Written on: September 19, 2022 by ICM
Lakes Gas, Wyoming, MN, has acquired the propane operations of Blackhawk Propane in South Beloit, IL.
Blackhawk Propane sells and delivers propane to residential, agricultural, and commercial customers in 10 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The company was founded in 1982 by Bob Zeek, Sr. and Bob Zeek, Jr., who were also in the welding supply business. Bob Zeek, Jr. has served as President since the death of his father, and his mother Ann manages the office. Like Lakes Gas, Blackhawk has focused on providing local service in the communities they serve.
“We are pleased to join forces with Lakes Gas,” said Bob Zeek, Jr. “It was a difficult decision to sell, but Trent and the Lakes Gas team have been great to work with.”
“We are grateful to be associated with Blackhawk Propane, and with Bob and Ann,” Lakes Gas CEO Trent Hampton commented. “We intend to honor the legacy of the Zeek family as we do the Sargeant family’s history at Lakes Gas. And we are very excited to extend our footprint into northern Illinois and the southern tier of counties in Wisconsin.”
Founded in 1959, Lakes Gas is now one of the largest family-owned propane providers in the country. Its 50 locations in the upper Midwest are staffed by employees who live in the communities they serve.