Retailer steps up in aftermath of unprecedented wildfire

January 31, 2013 By    

Texas retailer Sharp Propane got some unique exposure in December after it was chosen to participate in a homebuilding project for reality TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” which aired on ABC.

The lead building company on the project was EFC Custom Homes, whose president, Eric Christophe, selected Sharp Propane to supply propane as a heating fuel, as well as install a Rinnai tankless water heater for the Zdroj family, whose previous home had been destroyed in a wildfire.

Sharp Propane is headquartered in Bastrop, Texas.

“I have been working with Sharp Propane for many years,” Christophe says in a press release. “They have always been a company that I could rely upon and, once again, they answered the call, even for a 5 a.m. installation.”

In addition to supplying heat for the home and preparing the water heater, Sharp Propane was a platinum sponsor of the build. Half of Sharp’s donated funds supported the family’s home maintenance and needs, and the other half helped jump-start a fund for Habitat for Humanity in Bastrop County.

“We’re going to do those types of things not to get new customers, but because we want to,” says Steve McKay, Sharp Propane CEO. “This was the worst wildfire in Texas’ history. Rebuilding for a fire of this magnitude is typically about a five-year process.”

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Kevin Yanik was a senior editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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