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How a Wife’s Cooking Preference Founded Suburban Propane

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re diving into the remarkable tale of how one woman’s culinary choice led to the birth of a thriving business nearly a century ago. It’s a story that dates back to 1928, a time when gas line infrastructures were sparse, limiting the options for cooking preferences.


Adele Anton, along with her husband Mark, relocated from Newark, N.J., to West Orange, N.J. to build their dream home. During the construction phase, Adele faced a significant challenge – no gas lines in the area. Having grown accustomed to the ease and efficiency of cooking with gas, the thought of resorting to kerosene or electricity was unappealing to Adele. Faced with this dilemma, Mark sought to find a solution that would align with her cooking preferences.


Mark stumbled upon an advertisement in a trade journal for a company called Rock Gas that specialized in providing propane and equipment for home installations. In the hope of finding a solution to his wife’s cooking woes, Mark promptly placed an order with Rock Gas.


Little did they know that this seemingly simple transaction would signal the beginning of a transformative journey.

Mrs. Anton became Rock Gas’s inaugural Suburban Propane customer, delighted to resume her culinary endeavors with propane. What began as a practical solution for one woman’s kitchen soon evolved into something much greater.


Empowered by Adele’s satisfaction, Mr. Anton recognized an opportunity to cater to the needs of countless others facing similar challenges. The prospect of bringing the convenience and benefits of propane to homes far and wide is how Suburban Propane was born.


What began as a humble solution to a simple cooking problem for one family has grown into a thriving multi-million-dollar enterprise that serves over one million customers across 42 states. Suburban Propane looks forward to a future filled with continued growth, innovation, and a steadfast commitment to our customers and the environment.


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