CLYMER - This year's Appreciation Day at Lictus Keystone Incorporated has a little more meaning.
The business recently not only celebrated its customers and business partners, but also its 50th anniversary on Friday, August 20. The festivities included giveaways and food like hamburgers, hot dogs, brownies and sweet corn. The corn for the party, which drew 1,200 people last year, was grown by Jim Lictus, business founder and owner.
Lictus bought into the business in 1960, when it had one employee and two delivery trucks. Now the company has four trucks for delivering propane and four for delivering gas.
Lictus said that in 1962 he bought the gas station in town and moved his office from his home to his new location. In 1985, Lictus purchased the building where the business is located now along Route 474 in Clymer. In 1992, Lictus expanded to add propane to go along with petroleum products. The business has a 60,000-gallon storage tank for propane and 75,000-gallon storage for products like gas, farm fuels, home heating fuels and motor oil.
'The propane business really helped us grow,' he said. 'Since then, the business has just kept continuing to grow and grow.'
The biggest joy Lictus receives from owning his own business is meeting new people.
'I've always enjoyed meeting new customers and driving truck. I'm not much for paperwork, though,' he said. 'I've always taken pride in taking care of the customers. We treat people like we like to be treated.'
Lictus said along with customer service, it is important to have quality employees to succeeded in business. That is probably one reason why many of his family members are also part of company. Along with his wife, Lynette, Lictus' daughter, Claudia Bemis, son-in-law, Jon Woods, and grandsons, Alex Lictus and Evan Woods, also work there too.
'The biggest part of the business is our employees. They've really made it nice for me,' he said.
The business is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to noon. However, sometimes the business will be open longer than the official hours.
'If people need something, we will get it for them any time of day,' he said.
For more information on Lictus Keystone, call 355-6363.
Jim and Lynette Lictus show the 50-year timeline for Lictus Keystone Incorporated. The business is located along Route 474 in Clymer.