Business Notes: Sept. 20, 2015

Business Notes: Sept. 20, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Perry’s Oil Service, the long-time Main Street fuel oil, propane and appliance company which has been part of Bradford for 79 years, has been acquired by Osterman Propane LLC, a Massachusetts-based propane fuel distributor.

Paul Perry, a principal in Perry’s Oil, confirmed the sale but declined further comment.

Perry’s Oil dates back to 1926 when Paul Perry’s grandparents moved from Barre to Bradford and opened Perry’s Garage, where they sold automobiles, trucks and kerosene.

Along the way they added an appliance store and the Bottle Shoppe, a state-licensed liquor store. Paul Perry operates the business along with his brothers Alson Perry, Lynn Perry and David Perry and their sister Connie Perry White. Alson’s Perry’s son, Travis Perry, also works for the company, the fourth generation to be involved in the business started by his great-grandparents.

Osterman Propane is owned by Tulsa, Okla.-based NGL Energy Partners, which acquired the then-family owned Osterman in 2011 for a total of $182 million in cash and stock. Osterman, based in Whitinsville, Mass., serves about 80,000 customers in 600 communities across New England and is ranked as one of the 20 largest propane distributors in the U.S.

Company News

The former J.J. Nissan Bakery Outlet building on Interchange Drive in West Lebanon, which has been vacant for several years, has a new occupant: Freedom XPress Inc., a parcel carrier which delivers time-sensitive packages to businesses. Freedom XPress, based in Brewer, Maine, previously serviced the Upper Valley out of facility in Sharon, but closed it for the West Lebanon location to be closer to the intersections of interstates 89 and 91, said Carl Jordan, the West Lebanon facility manager who relocated from the company’s Manchester, N.H., depot. Jordan said the company has about a dozen drivers in West Lebanon. The company serves as a “middle man” carrier often transporting parcels between other carriers and businesses and does not serve the consumer and residential market.

After more than a year in operation as a “soft launch,” the sports consignment store Gear Traders in Woodstock is now open for business, selling “gently used” clothing, footwear and equipment for outdoors recreation activities such as ski ing, kayaking, canoing, bicycling, hiking, in-line skating and rock climbing. Gear Traders owner Dan Webb, who has taken over the loft space in the Encore Design Consignment store, at corner of Central and Elm streets, which is run by his wife, Jayne. Webb splits half the final sale price with sellers and looks for premium brand apparel labels like North Face and Patagonia. “I’m a year into it now,” he said, noting that the business had depended upon most “word of mouth and social media” to publicize its existence. “It went strong over the summer and I’m starting to got a good response now,” he said. A ski coach at Killington, Webb said he “just decided to go all-in” on his wife’s four-year-old consignment business. They made room by moving Encore Design’s mens apparel to another part of the store so Webb could take over the loft. Earlier in his career, Webb was photo editor with Falmouth, Mass.-based Enterprise Newspapers.

Upcoming Events

The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer at the Woodstock Recreation Center, 54 River St., on Wednesday, from 5:30-7 p.m. The event will include tours of the Recreation Center, door prizes and refreshments. Reserve a spot by calling 802-457-3555 or emailing info@woodstockvt.com by Tuesday.

Managing for Success, the next workshop in the Upper Valley chapter of SCORE’s fall series, will be held Thursday, from 6-9 p.m., at 20 West Park St., Lebanon, Suite 316, in the Citizens Bank Building. This workshop is about the practical aspects of managing abusiness to maximize the chances of success. Topics include organization, legal and tax issues, as well as financing options. There will be a heavy emphasis on cash flow and cash management and other essential aspects of business management. Cost is $30, two for $45. Veterans free. For more information or to reserve a spot, visit http://www.uppervalley.score.org, email score@valley.net or call 603-448-3491.

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce’s Wings and Wheels 2015 event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lebanon Municipal Airport, 5 Airpark Road in West Lebanon. The event will feature live music, classic airplane and car displays, food vendors, displays by area businesses and nonprofits, Lebanon police K-9 and Lebanon Fire Department equipment demonstrations, Young Eagles program for children 7-17 with parent, and more. Cost is $6 for adults, under 17 free. Visit wingsandwheelsnh.com for information or to buy tickets.

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce will host New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan at Lunch With the Governor, set for Sept. 30, at 11:30 a.m., at Fireside Inn and Suites, 25 Airport Road, West Lebanon. Hassan will give a State of the State speech during the lunch, which has been sponsored by the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce since 1954. Cost is $20. Register at lebanonchamber@lebanonchamber.com or call 603-448-1203.

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Author: Staff Reports

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