or bake off at high heat before putting food on the grill.
  2. Use non-stick spray: Use a spritz of olive-oil cooking spray directly on meats and seafood to keep foods from sticking.
  3. Add flavor: Marinating meats and fish for 30 minutes to four hours improves the flavor and helps tenderize leaner cuts. Use low-fat, bottled marinades or make your own with vinegar or citrus juice (which helps tenderize) and flavorful herbs.
  4. Handle fish delicately: Use medium rather than high heat for fish, since it cooks quickly.  Wrap thin fish filets in foil first (add lemon and dill for flavor). Turn just once since repeat flipping may cause the fish to flake apart.
  5. Use the right tools: For smaller pieces of seafood or vegetables, cook in a grill basket or on kebabs (pre-soaking wood skewers in water will help avoid burning.)
  6. Keep it clean: Serve cooked food on a clean platter to avoid cross contamination with raw meats.

Learn more about AmeriGas’ safe grilling practices and pick up a tank today!

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AmeriGas and UGI Employees Give Soldiers the Gift of Communication

Employees from AmeriGas and UGI Corporate Offices in King of Prussia, PA recently participated in their annual Corporate Clean-Up Day. In years past the day provided employees the opportunity to clean up their work spaces and purge any non-essential items to create a more efficient work setting for everyone. However, this year members of the Activities Committee wanted to use the day to do more than just clean their desks they wanted to give back, so they decided to hold a cell phone recycling event with donations going to “Cell Phone for Soldiers.”  

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Mailing approximately 3,000 calling cards each week they have provided more than 213 million minutes of free talk time to our men and women in the military. The organization funds its mission through monetary contributions and the recycling of donated mobile phones. Newer or gently-used mobile phones from all service providers are accepted and each donated device valued at $5 will provide troops with 2.5 hours of FREE talk time.

The event which took place in Mid-May yielded more than 50 phones for this great cause and provided employees not only with a chance to help our military but also help our environment. Donating old cell phones in ways such as this help keep them out of our local landfills!

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Summer Propane Essentials

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When most people think of summer propane season, they think of firing up their propane powered grill. (We think grilling is a year-round hobby but we digress…). Did you know propane has a lot of summer, or warm season, applications? Check out a few of our favorite summer propane applications below.

For those cooler summer nights, turn on your propane powered patio heater. Patio heaters are a great way to warm up your outdoor space and come in a variety of styles and sizes, from floor-standing models to tabletop heaters. Patio heaters are available at home improvement stores and can run on a 20lb tank (from AmeriGas Propane Exchange of course). Running on propane, these heaters can increase the outdoor temperature by 10 to 30 degrees, leaving you with a cozy outdoor space to enjoy even when the temperature dips.

Extend your outdoor living space with an outdoor fireplace or hearth. A propane hearth or fireplace is easy to install, low maintenance, and provides a cozy touch to your outdoor space. Fuel your fireplace with clean-burning propane to avoid smoke, soot, and ashes.

Keep your patio or backyard even more comfortable by using a mosquito trap. These small, portable and easy to set-up devices attract mosquitos and other biting bugs, trapping them before they bite you. Utilizing propane mosquito traps will attract and possibly eliminate the mosquito population before they can get to you and your loved ones this summer.

Lastly, propane is the fuel of choice to heat your pool or spa. Why? High efficiency propane pool heaters save you money since they warm pools faster than electric units and maintain the heat in colder conditions. Keep your pool or spa open throughout the summer and into the fall, with a propane pool or spa heater.

No matter what you use propane for, you can count on AmeriGas to deliver reliable, safe, propane service.  For more information on propane uses, appliances, and installation, contact us.

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