Learn More About Tevis Energy
Founded in 1932 and still locally-owned, Tevis Energy is proud to serve the heating oil and commercial fueling needs of thousands of customers in Adams, Baltimore, Carroll, eastern Frederick, Franklin, Fulton, Harford, Howard, and York Counties. Over the years, we have earned a reputation for quality fuels and a company culture that always puts the needs of our customers first.
Although we are headquartered in Westminster, Carroll County, MD, we have fueling locations throughout our delivery area. Tevis Energy walk-in locations are conveniently located in Maryland (Essex & Hampstead) and Pennsylvania (Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Stewartstown, and Waynesboro).
This allows us to provide fast, reliable service to all of our customers, regardless of their location.
What Makes Tevis Energy Unique?
The pillars of our brand are Quality, Integrity, Response. We are passionate about the quality of our fuel because we know it makes a difference for both our residential and commercial customers. We vow to communicate honestly with each of our customers, providing personalized service, and looking after their best interests. This includes responding quickly to our customers’ needs and working proactively to ensure customers receive worry-free service from us. Our employees fully embrace these principles in their daily activities, regardless of their job title. Customers and employees alike tell us this is what makes Tevis unique.
What motivates Tevis Energy’s employees to jump out of bed every morning?
A genuine love for what we do! We live, work, and play in the same communities as our customers, this includes Jack, our company owner. Our staff enjoys working with each other and the people we serve. Tevis encourages volunteerism on and off the job. We are truly a family of people working together inside a family of companies.
What business challenges keep employees of Tevis Energy awake at night?
Without hesitation, ensuring each driver makes it home to their families safely at the end of every shift. We have vehicles on the road carrying fuels to homes and businesses day and night, in all kinds of weather. Nothing is more important to us than knowing each of our employees has completed their duties to return safely home to their families.
How does Tevis Energy give back to the community?
Tevis Energy is an active participant in the MEAP and LIHEAP Program in Maryland and Pennsylvania, which helps low-income families with their heating costs. We also participate in the NORA Tank Rebate Program in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. Internally, our employees are encouraged to identify outreach opportunities in the communities we serve, and that is rewarding for everyone.
Tevis Energy is a local, privately-owned fuel supplier that is part of “The Tevis Family of Companies.” Founded as S.H. Tevis, The Tevis Family of Companies includes Modern Comfort Systems, Tevis Propane, Modern Comfort Security, Tevis Home, Husky Heating Oil, Rotz Oil, Penn-Mar Oil, and Stover Energy.
How Tevis Energy Came To Be
Dorothy Tevis graduated from Western Maryland College in 1935 with a degree in home economics. She later pursued some graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin.
From 1937 to 1942, she taught in Baltimore City. It was during this time that she met and married Jack Tevis, Sr. She loved to practice the skills she cultivated during her undergraduate studies, and her favorite among them was probably cooking.
Dorothy was extremely innovative around the home and, as Jack fondly noted, could make something out of anything.
He also recalls the embroidered sign that hung in his childhood home, a quote which Dorothy fully embodied. The sign read: “Even my failures are edible.”
When Jack’s father died abruptly in 1974, Dorothy was given the opportunity to sell the family heating oil business. She sent Jack, who was college age, to the bank to ask for advice. The branch manager said that the best advice he could give was to sell the company and walk away.
When Jack told Dorothy what the manager had said, she refused and insisted that the company be held for Jack. Dorothy sat as chairwoman of the board until Jack was ready to take reins of the company. It was almost unheard of for a woman to hold a position like that in a local business at the time, let alone in the fuel industry.
Dorothy had the courage to keep the business and take on the challenge of managing what was once one office and 13 employees. Jack pointed out that Dorothy’s unique combination of graciousness and inner fortitude was what made her so special and beloved by all who knew her.
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