Sunday, March 9, 2014

Business Spotlight - PitStop Fuels - By Michelle Libby

Dana Lampron started Pitstop Fuels in 2005 after a seven year hiatus to play dad to his two daughters. He finally decided to go back to work with encouragement from his wife and daughters. He had owned an oil company before and knew the business. 

Pitstop Fuels sells and delivers oil and propane to Standish, Windham, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Bridgton, Casco, Raymond, Harrison and all towns in between. Pitstop Fuel has 20 oil trucks, eight propane trucks, a few service trucks and a few big tanker trucks. They only started delivering propane three years ago when the need arose. 

“We’re a local, family-owned business. We’re just a local company, taking care of our local customers,” Lampron said. 

The business is out of Standish and he feels that Pitstop Fuels is centrally located to all of their customers. “I stay in this area to better service the customers,” he said. Most customers don’t have to wait for oil if they need it. For communities further away trucks might only be in that area on Tuesday and Thursday or Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 

Pitstop Fuels has very competitive prices, Lampron said. “If we’re not the lowest, we’re right there with them,” he said. 

The company has a great reputation in the community being voted number one on many customer surveys for the last four or five years. 

Pitstop Fuels offers any services like auto delivery, fuel assistance, often working with Neighbors  Helping Neighbors a local organization that helps families in need. “We try to help out where ever we can,” Lampron said. “I’ve lived in this area my whole life.” 

This year oil consumption is up, Lampron said. “The cold weather came early and is not letting up. People who usually use two tanks of oil are on their fourth tank,” he said. “We do our best to take care of the customers.” 

This year a law was passed to allow the 47 Pitstop Fuel and other fuel drivers to work more than 12 hours a day to meet demand. That just ended, Lampron said. People got nervous and if they have tricky driveways or icy ones, it’s hard for the drivers. It takes more time. Also having to trudge through 3-foot snow banks is tough on many of the drivers. The company makes reminder calls to ask customers to shovel a path to the oil tank.

“We deal with the cold, but snow slows you right down,” he said. “And you don’t want an oil truck overturned on your driveway.” Safety comes first.

For more information on Pitstop Fuels visit You can order online or call 642-8357 or 1-888-773-8357.

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