As the seasons change with the winds, one company reaches a new mile stone. Celebrating 19 years in business, First Fuel and Propane is no longer a one man operation with a used fuel truck and an idea in Chatham, New York. Richard Coon’s vision for building a business based on the needs of a community has grown into a well recognized home heating fuel & propane supplier serving Columbia, Albany, Dutchess, Greene, Rennselaer, and parts of Saratoga Counties.
Born with a competitive spirit, one of five children, Richard Coon inherited the hard working ethics from his parents Marcia and Lawrence Coon. Growing up around the family business Richard’s talents and knowledge of business continues to develop. As a young man, Richard was recognized for his racing accomplishments as a member of Team Honda Racing.
Having an entrepreneurial spirit, Richard started First Fuel in 1993. Within twelve months he hired a service technician and grew the business to 400 customers, supplying heating oil and kerosene to the community. In 1994, with the business continuing to grow, Richard added two more service technicians and added a second fuel truck to his fleet.
To secure the growth of the business in 1996 Richard moved the operation to a new location erecting First Fuel’s bulk tank storage facility and company headquarters. The bulk storage tanks changed the business operation sending the daily trips to the Albany fuel ports, and allowing more time devoted to customer growth and retention.
1996 welcomed a new era for First Fuel as the company ventured in to the liquid propane market, supplying propane to customers in Columbia County and opening up his operations to new areas of fuel demands.
At the turn of the century First Fuel & Propane expanded, purchasing a fuel company in the region adding new customers in Columbia and Rennselaer County.
Marking the company’s tenth year of operations (2003), Richard purchased another company growing the propane side of the business in Rennselaer County. This year posed the biggest challenge pushing the demands for Richard’s competitive spirit and entrepreneurial vision. First Fuel & Propane built a second liquid propane facility in Rennselaer County, allowing the company to handle the growing demands for propane in the region.
First Fuel & Propane tank sales are recognized by contractors and builders in the area as the main source for 500 and 1000 gallon liquid propane tanks, with the largest in-stock inventory of propane tanks. Availability and rapid delivery of propane tanks often exceed the expectations for time sensitive building projects.
First Fuel & Propane is still driven by the racing spirit of its owner and founder Richard coon, with a fleet of seven trucks and crew of professional trained drivers delivering fuel daily and helping to serve the needs of the community in all five counties. The office staff works closely with clients and new customers to build long term relationships and strive to find new ways to make everyone’s lives a little simpler and more comfortable. Most of all First Fuel & Propane is still a locally owned and family operated company with the simple philosophy of “How can we service the customer better and grow as a business?” Richard Coon still frequently delivers fuel to customers; staying in contact with his community as a business owner and contributor to the well being of the community he has grown up in.
“Thank you!” to all of our First Fuel & Propane customers for allowing us to handle your fuel needs!