As a family company, Collett Propane, Inc. is committed to caring for our employees, customers and our community. We continue building the future of the company and the community by honoring our past and staying true to the values of our founders.
Find out more about the Collett story and the family by watching this informative video clip.
The Early Years
The family first started serving the community in the form of a hardware store in New Burlington in 1919 when Bob Collett first opened Collett Hardware after returning from service in World War I. The central location between Xenia and Wilmington combined with Bob's dedication to customer service proved to be a winning combination. The store changed hands briefly and the name was changed once before Bob’s sons, Don & Chuck were able to re-established Collett Hardware on the same site.
The central location of the store attracted a traveling salesman who approached the brothers about expanding into the Propane business and Collett Propane was born in 1952. The demand for propane grew through the 60’s and into the 70’s as propane replaced coal and fuel oil for home heating. It also gained great popularity for drying grain on farms.
The original location of the hardware store and Collett Propane in New Burlington was flooded in 1972 as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' new Caesar Creek Lake and State Park.
New Burlington was a much-loved, tight-knit community and no one really wanted to move, but given no other options, Don found a way to make it a positive change for the company. The new location in Wilmington, Ohio enabled expansion of the product offering within the hardware store and an expanded service footprint for the propane business.
The Collett Propane Next Generation
In 1982, Jane Collett (Newton), Don's daughter joined the company after earning a business degree from Wright State University. Three years later, a second Collett Propane depot and office was established in the Xenia Industrial Park to improve distribution and further expand the service footprint. In 2005, the third Collett Propane office opened just south of Lebanon, Ohio, continuing that growth pattern.
And the Next Generation (Or G3)
Today, Collett Propane is a respected, full-service propane distributor serving Greene, Clinton, Montgomery, Clark, Fayette, Highland, Madison and Warren counties as both growth in our customer base and service footprint expand. And Jane's sons, Tyler McCormick, Logan McCormick, Matt Newton, and Mike Newton are leading the company.
Walking the Walk
We are only as strong as the communities we are able to serve and it is a privilege to serve our customers and our communities. We learned these lessons at the feet of a master – Don Collett. We continue to build on the foundation of the company he built and his daughter (Jane Newton) grew by honoring the traditions and values they taught us.