One year after Roanoke was proclaimed a city, Roanoke Gas Company was founded by key leaders in an effort to develop the community. Founders included the first President, Peyton L. Terry, Secretary-Treasurer John H. Dunston, J.B. Austin, Alexander S. Asbury, Mortimer M. Rogers, John P. Pettyjohn, and William Welch.
The Company’s franchise with the City of Roanoke, whose provisions included authorization for the City to purchase the gas property, was set to expire in 1908. The City chose to extend the franchise for another 30 years. With that, the leadership guided the Company through expansion and improvements.
A new coal gas plant was constructed in order to provide the Gas Company with the most modern and efficient gas plant design available. The new holder was capable of storing 1,500,000 cubic feet and was at the time, one of the largest in Virginia
Gas mains are extended to Salem, Vinton, and other outlying suburbs at the time, including South Roanoke.
The name of the gas company changed from Roanoke Gas Light Company to Roanoke Gas Company.
Growth continued through the 1940s as plans were developed to bring natural gas to Roanoke. Roanoke Gas received its certificate from the Federal Power Commission and organized the Roanoke Pipe Line Company to build a 30-mile pipeline from Gala, Virginia to Roanoke. It was completed in the late summer of 1950 and natural gas was introduced to homes and businesses. New natural gas rates were 20% lower than the manufactured gas rates and the BTU content was nearly double that of manufactured gas.
Roanoke Gas Company and Roanoke Pipe Line Company merge under the name Roanoke Gas, with Parrott still serving as president.
Growth continued to 20,387 customers and a net income of over $300,000. To alleviate dependence on one Atlantic Seaboard Corporation pipeline, the Company entered into discussions with the East Tennessee Natural Gas Company about extending a pipeline from Bristol to Roanoke.
Roanoke Gas Company enters a 20 year lease with the Industrial Development Authority of Botetourt County for the location of a new gas liquefaction and storage facility. The plant would enable the Company to move away from reliance on propane air for natural gas peak shaving.
Roanoke Gas celebrated its 100th Anniversary.
With the company reorganization and establishment of the holding company, RGC Resources, Inc., John Williamson became President & CEO of RGC Resources.
John Williamson retires and John D’Orazio became the President and CEO of RGC Resources and Roanoke Gas Company.