The Sharp Energy team accepts two awards for “Best Gas Company” at Metropolitan Magazine’s Best of the Eastern Shore gala in Salisbury, Maryland

The Sharp Energy team accepts two awards for “Best Gas Company” at Metropolitan Magazine’s Best of the Eastern Shore gala in Salisbury, Maryland. Pictured from left: Marty Linton, Operations Manager; Mandie Granger, Operations Manager; S. Robert Zola, President; Andy Hesson, Operations Director; Suzy Hutchison, Customer Experience Manager; Rodney Baylous, Sales Representative; and Lynn Muir, Customer Service Manager.

November 1, 2016 | Dover, DE — Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) (Chesapeake Utilities) announced today that its propane distribution subsidiary, Sharp Energy, received the inaugural awards for “Best Gas Company — Overall” and “Best Southern Delaware Gas Company – Sussex County” by Metropolitan Magazine.

“Sharp Energy has built a solid reputation for providing reliable service and unsurpassed customer care for our residential and commercial propane customers, and they’ve done so while making personal connections in the community,” said Michael P. McMasters, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation.

Metropolitan Magazine “Best of the Eastern Shore” selections showcase the magazine readers’ choices for the finest businesses in the Delmarva region. This year marks the 22nd year that readers of Metropolitan Magazine have voted for the publication’s “Best Of” ballot.

“The Sharp team truly cares about its customers and the community,” said Elaine B. Bittner, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development and Chief Operating Officer of Sharp Energy. “We place a strong focus on community engagement and creating programs where employees have a chance to get out in the community and make a positive impact on the lives of others in the communities where they work and live. I’m proud of the team and I know they’ll continue to make a meaningful impact well into the future.”

This is the first year that Metropolitan Magazine has presented awards in the “Best of” gas company category. The awards were presented as part of “The Best of the Eastern Shore” celebration hosted by Metropolitan Magazine on October 7, 2016 at The Standard in Salisbury, Maryland.

“It’s exciting to be recognized in the community as the best gas company,” said S. Robert Zola, President of Sharp Energy. “Our employees’ commitment to safety and excellent service, coupled with their enthusiasm to support community partners, makes all the difference. It is an honor to receive this recognition, and we look forward to continued success.”

About Sharp Energy, Inc.
Based in Georgetown, Delaware, Sharp Energy distributes propane to approximately 38,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania. With four rail facilities and over 2,000,000 gallons of propane storage, Sharp Energy has established a solid supply portfolio. Sharp has been providing reliable, dependable gas service on the Delmarva Peninsula and beyond for more than 25 years and has built regulated gas distribution systems for more than 20 years.

Sharp Energy is a proud partner of Alliance AutoGas, a national network of companies that have joined together to deliver a comprehensive alternative fueling solution including EPA-certified propane AutoGas vehicle conversions, on-site fueling infrastructure, fuel supply, safety and operational training and ongoing technical support. To learn more about Sharp Energy and its businesses, visit

About Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified energy company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission, gathering and processing, and marketing; electricity generation and distribution; propane gas distribution and wholesale marketing; and other related services. Information about Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s businesses is available at

Please note that Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is not affiliated with Chesapeake Energy, an oil and natural gas exploration company headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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For more information, contact:        

Mike Stock
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
[email protected]