WOODBRIDGE, N.J., Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) has announced its exclusive endorsement of Hess Small Business Services as its preferred supplier of both electricity and natural gas for member restaurants in the New York City metro area. The endorsement is managed through NYSRA's purchasing arm, New York State Restaurant Services (NYSRS), and its Energy Alliance(SM) group buying program. NYSRS's Energy Alliance(SM) program is managed by EnergyNext, Inc. of Saratoga Springs, NY.
NYSRA has endorsed Hess as its natural gas supplier since 2008. The company's recent entry into the New York City electricity market now enables NYSRA to endorse Hess as its preferred electricity supplier as well.
"Our members have long been pleased with both the low prices and the excellent service they receive from Hess for natural gas," said NYSRS Executive Vice President Jaqueline Chin. "We're confident that Hess will help them save money and build their bottom line with its electricity service, too."
Hess Small Business Services, part of Hess Energy Marketing, offers small-business customers in the New York metro area straightforward, cost-effective pricing plans for natural gas and electricity. Hess is the largest provider of natural gas, fuel oil and electricity to large commercial and industrial customers in the 18-state market area in which it operates.
"Now more than ever, restaurant operators and all small-business owners are looking for ways to save money and may not realize they have competitive energy choices," said John Sutherland, Director of Hess Small Business Services. "We're very pleased that NYSRA has the confidence to continue to recommend us to its members, who are such an essential part of New York's business community."
In addition to providing small businesses in New York City with natural gas and electricity, Hess is a natural gas supplier to small business customers in New Jersey. Hess plans to expand its small business energy services in 2011 to offer natural gas in all areas of New Jersey as well as natural gas and electricity in upstate New York. For more information and to request an energy quote, go to www.hessenergy.com/smallbusiness.
The New York State Restaurant Association, founded in 1935, is the leading business association for the restaurant and hospitality industry in New York State. Comprised of more than 56,000 restaurants, bars and clubs, New York restaurants represent more than 628,000 employees and sales of approximately $27 billion—making them the cornerstone of the state's economy, career opportunities and community involvement. Along with New York State Restaurant Services and the New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, NYSRA and its chapters work to represent, educate and promote the rapidly growing hospitality industry. For more information, visit http://www.nysra.org/.
About Hess Energy Marketing and Hess Small Business Services
Hess Corporation, with headquarters in New York, is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration for and production of crude oil and natural gas, as well as in refining and in marketing refined petroleum products, natural gas and electricity. Hess Energy Marketing is a leading provider of natural gas, fuel oil and electricity to commercial and industrial customers as well as utilities and other wholesale customers. Hess Small Business Services provides cost-effective pricing plans for natural gas and electricity and online tools to help small businesses take control of their energy spend. Both businesses are part of Hess Corporation. For more information, visit www.hessenergy.com/smallbusiness.
SOURCE Hess Corporation