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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Propane tank firm expanding

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  • Plans to hire more employees
     By Tim Sohn News Eagle Correspondent SHOHOLA- LP Cylinder, a Shohola business that refurbishes propane tanks, is building a new facility on Route 6 that will mean more jobs. The township Board of Supervisors approved preliminary conditional use and land development applications following a public hearing at its April 11 meeting, which allows the company to begin construction. Currently, LP Cylinder, owned by Maurice Ryman, is located on Route 434 on a five-acre piece of property and employs approximately 30. The company is expanding and has purchased property on Route 6 near Shohola Falls Road. According to John Fuller, a civil engineer who represents LP Cylinder, the new property consists of about 52 acres of land, and there is an existing “glorified garage and one-bedroom studio” on the property, as well as a pond. LP Cylinder will build two buildings on the property, 32,000 square feet, and 20,000 square feet. “We’ll probably use it as a hub for doing the smaller cylinders such as the 20-pound barbecue tanks … The larger stuff will all go out there. The company that we met with today [April 11], we have been doing business with for 16 or 18 years, they just acquired another large company, and they told me as of today, they have a little over 8,000 100-pound bottles waiting to ship to us. We just can’t do it,” said Ryman. He added that he’s been told he’s the largest refurbisher of propane tanks in the Northeast. Keith Raser, supervisor, asked Ryman how many additional employees he will be hiring. He said approximately 15 to 20. George Fluhr Jr, chairman of the board, asked Ryman how many years he has been in business. He said he’s owned the company for 36 years, and the business has been in Shohola at that location for over 40 years. Ryman said he started the project in July looking for property at the Pike County Business Park, but that didn’t work out, and Shohola reached out to him asking him to stay in the township. “What’s killing us right now is this permitting process with the conservation district. It’s just horrible. We wrote a check for $7,000 for one permit, and $1,750 administration fees. I mean, this is crazy, and we haven’t even put a shovel in the ground yet,” said Ryman. Fluhr agreed. George J. Fluhr, the chairman’s father, said, “I was a supervisor in Shohola Township for 30 years during the time that Mr. Ryman was in business. He has run an outstanding business. He has been consistently cooperative with the township. He got his permits, no problems, and it was a pleasure to have him as a resident. I’m pleased to see with his expansion he’s staying in Shohola Township. He’s an asset to the township.” In other news, the supervisors: Accepted a $3,500 bid from Anthony Soto of Barryville, N.Y., for a township police vehicle. Approved the promotion of Jim Cue, currently a part-time maintenance employee, to full-time status. His previous pay was $10.80 per hour, which will be bumped up to $11.50 per hour. He will not require health benefits, according to Raser. Will send a letter to the state DEP in opposition to the proposed "Anti-Degredation Policy for On-Lot Septic Systems," which was first announced in early March. The proposed policy would affect areas with bodies of water that have high quality or exceptional value, and would mandate costly criteria for building, expanding, or establishing businesses. The policy involves nitrates that could potentially leak from septic systems to streams or lakes. Aaron Robinson of the Shohola Planning Commission spoke at a recent Upper Delaware Council meeting regarding this issue. Shohola Board of Supervisors meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., in the Township building, 159 Twin Lakes Road.

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