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Written on: May 19, 2024

The company’s inaugural “Veterans Celebration” will also demonstrate its commitment to Veterans with the addition of appreciation-themed delivery vehicles to its fleet, and through a new partnership with K9 Camo Companions, a West Michigan-based non-profit organization.

Grand Rapids, Mich., – On Tuesday, May 21, Crystal Flash, Inc., a Michigan-based and 100% employee-owned fuel distribution company, will honor its employees who have served, or currently serve, in the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, more than 13% of all Crystal Flash employees are either Veterans or active military service members. “At Crystal Flash, our strength comes from our people, and that includes a deep respect for those who serve our country. We are incredibly grateful for the service and dedication of our teammates who are Veterans or active service members, and this celebration is our way of honoring them,” said President/CEO, Brad Gandy.

The company-wide event will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Crystal Flash’s corporate office located at 1754 Alpine Ave NW in Grand Rapids. A special ceremony is planned with guests including Rockford American Legion Post 102 Color Guard and representatives of Sparta-based K9 Camo Companions (K9CC), a non-profit organization dedicated to making lifelong matches for Veterans and companion animals. Crystal Flash will be presenting K9CC with items collected by the company’s employees as part of a donation drive at its 12 Michigan locations.

Another highlight of the event will be the unveiling of several Crystal Flash delivery and service vehicles adorned with special graphics, emblematic of the company’s appreciation for Military Veterans.

Each year, Crystal Flash’s employee owners provide support to over 125 different community organizations and events. The company has three main community involvement initiatives, Veterans Assistance, Cancer Research & Assistance and Agriculture/Rural Life Advancement.

About Crystal Flash
Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Crystal Flash, Inc., is a 100% employee-owned fuel distribution company serving residential, commercial, and agricultural customers across Michigan and other Midwestern states. Established in 1932, Crystal Flash specializes in the sale and distribution of propane, diesel, gasoline, and lubricants. The company currently has more than 300 employee owners. For more information, visit crystalflash.com.

About K9 Camo Companions (K9CC)
K9CC is a 501(c)(3) registered charity whose mission is “To unite and support Veterans and pets for the enhancement of both of their lives.” Since 2016, its volunteers have assisted over 300 Veterans in West Michigan with 500+ pets. K9CC actively supports existing companions through a pantry, training, veterinary needs, and resource connections. For more information, visit k9camocompanions.com.