Meet The Family
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.
Evolution of a North Coast Company
- Bill Stewart joins the company
Following in his father's footsteps, Bill Stewart joined the company and the name was changed to Blue Star Gas. That same year, Blue Star Gas acquired its second underground distribution system and retail propane distribution operation in the town of Crescent City, California.
- The Stewart Family establishes Star Tank Lines
The Stewart Family started a wholesale trucking and supply company called Star Tank Lines to supply the Blue Star Gas retail facilities, as well as other retail propane companies and industrial customers.
- Blue Star acquires Clear Gas in Lake County, California
Blue Star acquired Clear Gas, a propane company on the shores of Clear Lake, California. This location becomes Blue Star Gas - Lake Co.
- Blue Star Gas begins operations in Santa Rosa, California
Blue Star started its fourth propane distribution operation in Santa Rosa, California. These four offices along the Highway 101 corridor provided the foundation for Blue Star Gas to grow into what it is today.
- The company builds an office in Brookings, Oregon
Blue Star Gas built an office in Brookings, Oregon and was delivering propane from Santa Rosa, California to Bandon, Oregon, representing a service area 300 miles long through six counties.
- A new railroad supply terminal is built in Grants Pass, Oregon
The company needed better flexibility for its propane supply so a new railroad supply terminal was built in Grants Pass, Oregon. It also conducted retail operations to the general public from that location to the Southern Oregon communities surrounding Medford.
- North Star Propane is acquired in Mt. Shasta, California
North Star Propane was acquired in the town of Mt. Shasta, California, and began to serve all of Siskiyou County and parts of Shasta County.
- Blue Star Gas acquires the Medford, Oregon operation of All Star Gas
Blue Star Gas acquired the Medford, Oregon operation of All Star Gas and moved its retail operations from Grants Pass to the Medford location.
- Blue Star Gas builds its second rail terminal in Redding, California
To ensure superior supply of propane to its customers in Redding, California, Blue Star Gas built its second rail terminal.
- Willamette Gas in McMinnville, Oregon, is acquired
Willamette Propane in McMinnville, Oregon, just outside of Portland, was acquired to give Blue Star Gas its tenth location known as Blue Star Gas - McMinnville Co.
- Blue Star Gas opens in Eugene, Oregon
In order to serve the people of Lane County, Blue Star Gas opened their 11th location in Eugene, Oregon.
- Blue Star Gas expands into Salem, Oregon
To better serve its customers in Marion County, Oregon, Blue Star Gas expanded into Salem, creating the company's 12th location.
- Blue Star Gas moves into Seattle, Washington
In late 2011, Blue Star Gas opened their 13th location in Seattle, Washington. The goal for this new location was to provide both public and private fleets with the cost-effective and environmentally-friendly option of propane autogas throughout the Puget Sound Area.
- Blue Star Gas opens in Salt Lake City
To fulfill their role as the Western states' Alliance AutoGas partner, Blue Star Gas established their 14th location in order to service the Greater Salt Lake Area.