Blue Star Gas is enjoying its 80th successful year in business under the management of the third generation of the Stewart family. Paul Stewart initially purchased the business in 1945 and was joined by Bill Stewart in 1954 and Jeff Stewart in 1996. Both Bill and Jeff are active participants in the full-service propane distribution business today.
In 1938, Dwight Knapp, the owner of the Knapp Family Restaurant, installed an underground propane pipeline to provide gas to his restaurant. Over time, Knapp began connecting neighbors in the downtown area to the underground gas system and started selling propane to the general public. As the city grew, so did the underground utility, which became the foundation on which Blue Star Gas was built. In 1945, Paul Stewart purchased the business from the Knapp family while continuing to run his stock brokerage firm of Stewart, Meyerson & Briggs in San Francisco. At that time, the business consisted of just three employees and its one office in Garberville. The underground utility, which is still in service today, is the oldest propane utility service registered with the P.U.C. in the State of California. Blue Star Gas proudly serves many of these founding customers to this day with the industry’s finest customer service.
Looking Towards the Future
From these humble beginnings, we have grown to cover a service area of over 70,000 square miles and currently serve 14 unique markets throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, and Arizona. Through developing technologies and improved practices, Blue Star Gas is transforming the industry standard for customer service. For Blue Star Gas and our customers, the best is yet to come.