Kamps Propane adding fuel storage and office space

Sean Janssen, The Union Democrat /

The Kamps Propane operation in the Mother Lode is expanding.

For about a quarter-century, the Manteca-based company has served customers in Tuolumne, Calaveras and Mariposa counties from its Jamestown location on Highway 108.

However, Kamps will be moving its offices this fall to East Sonora,

allowing more space for employees and fuel storage. The expansion,

including construction of a new building, will cost about $2.2 million.

A 5,200-square-foot office space is tentatively scheduled to open

Oct. 1, said Glenn Reibin, manager of the Jamestown office. The new

building, located at 18877 Microtronics Way, will hold 12 employees,

"leaving room for expansion," Reibin said.

The company "has been growing in leaps and bounds customers-wise," he said.

That growth in patrons may lead to future jobs being created within

the company, Reibin said, and definitely called for an expansion of the

propane provider's fuel storage space.

As a result, three newly purchased and refurbished 30,000-gallon

tanks are being installed at the new site, tripling the previous amount

of propane the company could store in Jamestown.

"As we keep growing, you end up with more people, more delivery

trucks," Reibin said. "The more gallons we're selling, you need to have

that storage."

M.P. Allen General Contractors, of Rancho Cordova, is leading the

project with Kamps' own engineers responsible for work on the tanks,

pumps and plumbing, he said. The company broke ground on the project

about two years ago.

Company Vice President Terry Ayres, of Sonora, said the project is vital to keeping up with growing demand.

"We're making sure there's no supply issues and helping to keep our costs down," Ayres said.

Contact Sean Janssen at sjanssen@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4531.

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