Keith Davis, general manager, said DC-Gas officially opened the doors at its new location Monday, April 12.
“We’re having real good feedback on our location,” said Davis. “We’ve had a great amount of traffic already and we are looking forward to some more. We think it is such a good location because it is right here on the main street and everyone can see us.”
During the week of April 12-16, DC-Gas offered many specials and one-time discounts on gas products, including gas logs, heaters and grills. Many of the most popular items were marked 10 percent above cost during this special week. On Thursday and Friday, employees served free hot dogs and hamburgers as part of the celebration.
“As general manager, we’ve been looking forward to this for years now,” said Davis. “We wanted to get a place where we can provide the best service we possibly can for all of our customers in this area. We are growing, we’re doing great and we appreciate the community support and we’re just glad to be in Centre, Ala. in a big way now. We’ve been here since 1953 and we feel like with this new building, we can serve our customers in a much better way. And we’re thrilled!”
Currently, D-C Gas has nearly 7,000 customers in its district, which is more than double the number of customers 10 years ago, Davis said. DC-Gas has a total of 30 employees, including some eight to 10 who work out of the Centre office.
“We are extending into new areas and picking up new customers and that is what we are here for, to serve the public,” said Davis. “Out of this Centre office, we serve from Cedar Bluff to Ellisville, from Centre all the way to Gadsden and from Sand Rock all the way to Crossville, so we serve quite a large area.”
DC-Gas is proud to have a spacious 1,200 showroom at the Centre location in which to display and demonstrate its products, Davis said.
“Before, if you had appliances you wanted to buy from us, you had to go to Fort Payne and that’s a long way,” said Davis. “We have been looking for a location for a while. This one became available. It gives us a wonderful opportunity to show all the appliances we have. We have stoves, fryers, grills, logs, space heaters. We have displays showing how the water heater works. We have a new continuous water heater that is tankless and that is real exciting. A lot of people are starting to use it. We can demonstrate it and show it here now. You never run out of hot water. As long as you have water, you will have hot water and you are not sitting there heating water all day long while you are not using it. So it has some great advantages.”
Some 50 years ago, according to historical information, civic leaders in Fort Payne, Centre and Collinsville built the current natural gas system when investor-owned utilities in Alabama did not consider building in these communities profitable.
Through its vision, innovation and commitment to the community, Dekalb-Cherokee Gas continues to bring a vital service to the community at a low cost.
Davis, a Centre native, is a graduate of Auburn University. He worked as a private engineering consultant before joining DC-Gas in 1993.
“Being in my home town and all, I am excited,” said Davis. “We’ve always wanted to do more for Centre and now I think we have the opportunity to do so. I think we can be a lot bigger service to the community out of this facility. There’s still some areas of the county we haven’t served yet and we are looking at those areas. As soon as they are feasible we will do it. The board of directors has been very supportive. I want to thank them. They were all for this.”
With the opening last year of its new service center in Fort Payne and now the opening of the Centre business office and service center, DC-Gas considers this move one more step in providing another important service to customers