Reliable Propane currently serves customers throughout the six counties of Western New York – Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming. Our team is highly skilled and experienced, and we’re dedicated to fulfilling the propane needs of customers and families across the greater Buffalo region.

We aim to make propane easy for you. Our team can handle every step of the process for you, from new above ground propane tank installation to checking your propane appliances to handling delivery and resupply. With flexible payments and our full propane grill tank service – including after-hours Honor Tanks – is easy to see how we live up to the name “Reliable Propane.”


A Brief History

Sid Albrecht returned to Harrison Radiator in Lockport, New York after serving in the Navy during WWII. After a friend recommended the propane business, he started with five customers in 1945 and worked nights delivering 100-pound propane cylinders from the trunk of his car. He quickly found it difficult to work both jobs and made the decision to leave Harrison’s and put all his efforts into the new propane business.

He and his wife operated the company out of their home in Clarence Center for many years. When his son, Ken, purchased the company in 1978, he converted from a cylinder exchange operation to focus primarily on residential and commercial bulk propane delivery. In 1995, we purchased Mel-Bro Heating which allowed us to expand the number of propane customers in southern Erie and Genesee counties.

Because we could not expand at our old location, we purchased property on County Road in Clarence Center and built a new office and storage facility in 2006. Today, Reliable Propane is proud to serve the six counties of Western New York.

We are always working to use technology and training to meet and exceed today’s strict environmental and safety standards for our customers and employees.

Our Reliable Staff

Ken Albrecht, Owner of Reliable Propane

Ken Albrecht


Ken Albrecht is the second generation owner of Reliable Propane. Since 1979, Ken has worked in the propane industry. His favorite part of work is trying new things in order to learn what works best for our customers. Ken and his wife, Donna, have four children and 12 wonderful grandchildren (one in heaven). In their free time, Ken and Donna enjoy taking their grandkids fishing one at a time. Reading good books and writing are some of Ken’s favorite hobbies. He also enjoys the great outdoors, playing volleyball, golfing and flying airplanes.

Dan Albrecht, General Manager at Reliable Propane

Dan Albrecht

General Manager

Dan loves interacting with customers and trying to “make their day.” Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College and a master’s degree in childhood education from the University at Buffalo. He plays volleyball, and also enjoys baseball, football, golf and skiing. Myrtle Beach on the beautiful shores of South Carolina is Dan’s favorite vacation spot. He likes to spend time with his family, his wife, Lydia, and their children – son, Findley and daughter, Addy.

Jim Ganschow, Operations Manager at Reliable Propane

Jim Ganschow

Operations Manager

Jim entered the propane business in 2001 and has always enjoyed learning how things are put together. Jim uses this passion every day as Reliable Propane’s operations manager, working to configure a variety of jobs and schedules to work together like a well-oiled machine. Jim and his wife, Lois, have four children – Kristen, Michelle, Ben and Rose. Outside of work, Jim likes attending church, watching football and visiting his 11 grandkids.

Ashley Petzoldt, Office Manager at Reliable Propane

Ashley Petzoldt

Office Manager

Before entering the propane industry, Ashley worked in community relations, and was a claims service representative. She plays the guitar, violin and piano, and loves to sing! Photography and painting are also among her favorite hobbies. When not hard at work, she likes to spend time with her family, her husband, and her two cats. Ashley received a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Houghton College and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Marion Franks, Shop and Propane Delivery at Reliable Propane

Marion Franks

Shop and Propane Delivery

Marion is a veteran of the Iraq War where he patrolled the road between the Green Zone and the main Iraqi airport at night – an area often called “The most dangerous road in the world.” Today, Marion and his wife, Jessica, live in Darien with their two children.

Adam Clyde, Service Technician at Reliable Propane

Adam Clyde

Service Technician

Adam loves learning something new every day at work and meeting new people. He enjoys spending time with his family. Some of Adam’s favorite hobbies are traveling, football, lacrosse and hockey. He and his wife, Mary, live in Wilson with their son.

Reliable Propane

10140 County Road
Clarence Center, NY 14032
Phone: 716-741-3000
Toll-Free: 800-675-8553


Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon