Women changing the ‘face’ of the propane industry

gas distributors georgiaWomen are playing an increasing role in the success of the propane industry. Georgia Gas Distributor’s own Lynda Humm, vice president and controller, is at the forefront of that movement. Managing the day-to-day operations of GGD since 2006, Lynda uses her skillset to find ways to further optimize an already successful propane distribution company to react to industry developments, global pandemics, and market and societal changes.

GGD’s own Lynda Humm

Graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Management, Lynda believes there is more than one way to solve a problem.

“I ‘see’ things differently than Gerry,” says Lynda of Gerry Misel, GGD’s president and CEO. “We have an advantageous partnership. He’s a great sounding board. He listens. He advises. And then, he lets me work toward my vision for GGD.”

Respecting family life and prioritizing employee needs

Balancing commercial and industrial customer obligations with an employee-centric approach, GGD now works – within boundaries – to set route schedules to help delivery drivers meet family obligations.

“If you are loyal to your employees – and their needs – they will be loyal to you,” says Lynda. “It’s important they know we respect their private lives.”

New opportunities for growth and success

In an ever-changing business environment, Lynda proactively seeks out new opportunities for propane distribution and is eager to direct GGD into the future. Whether expanding GGD’s Metro Atlanta service territory or developing new business arenas, Lynda sees the propane industry poised to succeed in the future. We’d love for your own commercial business to join us on the journey forward!

GGD is facing the future with excellence

While she is helping to change the ‘face’ of the propane industry, Lynda believes one’s job performance in more important than one’s gender. She combines GGD’s past managerial approach with new procedures, identifies new markets and includes employees like never before. Lynda is the ‘face’ of the future.

Happy Anniversary, Georgia Gas Distributors!

commercial propane georgiaJuly 17, 2022 marks the 65th Anniversary of Georgia Gas Distributors. We want to share a little glimpse into our history with you, so that our customers can see for themselves how much their support means to us. We’ve helped one another’s businesses grow and communities thrive!

Through the years, Georgia Gas Distributors has led Metro Atlanta’s commercial propane market penetration. We’ve identified emerging markets and serviced our customers’ propane needs as their businesses have grown. We’ve been there for our customers. Even in the midst of the historic COVID pandemic we haven’t missed one day of service – not one day.

We believe in working hard. It’s in our DNA.

For 65 years, our Georgia Gas Distributors family has grown to include drivers, service technicians, office personnel, dispatchers, sales representatives and more. Each has added to the success of the company. Each has helped Georgia Gas Distributors maintain its position as the leading commercial propane distribution company in Metro Atlanta.

Join us at Georgia Gas Distributors!

While the company has grown and progressed for 65 years, we remain true to the following values that put us here in the first place: integrity, service, innovation, and safety. It’s in our DNA.

We can’t wait to help move your Metro Atlanta business forward. Covering an area with a 60-mile radius around Metro Atlanta, Georgia Gas Distributors delivers high-quality propane at competitive prices. Become a customer today!

Georgia Gas Distributors: How We Started, Where We’re Going

gas service georgiaJuly 17, 2022 marks the 65th Anniversary of Georgia Gas Distributors (GGD). To celebrate this milestone, let’s travel back to see how it all started.

As the current president and CEO of Georgia Gas Distributors, Gerry Misel Jr. carries on a family tradition — leading a company founded on innovative propane marketing and providing exceptional, face-to-face customer service.

His father, Gerry Sr., founded Georgia Gas Distributors on July 17, 1957 and established the company’s customer-focused work ethic. From the back of his 1959 white Dodge station wagon, Gerry Sr. brought commercial and industrial propane service to Metro Atlanta by selling companies on the advantages of propane.

Growing up in the propane business, Gerry Jr. learned the business from the ground up.

“My father knew to be successful, I needed to learn everything about the propane industry,” said Gerry. “My propane schooling started when I was 16…and it hasn’t stopped yet.”

Gerry has filled cylinders, repaired trucks, run routes, converted forklifts, along with ‘just about every other job’ that makes the company run successfully. Each job increased his knowledge and experience and has helped him lead GGD through the most challenging, innovative and exciting times in the propane business.

years of service georgia“If you’ve done it all,” reflects Gerry, “you have an idea how to get something done right. You can relate with employees because you understand the challenges of their jobs.”

Gerry Sr. served as GGD’s president and CEO from 1957 to 1975. Viola, Gerry Jr.’s mother, led the company from January 1975 to July 2001. Since then, Gerry Jr. has been the company’s president and CEO.

Family traditions and family focus remain the bedrock of GGD. Today, GGD is the only family-owned propane distribution company in the metro Atlanta area.

Innovation and competition have challenged Gerry to adapt and react. He promoted the propane Autogas industry in Atlanta and pioneered ‘Gas to Go,’ starting the 20 lb. exchange business at C Stores in the Southeast.

Gerry, also, lent his expertise to the national propane industry. From 2003-2004, Gerry served as an officer with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) in Washington, DC. In 2005 he served NPGA as Chairman of the Board.

Traveling around the country serving as NPGA Chairman, Gerry says he made the “most stressful but best management decision I have ever made.” A detail-oriented CEO, it was at this point in his career that Gerry began delegating day-to-day operations of GGD to trusted employees. “I got out of the weeds,” he said. “Moving people into positions they know more about than me has brought a new energy to Georgia Gas Distributors.”

Throughout his ‘propane life,’ Gerry has seen many innovations and says the most impactful are in safety, “every aspect of the propane industry now focuses on safety”; technology, “improvements in technology have propelled the industry into new markets and helps us keep in contact with our drivers and customers”; and equipment design, “the design of equipment has made it easier to transport and store.”

Under Gerry’s leadership, Georgia Gas Distributors continues to be a leader in the commercial and industrial propane market. The direction of his management staff and employees bridges his father’s work ethic with the day-to-day operations of GGD 65 years later. And as other members of the Misel family take their places in the ‘family business,’ they honor their heritage, while assuring Georgia Gas Distributors’ future in the propane industry.

Read more about our history.

Georgia Gas Distributors values commercial and industrial businesses

natural gas supplier georgiaPropane is the best curtailment fuel choice for commercial and industrial natural gas customers on ‘Interruptible’ status. Read on to learn more about how Georgia Gas Distributors makes your business our priority.

What is curtailment gas?

If your natural gas powered business will lose its fuel source during curtailment periods by your utility, propane can be used for peak shaving, as a standby fuel. Curtailment propane gas delivery will provide your commercial operation with a reliable fuel solution that enables you to use propane to power your equipment. Propane is uniquely positioned during natural gas curtailments because it can seamlessly replace natural gas in your system and keep you operational.

What does it mean to be an “interruptible” natural gas utility customer?

Choosing to be an ‘Interruptible’ natural gas commercial/industrial customer has an advantage – a lower rate. However, its disadvantage is obvious – your natural gas service is interrupted during peak energy usage periods, shutting your operation down.

The length of a curtailment period is unpredictable, and while curtailment usually depends on the weather, it also can go into effect as the result of other interruptions, such as a natural disaster.

Benefits of curtailment gas

Since natural gas ‘Interruptible’ commercial and industrial users usually are curtailed by natural gas companies during peak energy usage period, it’s important for you to be ready.

Keep your projects on track with curtailment gas

At Georgia Gas Distributors, we understand the propane needs of commercial operations from Cherokee to Clayton County, from Douglas to Gwinnett County, and everywhere in between. We provide customer support and technical service that is unmatched in courtesy and expertise.

Contact us to learn more about curtailment gas and how it’s important to your business that you have a back-up plan in place. We are always on your side, and we’d love for you to join us at Georgia Gas Distributors!

Understanding the Propane Gas Markets & Price Fluctuations

propane prices georgiaPropane is one of the most cost-efficient ways to fuel commercial and industrial businesses. That remains true, even when propane prices are increasing. Those higher prices are challenging. At Georgia Gas Distributors, we know this all too well. Propane providers don’t actually make more money when prices increase, though this is a common misconception. Fortunately, historical trends have shown us that, when it comes to prices, what goes up must come down. It’s just a matter of when. For all of us in and around Atlanta, the feeling is, the sooner the better.

Propane Price Swings Are More Moderate than Oil

You may have noticed price swing trends with propane tend to be more moderate compared to heating oil, gasoline and other fuels derived from a barrel of crude oil. This is because propane is a completely domestic form of energy. The U.S. actually exports about twice as much propane to the rest of the world than we use in our own country. Even though propane still is priced in the world market like oil is, this abundance of domestic North American supply gives us supply security and helps moderate the pricing in the U.S.

Factors That Influence Price

What’s in store for propane prices next?

We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we are just as concerned as you are. One thing you can count on when you become a customer is that we will never let you run out. We have been in business for 65 years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions.  From forklifts – to – fleets and hospitals – to – hospitality, Georgia Gas Distributors offers a smart, economical approach to fueling your commercial operation.

Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for your company’s propane needs.

Georgia Gas Distributors Provide Reliable Supply

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The hero opens a box that explodes … sending him flying across the room … through a breaking window … landing on an inflated bag (out of camera view) … and in each of those instances, propane has played a supporting role in a movie filming in Atlanta.

Flourishing in Metro Atlanta, the movie and television production industry uses propane supplied by Georgia Gas Distributors both traditionally and nontraditionally to make its magic. Go here if you want to see all of the projects filmed in Georgia that are scheduled to be released this year—not just the ones where we supplied the propane.

Behind the Scenes

Experts on set recognize the versatility and transferability of propane. They also credit propane’s clean-burning properties for being able to use it safely around sets and inside sound stages.
Behind the scenes at one of those productions is Jesse Ehman, a transportation dispatcher who helps coordinate the logistical action and keeps those sets running smoothly.

“For us, propane is an absolute necessity,” said Ehman. “We use propane for everything–– from our forklift lifting heavy set pieces and moving props to condors for lighting rigs and camera placement.”
Ehman said propane is also vital for creating special effects, for pyrotechnics, for heating cast trailers and sets and for cooking food.

Serving movie and television production sets is a unique challenge and different than serving clients who make the same product every day. While the day-to-day needs of a movie production have some consistency, days of heavy shooting, complex special effects, inclement weather or elaborate set pieces call for a temporary increase in propane demand.

Ehman said he depends on his relationship with Georgia Gas Distributors to keep his propane supply stocked and ready when he needs it.

“My Georgia Gas Rep supports our unique needs and irregular timeline,” he said. “I can simply reach him on his cell anytime we need him and he takes care of business.”

We Treat All of Our Customers Like Stars

While we don’t see all of our customers’ end products appear on the big-screen, Georgia Gas Distributors’ goal is to serve the unique needs of each customer. In our supporting role as their propane supplier, we want our customers to be the stars in their own field of production.

Innovative propane techniques and accurate delivery dispatching that meet our commercial and industrial customers’ unique propane needs are just some ways Georgia Gas Distributors fulfills its mission to exceed customer expectations. That’s true whether we’re supplying propane for your forklifts, construction site or restaurants.

Contact us today to see how we can fuel your business productivity with propane. Learn more about us.

Case Study: Gilbane Building Company

construction heating georgiaIf you’re in the building industry, you know cold, winter temperatures affect the curing times for drywall, tile grout and paint, which obviously impacts the progress of construction projects.

Building a high-rise apartment building in Midtown Atlanta this winter, Gilbane Building Company relies on Georgia Gas Distributors (GGD) to provide them with the propane that helps to keep their timeline on schedule.

As it proceeds upward on their 32-floor apartment building, Gilbane needs to keep its current construction area at a target temperature of between 50 and 60 degrees to set the dry wall, tile and paint. Three giant propane-fueled burners in the building push hot air through the building’s duct system to the construction area, keeping that area at the target temperature so work can continue throughout the winter.

GGD also installed a 1,000-gallon propane tank with a vaporizer on the construction site. The vaporizer accelerates the process of changing propane from a liquid to a gas. The gas heats up the cold, winter air faster, allowing more heated coverage in the targeted construction zone.

“Georgia Gas’ expertise in propane technology and on-time delivery service is essential to us,” said Dave Conlon, Gilbane’s project executive for the apartment high rise. “We set up a temporary mini-city, in a landlocked location, and have to bring in everything to run it.”

To heat the construction target area, Gilbane uses at least 300 gallons of propane a day–more if temperatures drop lower. GGD delivers propane at least three times a week, sometimes every day, to meet their needs.

“We count on our partnership with Georgia Gas every day, and they meet our needs,” said Conlon.
Gilbane Building Company has more than 45 office locations around the world—including Atlanta. You can learn more about them here.

Read more about the Temporary Heat Services offered by GGD.

Contact GGD—We’re Local

Temporary heat from Atlanta-based Georgia Gas Distributors is just one of the many ways we can help you meet the needs of your clients.

Innovative propane techniques and delivery dispatching that meet a customer’s unique propane needs are other ways Georgia Gas Distributors fulfills its mission to exceed customer expectations.

Contact us today to see how we can fuel your business productivity with propane.

Propane safety made easy for forklifts

propane forklifts georgiaWhen used and stored properly, propane cylinders are very safe. Even so, it’s important to follow commonsense safety procedures to ensure safe handling when dealing with propane tanks or cylinders – which are really just small tanks. At Georgia Gas Distributors, we pride ourselves on propane safety, and that’s not just talk; we walk the walk. Read on and you’ll see why!

Top safety tips for forklift cylinder handlers

Propane cylinder safety is pretty straightforward. Just like with most other types of fuel and construction equipment, workers who handle propane cylinders need to be educated on how best to protect themselves and others while installing, uninstalling, transporting or storing forklift propane cylinders. Some essential tips include the following:

Propane safety is our top priority, and we mean business!

Make no mistake, when used appropriately, propane is safe, economical and environmentally friendly. At Georgia Gas Distributors, your safety and the safety of your employees and customers is our priority. We are proud to offer our customers FREE in-depth propane safety training. Become a customer and sign up today!

We Rise to Meet Today’s Challenging Energy Market

bulk propane delivery georgiaGeorgia Gas Distributors delivers top-notch service with a focus on value, providing competitively priced quality propane for all your commercial needs. We focus on Commercial and Industrial Customers only. That means when cold weather arrives, our attention remains on YOU. Read on to learn more about how we can benefit your business.

Bulk fuel delivery can help your business save big

Businesses in Metro Atlanta keep moving forward with energy- and cost-efficient propane in many ways, such as the following:

A huge range of industries benefit from propane

From manufacturing plants to hospitality businesses, Metro Atlanta companies find that propane makes a difference every day of the year. That is why so many commercial operations in the region turn to Georgia Gas Distributors as their source for safe, dependable bulk fuel delivery and service, including the following:

We stress propane safety & training for ALL.

Keep your team and your Metro Atlanta customers safe with propane safety guidelines and proper training. Make no mistake, when used appropriately, propane is safe, economical and environmentally friendly. At Georgia Gas Distributors, your safety and the safety of your employees and customers is our priority. We stress safety, constantly train our employees, and are proud to offer our customers FREE in-depth propane safety training.

Georgia Gas Distributors is local! Always have been, always will be.

Local service contacts ensure quality customer service that you can count on when you become a customer. Local, attentive representatives answer your calls and address issues quickly. Local dispatching means your delivery is never far away. Local, family-ownership means we are serving our community and neighbors. Local, knowledgeable drivers run daily routes and know their territory. We schedule our Keep Full deliveries based on your usage, assuring you don’t run out of propane. And local pricing experts study the propane market every day to make sure we are providing the best pricing for your business.

You Can Take Your Propane Cylinders Just About Anywhere

commercial propane georgiaBusinesses use portable propane cylinders to power all kinds of appliances, equipment, and even commercial vehicles. In fact, convenience is a top reason many Atlanta business owners prefer propane fuel. Plus, it’s environmentally-friendly with very low greenhouse gas emissions.

Reach out to Georgia Gas Distributors energy experts to learn more about how propane can help your business save time, energy, and money, no matter what your needs may be.

Forklifts

Propane may not immediately come to mind when you think about forklifts, but our customers rave about their propane forklifts because they’re just so much more convenient to fuel and operate. If you need to refuel a propane forklift, all you have to do is replace the empty cylinder with a full one! Electric model forklifts need their batteries charged — and the forklift can’t operate while the battery is charging, which means work takes a backseat.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Georgia Gas Distributors has a range of forklift propane cylinder options, including the standard sizes of 33-pound and 44-pound cylinders.

Other popular commercial uses for portable propane cylinders

No matter what type of business you have, we help everyone with their portable fuel needs, from restaurants with outdoor dining areas, to event planning companies, to construction enterprises. Portable propane works well for–

Propane vs. electricity and natural gas

We all know how electricity works and that every once-in-a-while, it just…doesn’t. When an unexpected power outage takes place, your business could experience unnecessary — and avoidable — delays if it’s dependent solely on electricity. Propane, on the other hand, is ready when you need it, and doesn’t rely on the electric infrastructure.

Likewise, portable propane beats natural gas, in our eyes, when it comes to–

Environmental benefits of propane

In comparison to other widely used fuels, propane has one of the lowest carbon emissions per million BTUs. Propane produces 43% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than an equivalent amount of electricity generated from the national electric grid.

Propane is environmentally-friendly. Propane is a non-poisonous, non-toxic fuel that won’t contaminate soil or groundwater, making it safe to use anywhere. Not only is propane the smart choice today, it’s the right choice for tomorrow, as well. Because in the near future, more and more of the propane we use will be made from renewable sources. 

Georgia Gas Distributors makes propane simple, safe and convenient

With our commercial cylinder exchange covering an area with a 60-mile radius around Metro Atlanta, all you will have to do is remove your empty tank and swap it for a full one. Reach out to learn more about how you can save big with our convenient, energy-efficient propane cylinders.