ThompsonGas Strengthens Propane Footprint in Minnesota

ThompsonGas (Frederick, Md.) confirmed Sept. 8 that it had acquired Pirkl Gas Inc., a propane provider based in Owatonna, Minn. Terms of the deal were not provided.
Pirkl’s customers and employees are welcomed into the ThompsonGas family. ThompsonGas is committed to serving the residential, commercial, and agricultural customers who have valued the Pirkl’s presence and service in the area for 61 years.

“We are pleased to announce that we have added Pirkl Gas Inc. located in Owatonna, Minn., to our ever growing ThompsonGas team,” said Jeff Kerns, CEO. “Greg Pirkl and his family have built a business that strives for excellence in service, which will continue with ThompsonGas.”

“Pirkl Gas is a great addition to our presence in Minnesota,” said regional vice president Derek Ashmore. “It gives us another very strong footprint to continue our active growth strategy.”

“Pirkl Gas Inc. is excited to partner with ThompsonGas and help move our beloved propane company to the next level,” said Greg Pirkl. “Our family had many discussions on what is the best fit for us and our next step in life and how to bring the next generation into the fold. We decided as a group that our best choice was to partner with a larger company that had the staff and the infrastructure to deal with all the challenges facing a business today.

“With that being said, we were going to be very picky who that company was,” he added. “When we met the ThompsonGas team, it very quickly became obvious to us that they were the perfect fit for us, our employees, and our loyal customers. In many ways, ThompsonGas mirrors our core values. Safety, outstanding customer service, providing a good work environment for our employees, and best of all, they are an independent company. The transition has been better than I had ever imagined and I am so excited to see the legacy my parents started in 1959 continue on into the future.”

This acquisition strengthens ThompsonGas’ national footprint by expanding the company’s presence in Minnesota. Pirkl Gas Inc. is ThompsonGas’ seventh acquisition in 2020.

SOURCE: The Weekly Propane Newsletter, September 17, 2020. Weekly Propane Newsletter subscribers receive all the latest posted and spot prices from major terminals and refineries around the U.S. delivered to inboxes every week. Receive a center spread of posted prices with hundreds of postings updated each week, along with market analysis, insightful commentary, and much more not found elsewhere.