Nelson Propane provides propane, heating equipment, and service to families and commercial customers in Texas. While our company has expanded over the years to better serve the growing needs of our customers, one thing has never changed — our commitment to old-fashioned values. At Nelson we stand behind what we sell, honor our promises, and guarantee your satisfaction with every job we do. You can trust us to give you sound advice, install quality equipment, and take care of your service needs promptly and professionally.
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 John’s reputation for gruffness was only superseded by his generosity and willingness to work with customers, a family trait laying the foundation for NPP.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 had 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. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Propane Gas Association numerous times. In early 2012, Gary returned to managing the family Ranch and Cattle operation full time.
Wayne and Judy’s grandson, Jeff had the opportunity to continue the family legacy in the propane business as the 4th generation. After nine years as Director of Operations for a major marketing company in Minneapolis, MN, he stepped in as CEO of Nelson-Putman Propane.
Under Jeff’s renewed dedication and desire for growth, the company expanded in 2008 with the acquisition of Henry Oil and Gas located in Ennis, Texas, and Mr. J’s Propane located in Athens, Texas. Acquiring two strong competitors was a positive, successful strategy for Nelson-Putman Propane.
In 2011, Nelson-Putman Propane changed the name to Nelson Propane Gas, Inc. in order to establish the company in a larger arena to increase the growth potential of the brand. Next week we will look at our present and future.
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