The story of Nelson-Putman Propane Gas, Inc. begins in a farm shop in Emhouse, Texas. Wayne and Judy Nelson, Billy Nelson and Ralph Putman began Nelson-Putman Propane October 4, 1982. Ralph and Billy were the route salesmen while Judy was the one and only office personnel. Wayne took on the task of serviceman, setting tanks and repairing leaks.
A Family Affair
John Nelson, Wayne’s father, who was retired from Northern Propane Gas after 40 years as manager, joined Nelson-Putman Propane shortly after the incorporation of NPP as office manager. John’s reputation for gruffness was only superseded by his generosity and willingness to work with customers, a family trait laying the foundation for NPP.
It didn’t take long for hard work and customer service to be recognized. Customer growth was on the way requiring additional office personnel, more delivery trucks, and more servicemen. Local customer relationships were the positive force behind fast growth.
IN MARCH OF 1986
...Nelson-Putman Propane expanded their business, opening another office in Ennis. Mike Nelson, Judy and Wayne’s youngest son, became the manager of this location. Shortly after, the Nelsons’ were devastated with the loss of Mike in an automobile accident.
Nelson-Putman Propane purchased Suburban Propane Gas, Cedar Creek, Texas in August of 1991. The acquisition has proved to be a great growth area for the company.
Gary Nelson, Judy and Wayne’s oldest son, officially joined the company in 1996 after being involved part time since the beginning. Gary is currently the manager of the Ennis location. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Propane Gas Association numerous times.
In The Community
At Nelson Propane, we are proud members of each of the communities that we service. We encourage our family members and our employees to contribute both time and money back to our community. We firmly believe that local folks are the ones that make up our towns and that is what makes our area such a great place to live. Many of our major competitors receive their money in another state. We are proud to support the local people and economies.
We believe that by immersing ourselves into the areas where we do business, we can serve you better on all of your propane heating needs!
Our Management Team
Pictured from left to right is: Wayne and Judy Nelson, owners; Jeff Nelson, President;
Josh Putman, Corsicana Manager; Shane Hill, Athens/Frankston Manager;
Terri Ferguson, Business Manager; and Gary Nelson, Ennis Manager.
Organizations We Support