What’s a company to do when you’ve tried every method known to find CDL drivers, but no one shows up? If you’re Combined Energy Services, you train your own drivers.
On Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Combined Energy Services held an info session for individuals who might be interested in becoming CDL drivers. Over 40 people signed up for the info session and the attendees were given the low down on our program.
“You need to invest in your permit and CDL physical,” said Mike Taylor, manager of CES. “Once you’ve taken care of that, you would schedule an interview and if selected, we’ll get you hooked up with our trainer.”
CES is offering their trainer, their truck and their fuel at your convenience, all in the hopes of gaining some full or part time drivers. Evening and weekend training are available because CES understands that some people might already work and can’t take the time off, which a typical CDL school would require.
What’s the catch? Work for the company for 3 days per month for 9 months. You pick the days. That’s 24 hours per month. If decide to leave, which they hope you won’t, there is a fee that would be required to compensate CES for their time and investment.
It seems that the hazmat endorsement is the real problem in finding new drivers. “People are afraid of the hazmat portion of the CDL”, quips Taylor. “A lot of the questions are common sense, and truly don’t apply to the energy business.”
Russell Reeves, deputy county clerk, along with a representative (Tina) from DMV, spoke to the group about the requirements for obtaining the CDL permit. Tina, reminded everyone to have all of the correct documents to make the process go smoother. There are significant changes coming to the CDL license next October that will impact the hauling industry. The group was encouraged that if they want to make this move to do it sooner rather than later.
Combined Energy Services is unique in that it offers year round employment, something many fuel service companies don’t. They are busy with fuel deliveries in the summer with influx of seasonal customers in the Catskills. This along with their three other businesses – Tri-State Carbonation Service, Wechsler Pool & Supply and All Gas – there are always deliveries to be made.
Only time will tell if any of the participants take CES up on their offer. “We have a great group of employees,” mentioned Taylor, “and we’re looking to add to our team.”
For more information on our CDL program, click here.
The 2019 Allyson Whitney Run for Love 5k is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser, and this year it is the PEACE LOVE RUN even honoring the roots of our community with the Woodstock 50th celebration. Combined Energy Services is proud to have donated $5,000 to their cause!
Combined Energy Services Loves to Help AWF!!
The Allyson Whitney Foundation is a 503-C non-profit foundation that focuses on helping young adults with rare cancers. The Foundation primarily provides you adult cancer patients with “Life Interrupted Grants™” to ease their financial burden, so that they can concentrate their energy on healing.
Their inspiration, Allyson Whitney Strong, ended her most difficult battle with Small Cell Cervical Cancer in 2011. She was 25 years young. She always dreamed of a day where she could help others in her situation; and in loving memory, this Foundation is her dream come true!
“Life Interrupted Grants™” are provided by the AWF to U.S. citizens between the ages of 16 and 26 years of age, who are currently undergoing treatment or recently finished protocol. Grants help cover unanticipated expenses including gas, tolls, transportation, hotels, rent and wigs. Learn more here.
How CES Helps?
This is the 8th year CES has donated to the Allyson Whitney Foundation. A portion of the sales from our specially branded Allyson Whitney Foundation propane truck gets donated to the Foundation. Combined Energy Services has known the Strong family for many years and stands behind the Foundation’s efforts, proud to be a sponsor and play a small part in their worthy mission.
CLEAN, CONVENIENT FUEL – PROPANE
FOR YOUR BACKYARD GETAWAY.
The grill is just the beginning. The right propane amenities can transform your plain backyard into the envy of the neighborhood. Start imagining the possibilities.
- Full Outdoor Kitchens are the ultimate entertaining experience, with an outdoor rotisserie, cooktop, grill, and more, powered by your home’s main propane supply.
- Fireplaces and Fire Pits deliver the warmth and flicker of real flames with no cleanup and no firewood to store.
- Flame Lighting creates an unforgettable effect and works anywhere from walkways to patios.
- Patio Heaters can raise the temperature by up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, so a chill won’t stop you from enjoying your backyard retreat.
- Pool and Spa Heaters keep water at the desired temperature more efficiently and effectively compared with electric heaters.
- Propane grills heat up fast, so you spend less time preparing food and more time enjoying it. Already have propane at your home? Call us to have a grill connection set up and eliminate the need for BBQ tanks!
STOP DREAMING, START PLANNING.
Propane is a clean, safe, and reliable way to create the backyard you’ve always wanted. Learn more about better outdoor living with propane at Propane.com/Outdoor-Living.
Combined Energy Services donated a GMC 7500 to 10 Mile River Scout Camp today. Mike Taylor hands the keys over to TMR Ranger Lou Farragher. The camp is going to turn it into a dump truck. “CES is happy to help such a great local non-profit such as TMR,” Taylor said. ” Tens of thousands of scouts over the last 90+ years have created life long memories at the camp,” he continued.
This is the 4th vehicle in a year that CES has donated to Ten Mile River, a 12,000-acre Scout Reservation that is home to three traditional Scout summer camps and a Family Camp. Located in Sullivan County, near Monticello and Narrowsburg, it is operated year-round and has been a CES propane customer for over 20 years.
CES is proud to be a family owned, local company who has been serving the community for 50+ years. We’re honored to be able to give-back to great local non-profits in the region like TMR.
The CES App was already great for mobile account management. We just added another convenient process that you can do from your phone: Order home heating oil or kerosene. If you are a will call customer (meaning you call CES when your tank reading is at 30% tank), you can now process that order on our mobile app without calling the office.
Log into your CES account on your Apple or android phone. Don’t have the app? Get it here:
You will immediately see the option in the bottom right corner to Order Fuel. Click on the link. If you have more than one account, you will see several list on the first screen. Otherwise, click on the opposing arrows in the top right and select the tank or account.
On the next screen verify that this is the correct account and click on Order. In the event that you’ve already placed an order or have a payment pending, you will get a pop up that asks if this is a new order or if you would like to make a payment. Select the appropriate response for your situation and continue to the next screen.
Once on this screen you can fill the tank or select the number of gallons you would like to order by sliding the fill tank button to the left. You can then either type the number of gallons in the box or use the slide bar to adjust your quantity. Please remember there are fees associated with short fills. Visit here to review charges.
When you are satisfied with the quantity of fuel you are ordering click in the top right on Next. A pop up box will appear. If you want to proceed with your order, select Yes. Otherwise return to the previous screen by selecting No.
At this point you select how you would like to pay for your order. There are two options: Credit/Debit Card or eCheck. Complete the required information and press Continue on the bottom of the page. You will then receive a confirmation of your order if everything went through or you will be propmpted to return to the previous screen and re-enter your payment information.
CES is making ordering your next delivery of fuel easier. Whether you are looking for the convenience associated with a few clicks and swipes or if you would prefer to call and speak with one of our Customer Services Reps, we’ve got you covered. Don’t forget if you want a really simple option, sign up for automatic delivery, and totally take the worry out of fuel ordering! Contact us today at 800-874-1975 if you have questions.