We’re Happy to Give to Our Community!
Over the past year, Approved Oil has lent its support to the Police Athletic League (PAL) – New York City’s largest independent youth development not-for profit organization whose mission is to support and inspire NYC youths to realize their full potential as productive members of society.
Check out this letter from PAL’s Vice Chairman, John A. Catsimatidis, showing his gratitude for our support!
Approved Oil Voted 2020 Dime Best Oil Company!
For the second year in a row, Approved Oil has been voted Best Oil Company in Dime’s “Best of Brooklyn” competition.
We are proud to provide our customers with quality product and excellent service year after year. Thank you to everyone who voted, and all of our customers for your continued support!
Approved Oil Supports St. Agnes Academic High School
St. Agnes Academic High School in College Point, NY has provided an outstanding Catholic education to more than 10,000 young women over the past 110 years.
Approved is proud to contribute to St. Agnes’ mission to build each student’s faith and foster her academic potential.
Partnering once again with Toys 4 Tots, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, NYPD Explorer Post 2268 and the 68th Precinct, Approved Oil was once again proud to help make Christmas special for a lucky group of boys and girls. The generosity of our staff and customers this year was incredible, and we thank all those who donated!
Approved Oil Sponsors Holy Trinity Academy 5k Turkey Trot
Approved Oil was proud to sponsor the 4th annual Holy Trinity Catholic Academy 5k Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 16th. 120 participants, youth MVPs, and parent volunteers came out on a sunny day to run/walk along with the Local 109 Precinct and Whitestone volunteer ambulance.
Holy Trinity Catholic Academy is a Whitestone, NY school of excellence that cares for all students and embraces their different interests and educational needs.
Approved Oil Proudly Sponsors Camp Good Grief
Approved Oil is honored to be able to once again give to Camp Good Grief of Staten Island.
Camp Good Grief has been working for 10 years to provide 20 weekend camps and a safe space to over 500 children and their families as they deal with profound loss.
November 22-24 marked the 20th camp and milestone anniversary.
Approved Oil Company Supports Flushing YMCA’s 2019 Annual Campaign
Approved Oil is proud to once again participate in the YMCA’s mission of education, preventative health, and civic engagement programs that empower youth, strengthen community, and improve health for New Yorkers across the five boroughs.
Approved Oil Completes Fire Sprinkler Installation at "Ten Grand"
Approved recently completed Fire sprinkler installation at “Ten Grand,” a 24 -floor office building that is part of the “Domino Park” development on the Williamsburg waterfront.
The office building is one leg of a 45-story mixed-use residential, office, and retail building, called “One South First,” which we will be completing additional work in.
Approved Oil was honored for the opportunity to continue to sponsor The Staten Island Zoo's Spooktacular on October 19 and 20, 2019. The Staten Island Zoo contributes immensely to wildlife and our community through education, conservation, and social outreach. The Spooktacular is Staten Island's largest Halloween-themed event ! Some of the many fun-filled spooky events include costume contests, carousel rides, a Halloween town, musical numbers, comedy shows, a hay maze and much more! Families, friends, and children of all ages found plenty to enjoy across the Zoo's eight acre campus.
The Approved Companies was overwhelmingly proud to be a Gold Sponsor at the Emergency Children’s Help Organization’s (ECHO) Two Million Reasons to Smile Gala held on Friday, October 18, 2019 hosted at The Addison Park in Keyport, NJ. This spectacular event brings together members of the community who believe in doing their part to help those in need. The Fall fundraising gala featured live and silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, gift baskets, money & lotto trees and luxury wheel spin raffles. ECHO’s ability to bring together so many caring and generous souls is truly heartwarming. To date, the charity has raised over $2.1 million dollars to provide financial assistance to children experiencing challenging medical or living emergencies! ECHO's goal is to help ease the burden financially, along with brightening the child's life during a time of crisis. The Approved team was there in full strength to show our support for ECHO and its noble mission of commitment to children in need.
Approved Oil - T’eed Off at Cancer
Approved Oil is proud to support the Lustgarten Foundation, the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research which is relentlessly focused on improving patient outcomes and making progress every day.
On September 9, 2019, the Foundation hosted their annual Tee’d Off at Cancer Golf Tournament and Approved was proud to step up and swing for this important cause.
100% of Approved’s generous donation went directly to pancreatic cancer research and was part of the $165 million raised in research to date. Approved is dedicated to doing our part to achieve the eradication of pancreatic cancer as a life-threatening illness.
Michael’s Cause Continues to Be an Approved Cause
Approved Oil was proud to be a 2019 Michael’s Cause 8th Annual Step for a Cure 5K Run/Walk Sponsor.
Robert and Theresa started Michael's Cause shortly after their son, Michael was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 4. Duchenne is the leading fatal genetic childhood disease that affects 1 in 3500 boys worldwide.
To date, generous sponsors have successfully funded over 2 million dollars towards research and Approved Oil is pleased to be part of this goal to raise awareness about this disease and direct all funding to the best medical and scientific research to find better treatments and a future cure. Michael is now 13 years old and thriving!
Approved Oil Hits the Greens for Wagner College
Approved Oil was proud to hit the links for the Sal Alberti Memorial Golf Classic this September, which benefits the Sal Alberti Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Alberti was an alumnus of Wagner College and the fund supports the school’s intercollegiate athletic program. Approved’s support of the Fund provides opportunities for student athletes to achieve success both in the classroom and on the field.
As a sign of Approved’s ongoing dedication to safety for our employees, customers and the environment, the Company recently hosted Safety Week from September 9 through 13. All service employees from Approved’s various divisions including fuel, oil, natural gas, electricity and plumbing/fire protection, participated in an immersive five days of sessions including accident prevention, spill awareness, proper inspections, petrometer awareness, testing for tanks and gauges, ladder protocol and more to ensure Approved “delivers” on it’s continued commitment to safety first.
It’s a general sentiment that all of our colleagues are like family and on August 25th, 2019, the Company hosted employees and their loved ones for The Approved Companies Family Picnic at Frogbridge in Millstone, NJ.
Over 300 people were in attendance for a spirited volleyball tournament, kayak race, mini golf, zip lining, water slide, bumper cars, tug of war and more. Judging from the smiles on everyone’s faces, the picnic was highly “approved” by all ages.
The PAL is an affordable after school care program in the City that provides children with a safe place to go after school while their parents work. Approved Oil was proud to attend the 2019 luncheon on Monday, June 17, featuring guest speaker Steve Forbes; Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, and contribute to the program
Approved Oil was happy to attend this year’s Child School/Legacy High School Annual Benefit Dinner. The Child School/Legacy High School works to educate students with learning disabilities, giving students the appropriate accommodations so that they receive full access to a general education curriculum. Our very own Mr. Vincent Theurer has been a long-time benefactor of the school.
Community Access is a wonderful program that expands opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services. Mr. Vincent Theurer and two of our other representatives attended the event where we donated to the organization as our way of giving back to the community.
Approved’s Wholesale group recently attended the Eastern Energy Expo which was held this year at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA. From May 19-22, 2019, our representatives along with other exhibitors, were able to network with other industry professionals and draw crowds from the over 4,000 attendees to speak on the various products and services we offer as well as learn about the latest in technology and advancements in the industry. The Expo hosted several events including the 4th Annual Women in Energy Conference, The Care to Ride Fundraiser, which is a non-profit organization that assists households and other organizations in need of replacing or purchasing oil heating equipment, along with various business and technical education sessions.
On March 30, 2019, Michael’s Cause held their 8th Annual “Evening of Dreams” Dinner Dance at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island. In attendance this year were over 800 guests, all to support a special young man and his amazing family, The Capolongos and their fight against, DMD, also known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder that involves rapidly worsening muscle weakness along with other symptoms that become increasingly prominent as the disorder progresses and affects 1 in every 7,250 males ages 5-24. Michael’s Cause continues to work tirelessly to help find a cure for this disease.
Approved Oil was proud as in years past, to be a Cocktail Sponsor for the event and honored to have the privilege of being part of such a magical night.
To show your support for Michael’s Cause, please go to michaelscause.org
2019 Bishop Kearney High School Gift Auction
We had the honor of attending and donating to the 2019 Bishop Kearney High School Gift Auction in Brooklyn, New York. Donations help keep tuition rates down as well as provide scholarships and aid to deserving students.
Pictured from left to right:
Head of School – Dr. Margaret Minson
Approved Oil – Vincent Theurer Jr
Assistant Head of School – Dr. Ralph Potrano
Keeping NYC Warm This Winter
Our employees rallied together to donate new or gently used winter items in an effort to help their fellow New Yorkers stay warm this season. Donations for all ages included coats, gloves, hats, scarves and blankets which were provided to a local parish in the community.
The “Approved Companies” Announces New General Counsel, Robert Ross
Approved Oil Company has recently named Robert Ross as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer. We feel his legal and business expertise will help us achieve progress towards our strategy and business performance objectives. We know he will be a terrific addition to the team!
2019 Best Oil Company: Thanks Brooklyn!
We’re very excited to share that Approved Oil has been voted Dime Best of Brooklyn’s 2019 Best Oil Company award! We’re so very proud of this accomplishment, and grateful to all of our customers who nominated us and voted. It is achievements like these that make all of our hard work worth it! We look forward to making this year as successful as last with all of you. Thanks again, everyone!
A Very Successful Toy Drive
In coordination with Toys 4 Tots, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, NYPD Explorer Post 2268 and the 68th Precinct, Approved Oil had a very successful toy drive this holiday season. Our staff and customers alike joined together to bring smiles to the faces of the little children who would receive these gifts. It is with their generosity that many children had a very Merry Christmas indeed!
We’d like to take a moment to welcome our newest Executive Vice President of Business Development, Chris Dillemuth, to the Approved Oil team. Chris already carries a distinguished reputation within the New York energy market, and we are excited to have him as a part of our family. We’re sure his decades of experience and go-getter attitude will be an asset to our customers and ourselves.
Meet Diana Blanda, Approved Plumbing & Fire Protection’s Director of Operations and the focus of Approved Oil’s Employee Spotlight!
Having only joined Approved in 2017, she’s already shown that she has a lot to bring to the table thanks to her extensive career and years of experience. Take a moment to learn more about Diana and the journey that lead her to becoming a member of our team.
Approved Oil is excited to welcome customers of Hunts Point Fuel Corp./Brite Fuel Corp. to their expanding customer base! As of October 22, 2018, Approved oil has acquired Mount Vernon, NY-based full-service heating oil marketer operating under Hunts Point Fuel Corp. and Brite Fuel Corp.
Please Welcome John McConnell to the Approved Oil Team!
We’re very excited to announce a recent hire: John McConnell is our new Senior Business Development Executive!
Bringing nearly 25 years’ experience within the energy industry, John will be responsible for the growth and development of new business and maintaining key customer relationships. We look forward to everything John will be bringing to our team!
Approved Oil at the 2018 NYOHA 38th Annual Golf Classic
July 16, 2018 was a great day to hit the links with fellow industry members and supporters! We had a great time playing golf with our peers and enjoying the company. We were glad to have been a sponsor of this traditional golf outing that brings so many folks together! We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!
Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Celebrates 100 Years
Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. is the nation’s largest independently-owned ocean-going petroleum barge company. Its fleet consists of 26 barges and 25 tugs, with service operating throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Bouchard’s progressive thinking, commitment to service and safety have cultivated Bouchard’s continued growth and recognition. Congratulations, Approved Oil wishes you continued success as you celebrate 100 years in the business.
In attendance at Bouchard Transportation’s 100 Year Celebration from left to right: Nicholas Fasano, Founder and President of Soundview Energy, Inc. and his wife and Vincent Theurer, President of Approved Oil Company
New York Board of Rabbis Humanitarian Awards Reception
Each Spring, the New York Board of Rabbis in cooperation with the Mariano Rivera Foundation hosts its annual Humanitarian Awards reception. On one special night, extraordinary individuals who prioritize humanitarian work either professionally or personally are recognized.
This year’s honorees are Larry Fishelson, Alan Phillips and Michael N. Rosenblut. The event was held on June 11, 2018 at Friedman’s at the Hotel Edison in New York City.
In attendance, as Approved Oil supports the Board from left to right:
Jeff Cohn, Director of Energy Programs at Approved Energy
Christopher Fazio, Executive Vice President at Approved Oil Company
Michael Maniscalco, Installations at Approved Energy / Approved Oil Company
Thomas Vittoria, Installations at Approved Energy / Approved Oil Company
Approved Oil Sponsors Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Brooklyn is our Hometown, but Bay Ridge is our neighborhood. In fact, the Approved Oil office is located about a block away from the Bay Ridge Avenue Subway Station. That’s one of the reasons our company is happy to be a longtime supporter of the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Founded in 1994, the parade celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and there was an amazing turnout from local businesses and residents alike. Approved Oil was a sponsor of the event, as we have been for many years now, and we were once again proud to show our love for the community. We support our neighborhood of Bay Ridge and our Hometown of Brooklyn, USA!
Michael’s Cause Is an Approved Cause
Of all the many charities and community organizations that Approved Oil supports, one that remains closest to our hearts is Michael’s Cause. This volunteer charity supports the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and works to find a cure for the disease, which effects approximately 1 in every 7,250 males ages 5-24.
On March 10, Michael’s Cause held its 7th Annual “Community for a Cause” Dinner Dance at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island. Approved Oil was proud to be a Cocktail Sponsor for the dance, which attracted more than 770 guests this year, making it one of the charity’s biggest events to date. There was an overwhelming amount of support in the room, including a number of parents whose boys are suffering with DMD, and it was our honor to be a part of such an amazing and important night.
To show your support for Michael’s Cause, go to michaelscause.org.
A Letter from the Senior Director of Utility Assets
I wanted to personally thank you and Approved Oil Company for all the help during the historic cold spell that occurred here in the Bronx in late December and early January this year. Approved Oil kept up with the challenging task of delivering all Co-op City’s fuel oil energy needs by providing around the clock fuel oil deliveries for two solid weeks.
As you know, due to cold weather Co-op City’s natural gas supply was curtailed by Con Edison and as a result the facility was required to switch over to fuel oil to generate heat, hot water and electricity for all our residents that live at Co-op City.
Without an extremely reliable energy company like Approved Oil, which has the dedicated staff, transport capability and fuel oil inventory, Co-op City’s 60,000 residents would be at risk to be without a warm place to come home to and without hot water in their apartments.
Many thanks to Approved Oil, your dedicated truck drivers and staff for rising to the challenge of keeping Co-op City supplied with our energy needs during one of the most severe cold spells that the Bronx, NY has seen in over 50 years. Your company was truly a valued member of the Co-op City energy team during this extreme weather period.
Senior Director, Utility Assets
2017 Staten Island Zoo Spooktacular
Approved Oil Company is a proud supporter of the Staten Island Zoo’s annual Spooktacular event, which was held on October 14th and 15th. Known as Staten Island’s largest Halloween-themed event, the zoo transforms into a Halloween paradise for thrill seekers and tame trick-or-treaters alike. Aside from supporting this wonderful event, we also have emergency mobile heating trailers located at the zoo which provide warmth to the animals. We have a fleet of mobile trailers which we fuel and maintain that can provide heat and hot water for 6 family – 500 family buildings. If you are in need or have questions about our mobile trailers, please contact us.
Approved Oil Honors Our Commitment
Following through with our commitment to our community and our country, Approved Oil began an interoffice initiative to collect donations to help the victims affected by Hurricane Maria. Our employees really came through, which was no surprise at all. Together we were able to donate over 1,300 bottles of water, food, diapers, baby food and hygiene products. We continue to pray for all those that have been affected by natural disasters this year. Our donations were brought by some of our staff to our local Assemblyman’s office, Felix W. Ortiz in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Approved Oil Is Always Giving Back To The Community
Community Access assists those who suffer from mental illness, homelessness or other debilitating conditions that may keep them from finding housing and employment or learning basic skills.
Approved Oil donated $5,000 to Community Access for their 43rd anniversary Good Neighbor Gala, which took place on May 4, 2017. The gala celebrated the history of supportive housing development provided by Community Access, as well as new housing projects and initiatives that are in development to enrich the health, education and wellness of those less fortunate in our community.
To learn more about Community Access, visit http://www.communityaccess.org/our-story.
Approved Oil is pleased to announce the opening and dedication of the Vincent Theurer Family Library at Bishop Kearney High School.
Our dedication to the community and value we place in education will be represented in every student’s accomplishment for years to come.
Approved Teams with Bioheat® Fuel and 1010 WINS to "Keep A Neighbor Warm This Winter"
Our heating oil keeps New Yorkers warm, and we're happy to help keep residents warm any way we can! We're proud to report that our 2017 Coat Drive, done in cooperation with NYOHA and 1010 WINS radio, was a great success, building on our efforts from last year and even exceeding our expectations. All donated coats were delivered to New York Cares for distribution to local individuals and families in need. New York Cares has conducted its Coat Drive for the past 27 years, and has collected and distributed more than 1.7 million winter coats to date. We're honored to participate in this great community program, and we thank all who generously donated the coat off their back so that our less fortunate neighbors can stay warm this winter.
Approved Oil Staff Celebrates the Holidays In Style
“Oh Deer!” “Fleece Navidad.” These were just a couple of the standout wishes stitched into our team’s sweaters at this year’s Approved Oil holiday celebration. We invited all our employees to wear their craziest Christmas sweaters to work, and were amazed at what we saw come through the office doors. Animal puns aside, we also got some “Merry Chrithmith” witheth — sorry —wishes from a Mike Tyson sweater, a pair of Minions sweaters, and much, much more. Click through to the photo gallery for a closer look at our team’s unique holiday threads.
Approved Oil Helps Staten Island Zoo Keep Warm
Approved oil recently provided the Staten Island zoo with heat and hot water using their Mobile Heating Units while their heating systems were shut down for maintenance and repairs.
The heating trailer was brought on-site and delivered temporary heat, which enabled the zoo to operate without disrupting a single critter (or human) until the new heating system was up and running.
The Staten Island Zoo hosts more than 150,000 visitors a year, and is home to 1,400 animals representing 320 species. To see pictures of the mobile heating trailer, click here.
NYC Increases Bioheat® Fuel Standards
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law INT 642-A. This legislation, supported by Approved Oil and our industry partners, raises the minimum biodiesel component of New York City’s heating oil from its current level of 2% (B2) to 5% (B5) by October 2017. It then incrementally raises the biodiesel component to 20% (B20) by 2034.
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Approved Oil at the INT 642-A signing
As bill sponsor NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides noted at the signing: “Expanded use of biofuel in our home heating oil will reduce pollution, upgrade our air quality, and improve our public health. Biodiesel can emit up to 90% fewer greenhouse gases and up to 10 times less particulate matter. The increase from just 2% to 5% will take us to the equivalent of 45,000 cars off the road. Increasing to a 20% blend is the equivalent of taking 175,000 cars off the road.” Approved Oil’s residential and wholesale customers are already contributing to these long-term environmental benefits, as our company currently supplies B20 Bioheat® fuel throughout the five boroughs.
Approved Oil President Vincent Theurer, Senior Vice President Chris Fazio, and Wholesale Division Leaders Jim Clifford and Daniel Falcone were all present at the signing to show our support for increased biodiesel blending. A longtime supporter of INT 642-A, who worked tirelessly with Councilman Costa Constantinides to help get this bill off the ground, Daniel Falcone gave the following public comments on our company’s behalf:
- “Mr. Mayor, gentlemen, on behalf of Approved Oil and the Soundview Energy Group, we applaud you, we applaud this bill today. Approved Oil — we’re not the BP-Amocos or the ExxonMobils of the world — we’re a Brooklyn-born family-owned business serving the greatest city in the world for 80-plus years. We have over 200 employees, and we service about 40% of NYC’s residential population. I think today I can say we’re more than just a stakeholder. We’ve been blending biodiesel since 2012. Four years later, we sell 20 percent blends of biodiesel out of our Bronx and Brooklyn terminals… We can commit that we will continue to help the city as it matures for higher [biodiesel blending] points in the future, as this bill states.”
Injecting a touch of humor into the day’s proceedings, after thanking Daniel for his remarks, Mayor de Blasio quipped: “You just left one thing out. Given the name of your company, you should’ve ended by saying, ‘I’m Daniel Falcone and I approve this message.’” All jokes aside, the mayor is right! We at Approved Oil do approve of the city’s push for cleaner, greener heating oil, and we are ready to help provide it as needed.
Approved Oil Expands Its Wholesale Division
Approved Oil’s wholesale division, the Approved Oil & Soundview Energy Wholesale Group, recently announced two significant personnel changes, which are sure to add value for our wholesale customers. New to the team are Daniel Falcone, formerly of Renewable Energy Group, and Jim Clifford, formerly of Hess Corporation and Direct Energy. Both gentlemen will directly serve Approved/Soundview wholesale accounts, providing consistent, customized support in order to ensure client satisfaction.
Approved Oil Supports Community Charities
Approved Oil believes in community – in working with neighbors, schools and charitable organizations of all types to make a difference to those in need. The company knows that by helping one person, it is helping the world. Approved Oil believes that its mission is to provide that help.
This summer, Approved Oil was able to support several charitable efforts, and the company is honored by the gracious acknowledgements received from:
* The New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR) for a contribution to the NYBR Humanitarian Awards Dinner 2016 honoring Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The NYBR is committed to galvanizing the interfaith community in support of Israel and other critical global concerns, leading family violence prevention and advocacy and providing chaplaincy services in long-term healthcare facilities and correctional institutions in the State and city. Information about NYBR and its outreach can be found at nybr.org.
* Bay Ridge Prep for Approved Oil’s donation to the Annual Tiger Trot Fun Run fundraiser. Approved Oil was the leading Champion Supporter of the event. The Tiger Trot Fun Run brings students, faculty, parents, alumni and friends together for an afternoon of fun and fitness. The Tiger Trot Fun Run is an integral part of Bay Ridge Prep’s philosophy of promoting lifelong health and fitness and school spirit. You can learn more about Bay Ridge Prep at www.bayridgeprep.org.
* Wagner College for Approved Oil’s support of Wagner Athletics and the Sal Alberti Golf Classic to be held on Monday, September 12, 2016. The event raises funds for the Sal Alberti Memorial Golf Classic Scholarship Fund, allowing current and future Seahawks to achieve their dreams, both on the field and in the classroom. Information about Wagner College and the Sal Alberti Golf Classic can be found at www.wagner.edu.
* Holy Cross High School for a “Green and Gold Sponsorship” contribution to the 2016 Holy Cross Golf Classic. The Classic is the largest fundraiser benefiting the Alumni Scholarship Fund, which provides full four-year scholarships to Holy Cross students. Those students who receive full scholarships perform to the highest academic standards of Holy Cross and represent the school's most outstanding students. For more information on Holy Cross High School, visit www.holycrosshs.org.
We are proud and happy to announce that Ed Morse has joined the Approved Oil team as Senior Sales Representative.
After over 20 successful years with The Hess Corporation Ed brings a lifetime of experience, relationships and customer service that is unmatched in the energy industry. We are proud to add him to our ranks and expect his extensive back-round and capabilities to add an additional layer of sophistication to our organization.
We are enthusiastic about our continued growth and evolution. The future is bright at Approved!
Approved Oil Links with the Archdiocese of New York
Approved Oil Director of Special Installations Tommy Vittoria Sr. and his son Tommy Vittoria Jr. linked arms with His Eminence, Archbishop of New York Timothy Cardinal Dolan, at a recent event held at New York City's Manhattan Club. Approved Oil does a lot to serve the people of New York, but it's rare that we get the chance to cross paths with a public servant as important and esteemed as Cardinal Dolan. We thank him for his years of selfless service and for taking the time to meet with one of our own.
Approved Oil Company Announces Expansion into NJ Fuel Market
We're pleased to announce that as of May 2016, Approved Oil Company has begun marketing on and off-road distillate grade fuel products at Buckeye Partner's Newark and Pennsauken, New Jersey terminal facilities. Approved has long been a mainstay of the New York Harbor fuel market, and we look forward to bringing our brand of competitive pricing and dependable customer service across the Hudson River to serve our New Jersey neighbors.
Read the full press release here.
Approved Makes Important "Footsteps for Progress"
Approved Oil is all about progress — progress for our business, our employees, our customers, and most importantly the communities we all share. That’s why it makes perfect sense for us to support the Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) and their Footsteps for Progress walk to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities.
The event took place April 16, kicking off at the QCP Adult Center in Jamaica. To show our support, Approved Oil purchased a road sign sponsorship, which helped raise funds for the special programs that QCP makes available to some 1,200 individuals on a daily basis. According to QCP President Michael Macaluso, Approved Oil’s donation enables QCP “to promote the independence and inclusion of children and adults with developmental disabilities.” Michael went on to thank us for “helping to make a difference,” but we’d like to thank him and his organization for actually making that difference.
To learn more about what Queens Centers for Progress do, visit www.queenscp.org.
Approved Oil Gives Back to College
While some are going back to school, Approved Oil is giving back. Our company recently contributed to Iona College's fundraising efforts for the school's 2016 Scholarship Gala. The event, held in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria, raised more than $1.5 million to support Iona's student scholarship programs.
Located just north of NYC in New Rochelle, Iona College is attended by nearly 4,000 students and offers 60 degree programs, as well as over 40 minors and over 40 graduate programs. According to the letter we received from the school's president, "Thanks to [Approved Oil's] generosity, Iona will continue to fulfill its mission of preparing young men and women to move the world through their successful careers and leadership roles in both the public and private sectors." As always, we're delighted to help.
To learn more about Iona College, visit www.iona.edu.
Approved Oil Delivers Some Much-Needed enCouragement
Young kids are supposed to be carefree. Unfortunately, health challenges often rob children of this attitude and replace it with grave concerns that no young person should know. Whether being treated in a hospital or living at home with a chronic illness, every sick kid deserves to be able to laugh, play and have fun, so we thank the enCourage Kids Foundation for creating environments and experiences that give these children opportunities to do exactly that.
Based in New York City, the enCourage Kids Foundation serves children throughout the Tri-State area by helping to fund the kind of quality-of-life projects that many hospitals cannot organize or fund on their own. Thanks to the support of Approved Oil and other generous contributors, the foundation has raised over $1.2 million, and as result, numerous hospitals in our communities have received valuable grants.
We are humbled by the successes of the enCourage Kids Foundation, and we encourage you to go to http://encourage-kids.org to learn more about their most important work.
Approved Supports St. John Villa Academy of Staten Island and the Flushing YMCA
Anybody who knows Approved Oil knows that the City of New York is very close to our hearts. We always strive to support and contribute to the many fundraisers and functions promoted by community establishments all over the city. Simply giving back to the community is always enough to make us feel proud, but when these organizations reach back to us with a gesture of gratitude, we feel even prouder.
Approved Oil would like to thank the administration of St. John Villa Academy for expressing their gratitude for our sponsorship of the 5th Annual “Lights, Camera, Auction” … Celebrating Villa’s Stars Dinner Dance. We are happy that our Silent Auction Sponsorship of $2,000 contributed to the success of the fundraiser and we look forward to continuing to support the Academy in the future.
We’d also like to thank the YMCA of Greater New York for their equally heartwarming expression of gratitude for our $1,000 donation to the Flushing YMCA’s 2016 Annual Campaign. It continues to be our pleasure to support an organization that promotes youth development and recreation for families across the city.
Approved Oil Company Announces Long-Term New York Harbor Buckeye Storage Commitment
Vincent Theurer, President & CEO of Approved Oil Company of Brooklyn, is pleased to announce the completion of an agreement that will solidify his company’s strategic footprint within the Buckeye Partners’ deep-water Bronx (149th St) and Brooklyn (Court St) terminals for the next decade and beyond.
In addition to lengthening the term of Approved Oil’s ongoing storage agreements, the newly completed deal includes capital projects to be taken place at both facilities aimed at significantly increasing the company’s overall tank capacity; making it the clear majority stakeholder within the two terminals. The investment is a testament to Approved Oil’s continued growth and commitment to being a premier fuel supplier to all of the New York City market.
“I am proud to announce the completion of this long-term storage agreement. The Approved Oil brand is built upon excellence in service to our customers, and this asset investment ensures that our competitive position as a leader in supply availability and price stability is secure for years to come,” said Mr. Theurer.
The Buckeye Partner terminals are state-of-the-art facilities enabling Approved Oil to offer cleaner ultra-low sulfur fuel products and greener renewable-biodiesel blended products.
"A Place You Can Go" - Flushing YMCAYou don't have to be from a village to enjoy the support of the YMCA. As Flushing YMCA Executive Director Jen Silver writes, "YMCA Academic Programs like Youth & Government, Teens Take the City, Rowe Scholars, Leaders Club, college tours, and scholarships help kids from every corner of New York City find the educational path to reach their fullest potential." That's why Approved Oil was happy to donate to the organization's 2016 Annual Giving Campaign.
As seasoned adults, it's easy to forget that we were all at one time or another just young kids looking to find our way in the world of New York City. That world can be a crazy place, but it's thanks to organizations like the YMCA that countless youngsters are able to find their way. Jen writes, "Flushing YMCA identifies needs within the local community then creates programs that address those needs in real, meaningful ways." For that "real, meaningful" work, Approved Oil remains eternally grateful and proud to offer our continued support.
Oil price crash means heating oil becomes less expensive than natural gas. Crude prices fall below $30 for the first time since 2004.Average Household Heating Expenditures Expected to Decrease by 14 - 37 Percent.
The oil industry, with its history of booms and busts, is in its deepest downturn since the 1990s, if not earlier. United States domestic production has nearly doubled over the last several years, pushing out foreign oil imports. Lower heating oil prices reflect lower crude oil prices. The U.S. DOE estimates that the cost of crude oil spot prices will average $32 per barrel this winter, a drop of about $33 per barrel. lower than last winter.
Approved Supports the Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens
Every year, around the holiday season, Approved Oil likes to extend a helping hand to those less fortunate and to assist those who make it their mission to do the same. After all, that's what the holidays are all about.
This year, we pledged our support to the Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens, as an Advent Wreath Benefactor for the 2015 Bishop's Christmas Luncheon at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach. Catholic Foundation Director of Development Nicholas J. Vendikos writes, "Thanks to you support and so many others who likewise support the Catholic Foundation, this annual luncheon continues to be not only a memorable afternoon, but provides low-income children, of various ethnicities and backgrounds, the opportunity to choose Catholic school education in Brooklyn and Queens."
In 2014, this event reportedly raised over $700,000 to benefit the Bishop's Scholarship Fund and Youth Evangelization, and we at Approved Oil wish the Catholic Fund similar success with this year's Christmas Luncheon.
Bioheat Fuel® And 1010 Wins All-News Radio Join Forces To "Keep New Yorkers Warm" In A Charity Drive
The BIOHEAT FUEL® 1010 WINS Van has been "hitting the streets" in December and January asking New Yorkers to donate gently worn or new coats at specific locations throughout the NY Metropolitan area.
Now you can participate! Bring a coat to the 1010 WINS BIOHEAT FUEL® "Coat Drive" located at APPROVED OIL, 6717 4TH AVENUE in Brooklyn on MONDAY DECEMBER 21ST from 1pm-3pm.
All donated coats will be brought to New York Cares for distribution to those individuals and families in need.
Helping Make Students' Dreams Come True
As anyone who's visited this section of our website already knows, Approved Oil supports a range of charitable and educational organizations in their goals to improve the lives of New York City's youth. We love reading the responses of these organizations, but it's an even more special treat when we can hear from the individuals whom our contributions affect directly. That's why this letter we received Kaitlin Girton, Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Staten Island's Wagner College, really hit home.
In her letter, Kaitlin includes a quote from Rachael Smith, a student from the Wagner College Class of 2017, who writes, "As a recipient of the Dean's Scholarship, I want to thank all the donors who have made my Wagner experience possible. It is with your support that I am able to participate in the Arts Administration program to pursue my dream of working in theatre production." It's our pleasure to help "set the stage" for Rachael's success, as she does the same for others. We look forward to great things from her and the rest of Wagner College's students in the years to come.
Approved Sponsors Staten's Spookiest Event
On the weekend of October 17-18, some 4,000 people attended the Staten Island Zoo's "Spooktacular," making it easily the borough's biggest Halloween event. In fact, tickets for both Saturday and Sunday sold out in just ten days! All told, it took approximately 350 volunteers and performers to man the event's seven themed attractions and 40 individual activity stations, and of course, the support of Approved Oil went a long way as well.
Approved Oil was glad to sponsor the Spooktacular's "Galaxy's Got Talent" show, which was put on by the Susan Wagner High School Theater Department, and which "was among the event's favorite attractions," according to Staten Island Zoological Society Executive Director Ken Mitchell. In exchange for our support, the Approved Oil company commercial played before each performance and our banner was displayed at several locations throughout the Zoo. But really, it's all about the kids, as over 60,000 children attend the Staten Island Zoo each year through school visits.
To see what's happening now at the Staten Island Zoo, or to show your support, visit StatenIslandZoo.org.
Approved Supports Local EMS Provider
As we all know, New York traffic is enough to make a person crazy. Our drivers work extremely hard to deliver the fuel you need when you need it, 24/7/365, but as important as their job is, it usually isn't a matter of life and death. So, we at Approved Oil take our hats off to all the emergency medical service providers at Hunter EMS Ambulance, a longstanding partner of Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI) and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.
On October 17, Hunter EMS held its 53rd Annual Good Samaritan Sweetest Day Ball, and to show our support for the amazing work they do, Approved Oil was happy to make a generous contribution. According to a letter signed by Hunter EMS Ambulance President Daniel Leibowitz, "the evening proved to be a great success, raising more than $300,000 and could not have been done without [Approved Oil's] generous support."
We'd like to once again thank Hunter EMS Ambulance for providing seamless medical care to our communities. Theirs is truly a worth cause.
To learn more about Hunter EMS Ambulance, visit www.hunterems.com.
Approved Gets Involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is a month most typically known for the ghouls and ghosts of Halloween, but far more frightening is the very real global cancer epidemic that continues to shake the lives of men and women in and out of our community. To show our support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 1-October 31), this year, Approved Oil donated money to Fillmore Real Estate's 8th Annual Pink Party.
Also known as Pat's Pink Party, this Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event aims to support the work of the American Cancer Society. As Fillmore Cares Chairperson Ann MacBride writes, "this substantial fundraising effort will go a long way toward funding research to fight breast cancer and providing services to breast cancer patients and their families right here in Brooklyn."
To learn more about Fillmore Cares, visit www.fillmorecares.com. To find out how you can contribute to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, go to makingstrides.acsevents.org.
Approved Oil Sponsors Step for a Cure 5k Run and Walk
There is no future without the youth, so Approved Oil does everything in its power to support the community-based organizations that assist these young people. One such organization is Michael's Cause, a nonprofit charity that works to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a condition afflicting 1 in 3,600 boys.
On Sunday, September 20, 2015, the charity held its 4th Annual Step for a Cure 5k Run and Walk, and Approved Oil was on hand at Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island to show our support. In addition to sponsoring the 5k, a number of Approved Oil employees actually walked in it as well.
We recently received a letter for appreciation from Michael's Cause co-founders Robert and Theresa Capolongo, who thanked us for believing in their cause and joining them in their fight to end Duchenne. We are honored to have been a part of Step for a Cure and proud to have helped make the event a success.
To learn more about Michael's Cause or to find out how you too can contribute, visit www.michaelscause.org.
Who's the Mann? Approved Oil's Vincent Theurer!
Approved Oil President and CEO Vincent Theurer recently appeared along with his son Vincent Jr. on the front cover of the September issue of Mann Report Management, a monthly business-to-business magazine covering property management in New York City. For the cover feature, Vincent Sr. sat down with Mann Report's Trip Whetsell to discuss Approved Oil's fascinating history, unique business model and future plans.
Asked how Approved Oil became New York's premier energy provider, Vincent responded, "I think it's been the result of a number of factors, including hard work, listening to and responding to the needs of our customers, and the dedication of our employees." He went on to describe how our company has changed and grown over the years, moving into natural gas service and wholesale oil. To read the full article, click on the cover image.
Approved Oil Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones
The NY Mets are enjoying a record-breaking season in 2015 thanks in part to their great farm system, which of course includes the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league team. At Approved Oil, we too recognize that our company's success is dependent on the talent and growth of our employees, including our new recruits as well as our veterans. So, to celebrate the success of our employees and to show them how much we appreciate the
hard work they've put in, we held an employee appreciation night at MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Our employees and their families were invited, tasty ballpark food and refreshments were provided, and a great time was had by all, as you can see from the photos we took at the game.
We'd like to once again thank all of our employees for their hard work, dedication, dependability, and above all, for helping to make Approved Oil the winning team in every season.
Approved Oil Is Proud To Support Our Community
At Approved Oil, we go out of our way to support the local Brooklyn community, because it's our community too. Approved Oil is honored to have received a Certificate of Appreciation from St. Bernadette School for supporting their April 2015 Ladies' Night Out fundraiser. We like to do our part for the young children of Brooklyn, and are proud to help raise funds that will further enrich their educational experience.
We're thrilled to have gotten such great thanks for our contribution to the New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR) Passover Fund. Our donation helped the NYBR provide support for critical programs such as advocacy for Israel, Interfaith Relations, Family Violence Prevention, and Chaplaincy. It gives us a good feeling to know our efforts are helping to make a difference.
We'd also like to thank Holy Cross High School of Queens for acknowledging our sponsorship of their 33rd Annual Holy Cross Golf Classic. Together, we were able to surpass their goal of raising $100,000 for their Alumni Scholarship Fund, which offers four-year scholarships to exemplary members of the incoming freshman class. This year, the Alumni Scholarship Fund awarded 20 Holy Cross students who exhibited outstanding academic accomplishments.
We take pride in being a company that works for the community. Our commitment to serving the public is a reflection of our appreciation of our loyal customers' support. We look forward to sponsoring and supporting other fundraisers that will benefit the community in the future.
Employee Appreciation Day
Approved held its Employee Appreciation Day at Citi Field on Sunday July 12. Employee Appreciation Day is Approved's way of saying thank you to our staff for all their hard work and the sacrifices they made during the last winter season. Free food and drinks were available for all of our employees and their families prior to the game between the Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks, and a historic time was had by all, as the Mets were led to a 5-3 victory by backup outfielder "Captain" Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who became the 10th Met in franchise history to homer thrice in one game. Way to go, team! Click here to see more pictures in our "Employee Appreciation Day" gallery.
A Taste Of Local Culture:
Approved Oil Is Proud To Sponsor The 2015 Summer Stroll On 3rd Avenue
As a longtime member of the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn community, Approved Oil is very pleased to be a silver sponsor of the Summer Stroll On 3rd Avenue. Summer Stroll is a project that gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy Bay Ridge's public center, 3rd Avenue. With the streets closed to traffic, residents and guests can freely roam and enjoy avenue-wide cultural activities, including performances, book signings by favorite authors, and games. It's a great way to experience everything Bay Ridge has to offer, like great dining, cool local vintage shops, and a friendly, vibrant atmosphere.
As a local Bay Ridge business run by local residents, we're especially proud to participate in the 2015 Summer Stroll On 3rd Avenue. We look forward to seeing all of our friends joining us on August 7th and 14th for lots of Brooklyn summer fun at the Summer Stroll. The route runs from 69th Street to 80th Street, from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M. For more information, visit www.summerstrollon3rd.com.
Supporting American Dreams
Approved Oil is proud to partner with HeartShare St. Vincent's Services (HSVS) to provide support for young people who've come up through the foster care system. By donating to the HSVS American Dream Program, we've helped college-bound youth concentrate on their academic studies and pursue their career aspirations. As a local business run by local family men, Approved Oil will continue to demonstrate a firm commitment to improving the lives of our city's citizens, and we thank the HSVS American Dream Program for all of the incredible work they do to this same end.
Approved Oil Shows St. Paddy's Day Support
Approved Oil is honored to call Bay Ridge, Brooklyn our home. And as a longtime member of the local community, we strive to show our support for this community by getting involved whenever and wherever possible. On March 22, we put our community pride, support and involvement on display by including one of our tanker trucks in this year's Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Here, you can see our truck rolling with the parade as it made its way down 3rd Avenue, which is of course just one block west of our 4th Avenue headquarters. Since 1994, the Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade has provided a great opportunity for local residents and businesses to come together for a day of family fun and community involvement. We are happy to have participated and proud to support the Bay Ridge community however we can.
Starlight Children's Foundation is a leading international charity that has partnered with more than 1,750 health care facilities and pediatric hospitals around the world. Its primary goal is to improve the lives and health of children and families. In 2015, Starlight held its 30th Anniversary Gala, which, thanks to the support of Approved Oil and others, was able to raise $1.4 million to brighten the lives of sick children. As honored as Approved Oil was to see our organization included in the Gala Journal, we were even prouder to play a role in the night's success.
Community Mainstreaming Associates (CMA) is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping them lead full and productive lives. In addition to offering in-home community habilitation, CMA operates a vocational program called Working Together and provides Medicaid coordination services. On May 11, 2015, CMA will host its 21st Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament & Bike Ride, an event that Approved Oil is delighted to sponsor and attend.
Fontbonne Hall Academy is a Christian college prep school with a proud heritage of over 75 years of educating young women. The school attracts the best and brightest from across New York City, offering a number of scholarships, clubs and extracurricular activities that help adolescent girls develop their talents and discover their voices. It is a truly remarkable institution and one that Approved Oil has proudly contributed to for many years.
Approved Supports Toys for Tots
Every year, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December to distribute as Christmas gifts, bringing smiles to the faces of less-fortunate kids throughout NYC and across the U.S. This year, Approved Oil participated in the Toys for Tots program by holding a toy drive of our own right here in our company's offices. To say the program was well-received would be somewhat of an understatement.
In total, over 200 toys were donated and distributed by Approved Oil employees!
Reflecting on the success of this year's toy drive, Approved Oil Vice President of Fleet and Field Operations Benny Bellini wrote: "To know we have made a difference in a child's happiness, during the holiday season, is priceless. I am very proud to have been a part of this special event and of course being connected to all of the most gracious contributors here at Approved Oil." Well said, Benny.
Approved Oil would like to congratulate everyone who helped make this year's toy drive a huge success. Thank you all for helping to spread the spirit of giving this holiday season. You have done our company proud.
Don't worry, though. We haven't gone far. We're still in our neighborhood of Bayridge, Brooklyn ... in fact, we're just up the block. Our new, 20,000 square foot, state-of the-art facilities are located at:
6717 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Please update your address books, forward all mail accordingly, and keep in mind that our move has absolutely no negative effect on our services or service area. Approved Oil is proud to continue serving residential and commercial customers throughout New York City, and our new facility will help us meet your needs quicker and more efficiently than ever.
Approved Oil Company, the Automatic Fuel Delivery Professionals
Degree day calculation and execution of timely deliveries requires infrastructure and experience. At Approved Oil we have been making regular automatic fuel deliveries since 1937. We welcome you to hold us accountable.
The Approved Oil Guarantee:
- The competitive pricing advantage only a wholesaler can provide.
- Uninterrupted supply during shortages and natural disasters.
- Guaranteed quality and compliance with all government specifications.
We are proud welcome Eric Sutphen to our staff. Eric comes to us with 17 years of experience running the fuel delivery division for The Hess Corporation.
Contact Eric today, he will tailor a delivery program that suits your needs and individual requirements. Your satisfaction is our primary concern.
Eric's leadership through Hurricane Sandy is legendary in our industry. No one could boast a better record of keeping oil tanks full during the crisis!
Approved Oil is excited to announce the addition of Eric Sutphen and
David Stern to our staff.
Eric ran the oil division for the Hess Corporation for 17 years and David has been running the service division for Hess since 2008.
The knowledge and expertise that made Hess the gold standard in the fuel oil business has been adopted by Approved Oil Company.
- We are dedicated to deliver only the finest products with integrity.
- Customer service that makes your needs our #1 priority.
- Neat & timely deliveries made by professionals.
- 24 hour response team delivering the service you are accustomed to.
Welcome to the New Approved Oil Website!
Approved Oil is proud to premier its new web design featuring a whole new look and several added features. For customer convenience, the site is now divided into four comprehensive sections — Residential Fuel Oil & Services, Commercial Fuel Oil & Services, Residential Natural Gas Services, and Residential Electricity Services — each of which offers a wealth of information in an easily navigable layout. We're continuing to update the site every day, so if there's anything else that you'd like to see included, please let us know.
Black Tie International: The 4th Annual Founder's Award Dinner
Honorees, Vincent Theurer and Karen D'Attilo
The 4th Annual Founder's Award Dinner Benefitting The Child School/Legacy High School held its gala at Terrace on the Park, Queens, N.Y.
To add to this year's excitement, retired Yankee great Mariano Rivera, a future guaranteed Hall of Famer, made a special appearance at the dinner. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was NBC 4 New York's Gus Rosendale, weekday reporter and fill-in anchor who can be seen regularly on "Weekend Today in New York" with Pat Battle and Contessa Brewer.
The dinner honored Vincent Theurer and Karen D'Attilo. Mr. Theurer, a leading benefactor of the school, is chief executive of Approved Oil Co., the largest independently owned residential energy firm in New York City. Ms. D'Attilo, a former school parent, is a health-care professional who has spearheaded numerous programs to the school's benefit.
Founded in 1973 by Maari de Souza with a handful of students, the Child School and Legacy High School today has 300 students and is one of New York's largest schools for children with learning differences. Because we embrace each child's unique set of skills, students who encounter difficulties at other schools often find their special talents and are able to thrive at our school, which is located on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan. - See more here.
Vinny received founders award for 2014 and serves on the Board of Directors and has been affiliated for over 3 years with The Child School.
The Deal Is Done
Approved Oil is proud to announce we've signed a multi-year agreement to lease two strategically placed terminals from Buckeye Partners L.P, one of the nation's largest petroleum pipeline operators. Our new terminals, located at 149th Street in The Bronx and at Court Street in Brooklyn, will serve as the main base of operations for our Wholesale Division. We'd like to thank our associates at Buckeye Partners L.P., as well as everybody at Soundview Energy, for working with Approved Oil to help us become a leading wholesaler of Ultra Low Sulfur heating oil, No.4 heating oil, No.6 heating oil, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel ("on road" and "off road") and Biodiesel.
Announcing Our New Wholesale Division
Since Approved Oil first opened its doors in 1937, the company has been recognized throughout Brooklyn as the borough's leading provider of residential fuel oil and related services. Of course, over the decades our company has expanded to cover all five boroughs and become a leading provider of commercial fuel oil services as well. Now, with the arrival of our Wholesale Division, Approved Oil is poised to make history all over again.
The Approved Oil Wholesale Division will be run by Soundview Energy, Inc., headed by its President and founder, Nick Fasano. Soundview Energy has been in the global energy business since 1991 and has traded oil in a variety of markets around the world. In addition to its global experience Soundview has been successfully involved in the New York City market for the past 23 years. Approved Oil chose Soundview to run its wholesale division because of Soundview's experience, success and impeccable reputation. Soundview brings an array of creative marketing concepts to its customers, which allows them to be competitive and at the same time manage their risk.
Please visit our new Wholesale Division online at http://approvedoil.com/wholesale-division and look out for another big announcement coming tomorrow.