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FCL partners to refurbish expired propane tanks

By Daniel Jungwirth

May 15, 2017

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is proud to announce its partnership with Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership to meet the demand for refurbishing and re-valving expired tanks.

Kitsaki will refurbish Co-op’s commercial and domestic propane tanks. This partnership is a result of the new regulation, that was introduced in 2015, to implement a maximum servicing interval of 25 years on propane tanks that are 1,000 gallons or less. Under this regulation, the pressure relief valve must be replaced in order for tanks to remain in service.

Kitsaki CEO Russell Roberts said, “Northerners have a great tradition of taking care of themselves. Propane has kept us warm for many years and it only makes sense that we do the work to maintain the tanks we use for our homes and businesses. This partnership with FCL is one that can grow as the years go by.”

This partnership will stimulate economic growth to provide employment opportunities to indigenous peoples of the communities involved.

A perfect partnership

With thousands of tanks across Western Canada, this partnership facilitates FCL’s ability to maintain compliance. Kitaski’s facility in La Ronge, Sask., has the ability to sandblast, paint and install valves and decals. Most importantly, reducing travel and freight costs for FCL, Kitsaki can also move their equipment and travel to remote locations, if required.

“The value of this partnership extends beyond the growth it offers to the economy, “ said Rob Carr, Propane Area Manager for Northern Sask. Region. “It also allows Co-op to build relationships with those who are in our own backyard.”

Kitsaki is an organization owned by Lac La Ronge Indian Band. Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s mission is to build a diverse network of businesses to improve economic future for its members, other Aboriginal people and all other stakeholders.