The Pico Propane and Fuels Difference

Outstanding service, support, and supply — all year long.

the pico difference

Pico Propane and Fuels is the premier provider of mobile energy solutions, including propane, compressed and liquified natural gas, diesel and other products. We have a longstanding reputation of delivering the highest level of service and safety to our customers while building strong relationships with the local communities in which we serve.

Since Pico’s inception, we have drastically diversified our product offerings and services while expanding our presence into multiple states. Throughout our evolution, one priority that has never wavered is our commitment to the motto, “We Sell Service.” Pico was built on this genuine promise to our customers and is embedded in who we are.


Back in the late 1970s, B.K. Johnson started Pico Petroleum in Uvalde, Texas. Johnson named the company after his favorite restaurant, Señor Pico, and the prize-winning bull, Pico.

In July 1986, two business partners, Dr. Alvaro Lebrija and Robert C. Kusenberger Sr., acquired Pico Petroleum with the expressed intent of becoming a leader throughout west and central Texas in the fuel distribution and growing convenience store industries. They retained the clever Pico name, and, since the word in Spanish means “the beak of a bird,” they adopted the now-famous toucan to represent the brand and showcase our lighthearted personality.

In December 1998, Kusenberger acquired the interest from Lebrija. At the time, the convenience store business had grown to 28 stores, and the fuel distribution business had grown to five locations, including Boerne and Kenedy, Texas. Kenedy was the only location to offer propane, averaging about 350,000 gallons in propane sales annually.

In 2005, Pico expanded the propane offerings to all locations. By 2014, we had sold 6.8 million gallons of propane and were listed in the Top 50 Propane Retailers in the U.S.

In 2015, Chris Hill and Rob Chalmers formed Meritum Energy. They acquired Pico Petroleum from the Kusenberger family and rebranded it to Pico Propane and Fuels. Under their leadership, Pico has expanded to 17 locations in Texas, New Mexico and, most recently, Florida and North Carolina.

Additionally, we have widened our product and service offerings beyond propane and fuel delivery to provide more turnkey solutions for our customers. From tank installation and maintenance to standby generator and water heater sales, automatic delivery with remote tank monitoring, compressed and liquified natural gas solutions, and distributed power solutions, Pico continues to grow to meet the demands of our customers.

The comprehensive list of Pico brands now includes: