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Northside Propane
17602 US Highway 41 N , Lutz, Florida, United States

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Industry : Renewable Energy
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Since Jan, 2019
About Company

Northside Propane has been a landmark Lutz business for 50 years, ever since Gerald Gratton moved here from Canada in 1962 and began a business that services residential and commercial customers with propane gas for cooking,heating and fuel. Located on six acres on the west side of US 41, about a mile south of Sunset Boulevard, the company remains family owned today in an era when many independent propane businesses have sold out to large national companies.     Gratton died several years ago and his sons, Bob and Paul, continue his legacy as co-owners of Northside Propane. They leave the day-to-day operation to Dave Ovitt, a 29-year employee and their general manager since 1995. “When Gerald started the company, people told him he was nuts opening a business way out here in Lutz,” said Ovitt, “But as the years went on, we got busier and were here to meet the growth as it moved north of Tampa.” Northside Propane services customers throughout the Tampa Bay region, but most come from Hillsborough and Pasco counties.       About 70 percent are businesses — primarily restaurants, laundries, dry cleaners and agriculture — and the rest are homeowners who use propane to fuel their stove, hot water heater, fire-place, clothing dryer, hot tub/spa and furnace. “We have many, many all gas homes where we bury the tanks and come out every two months to service and fill their tanks,” said Ovitt. “Propane is a very affordable way to power your appliances.” Propane is liquid petroleum and according to Ovitt, is almost half the price of electric power.     “Youre looking at $3 a gallon for our propane, which we can lock in for a year, versus $3.50 a gallon for gas,” said Ovitt. “Many large vehicle fleets use propane because it saves money and is better for the environment. Everybody wants to go green and propane is a much cleaner fuel than electric.” The propane business is very regulated and propane is sold to distributors like Northside for essentially the same price, regardless of volume, said Ovitt. “Were all buying gas at the same rate,” said Ovitt. “The difference between an independent company like Northside and one of the national companies is not price — its customer service and no bureaucracy. Customers call and talk to me and anyone else at the company direct, instead of having to weed through voice mail and wait for returned calls.” Northside Propane has 15 employees, many who have been employees for over 10 years and live in the Lutz/Land OLakes area.     “All of our employees treat customers as if theyre part of our family,” said Ovitt. “Our people are friendly and customers can talk to anyone, myself included, anytime. I give my cell phone number out to customers so Im available 24/7.” Ovitt credits his co-workers for Northside Propanes solid financial performance over the years, even during the recent economic slowdown. “Its all about selling one gallon of propane at a time,” said Ovitt, who adds his company still fills thousands of 5-gallon propane tanks a year for Lutz residents needing to recharge their home barbecue tanks. “A lot of our business is new construction and its coming back,” said Ovitt. “Contractors are back to building several custom homes a year and that has always been our niche. Its good to see this swinging back upwards.” By his upbeat manor and continual smile, its apparent Ovitt loves his company and his job. “I get to meet new people every day and help them solve their energy needs,” said Ovitt. “ I treat this business as if it was my own and focus on the many positive things happening here at Northside Propane.”

Why choose propane? 

   If you are searching for a safe, reliable, efficient source of energy, choose propane gas. Propane is environmentally friendly and the wisest choice you can make today.    Propane works harder and burns cleaner. Choosing propane can help save energy, reduce emissions, and protect the environment, among other things. Make the choice to switch to propane because it is:

  • Safe and reliable
  • A way to reduce emissions
  • An economical source of energy
  • Clean and environmentally friendly
  • A domestic fuel, meaning its plentiful
  • More efficient than electricity; power interruptions will not interfere with gas-powered appliances
  • And much more!
Company NameNorthside Propane
Business CategoryRenewable Energy
Address17602 US Highway 41 N
United States
Year EstablishedNA
Hours of OperationNA
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  • Propane Delivery And Service
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