Blue Ridge Energies Brings Propane to Ashe County, Ashe Oil Now Known As Blue Ridge Energies

West Jefferson, North Carolina - (January 24, 2000)

Blue Ridge Energies, a subsidiary of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation which recently purchased Ashe Oil Co. in West Jefferson, has begun offering propane services in addition to the products historically offered by Ashe Oil: heating oil, gasoline, kerosene, and diesel fuels. Blue Ridge Energies also now offers monitor heaters for sale, including installation, from its new location on Hwy. 163.

Due to Blue Ridge Energies’ ability to expand services and offer propane in Ashe County sooner than expected, Ashe Oil will now begin operating under the new ownership name of Blue Ridge Energies. However, customers needing heating oil or other services offered by the former Ashe Oil Co. can contact Blue Ridge Energies at the same telephone number they’ve always used: (336) 246-2421. Customers wanting Blue Ridge Energies propane services may call (336) 246-7138.

While customers can expect to soon see the Blue Ridge Energies name on new signage, uniforms, and customer communications, vehicles and other equipment critical to serving customers during the heating season will undergo refurbishing for the new name change by summer.

The staff of the former Ashe Oil Company has accepted positions with Blue Ridge Energies. They include: Bob Colvard, operations coordinator; Amy Price, accounting associate; and Dale Mullis, Alan Bare, and Terry Hamby, sales and delivery representatives.

New staff who recently joined Blue Ridge Energies’ Ashe County propane operations are: Mike Bledsoe, operations manager, Scott Jordan, service technician, and Mark Parsons, sales and delivery representative. Each of the new employees has extensive experience in providing propane services to the Ashe County area, including installation, piping and setting tanks.

“We are very excited to have the employees of the former Ashe Oil Co. join us at Blue Ridge Energies, as well as the staff of our new propane operation,” said Doug Johnson, chairman of Blue Ridge Energies and chief executive office of the cooperative. “They bring years of local experience and training with them, and they have a lot to offer to customers in Ashe County.”

“We’ve had many people ask when they would be able to do business with Blue Ridge Energies in Ashe County, so we’re extremely pleased about our new office and about offering an expanded line of energy products to meet the needs of local residents and businesses,” added Johnson.

Blue Ridge Energies is located in the former Ashe Oil Co. facilities at Hwy. 163 in West Jefferson.

Blue Ridge Energies, which finalized the purchase agreement of Ashe Oil Co. on December 31, is a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of Blue Ridge Electric. Blue Ridge Energies was formed as a subsidiary of Blue Ridge Electric in 1998 to offer diversified energy products and services.

From offices in Lenoir, Morganton, Boone, and now West Jefferson, Blue Ridge Energies serves a growing area reaching from West Jefferson, N.C. to York, S.C. with propane, heating oils, and commercial gasoline. Blue Ridge Energies also features a full line of gas appliances in its Lenoir and Morganton showrooms.