WYOMING, Minn. (Sept 14, 2022) Lakes Gas, headquartered in Wyoming, Minnesota, announced it has acquired the propane operations of Blackhawk Propane in South Beloit, Illinois.

Blackhawk Propane sells and delivers propane to residential, agricultural and commercial customers in 10 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The company was founded in 1982 by Bob Zeek Sr. and Bob Zeek Jr., who were also in the welding supply business. Bob Zeek Jr. has served as president since the death of his father, and his mother, Ann, manages the office. Like Lakes Gas, Blackhawk has focused on providing local service in the communities they serve.

“We are pleased to join forces with Lakes Gas,” said Bob Zeek Jr. “It was a difficult decision to sell, but Trent and the Lakes Gas team have been great to work with.”


“We are grateful to be associated with Blackhawk Propane, and with Bob and Ann,” Lakes Gas CEO Trent Hampton said. “We intend to honor the legacy of the Zeek family as we do the Sargeant family’s history at Lakes Gas. And we are very excited to extend our footprint into northern Illinois and the southern tier of counties in Wisconsin.”