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    Sheetz, Chase Playing Their Cards Right

    Cardmembers can order up savings with enhanced rewards card.

    ALTOONA, Pa. -- Now, Sheetz customers can earn free gas and food with the enhanced Sheetz MasterCard, which was launched yesterday by the company, based here, and Chase Card Services, the credit card division of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    Cardmembers earn the following benefits of the Sheetz Rewards program:

    -- a 10-percent rebate on all Sheetz purchases and 2-percent rebate for all other eligible purchases for the first 90 days the account is open,

    -- a 3-percent rebate on all Sheetz purchases afterward,

    -- a 2-percent rebate on groceries, travel and dining purchases and

    -- a 1-percent rebate on all other eligible purchases.

    The rebates can be redeemed for $25 gift cards at retailers including convenience store chains for every $25 in rewards accumulated.

    "With the Sheetz MasterCard, our customers always come out ahead," Rich Steckroth, director of business development for Sheetz, said in a statement from Chase.

    The Sheetz MasterCard from Chase became the first co-branded credit card to feature "blink," a contactless payment method.

    In other Sheetz news, the company will help provide employment for American soldiers through an agreement with U.S. Army representatives, where the chain will participate in the National Partnership for Youth Success Program (PaYS), which connects soldiers with potential employers prior to military training for employment upon discharge, the Altoona Mirror reported.

    "This is a great opportunity to be partners so we can utilize the talents and skills American soldiers have gained in their careers," Stan Sheetz, president and chief executive officer, told the paper. "We have lots of opportunities. The skills and work ethic developed by those in the military can gainfully be put to use here at Sheetz. We look forward to offering career opportunities to those soldiers."

    As part of the agreement, qualified soldiers in the PaYS program will receive priority hiring status and their military service will count as years of service for Sheetz, the report stated.

    "This signifies Sheetz' commitment to the veterans and those in the military," Lt. Col. Michael R. Matthews, Harrisburg recruiting battalion commander, told the Mirror. "Sheetz has stepped up to the plate, saying these are America's finest and we want to interview them for a job." He added: "We are very excited to have them as corporate partners."

    Through PaYS, the U.S. Army has partnered with more than 200 companies, including nearly 100 Fortune 500 organizations.

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