Confidence comes with the territory.
In the past 55 years or so, Knapp has grown from a small one-truck operation in Kalamazoo, MI to a regional supplier of propane, heating oil, diesel fuel, gasoline and over 800 industrial lubricants.
As southwest Michigan’s most complete energy source, we deliver the energy services that keep homes warm, industry productive, transportation rolling, and agriculture growing.
Most importantly, over the years we’ve never strayed from our core principles of giving back to our community, and being thought of as a dependable neighbor.
Today, just like 50-plus years ago, when you need energy delivered — don’t worry. We’re here.
From the beginning, people first.
In 1954, Steve Nederhoed started Nederhoed Oil Company in Kalamazoo. In 1957, Steve’s son-in-law, Bob Knapp joined the company. Throughout the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s the company grew and added commercial accounts and lubricants to the mix. Steve loved the business and his customers, but poor health slowed him down and eventually led to his passing in 1988.
While Steve was frequently away, Bob ran the business, and in 1984, he bought it and changed the name to Knapp Oil Company. He and his son Dave continued to operate the business as Steve did; by treating their customers well and always putting them first.
The 1990’s saw the company continue to expand. With the company doing well and having spent 40-plus years in the oil business, Bob decided it was time to retire at the end of 1999. Today, Dave continues to run the company. Bob does, however, still stop in the office when he’s in town to give Dave sound advice (sometimes he even waits until he’s asked).
In 2001, Knapp Oil became Knapp Energy to better reflect the wide range of products and energy services now offered. Today, Knapp Energy provides propane, fuel oil, premium diesel fuel, gasoline, and a large inventory of lubricants to customers all over southwestern Michigan.
Since the business was started more than 50 years ago, there have been many changes. One thing that will never change is Knapp Energy’s commitment to quality energy services and its customers. It was the key to the company’s early success and remains the key focus today.