ThompsonGas Company History

A Long History of Satisfied Customers

Successful propane companies don’t just happen. Success requires nurturing, year after year, to assure that customer expectations not only are met, but also are exceeded. At ThompsonGas, we trace our beginnings back to 1946, the year Lloyd Thompson founded our company in Boonsboro, Maryland. We’ve served that small farming community for over seven decades with a commitment to service and a reputation for strong family values.

Today, ThompsonGas is one of the top 10 propane companies in the US. ThompsonGas provides propane services to residential and commercial customers nationwide, and has delivered fair propane prices consistently.

ThompsonGas is a company founded on the solid family operated business principles of trust and service, old-fashioned values that never grow old.

history
Breaking ground on a new location
ThompsonGas Boonsboro Grand Opening 2012
  • 1946

    Lloyd and Dortha Thompson establish the ThompsonGas Company in Boonsboro, Maryland.

  • 1969

    Jim Thompson incorporates the company. The name changes to ThompsonGas & Electric Service, Inc.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    1982

    ThompsonGas completes its first acquisition, People’s Gas of Brunswick, Maryland, for less than $17,000.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    1983

    ThompsonGas warehousing moves to a new facility at the south end of Boonsboro. This facility begins a process that facilitates a complete move of the company to this property.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    1989

    ThompsonGas offices move to Old National Pike property in state of the art facility. Business doubles in size after the move.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    1996

    J. Randall Thompson takes over the helm of the company. The company completes the acquisition of Baker & Russell in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. This acquisition doubles the size of the company. It also stretches the management team to operate a multi-branch company.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    1997

    ThompsonGas completes the acquisition of Ramey’s Inc. as a foray into the West Virginia market.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    2003

    ThompsonGas completes its acquisition of Nichol’s as a foray into the Virginia market. Additionally, ThompsonGas completes acquisition of Region’s Propane in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, making ThompsonGas a multi-region company.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    2004

    ThompsonGas completes acquisition of Clark’s further solidifying it’s West Virginia presence.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    2005

    ThompsonGas forms a limited liability company with Appalachian Heating, LLC in Bradley, West Virginia to provide propane service to southern West Virginia.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    2006

    ThompsonGas completes acquisition of Suburban Gas in Alabama.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    2007

    Completes acquisition of Tri-State Propane, Inc. in Georgia, Shelby Propane Gas Company, Inc. and Deupree Gas, Inc. in Alabama. ThompsonGas opens ThompsonAce in Boonsboro, Maryland.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    2008

    ThompsonGas completes acquisition of L&P Propane in Alabama.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    2009

    ThompsonGas completes acquisition of Carolina Gas Piping, Inc. in Harrisburg, North Carolina. Additionally, ThompsonGas forms TGPH Baltimore Rail Terminal Series, LLC.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    2010

    Completes acquisition of West Georgia Propane in Bremen, GA and Upson Propane in Thomaston, GA. ThompsonGas also opens a ThompsonGas location in Cullman, Alabama.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    2012

    ThompsonGas completes acquisition of Campbell's Bottle Gas in Manassas, VA.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    2014

    ThompsonGas completes acquisition of the following in North Carolina: Little River in Spring Hope, Ethco in Kenly, and Apex Propane in Apex. Additionally, ThompsonGas completes acquisition of Tri-State Gas in Clinton, KY.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    2015

    ThompsonGas Corporate Offices move to Frederick, MD in a more modern, state-of-the-art office facility. ThompsonGas also completes acquisition of Como Oil and Propane in Duluth, MN.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    2016

    ThompsonGas completes acquisition of the following: Beckett Gas in Cameron, MO; Sun Propane in Bradley, WV; and Webster LP in Selma, NC.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    2017

    ThompsonGas completes acquisition of the following: Propane Northwest in Canby, OR; Tacoma, WA; and Kingston, WA; as well as, Garretts Propane in Rogersville, MO; Dallas County Propane in Buffalo, MO; Burkardt's LP in Polo, IL; and Clark Gas in AL, TN & MS.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    2018

    Jeff Kerns is appointed CEO. Kerns has been with ThompsonGas over 20 years and served in various positions within the organization, including CFO, and, most recently executive VP of business development.  ThompsonGas completes acquisition of the following: North Shore Oil & Propane in Silver Bay, MN; J.I. Banker Gas Service in St. Joseph, MO; ER Energy in CA, OR, WA, and NV; Mid-South Propane in Detroit, AL; South Alabama Propane in Evergreen, AL; and Automatic Gas in Sylacauga, AL.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    2019

    LP Gas Magazine announces the 2019 LP Gas Top Propane Retailer Rankings. THOMPSONGAS CRACKED THE TOP 10 COMING IN 9TH IN OVERALL RANKINGS and #6 in the Multi-State Independents.