Paraco Gas Acquires F M Popovich & Sons
November 19, 2020
Ashland-based F M Popovich & Sons, Inc. has joined Paraco Gas. The Popovich family business was founded by Fred and Wilma Popovich in 1946 and grew to serve approximately 850 propane customers.
Paraco is also a family-owned and operated business that has been servicing Worcester County, MA since 2007. Paraco acquired the Popovich business on October 14, 2020, as owners Fred and Hildegard Popovich retired.
“Paraco had been serving Worcester County with propane product for over a decade,” said Fred Popovich, President at F M Popovich & Sons, Inc. “They already know our customers’ needs and our supply demands very well, so this will be an easy and seamless transition.”
“Our belief that ‘every customer is important’ is the cornerstone of our company and we are proud of the level of service that our customers have come to expect and trust for the past 50 years,” said Christina Armentano, Executive Vice President and third generation family member, at Paraco Gas. “This opportunity with F M Popovich & Sons, Inc. combines two strong brands in Worcester County, it demonstrates our commitment to continued growth into New England, and it is a perfect fit with our community-focused family business.”
Paraco Gas immediately implemented strict policies and equipment at the onset of COVID-19 in the United States and continues to uphold those health and safety standards. This includes providing all frontline employees with PPE such as gloves and masks; sanitizing hands, vehicles and all equipment regularly; staggering start times for field employees; providing the ability to clock in-and-out on a mobile app so employees can practice social distancing and reduce multiple contacts with the time clocks; and an initiative to eliminate as much use and touching of hardcopy paper as possible.
“Paraco Gas is committed to the highest levels of service and customer satisfaction,” Armentano said. “This is an excellent opportunity to provide our newly acquired customers with important information about our organization and the benefits of being a Paraco Customer.”
Popovich customers who become Paraco customers will receive:
• An experienced local management team in Paraco’s existing Worcester locations
• Outstanding focus on safety and service
• A “Propane Safety Guide” with important safety information and reminders
• 24-hour, seven-days-a-week emergency service
• New programs and options for customers
• A wide variety of diversified products and services in energy management