In 1946, when Lloyd and Dortha Thompson opened ThompsonGas in a little Boonsboro storefront, their goal was to always stand apart from the competition. Now, over seventy years later, ThompsonGas is still committed to their vision.
The Thompsons owned a general store in the small town until the rise of the propane industry. Propane soon became the newest product being offered by the oil companies. Companies began to pop up everywhere providing a new option for heating and cooking. That’s when the Thompsons decided to take the plunge.
After growing organically for a number of years, their son, Jim Thompson, took over and ran the company from the late 1960s to the 1990s. In 1969, Jim incorporated the company as ThompsonGas & Electric Service Inc. In 1982, he oversaw our company’s first acquisition, People’s Gas of Brunswick, MD. He moved the warehousing operations to a facility located on the southern end of Boonsboro and by 1989 doubled the size of the company.
In 1996, Jim Thompson’s son Randy Thompson took the helm. That year he completed the acquisition of Baker & Russell in Shippensburg, PA. The acquisition doubled the size of the company.
Randy Thompson decided to expand into new markets and acquired dozens of small, local dealers. During the past decade the company has branched out, buying companies in Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
Over the years the company has continued to grow through propane business acquisitions, providing small business owners a real and viable solution to transition out of the propane industry into whatever they wanted to do. The reason the company’s propane acquisition program is so successful is simple… we care about the owners, their customers and their employees.
We know it’s difficult to make decisions that will impact employees, customers and family. We honor a propane company’s legacy, protect their employees and continue to provide the service that their customers have grown to expect.
At ThompsonGas, we’ve learned that “Being Different is a Good Thing.”
To learn more, call Jeff Kerns today at 301.432.3882.