Darrell Urban, is the third generation owner of Midwestern Propane Gas Company. His grandparents and founders, A.J. and Martha Urban, opened offices in Belleville, Illinois in 1936, selling butane, a new energy fuel for cooking and heating, to customers from Cairo to Chicago.
The business thrived as the Urban's established a reputation for dependability and service. In the early 1950s, the company moved to its present location on South Belt East in Belleville.
Darrell and Don Urban co-owned the business until Don's untimely passing in October of 2014. Midwestern owned Hearthside Grill & Fireplace until December of 2014 when this division was sold to Darrell's nephew Mark Urban. Midwestern and Hearthside occupy the same building at 418 South Belt East, Belleville but are independent entities.