Original article by Riverbender.com
Chester and Dorothy Rull, founders of Rull Bros Propane (originally Bunker Hill Propane) in Bunker Hill, IL, purchased Jacoby Hardware 70 years ago and changed the name to Rull Hardware. Chester and Dorothy quickly gained a reputation for treating customers and employees as family. That reputation still exists today. Sons Steve and Stan and their sisters, Carla and Kris, all grew up around the store in Bunker Hill where they each spent time working in the store and propane company.
Rull Bros has grown from a small hardware store that sold propane to a propane retail distributor with seven employees and two locations—Bunker Hill in Macoupin County and Hardin in Calhoun County. The company delivers propane to customers primarily in Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin and Madison counties in Southwestern Illinois.
“In many ways, my brother, Steve, and I still run Rull Bros like my dad and mom did 70 years ago, respecting and understanding our customers, being there day or night when problems occur and thanking the customer for their business on a daily basis,” Stan Rull says. Stan serves as Company President running Rull Bros’ operations, while Steve serves behind the scenes handling the financial side of the business including price and supply management.
Chester and Dorothy retired in 1984 after 35 years turning over the day-to-day reins to Stan and the back office to Steve. This year is the brothers’ 35th anniversary at the helm of the company.