News : Proulx knows his customers

Jan 22, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Morey Stettner

NEWMARKET -- When your company delivers heating oil and propane, you stay close to your customers. They depend on you to keep them warm, especially when temperatures dip below zero.
Jim Proulx, 51, runs a family business with about 40 employees that began in 1944. He is president of Proulx Oil & Propane in Newmarket.

Question: What was your first job?

Proulx: I was a newspaper carrier for The Exeter News-Letter in the early 1970s. I took over a route from my brother, who took it over from a neighbor. I started with 33 customers and ended with something like 72. I credit my dad, Maurice. He knew every house in our neighborhood from selling oil and heating equipment and he would let me know when someone new moved in.

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