Editor’s briefing: A KC entrepreneurial success story may not have a happy ending

Ferrellgas’ story is one of the Kansas City area’s classic entrepreneur tales.

Jim Ferrell assumed leadership of the family’s struggling gas company from his father and built it up through hard work and a series of acquisitions. He took the renamed Ferrellgas national, then took it public. It’s now the nation’s second-largest retail marketer of propane.

But the Ferrellgas hasn’t been bright the past couple of years, and it could be heading to an unhappy ending.

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