John Ray & Sons Introduces Propane Tank Exchange Program:

Monday, June 29, 2009 – John Ray & Sons has introduced a new propane tank exchange program entitled, “Get the Full 18,” with three locations in the Capital Region.

In time for the height of the barbecue season, the propane tanks are filled to the maximum of 18 pounds by the Troy-based energy services company.

John Ray & Sons President Ken Ray said that the idea to start the propane tank exchange began with customer requests for the service. “Our ‘Get the Full 18’ propane program is a benefit to consumers who recently have been receiving only 15 pounds of propane from national supplier exchange programs,” he said.

Many companies reduced the amount of propane in their tanks from 18 to 15 pounds last year when fuel costs were high to avoid a price increase. “By filling the tanks to the maximum, the fuel lasts longer and reduces the need to exchange tanks as frequently,” said Mr. Ray.

The first three locations for John Ray & Sons’ Propane Tank Exchange Program are:
• Sycaway Sunoco at 558 Hoosick Street, Troy.
• Bob’s Sunoco Mini Market, corner of Wolf and Albany Shaker Roads, Colonie.
• Cohoes A Plus, 245 Ontario Street, Cohoes.

“Because of an increased customer demand for propane tank exchange programs, we’ll be adding more locations over the summer,” Mr. Ray said. “Our tanks are clean, safe and convenient.”

“Propane has become increasingly popular for outdoor grilling for a number of reasons, particularly environmental considerations,” Mr. Ray said. A recent British study showed that every charcoal cookout has twice the carbon footprint of a propane cookout. Because a propane grill heats more quickly than a charcoal grill and can be shut off, there is less waste.

Established in 1904 in Troy as an ice delivery service, John Ray & Sons has evolved through the years as times have changed – delivering ice, coal, wood, kerosene, diesel fuel, heating oil, propane, and biofuels to residential and commercial customers throughout the Capital Region.

Started as a small family business, the company now employs over 60 people and has a fleet of over 45 vehicles. John Ray & Sons provides sales, installation and service to a nine-county territory including Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington.

Known for its service and innovative products, the company offers:
• Reliable delivery of fuel oil and propane
• 24-hour emergency service
• Bioheating oil and biodiesel fuel
• Heating and cooling system installation
• Custom-designed home comfort systems
• Propane tank installation/set-up and monitoring
• Propane fill stations
• Captain’s Choice® Marine Gasoline
• PitStop-branded stations offering gasoline, biodiesel, on- and off-road diesel and kerosene

To learn more about John Ray & Sons, visit the company’s web site at or call 518.272.4432.

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