News Briefs – Winter 2022
February 27, 2023
Written By Adam Buckallew
New Feature Added to Online Bill Pay
Customers registered for MFA Oil’s Online Bill Pay can now access their last 13 months’ statements for bulk fuel, propane, Preferred Card and Petro-Card 24 accounts.
Customers signed up for Online Bill Pay can take advantage of the following convenient features:
• Pay by credit card
• Online access to account balances
• Schedule future payments
• Manage multiple linked accounts
• Eco-friendly paperless billing option
Learn more or sign up today at www.mfaoil.com/paybill.
MFA Oil Acquired Blue Flame Gas of Marthasville, Mo.
On Oct. 18, 2022, MFA Oil Company acquired Blue Flame Gas, an independent propane retailer based in Marthasville, Mo. The deal included trucks, tanks and customer accounts.
“This acquisition will complement our existing refined fuel customers in the area and our propane services in the broader region,” said Kenny Steeves, senior vice president of MFA Oil operations. “It will deliver big logistical benefits to our cooperative members and customers.”
MFA Oil continues to operate the acquired propane office at 15956 State Hwy 47 in Marthasville. The company already had a presence in Marthasville, with a Petro-Card 24 fuel station and a refined fuel bulk plant in the city.
“We want to thank the Glosemeyer family, the former owners of Blue Flame Gas, for making this an easy and smooth transaction,” Steeves said. “Working with them has been wonderful. We are also happy to welcome two very experienced employees and their vast knowledge of the propane business to the MFA Oil family.”
Blue Flame Gas has provided dependable propane service to customers in and around Warren County, Mo., for more than 40 years.
“Our family has owned Blue Flame Gas Company for four decades, and the decision to sell has not been easy,” said Sandy Cooper, daughter of Blue Flame Gas founder Dennis Glosemeyer. “When MFA Oil approached us about buying Blue Flame Gas, we all knew it was the best fit for our customers and employees. I also knew that Dad would be incredibly pleased with our choice. He always said if he would ever sell, he wouldn’t sell to just anyone.”
Break Time Opens Second Springfield Store, Rebuilt Lexington Location
On Dec. 20, 2022, Break Time opened the doors to its second convenience store in Springfield, Mo., at 1545 W. Republic Road.
“We tell our Break Time customers we only need a moment to make their day better, and we’re happy to have the opportunity to brighten the days of more Springfield-area customers,” said Curtis Chaney, senior vice president of retail for MFA Oil. “Springfield is a great community, and we are excited to grow our presence here.”
The new store has 12 pumping positions available to consumers with regular, super and premium unleaded gasoline; E85; diesel fuel; and diesel exhaust fluid.
Roughly 150 miles northward, Break Time reopened its store at 902 S. Business Highway 13 in Lexington, Mo., on Jan. 9. The store was closed for four months during a rebuild that expanded the store’s square footage, and added pumps, new fueling options, and more food and beverage choices for customers.
“Despite its smaller size, our former Lexington store was profitable,” Chaney said. “We decided to rebuild because we see an opportunity to bring in more customers and boost our inside sales with additional food and drink options.”
The Lexington location now offers clear and red diesel and E85 fuel in addition to gasoline. The diesel fuel and ethanol blend are new fueling options for the store.
Lexington-area customers will find many different food and drink offerings that the older store did not have room to provide. Hunt Brothers Pizza, AnyTime Eats breakfast sandwiches and roller grill foods are now available. Additionally, a wider selection of fountain drinks, slushies and bean-to-cup coffee dispensers are on-hand to satisfy thirsty customers. The bean-to-cup coffee technology, which has become a standard offering at newer Break Time locations since its introduction in 2020, provides freshly ground coffee on demand.
Taylor and Dameron Receive Cooperative Governance Certification
Jake Taylor and Tony Dameron, two members of the MFA Oil Board of Directors, were recently awarded certification for their completion of the Advanced Governance Series training program for cooperative board members. FCC Services provides certification to educate directors about their fiduciary responsibilities and the complexity of co-op governance. Taylor and Dameron represent the co-op’s Central and East Central Districts, respectively