EDP expands into central Michigan, acquires Kent Oil & Propane

August 8, 2019 By    

Energy Distribution Partners (EDP) acquired Kent Oil & Propane.

Nashville, Michigan-based Kent Oil & Propane provides propane and petroleum light oils to its over 3,500 customers throughout four counties in Michigan. The acquisition marks the 25th transaction for EDP and expands the company’s reach into central Michigan.

“We are excited to have the Kent Oil & Propane team join EDP,” says Tom Knauff, CEO of EDP. “Kent Oil & Propane has an outstanding reputation across central Michigan and we are committed to ensuring that stellar reputation continues. We look forward to welcoming their employees to EDP and to continuing to provide exceptional service to customers across their service area.”

Kent Oil & Propane was a third-generation business founded in 1936 by Walter and Mildred Kent as a gasoline and distillate agent for Standard Oil. The business was taken over in the late 1960s by their son Jerry and his wife, Anne. In 1981, their son John joined the company, followed by their son-in-law, Jeff Hynes, in 1988. In 1992, the company added propane to its offerings.

“As I looked ahead to my retirement, I wanted to be sure the new company would take great care of both my longtime customers and my valued employees,” says Hynes, the sole owner of the company since 2010. “I chose EDP because they are known throughout the industry for providing exceptional service to customers, for treating employees right and for remaining active supporters of the local community. I couldn’t be more pleased with EDP’s plans to support and grow this business.”

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Joe McCarthy was an associate editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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