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From quail farms to school buses, Oakwood company keeps propane flowing
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Cody Gordon, a service technician with Blossman Gas, checks a tank reading in Buford on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Blossmon Gas provides gas for 60 school buses in Hall County, works with local chicken plants and residential customers. - photo by Austin Steele

Every day presents another wacky challenge for Buck Stanley, branch manager of Blossman Gas & Appliance in Oakwood, and he’s OK with that. 

Most know about the use of propane gas for heating and cooking in households, but Stanley also services schools, quail farms, pet crematories, poultry plants and scrap yards. 

“We don’t see this as weird,” Stanley said. “If somebody tells me I can’t do something, I’m going to try everything in my power to do it. There’s always a challenge, and I like challenges.”

Blossman, which is located at 4318 Mundy Mill Road, opened in Oakwood on July 15, 1988.  The family-owned company is based out of Ocean Springs, Mississippi and has 75 locations. 

The Oakwood store serves 2,400 residential and commercial customers in Hall, Forsyth, Gwinnett, DeKalb and other surrounding counties. 

The business employs eight staff members including service technicians and office administrators. 

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Cody Gordon, a service technician with Blossman Gas, refills a customer's underground propane tank in Buford on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Blossmon Gas provides gas for 60 school buses in Hall County, works with local chicken plants and residential customers. - photo by Austin Steele

“We want people to know that we’re here and we’re (Blossman staff) a family,” Cyndy Duvall, Blossman office administrator said. “We’re a team and Buck is great to work with.”

Blossman currently provides propane gas for 60 school buses in the Hall County school system.

John Fowler, regional manager of Blossman, said propane-powered buses not only provide a cleaner, more environmentally friendly alternative to diesel fuel, but a cheaper option for the schools. He said the propane fuel, also called autogas, is less expensive than gasoline or diesel and the vehicles that run on it require less repairs and maintenance. 

“From what I understand, the parents like it because the school buses are much quieter,” Stanley said. “It’s also American-made fuel.”

Stanley said autogas, which is a mixture of propane and butane, is among the lowest total carbon emissions fuels. It shows approximately 30% reduction in emissions versus gasoline or diesel. 

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Cody Gordon, a service technician with Blossman Gas, makes his way out to a residential customer's propane tank to refill it in Buford on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Blossmon Gas provides gas for 60 school buses in Hall County, works with local chicken plants and residential customers. - photo by Austin Steele

Stanley started as a gas truck driver at 17 years old once the Oakwood store opened, and worked his way up to become the manager. 

Nate Broadneaux, who delivers propane gas for forklifts, said Stanley goes above and beyond to take care of his customers and employees. At the end of the day, Stanley calls all of his staff to check up on them. 

“I couldn’t ask for a better leader,” Broadneaux said. “We call him and he answers regardless of what time it is.”

Cristal Almanza, who joined the Blossman staff in 2017, helps the Spanish-speaking customer base. 

Before Almanza joined the team, Duvall said many of the Spanish-speakers would bring in their children to help translate.

“The kids were so young, they didn’t know what they were translating,” Duvall said. “Cristal makes them feel more comfortable.”

Once a year Blossman finds a way to convey their appreciation to Oakwood Police by cooking a meal for the entire department near Labor Day weekend.

Oakwood Police Officer Joshua Booth said he feels the business’s support beyond the annual free meal. The officers pop into the store to say “hello,” and the Blossman employees do the same when they’re on their routes. 

“There’s a good connection between the police department and that business,” Booth said. “They’re a business in this small city and a part of our community.”

The Oakwood Blossman staff additionally find ways to give back to their customers. 

For the past four years, the business has held a customer appreciation day at the store. This year’s event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 26.

El Griton Food Truck, Loretta’s Country Kitchen and Kona Ice will be on site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to serve food, free of charge. 

“I think you should give back to the community that supports you,” Stanley said. “If it wasn’t for our customers, we (Blossman) wouldn’t even be here.”

For more information about Blossman Gas & Appliances, visit blossmangas.com or call 770-532-1898. The store’s hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


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Cody Gordon, a service technician with Blossman Gas, reels in a gas line used to refill a customer's tank in Buford on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Blossmon Gas provides gas for 60 school buses in Hall County, works with local chicken plants and residential customers. - photo by Austin Steele
Blossman Customer Appreciation Day

What: Event with free food for attendees

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 26

Where: Blossman Gas & Appliance, 4319 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

More info: 770-532-1898

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