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Our dedicated Drivers and Service Technicians have completed hours upon hours of safety and technical training and years of service in the field and:

  • Perform gas safety checks to make sure that your propane system is safe.
  • Install and maintain Caywood Propane tanks and equipment, including periodic powers washes, painting and other maintenance.
  • Deliver propane throughout the winter, including brutally cold weather, to insure that we keep your home warm, showers hot, stoves cooking.


Our talented customer service professionals have completed hours of Hazmat, Propane Certified Employee Training and Safety Training to help keep you safe. They also bring years of experience from the aviation, healthcare and retail services industries. You can count on them to:

  • Manage and schedule gas checks, and tank and monitor installations and mainteance.
  • Schedule deliveries
  • Be available to answer our emergency phone and schedule emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Chris Caywood

Co-Owner and President

Chris has been a third-generation co-owner since 1997 but only recently became active in the business after a career in the legal, retail, pharmaceutical and higher education industries. Chris became passionate about technology and business operations during his tenures as division president at Kaplan Higher Education (now Purdue Global) and DeVry Education Group (now Adtalem) where he focused on the delivery of online education. Chris holds bachelors, masters and law degrees from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Chris and his wife of almost 27 years have three daughters and reside in the Chicago area.

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Josh Canfield

Driver and Service Technician

Josh joined us in 2016 from Scodeller Construction, where he was a manager and kettle operator responsible for training and managing employees working with hazardous materials used in road repair and construction.

Josh is a graduate of Western International High School in Detroit, Michigan. Josh and his wife Jessica reside in Albion, Michigan with their two young daughters. In his spare time Josh likes to ride his motorcycle. Josh is based at our Albion Plant.

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Elizabeth Kimble

Customer Service Representative

Liz joined us in 2018 after more than twenty years in the healthcare and hospitality industries, most recently as an Access Coordinator at Toledo Vascular Access Center.

Liz is a graduate of North Central High School in Pioneer, Ohio and attended Kaplan University and Jackson College. Liz Resides in Hudson, Michigan with her husband of 14 years and three children. Liz enjoys watching her children compete in sports activities. Liz is based in our Hudson Office.

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Mark Mapes

Driver and Service Technician

Mark joined us in 2014 from Mapes Stable and was a bus driver for Hillsdale Community Schools and Reading Community Schools.

Mark is a graduate of Reading High School in Reading, Michigan and is a lifelong resident of Hillsdale County. Mark and his wife reside in Allen, Michigan and have four children and two granddaughters. Mark is a volunteer leader for 4H of Hillsdale County, enjoys working with horses and is an avid runner. Mark is based at our Coldwater Plant.

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Ashley Ritter

Customer Service Representative

Ashley joined us in 2018 from CVS Pharmacy and Panera Bread where she was a manager and trainer.

Ashley is a graduate of John Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan where she studied cosmetology. Ashley resides in Cement City, Michigan with her boyfriend Sean and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family. Ashley is based in our Albion Office.

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Michael Caywood


Mike has been a third generation co-owner since 1997 and is an active board member in the business. He has practiced law for over 20 years, including past roles with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and established law firms with national practices in Chicago and Phoenix. Mike’s clients at HaasCaywood, P.C. are able to get the sophisticated, high quality services typically available only at large law firms, but at high value local rates. Mike holds a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Iowa. Mike and his wife of almost thirty years have a son and daughter and reside in the Coldwater area.

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Mike Cook

Driver and Service Technician

Michael Cook joined us in 1995 from JM Dairy and is our most senior employee. Mike does more than just understand the principles we are founded on, he helped create them and lives them every day.

Mike is a graduate of Addison High School in Addison, Michigan. Mike resides in Fayette, Ohio and has an adult daughter. He enjoys spending time raising and showing Belgian horses and enjoys classic westerns. Mike is based at our Hudson Plant.

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Douglas Mapes

Driver and Service Technician

Doug joined us in 2016 from Michigan South Central Power Agency where he was a driver and fork lift operator in the operations and heavy maintenance department. He also has experience as a welder.

Doug is a graduate of Will Carleton Academy in Hillsdale, Michigan and attended Brown Mackie in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Doug is a lifelong resident of HIllsdale County. Doug enjoys spending time with his wife and young children. Doug is based at our Hudson Plant.

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Tara Nance

Customer Service Representative

Tara joined us in 2019 with 14 years in the aviation industry, most recently as an operations and support specialist at SOLO Aviation.

Tara is a graduate of Onsted High School in Onsted, Michigan. She resides in Addison, Michigan with her husband Josh and two daughters. Tara enjoys spending time with her family, offroading, paddleboarding, fishing and outdoor activites. Tara is based in our Hudson Office.

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