Georgia Natural Gas Provider Enters Florida Market

Businesses owners in the Tampa Bay region have a new option for powering their establishments: Gas South is going to start offering services here and other cities in Florida.

Atlanta-based natural gas provider Gas South announced in January that it is expanding, and Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are a key target market. The growing company will also serve Miami, Orlando, Fort Myers and Jacksonville.

Gas South was established in Georgia in 2006, and its customer base has grown to 265,000, says Florida Market Manager Nicholas Glover of Tampa. The company decided to move southward after looking at the business climate in Florida and assessing that the state has the same type of industries that use the service in Georgia.

Glover says Florida's deregulation of the natural gas industry in 2000 also opened the way for Gas South to enter the state.

Gas South provides natural gas to small, medium and large businesses, government agencies and compressed natural gas stations. Establishments can use natural gas to generate electricity. Clients include places like dry cleaners and restaurants. Gas South is only offering its natural gas services to commercial customers and government clients.

While it faces competition, Glover points to a couple assets that he believes could make Gas South a preferred choice for clients.

"We are synonymous with whatever market we're in … because of how involved we are with the community,'' he says, pointing to support for nonprofits and other charitable organizations. The company participates in community service through its Gas South Cares program.

He also touts the company's customer service as one of its biggest selling factors.

Writer: Alex Tiegen
Source: Nicholas Glover, Gas South
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