Established in 1995, UPL was formed for the purpose of providing natural gas service to communities not being served by Ohio's various utility companies. Through strategic business arrangements with natural gas cooperatives, local public utilities, local gas producers and interstate pipeline companies, UPL has extended its operations throughout many communities in Ohio and expanded into eastern Indiana and western Pennsylvania. At the end of 1998 and again in 2004, UPL further expanded in the natural gas distribution market through the installation of new pipelines into existing unserved communities, establishing service in new real estate developments and the acquisition of smaller existing natural gas pipeline systems.