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Ranking the Top Propane Retailers

April 14, 2020 By    

Media: LP Gas Magazine
As the structure of the propane industry transforms, so too must LP Gas’ Top Propane Retailer rankings.

You’ll notice, for instance, that we’ve dropped the Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) category in favor of simply “Majors” to highlight the top three propane retailers: AmeriGas Propane, Ferrellgas and Suburban Propane, respectively. AmeriGas no longer operates as an MLP and dropped from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after its parent company, UGI Corp., acquired its remaining public shares in August 2019.

In early 2020, Ferrellgas also voluntarily delisted from the NYSE after falling out of compliance in 2019. Still, Ferrellgas saw year-over-year retail gallon growth of nearly 36 million – the only retailer in the top three to report growth in 2019 – and does not expect the delisting to adversely affect business operations going forward.

An aerial view of a Suburban Propane location in rural New York. Suburban ranks No. 3 this year, with retail sales of 426.7 million gallons. Photo: Suburban Propane

An aerial view of a Suburban Propane location in rural New York. Suburban ranks No. 3 this year, with retail sales of 426.7 million gallons. Photo by Roger Rosenbaum

Meanwhile, ThompsonGas continues its rise toward the top. Last year, the Frederick, Maryland-based company earned a position in the top 10, reporting 86.2 million in gallon sales. This year, it ranks as the sixth-largest propane retailer with sales of 112.6 million gallons. Like last year, ThompsonGas leads the pack in terms of acquisition activity. In 2019, it acquired four companies, including Tacoma, Washington-based APP Propane, which made the top 35 in our 2018 rankings.

ThompsonGas wasn’t the only company for which a bold acquisition strategy led to strong growth. Superior Plus Propane and Energy Distribution Partners tied ThompsonGas for number of acquisitions in 2019 and saw year-over-year gains of 12 million gallons and 10 million gallons, respectively. Each moved up a slot in the rankings this year.

Meritum Energy Holdings entered the rankings for the first time at No. 23, thanks to four propane acquisitions. A subsidiary of the San Antonio-based company, Pico Propane & Fuels, took 36th place in our 2018 rankings, but now Meritum Energy operates its propane business under several brands.

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Top Retailers Information

Majors

AmeriGas Propane LP
Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Phone: 610-337-7000
Founded: 1959
Owner: UGI Corp.
2019 FY retail gallons: 1,053,900,000
Outlets: More than 1,800; States: 50
Customers: Over 1,600,000
Employees: 7,550; Bobtails: 2,910; Transports: 900
Officers: Hugh Gallagher, president & CEO; Anthony Rosback, VP & COO; Ann Kelly, VP, finance, & CFO; Troy Fee, VP, human resources & strategic initiatives; Craig Dadamo, controller & CAO; Andrew Little, VP, supply & logistics; Kathy Prigmore, VP, process improvement; John Lee, VP, financial operations & planning; Christopher Cook, VP, marketing & ACE; Warren Patterson, VP, growth; Paige O’Dell, VP, operations support; David Ritts, VP, IT operations
Operations managers: Stuart Arnold, operations VP, East; James Palkovic, operations VP, West

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Ferrellgas Partners LP
Location: Overland Park, Kansas
Phone: 913-661-1830
Founded: 1939
2019 FY retail gallons: 672,266,000
Employees: 4,191
Officers: James E. Ferrell, interim CEO; William E. Ruisinger, interim CFO; Bryan J. Wright, COO; Tamria A. Zertuche, CIO
Operations managers: Kirt Brasseaux, VP of retail operations; Mike Crawford, VP of retail operations; Ray Galan, VP of retail operations; Marcin Grucela, VP of retail operations; Ben Guzzi, VP of retail operations; Aaron Huizenga, VP of retail operations; Jim Rushing, VP of retail operations; Tim Sayers, VP of retail operations; George Susral, VP of retail operations; Kevin Tobolski, VP of retail operations; Lisa Zuppas, VP of retail operations

Suburban Propane Partners
Location: Whippany, New Jersey
Phone: 973-887-5300
Founded: 1928
Owner: Publicly held
2019 FY retail gallons: 426,700,000
Outlets: 700; States: 41;
Customers: 1,000,000
Employees: 3,369; Bobtails: 1,049; Transports: 11
Storage volume: 22,000,000 gallons
Acquisitions: 3 (2,500,000 gallons; 500,000 gallons; 2,200,000 gallons)
Officers: Michael A. Stivala, president & CEO, member of the board of supervisors; Michael A. Kuglin, CFO & CAO; Steven C. Boyd, COO; Douglas T. Brinkworth, senior VP, product supply, purchasing & logistics; Neil E. Scanlon, senior VP, information services; Bryon Koepke, VP, general counsel & secretary; Daniel S. Bloomstein, VP & controller; A. Davin D’Ambrosio, VP & treasurer; Keith P. Onderdonk, VP, operational support; Michael A. Schueler, VP, product supply; and Sandra N. Zwickel, VP, HR

Multi-State Independents

21st Century Energy Group
Location: New Castle, Pennsylvania
Phone: 800-922-5454
Founded: 1962
2019 FY retail gallons: 6,765,656
Outlets: 6; States: 4

Blossman Gas Inc.
Location: Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Phone: 888-256-7762
Web: blossmangas.com
Founded: 1951
Owners: Blossman family
2019 FY retail gallons: 104,000,000
Outlets: 75; States: 16; Customers: 172,000
Employees: 970; Bobtails: 225
Acquisitions: 2
Officers: Stuart Weidie, president & CEO; David Reynolds, COO; Frank Parent, CFO; Todd Reinke, CAO
Operations managers: Regional VPs: James Harris, John Fowler, Scott Prewitt, Scott Sturdivant, Steve McCoy

CHS Inc.
Location: Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Phone: 800-232-3639
Founded: 1929
2019 FY retail gallons: 105,000,000
States: 44; Employees: 10,495
Transports: 375
Officers: Adam DeLawyer, VP of propane
Operations managers: Tyler Kelly, director of supply; Dennis St. Aubin, sales manager, west; George Lipford, sales manager, east; Scott Pearson, director of propane risk and asset development; Ben Lyden, director of trading; Andy Ernst, marketing manager

Co-Alliance LLP
Location: Avon, Indiana
Phone: 317-745-4491
Founded: 1927
Owner: Farmer-owned cooperative
2019 FY retail gallons: 25,481,101
Outlets: 31; States: 4; Customers: 21,376
Employees: 58; Bobtails: 30; Transports: 2
Storage volume: 1,242,000 gallons
Acquisitions: 1 (Superior Fuels Inc./2,800,000 gallons)
Officers: Kevin Still, president & CEO; John Graham, executive VP & CFO; Todd Masten, VP of energy
Operations managers: Mike Hayden, Chuck Boyd, Don Stoner

Country Visions Cooperative
Location: Cato, Wisconsin
Phone: 920-754-2240
Web: countryvisionscoop.com
Founded: 1923
2019 FY retail gallons: 7,859,292
Outlets: 14; States: 1; Customers: 12,000
Employees: 22; Bobtails: 15; Transports: 1
Storage volume: 608,000 gallons
Officers: William Hoeltke, VP of energy; Carl Kiedrowski, propane division manager
Operations managers: John Leurquin, propane operations manager

DCC Propane LLC
Location: Roberts, Illinois
Phone: 217-395-2281
Founded: 1976
2019 FY retail gallons: 72,500,000
Outlets: 43; States: 10; Customers: 62,000
Employees: 400; Bobtails: 153; Transports: 10
Storage volume: 5,200,000 gallons
Acquisitions: 1
Officers: Shawn Coady, president & managing director
Operations managers: Ron Snyder, senior VP; Mike McLeod, VP; Matt Geer, director of corporate development

Delta Liquid Energy
Location: Paso Robles, California
Phone: 805-239-0616
Founded: 1936
Owner: Platz family
2019 FY retail gallons: 14,872,965
Outlets: 9; States: 5; Customers: 16,240
Employees: 120; Bobtails: 38; Transports: 9
Storage volume: 1,799,752 gallons
Officers: D. Frank Platz, CEO; William Platz, president; Cynthia Belmont, VP, administration; Robert Jacobs, VP, business enterprises; Phil Comstock, VP, retail operations

Diversified Energy LLC
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Phone: 828-266-9800
Founded: 2000
Owner: NC EMCs
2019 FY retail gallons: 10,200,000
Outlets: 10; States: 3; Customers: 21,300
Employees: 79; Bobtails: 37; Transports: 3
Storage volume: 760,000 gallons
Officers: Kirk Bailey, CEO; Marilyn Oakes, coordinator/HR; Stephanie Johnson, corporate accountant
Operations managers: Area managers: Tom Curry, Tony Johnson, Doug House, Andy Daughtrey

Eastern Propane & Oil
Location: Rochester, New Hampshire
Phone: 603-332-2080
Founded: 1932
Owner: Charles V. Clement III
2019 FY retail gallons: 48,850,000
Outlets: 14; States: 5; Customers: 89,000
Employees: 489; Bobtails: 115; Transports: 5
Storage volume: 2,478,000 gallons
Acquisitions: 2
Officers: Charles V. Clement III, chairman & president; Thomas Manson, CEO; Charles V. Clement IV, CTO; Meghan Anderson, CCO; Barbara Labonte, VP finance & CFO; Robert Young, COO; Denis Gagne, SVP, supply & acquisitions; Brian Boudreau, SVP, HR & risk management; Kathy Ford, SVP, business systems; Josh Anderson, VP, sales & marketing; Timothy Condon, general counsel & VP, human resources & risk management; Mark Stone, VP information services; ML Hannay, VP, team & leadership development; Bob Lefebvre, assistant VP supply; Penney Mabey, assistant VP, customer care; Mike Gagne, assistant VP, fleet; Diane Brown, assistant VP, finance & controller; Greg Krise, assistant VP sales; Kathy Donlon, assistant to the president
Operations managers: Regional managers: William Massey, regional manager, New Hampshire east & Maine; Brandt Lambert, regional manager, New Hampshire central; James Blake, regional manager, Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Enderby Gas Inc.
Location: Gainesville, Texas
Phone: 940-665-3457
Founded: 1945
Owner: Jim Bishop
2019 FY retail gallons: 7,370,079
Outlets: 7; States: 2; Customers: 14,000
Employees: 100; Bobtails: 29; Transports: 33
Storage volume: 762,000 gallons
Officers: Jim Bishop, president; Betty Jarrell, secretary
Operations managers: Max Eubanks, manager, supply & distribution; Chad Gregg, branch manager, Krum, Bowie & Gainesville; B.B. Reedy, branch manager, Sherman & Princeton; Boyd Sanders, branch manager, Paris; Alan Gibbons, branch manager, Marietta, OK
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Energy Distribution Partners
Location: Chicago
Phone: 312-254-5950 • Fax: 312-559-5106
Founded: 2012
2019 FY retail gallons: 84,158,000
Outlets: 31; States: 10; Customers: 122,000
Employees: 523; Bobtails: 201;
Transports: 33
Storage volume: 4,143,500 gallons
Acquisitions: 4
Officers: Thomas Knauff, president & CEO; Boyd McGathey, executive VP & COO; Mark Janek, executive VP & CFO; David Stroupe, VP corporate development
Operations managers: Jeff Brunner, regional VP, east; Don Tetreault, regional VP, west

Federated Co-ops Inc.
Location: Princeton, Minnesota
Phone: 763-389-2582
Founded: 1942
Owner: Federated Co-ops Inc.
2019 FY retail gallons: 33,281,000
Outlets: 21; States: 2; Customers: 38,000
Employees: 74; Bobtails: 52; Transports: 7
Storage volume: 1,550,000 gallons
Officers: Craig Mold, president
Operations managers: Mike McMahon, CEO; Mark Grave, director of energy

Growmark Inc.
Location: Bloomington, Illinois
Phone: 309-557-6000
Web: growmark.com
Founded: 1927
Owner: Agricultural cooperative
2019 FY retail gallons: 286,059,271
States: 17
Officers: John Reifsteck, chairman of the board; Jim Spradlin, CEO
Operations managers: Carol Kitchen, VP, energy and logistics; Dan Pannier, manager, propane operations; Kyle Fecht, manager, propane supply; Zach Baugher, propane marketing & technical services manager

Herring Gas Co. Inc.
Location: Meadville, Mississippi
Phone: 601-384-5833
Founded: 1946
Owner: Herring family
2019 FY retail gallons: 13,250,000
Outlets: 21; States: 2; Customers: 43,000
Employees: 199; Bobtails: 69; Transports: 5
Storage volume: 1,828,000 gallons
Officers: Ed Herring, chairman of the board; Jody Herring, president; Tommy Smallwood, VP; Dennis Walker, CFO
Operations managers: Troy Marcukaitis, Chris Hamilton Sr., Eddie Loyed, Corey Stevens

Lakes Gas Co.
Location: Forest Lake, Minnesota
Phone: 651-379-3276
Founded: 1959
Owner: Sargeant family
2019 FY retail gallons: 65,400,000
Outlets: 48; States: 4; Customers: 90,000
Employees: 260; Bobtails: 125;
Transports: 4
Storage volume: 8,409,750 gallons
Officers: Trent Hampton, CEO; Steve Sargeant, VP, operations; Tony Buck, VP, procurement & safety/training; Steven Savitz, CFO
Operations managers: District managers: Dave Anderson, Steve Forristall and Roger Varilek

Landmark Services Cooperative
Location: Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
Phone: 800-236-3276
Founded: 1933
Owner: Member-owned cooperative
2019 FY retail gallons: 18,789,124
Outlets: 25; States: 2; Customers: 15,000
Storage volume: 912,000 gallons
Officers: Jim Dell, CEO; Adam DeLawyer, VP, energy & retail services
Operations managers: Stewart Anhalt, sales manager; Jude Wolf, district manager & propane product manager; Roger Hildreth, Nathan Monroe, district managers

Marsh LP Gas
Location: Greeneville, Tennessee
Phone: 423-639-7226
Founded: 1966
Owner: S.W. Marsh & family
2019 FY retail gallons: 7,050,000
Outlets: 6; States: 4; Customers: 15,750
Employees: 48; Bobtails: 19; Transports: 4
Storage volume: 360,000 gallons
Officers: Chris Marsh, president & CEO
Operations managers: Larry O’Bryant, Rick Smith, Ben Raby, Kevin Cretsinger, Justin Graham, Grey Wells

Meritum Energy Holdings
Location: San Antonio
Founded: 2015
Owner: Meritum Energy GP LLC
2019 FY retail gallons: 17,000,000
Outlets: 20; States: 7; Customers: 50,000;
Employees: 240; Bobtails: 70; Transports: 15
Storage volume: 1,000,000 gallons
Acquisitions: 4
Officers: Chris Hill, CEO; Rob Chalmers, CFO; Tom Van Buren, COO; Michael Schmell, east region COO

MFA Oil Co.
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Phone: 573-442-0171
Founded: 1929
Owner: Farmer-owned cooperative
2019 FY retail gallons: 108,000,000
Outlets: 108; States: 8; Customers: 285,000
Employees: 520; Bobtails: 219
Storage volume: 8,900,000 gallons
Officers: Jon Ihler, president & CEO; Jeff Raetz, CFO; Janice Serpico, CHRO; Kenny Steeves Sr., VP of operations; James Greer, VP of supply and governmental affairs; Curtis Chaney Sr., VP of retail operations; Ed Harper, VP of automotive retail
Operations managers: District managers: Mike Whitney, Barry Oden, Luke Fitzpatrick, Any Hays, Robert Burlbuagh, Jeff Goodwin; Tom Procter, director of safety and maintenance

Milton Propane Inc.
Location: Milton, Wisconsin
Phone: 800-822-8046
Founded: 1967
Owner: John Arndt
2019 FY retail gallons: 8,900,000
Outlets: 6; States: 3; Customers: 13,000
Employees: 37; Bobtails: 19; Transports: 4
Storage volume: 550,000 gallons
Officers: John Arndt, president & CEO
Operations managers: Meghan Showen, corporate office manager; John Arnoldussen, corporate branch manager; branch managers: Doug Fondriest, Chris Sosinski, Trevor Pinnick, Dale Medema, Walt Wingo

Paraco Gas
Location: Rye Brook, New York
Phone: 800-647-4427 • Fax: 914-251-9444
Founded: 1968
Owner: The Armentano family
2019 FY retail gallons: 62,663,378
Outlets: 27; States: 8; Customers: 120,000
Employees: 425; Bobtails: 98
Transports: 12
Storage volume: 1,574,000 gallons
Officers: Joseph Armentano, CEO; Christina Armentano, EVP; Kevin Watson, CFO; Jeff Ruffner, EVP operations
Operations managers: Jeff Palen, general manager, northeast/northwest regions; Robert Pearce, general manager, Long Island region

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Sharp Energy Inc.
Location: Georgetown, Delaware
Phone: 302-316-7000
Founded: 1981
Owner: Chesapeake Utilities Corp. (CPK)
2019 FY retail gallons: 32,500,000
Outlets: 11; States: 4; Customers: 47,000
Employees: 176; Bobtails: 59; Transports: 5
Storage volume: 3,790,000 gallons
Acquisitions: 1 (Bouden Inc./3,000,000 gallons)
FY ends: Dec. 31
Officers: Andrew Hesson, VP; Steve Farkas, director of operations; Eric Mays, director of marketing; Teresa Gretencord, director of administration; Ron Patrick, director of assets & facilities; Thad Dixon, director of business development

Southern States Cooperative
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Phone: 804-281-1000
Founded: 1923
Owner: Farmer cooperative
2019 FY retail gallons: 70,000,000
Outlets: 82; States: 6;
Customers: Over 100,000
Officers: Jeffrey Stroburg, president & CEO; Fred Jezouit, EVP & CFO; Steve Becraft, COO; Tracy Amburgey, EVP of energy; Anne Clingenpeel, VP of retail operations
Operations managers: Michael Norris, manager, energy supply & distribution; Chad Schmidt, assistant manager,
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Superior Fuel Co.
Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Phone: 218-722-2050
Founded: 2006
Owners: Ryan Gunderson, Robert Hall and Joe Stariha
2019 FY retail gallons: 9,327,694
Outlets: 2; States: 2; Customers: 10,523
Employees: 116; Bobtails: 19; Transports: 3
Storage volume: 700,000 gallons
Officers: Robert Hall, CEO; Ryan Gunderson, president; Joe Stariha, CFO
Operations managers: Tony Sega, VP, operations; Jodie Suomala, operations manager; Josh Alpuerto, sales manager

Superior Plus Propane
Location: Rochester, New York
Phone: 855-804-3835
Founded: 1922
2019 FY retail gallons: 214,000,000
Outlets: 137; States: 26
Employees: 1,932; Bobtails: 634; Transports: 35
Storage volume: 13,800,000 gallons
Acquisitions: 4
Officers: Andrew Peyton, president; Andy Desmann, VP, finance; James Devens, VP, operations; Tommy Manion, VP, operations; Marc Schoone, VP, supply & transportation; Debbie Cardon, VP, HR; Chris DeFilippo, VP, marketing; Russ Porowski, VP, sales; Jason Fortin, SVP, business transformation
Operations managers: Eddie Julian, GM, Atlantic region; Dan Dixon, GM, Midwest region; Bill Shank, GM, Mid-Atlantic region; Mike McCormack, GM, New England North region; Sean Andersen, GM, New England South region; Dan Stowell, GM, New York North region; Chris Button, GM, New York South region; Larry Stocks, GM, South region

ThompsonGas LLC
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Phone: 301-432-3885
Founded: 1946
2019 FY retail gallons: 112,600,000
Outlets: 124; States: 21; Customers: 185,000
Employees: 769; Bobtails: 374;
Transports: 17
Storage volume: 11,250,000 gallons
Acquisitions: 4
Officers: G. Jeffery Kerns, president & CEO; Jim Davis, EVP & COO; Scott D. Miller, EVP & general counsel; David C. Franchak, EVP & CFO
Operations managers: Benny Gay, VP, ops support; Larry Young, VP, ops support; Merle Edington, VP, ops support; Dan Carrigan, VP, business development; Andy Wise, VP, South; Derek Ashmore, VP, North; Eddie Lamphear, VP, West; Jon Loeb, VP, sales; Rob Hollasch, VP, finance

Single-State Independents

Affordable Propane
Location: Fort Morgan, Colorado
Phone: 970-867-4962
Founded: 2004
Owners: David and Tina McKay
2019 FY retail gallons: 2,155,473
Outlets: 2; States: 1; Customers: 1,900
Employees: 13; Bobtails: 8
Storage volume: 57,000 gallons
Officers: David McKay, Tina McKay
Operations managers: Bruce Yowell

Buster Brown Propane
Location: New Caney, Texas
Phone: 281-689-3946
Founded: 1972
Owner: Janice Peterson
2019 FY retail gallons: 3,700,000
Outlets: 4; States: 1; Customers: 12,000
Employees: 25; Bobtails: 12
Storage volume: 60,000 gallons
Officers: Janice Peterson, president; Mark Peterson, VP; Matt Peterson, secretary
Operations managers: Larry Rollins, service manager

Cole Oil & Propane
Location: Lomira, Wisconsin
Phone: 920-269-4542
Founded: 1921
Owners: Tom Cole, Tony Cole, Traci Cole
2019 FY retail gallons: 8,412,000
Outlets: 3; States: 1; Customers: 8,100
Employees: 25; Bobtails: 15; Transports: 1
Storage volume: 428,000 gallons
Officers: Tony Cole, president; Tom Cole, VP; Traci Cole, VP
Operations managers: Nick Tasch, branch manager; Craig Tillema, branch manager; Mike Holzmann, service manager; Steve Schill, operations manager

Crystal Flash
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Phone: 800-875-4851
Founded: 1932
Owners: Employee owned
2019 FY retail gallons: 25,550,000
Outlets: 14; States: 1; Customers: 32,000
Employees: 285; Bobtails: 45; Transports: 5
Storage volume: 1,000,000 gallons
Acquisitions: 1 (Kohley Superior Propane)
Officers: Tom Olive, president & CEO; Randy Gehrke, COO; Charles Kroll, CFO; Doug Beverage, CIO; Brad Morrill, VP of commercial business; Marc Foerster, VP of residential business
Operations managers: John Breithart, director of fuels

D.F. Richard Energy
Location: Dover, New Hampshire
Phone: 603-742-2020
Founded: 1932
Owner: D.F. Richard Family Limited Partnership
2019 FY retail gallons: 11,370,000
Outlets: 1; States: 2; Customers: 15,000
Employees: 65; Bobtails: 12
Storage volume: 390,000 gallons
Officers: Robert Richard, president; Richard Card, CEO; Ryan Jackson, COO; Linda Nye, CFO

Deiter Bros.
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Phone: 610-868-8566
Founded: 1929
Owner: James A. Deiter; James G. Deiter
2019 FY retail gallons: 1,300,000
Outlets: 2; States: 2
Employees: 45; Bobtails: 7
Storage volume: 60,000 gallons
Officers: James A. Deiter, president; James G. Deiter, VP
Operations managers: Robert Vishnesky, propane manager; Gerry Weslowski, propane manager

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Draeger Propane
Location: Antigo, Wisconsin
Phone: 715-623-7667 • Fax: 715-623-3028
Founded: 1995
Owners: Joseph Draeger, Larry Schmoll
2019 FY retail gallons: 4,000,000
Outlets: 2; States: 2; Customers: 5,000
Employees: 15; Bobtails: 6; Transports: 3
Storage volume: 126,000 gallons
Officers: Joseph Draeger, owner/president; Larry Schmoll, co-owner/VP
Operations managers: Josh Schmoll, general manager

Empire Gas Co. Inc.
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Phone: 787-751-5725
Founded: 1967
Owner: González family
2019 FY retail gallons: 85,000,000
Outlets: 50; States: 1; Customers: 1,000+
Employees: 300; Transports: 50
Storage volume: 20,000,000 gallons
Acquisitions: 3 (including Puma Gas, 3,000,000 gallons)
Officers: Ramon González Sr., president & CEO; Ramon González Jr., VP & CFO
Operations managers: Ketty González

Farmers Union Oil Co. of Lake Bronson
Location: Lake Bronson, Minnesota
Phone: 218-754-4300
Founded: 1935
Owner: Cooperative
2019 FY retail gallons: 1,300,000
Outlets: 2; States: 1; Customers: 1,000
Employees: 3/propane; Bobtails: 3
Storage volume: 63,000 gallons
Officers: Hugh Hunt, board president; Richard Lambert, VP; Kris Folland, secretary/treasurer; Richard Levenhagen, director; Lyle Jacobson, director
Operations managers: Arnita Braget, general manager

Foster Fuels Inc.
Location: Brookneal, Virginia
Phone: 434-376-2322 • Fax: 434-376-5969
Founded: 1921
Owner: Watt R. Foster Jr.
2019 FY retail gallons: 11,800,000
Outlets: 7; States: 2; Customers: 20,000
Storage volume: 894,000
Employees: 180; Bobtails: 25; Transports: 8
Storage volume: 360,000 gallons
Officers: Watt R. Foster Jr., president & CEO; Dale Henderson, SVP & COO; E.C. Tibbs Jr., SVP & CFO; Darrell St. John, SVP & CIO
Operations managers: Tim Spicer, VP, propane operations; Rick Tate, VP, propane technical operations; Chelsea Harrison, VP, marketing

Martindale Propane Inc.
Location: New Holland, Pennsylvania
Phone: 717-354-6255
Founded: 1992
Owner: Glenn Zimmerman
2019 FY retail gallons: 5,000,000
States: 1; Customers: 9,939; Employees: 14; Bobtails: 15
Storage volume: 360,000 gallons
Officers: Glenn Zimmerman, Joyce Zimmerman

McAdams Propane Co.
Location: Center, Texas
Phone: 717-354-6255
Founded: 1996
Owner: Billy Bob & Lisa McAdams
2019 FY retail gallons: 3,000,000
Outlets: 5; States: 1; Customers: 5,100 Employees: 27; Bobtails: 10
Storage volume: 206,000 gallons
Officers: Billy Bob McAdams, president; Lisa McAdams, CFO; Josh McAdams, VP

Moore Propane LLC
Location: Falls Creek, Pennsylvania
Phone: 814-299-7073 • Fax: 814-299-7078
Founded: 2013
Owners: Earle M. Moore, Alan E. Moore, Linda D. Moore
2019 FY retail gallons: 2,000,000
Outlets: 1; States: 1; Customers: 3,400
Employees: 11; Bobtails: 5
Storage volume: 60,000 gallons
Officers: Alan E. Moore, president; Linda D. Moore, EVP; Earle M. Moore, general manager
Operations managers: Randy Kengersky, distribution manager

Northern Star Cooperative Services
Location: Deer River, Minnesota
Phone: 218-246-8296
Founded: 1922
Owner: Member-owned cooperative
2019 FY retail gallons: 8,990,400
Outlets: 8; States: 1; Customers: 11,000
Bobtails: 18; Transports: 1
Storage volume: 600,000
Officers: Bradley Box, CEO; James B. Peterson, president; Victor Williams, VP; Travis Anttila, secretary; Nicole Osse, corporate secretary
Operations managers: Patrick Bleth, operations manager; Nicole Osse, office manager; Brenda Hendrickson, credit manager

Northwest Propane Gas Co.
Location: Carrollton, Texas
Phone: 972-247-6121 • Fax: 972-241-2555
Founded: 1946
2019 FY retail gallons: 7,250,656
Outlets: 4; States: 1; Customers: 13,000
Employees: 47; Bobtails: 19; Transports: 5
Storage volume: 530,000 gallons
Officers: Jay B. Wood, president; Tim L. Wood, VP; Jerry L. Hatzfeld, secretary treasurer
Operations managers: J. Ben Wood

Otte Oil & Propane
Location: Davey, Nebraska
Phone: 402-785-2365
Founded: 1972
Owners: Jake Otte, Jessica Schwarting
2019 FY retail gallons: 2,500,000
Outlets: 1; States: 1
Customers: 2,500
Employees: 16; Bobtails: 4; Transports: 1
Storage volume: 120,000 gallons
Operations managers: Jake Otte, co-owner/operations manager; Jessica Schwarting, co-owner/office manager

Premier Cooperative
Location: Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
Phone: 608-437-5536
Founded: 1893
2019 FY retail gallons: 16,585,000
Outlets: 7; States: 1; Customers: 17,000
Employees: 31; Bobtails: 28
Storage volume: 800,000 gallons
Officers: Andy Fiene, CEO; Andy Jones, CFO
Operations managers: Tim Lease, energy division manager

Propane People
Location: Waterloo, Indiana
Phone: 260-837-8300
Founded: 2002
Owner: Mark W. Gibson
2019 FY retail gallons: 2,500,000
Outlets: 4; States: 3; Customers: 3,000
Employees: 8; Bobtails: 4
Storage volume: 126,000 gallons
Officers: Melissa Chorpenning, general manager; Jim Chorpenning, delivery manager; Michael Gerardot, service manager

Quality Propane
Location: Clinton, Connecticut
Phone: 860-669-4277
Founded: 1992
Owners: Jonathan Malazzi, Andrew Malazzi, David Malazzi
2019 FY retail gallons: 4,700,000
Outlets: 2; States: 2; Customers: 7,650
Employees: 39; Bobtails: 14; Transports: 1
Storage volume: 210,000 gallons

Silver Valley Propane Inc.
Location: Apple Valley, California
Phone: 760-718-8173
Founded: 1993
Owner: Nathan A. Charette
2019 FY retail gallons: 1,652,741
Outlets: 4; States: 1; Customers: 3,000
Employees: 14; Bobtails: 7
Storage volume: 150,000 gallons

South Florida Gas Co.
Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Phone: 239-334-3131
Founded: 1995
Owner: Charles Robb
2019 FY retail gallons: 2,300,000
Outlets: 2; States: 1; Customers: 8,400
Employees: 23; Bobtails: 8
Storage volume: 90,000 gallons
Officers: Charles Robb, president
Operations managers: Norman Ahearn

State Line Gas Service Inc.
Location: McKnightstown, Pennsylvania
Phone: 717-752-6094
Founded: 1995
Owner: James J. & Anita K. Leaman
2019 FY retail gallons: 1,100,000
Outlets: 1; States: 2; Customers: 4,000
Employees: 5; Bobtails: 4
Storage volume: 30,000 gallons
Officers: James J. Leaman, president; Anita K. Leaman, VP
Operations managers: James J. Leaman, operations; Anita K. Leaman, office

Sweetwater Propane
Location: Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Phone: 717-740-3430
Founded: 2011
Owner: Paul Beiler
2019 FY retail gallons: 7,100,000
Outlets: 3; States: 2; Customers: 6,200
Employees: 15 full time, 2 part time; Bobtails: 12; Transports: 1
Storage volume: 390,000 gallons
Officers: Paul Beiler
Operations managers: Charlet Simmelink, Jesse Detweiler, Rich Simmelink

United Cooperative
Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Phone: 920-887-1756
Founded: 1936
Owners: Patrons served
2019 FY retail gallons: 12,494,000
Outlets: 12; States: 1; Customers: 19,485
Employees: 28; Bobtails: 24
Storage volume: 900,000 gallons

Valley Farmers Supply
Location: Worden, Montana
Phone: 406-967-3100
Founded: 1938
Owners: Cooperative
2019 FY retail gallons: 1,933,000
Outlets: 3; States: 1; Customers: 1,500
Employees: 35; Bobtails: 7
Storage volume: 138,000 gallons
Officers: Scott Black, president & CEO; Renee Mion, CFO
Operations managers: Brad Sullivan, energy director

WelchGas Inc.
Location: Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Phone: 903-577-1446
Founded: 1949
Owners: Wes & April Welch
2019 FY retail gallons: 1,200,000
Outlets: 4; States: 1; Customers: 3,500
Employees: 12 full time, 4 seasonal
Bobtails: 4; Storage volume: 160,000 gallons
Officers: Wes Welch, COO; April Welch, president

Williams Energy Group
Location: New Bern, North Carolina
Phone: 252-288-3021
Founded: 2005
Owner: Privately held
2019 FY retail gallons: 7,110,000
Outlets: 8; States: 1; Customers: 13,400
Employees: 48; Bobtails: 26
Storage volume: 811,000 gallons
Officers: John Robert Mattocks, president & CEO; Donnie Bullock, VP, operations
Operations managers: Billy Foust, partner/manager; other managers: Bryan Auman, Rene Gaines, Tim Jenkins, Tommy White, Michael Glover

Wolf River Propane
Location: New London, Wisconsin
Phone: 715-752-3333
Founded: 2004
Owner: Jeffrey Duch
2019 FY retail gallons: 4,233,500
Outlets: 1; States: 1; Customers: 4,700
Employees: 8; Bobtails: 6
Storage volume: 118,000 gallons
Officers: Jeff Duch LPG

3 Comments on "Ranking the Top Propane Retailers"

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  1. Michael Barry says:

    Excellent article.
    Icing on the cake would be to include the link to each of their websites

    • Sarah Peecher says:

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your comment! You can access the retailers’ websites by clicking on their names at the top of their section. The websites are linked there! Please let me know if you have trouble accessing any of the websites.

      Sarah Peecher
      Digital Media Content Producer, LP Gas

  2. Chantel Montgomery says:

    The Destiny of Hard Work is always success! Congratulations Thompson Gas!