Nov
30

Championing a Great Place to Work. With an Unrivaled Team Spirit.

According to studies of Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, corporate cultures with a high level of trust among employees and leadership have significantly lower turnover and better financial performance compared to industry peers. These companies also experience increased innovation, higher customer satisfaction, greater brand recognition, more success in attracting and retaining top talent and increased agility and speed. In human terms – greater success and higher spirits.

In October 2016, Gas South established its Great Place to Work (GPTW) Team to help foster that sense of trust by uncovering meaningful insights and making positive changes to create a better overall employee experience.

The goal of the team is to understand what’s most important to our coworkers so that working at the company is an amazing endeavor for employees every day – and to set the standard for providing a productive and fulfilling company culture.

After more than a year of combined effort, the team has enhanced the flex/telecommute policy, modified work shifts for the Customer Care Center Reps, improved the tuition assistance policy, inspired one another through a companywide recognition program, and created unparalleled career development activities.

By continually launching new purpose-driven initiatives and improvements, Gas South’s GPTW Team is proud to help the company continue to lead the way in cultivating a truly outstanding work environment.

Nov
8

Building Robots. Shaping Young Minds.

Mentoring the Kell Robotics Team through the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Leadership Foundation takes real heart – something Rajiv Thomas, Gas South systems engineer, knows well.

The Kell Robotics Team is a group of about 16 high school students who participate in two regional competitions each year in hopes of making it to the state championship and ultimately, the world championship.

Every January, competing teams take part in a kickoff event at Georgia Tech where they’re tasked with building a robot in 60 days. That robot then has to complete a challenge to move forward in the competition.

Rajiv is part of a group of volunteers that mentor the team which meets at least twice a week to plan, design and build the amazingly efficient robot and ensure that it’s ready for the showdown.
Last year, the Kell Robotics’ team won the Chairman’s Award at the Georgia State Championships to make it to the world championship in Houston. And even though their robot didn’t place, the kids who get to learn from these experiences are the real winners.

“Anyone can build a robot and compete, “said Rajiv. “We push kids to problem solve on their own. We don’t do the work for them – we just guide them. It’s truly fulfilling to watch the kids think outside the box and work through obstacles.”

The Chairman’s Award recognizes teams for how they encourage STEM education – it honors the team that inspires others to get involved in STEM. The Kell Robotics Team has proudly won the award a few times.“We encourage a love of STEM – and see our students become better people,” Rajiv added. “When we were at the World Competition, the team from Israel was not able to get their batteries through Homeland Security. Our students offered to let them borrow our batteries when we weren’t using them. That was a proud moment for me.”

Rajiv tirelessly encourages students to grow outside the classroom. He’s passionate about igniting the imaginations of young minds and is truly an inspiration to others who also have a desire to be a fuel for good.

 

 

 

Oct
12

Connecting with Young Women in the Community

For Kristen Hopper, Gas South Operations Analyst I, cheerleading is more than just a sport. It’s a way to connect with young women in her community, and help to build their confidence and develop important life skills through performances and friendships.

In high school, Kristen developed a passion for working with kids with special needs after volunteering with the Special Olympics. She was coaching cheerleading when she decided to put her talents to work to make a difference – and that’s how the Fabulous Flames Cheerleaders were born. The cheerleaders range in age from as young as five years old, to women in their 20s. They also have a wide range of abilities – there’s no disability that can preclude someone from joining. All that’s needed is a desire to cheer and a will to learn!

The Fabulous Flames perform at local cheerleading competitions through Impact Cheerleading, a competitive league that brings together faith and a love for cheerleading.

When Kristen established the team in 2011, there were only seven girls on the team. Today, it has now grown to almost 30 members.

“I’ve been so blessed to see the original seven as well as the rest of the team grow up together over time – becoming more mature, kind and ever-loving each year,” said Kristen. “Our biweekly practices are simultaneously the most high energy and most relaxing hours of my week. There is just something about our team that leaves you both recharged and serene after being with us.”

Kristen is pursuing her own desire to Be a Fuel for Good. She’s elevating her community and positively influencing the lives of the girls she mentors every week. She’s also inspiring others to get outside of their comfort zone.

Kristen – Thank you for your dedication to warming the lives of friends and neighbors!

Aug
16

Gas Leak Detection Tips

Often times we only think about natural gas leaks during the holidays when we’re using the stove a lot, or during the colder months when we have the heat cranked. Even though you may not be thinking about gas leaks during the summer, accidents happen. We’re here to give you tips on detecting gas leaks in your house and how to prevent them.

Signs of a gas leak:

  • Natural gas is colorless and odorless, so a chemical called mercaptan is added to give it the distinctive gas leak smell of rotten eggs.
  • If you smell rotten egg, and you’ll know it when you smell it, leave the area immediately and stay away until assistance arrives.
  • A leak can also be heard through a hissing sound or seen as discolored vegetation, blowing dirt or continued bubbling water around a buried gas line.

What to do if you detect a gas leak:

  • Call Atlanta Gas Light at 877-427-4321 or call 911. Never try to find the leak yourself.
  • Don’t use any devices that might create a spark including lighters, light switches, phones or electric appliances.

How to prevent a gas leak:

  • Check your pilot lights and burners for a steady, blue flame. If you see the blue flame, they are operating correctly. (Decorative gas fire logs are the only exception – the flame is usually yellow.)
  • Keep the areas around all appliances and equipment clean and unblocked to allow for proper air flow.
  • Never let small children play with, or near, natural gas appliances or pipes.
  • Don’t use your stove or oven for anything other than cooking (for instance, to heat your home).
  • Store household chemicals or combustible materials away from gas appliances.
  • Call 811 before you dig, so underground lines can be marked.
  • When to enlist a professional:
    • Every year or two to have your gas appliances, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys and gas lines in your home or business inspected.
    • When moving or installing a gas appliance, or changing a connector.

We hope you never have to deal with a gas leak but if you do, now you know how to act quickly and keep everyone involved safe.

Jul
26

A Warm Welcome for Live! at The Battery Atlanta

When new neighbors move in, it’s Southern hospitality to extend a warm welcome and maybe even a warm pecan pie. So when the Braves moved into their new home at SunTrust Park, it was only appropriate that we spread the warmth with outstanding natural gas service.

Just as balls, bats and gloves are essential to baseball, Gas South is essential to fueling the fan experience at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta. Gas South has been the official natural gas provider for the Atlanta Braves since 2008, and things are heating up at Live! at The Battery Atlanta this season.

With three restaurant concepts – Sports & Social, PBR Atlanta and Todd English Tavern – Live! at The Battery Atlanta is a go-to dining and entertainment destination. As the natural gas provider for Live!, Gas South helps fuel everything from the kitchen to the outdoor heaters.

“When evaluating a natural gas provider, Gas South’s standout customer service was a differentiating factor,” said Ben Brengle, director of operations for Live! at The Battery Atlanta. “Plus, partnering with a locally-operated company like Gas South has helped us build and expand our community relationships.”

In addition to providing natural gas, Gas South and Live! have established a collaborative business relationship that’s a real homerun. Although baseball season is the star of SunTrust Park, Live! hosts year-round events on the 284 days a year that there isn’t a home game.

Check out Live! at the Battery Atlanta’s website for upcoming events, including the movie series starting in August that are brought to you by Gas South. Hope to see you there!

Jul
12

5 Ways to Hack Your Move

Moving can be a tricky task. With boxes, newspaper and tape galore, it’s easy to lose your wits. Keep your cool and hack your move with these five simple tips:

  1. Get to Moving: Getting started can be the hardest part! Get your toolbox ready and tighten your toolbelt with these moving day essentials: packing tape, colored tape, box cutter, gloves, plastic wrap, etc.
  2. Keep It Together: Trinkets, treasures and tiny gadgets become casualties of a move far too often. Here’s a simple fix: place a sheet of plastic wrap around your utensil tray to keep forks, knives, spoons and other kitchen gear together—just where it belongs. You can do the same with your jewelry or bathroom vanity tray.
  3. Don’t Whine Over Broken Glasses: Say ‘pass’ to broken glass. Grab an old wine box and get to packing! And if you don’t already have one at home, you can usually snag one for free at a local package store. Use the pre-cut section dividers to safely store each piece of glassware and prevent scratching, breaking, chipping or cracking.
  4. Color Code Your Move: Instead of writing room names on packing boxes, you can use color coded tape to label your boxes for the right room. Designate a color to each room—let’s say green for the living room and blue for the kitchen. You’ll keep your boxes organized and your head on your shoulders. And if you have movers, they will easily be able to know what goes where!
  5. Just Roll with It: Rock and roll your heavy items all the way to your new home with this hack: pack your heavy items in a rolling suitcase. This nifty tip will help you carry a lot while lifting a little.

For more moving tips and how-to videos, visit HackYourMove.com. And be sure to share your best moving advice on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #HackYourMove.

Jun
15

Bring the Heat to the YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Gas South is Bringing the Heat again this baseball season to fuel the good that our local nonprofits do for those in need. We are donating $25 every time an Atlanta Braves pitcher throws a strikeout at home games.

Last year, we donated more than $61,000 which was split between The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Since the campaign’s inception in 2010, Gas South has contributed nearly $350,000 to local nonprofit organizations!

This year, Gas South is fueling another source of good – youth development. Did you know that one in five children, teens and families that go to the YMCA of Metro Atlanta need financial assistance to participate in the youth programs? The YMCA gives more than $161,000 in scholarships each year to kids that are unable to pay the program fee. In 2016, more than 23,500 kids across 20 branch locations participated in swimming, tennis, basketball, cheerleading, flag football, lacrosse, track and field, martial arts, and volleyball.

That’s why we are giving the donations for all Braves strikeouts thrown during April and May to the YMCA of Metro Atlanta – over $8,400!

The YMCA is dedicated to ensuring that no child is turned away, and we are proud that our partnership allows everyone the opportunity to reach their full potential.

May
31

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Celebrates National Barbeque Month

Texas-raised pitmasters and twin brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox are the dynamic duo behind Atlanta’s famed Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. And, they’re a Gas South customer.

In honor of National Barbecue Month, the restaurant dished out their recipe for its signature charred grilled wings. The recipe is easy to follow and best suited for a natural gas grill. So go ahead… gather your guests and get to grillin’!

 

Items Needed

Getting the Grill Ready

  • Fire up that grill, and get it hot and ready. Start off on high heat to get the grill hot, or move heat to medium or medium-high if you are more comfortable cooking at that temperature.
  • Use the zone method, where you’ll cook over both direct and indirect heat on the grill.
  • Light one side of the grill. For example, light the left side if the burners run left to right, or light the back burner if they run front to back. This will be your direct cooking zone.
  • Leave the opposite side off. This will be your indirect cooking zone, which will use the heat from the direct side when the lid is shut – like an oven.

 Prepping the Wings

  • Take the wings and rinse them.
  • Pat them dry and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Season liberally with Fox Bros. Dry Rub.
  • Toss the wings with your hands to make sure the rub is evenly coated.)

Cooking the Wings

  • Take the wings out to the grill, and place them on the direct cooking zone – evenly spaced and not touching one another. Make sure not to crowd them. If you can’t get all 24 wings on the direct cook zone at one time, then split up the cooking.
  • This is where you will char the wings, giving them that great grill color. You don’t want to burn the wings, so keep an eye on them. After several minutes flip the wings over. Crack open a beer and enjoy it cold, while still keeping a close eye on your wings.
  • Once the wings have good char color on both sides, move them to the indirect zone. Close the lid, and the wings will finish cooking here – as if they were in an oven. After this, crack open that second beer and relax.
  • When the wings reach 160 degrees, grab the bowl of Fox Bros. Original Barbecue Sauce and your basting brush. Baste both sides of the wings liberally.
  • Close the lid and let the wings cook for 5 more minutes. Drink more beer.
  • After 5 minutes, you can either pull off the wings, or repeat the basting step for a saucier, stickier wing. Remove the wings from the grill.
  • Allow 5-10 mins to cool, place the wings on a plate and enjoy!
May
30

Fire up the grill with these 3 summer-ready recipes

As the weather heats up, it’s time to gear up for grilling! So, get your list together and gather the essentials: burgers, potatoes, dessert and natural gas.

What? Did you say natural gas? That’s right!

Using natural gas to heat your grill carries the same benefits as using natural gas to heat your home. It’s abundant, efficient, affordable and it burns cleaner compared to other fossil fuels.

Natural gas can cost a third less than propane, saving you extra money for all the things you want to enjoy this summer season. And, you don’t have the risk of running out of natural gas during your cookout like you do with propane, saving you a mid-BBQ trip to buy a new propane tank. (It happens; we’ve seen it.)

Whether you’re a grill novice or a grill master, these three recipes will help spark some new meal ideas and naturally spark up the grill.  Bon appétit!

May
25

Making Headlines with Baseball, Branding and Relationship Building

Gas South is committed to providing Hometown Value, and we are proud to support the Atlanta Braves as our hometown team. As the official natural gas provider for the Braves, our partnership has been a “home run” since 2008.

With the inaugural season at SunTrust Park in full swing, there’s great excitement surrounding the Braves. Recently, President and CEO, Kevin Greiner, discussed baseball, branding and relationship building at the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Business of Sports Summit.

Kevin talked about our successful partnership with the Braves and our “Bring the Heat” campaign. Through this campaign, Gas South donates $25 to a local nonprofit each time a Braves pitcher strikes out an opponent throughout the summer. Each time one of the Braves pitchers “brings the heat,” our community wins.

The designated beneficiary for April and May is the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. The United Way of Greater Atlanta will receive donations for June and July, and The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta is the recipient for August and September.

In addition to our “Bring the Heat” campaign, Braves fans can get involved in a more interactive way throughout the season. During select games during the season, fans can tweet their seat number using #GasSouthKissCam for a chance to make it on the jumbotron! Always wanted to get on the big screen? Well, here’s your chance!

Last season Bring the Heat raised more than $61,000 for local nonprofits, and we hope the team and pitchers are even more successful this season!

Read more about Gas South, the Braves and our involvement with Live! at the Battery in this Atlanta Business Chronicle article.