Because propane is virtually odorless and colorless in its natural state, a commercial odorant is added so propane can be detected if it leaks from its container.

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On May 17, 1912, a liquefied petroleum gas called propane began lighting the lamps and cooking the meals for John Gahring, the owner of a humble farmhouse in Waterford, Pennsylvania. Out of this single event came an energy industry which for the past century has radically increased the standards of living for people worldwide. Considered to be an impractical fuel at its discovery, propane is now used by millions of people each day in virtually every aspect of modern life.
In 2012, the propane industry celebrates its centennial anniversary. The history of how propane has grown to become an energy source so engrained in our day-to-day lives can be found in the individual histories of the countless men, women, and companies who have molded the industry for the past century. You are invited to discover the history of the propane industry and learn how it has always been a reliable solution for the world's alternative energy needs.



Congratulations to Eastern Propane Corp. of Oak Ridge, NJ for winning the grand prize, a ROUSH CleanTech Liquid Propane Autogas Ford F-250, in the centennial raffle.  The raffle drawing took place at the Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo last month.  Other declared winners of additional prizes include:

  • Michael Beaupre of Beaupre Fuels won a Zipper 50” – 31 HP Propane Powered Professional Mid Mount Mower;
  • Keith McMahan of Tri-Gas & Oil won a Zipper Propane Powered 21” Industrial Walk Mower;
  • Kirk Saunders of White Mountain Oil, Steve Ahrens of the Missouri Propane Gas Association, Christopher Palmer of LP Transportation Inc., Alex Gresham of Blossman Gas, Inc. and Joe Irish of Waldo County Oil each won a Lehr propane powered yard trimmer;
  • Dale Gardner of Gardner Marsh Gas Equipment Co. and Steve VanderYacht of Northwest Propane LLC each won a Lehr propane powered leaf blower.

The PCC Task Force wishes to thank all who supported the centennial by participating in the raffle.



Check out the sights and sounds from the PCC's premiere event, April's propane autogas clean air rally.  Click here.


The acclaimed 2012 Centennial Documentary premiered at the opening to the General Session at the SE Convention & International Propane Expo in Atlanta.  To enjoy this documentary again and again with friends and family, click HERE to download an order form.

Members of NPGA can preview a teaser of the film by clicking HERE (NPGA member name and ID required).