McPherson Oil: 40 Years and Growing

May 04, 2011, 18:12 ET from McPherson Oil

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Since 1971 McPherson Oil (McPherson) has gone from one person to 275, one white truck to 130 yellow ones, from 70,000 gallons of gas a month to 12,000,000 per month, from 55 gallons of lubricants to 15,000,000 gallons, from one year to 40. In that time McPherson, headquartered in the Trussville community of Birmingham, Alabama, has grown into one of the largest independent fuel and lubricant distributors in the country. Charles "Mac" McPherson started it all back in Oneonta with one used tank wagon. "I was a horrible truck driver, I couldn't change the gears well, I couldn't maneuver the truck well, but I didn't have much choice. It was me, myself and I in the beginning."

Fast forward to 2011, a bad truck driver is now an incredibly successful petroleum businessman celebrating a 40 year anniversary. Mac gives two major reasons for McPherson Oil's impressive numbers, "Build a relationship with your clients where they take care of you and you take care of them. In turn, you are known as having honesty and integrity, having the image of doing the right thing and being responsible in the community. That is something you take a lot of pride in; it is something that carries on forever if you protect it." Mac is just as quick to point out that while he may have started alone, the McPherson 'family' is the very foundation of their success.  "That's the beauty, there are not any secrets. We tell everybody everything; that openness, camaraderie, sharing and caring has built a family atmosphere as well as a tremendous team and I am very proud about that"

McPherson has offices from Chattanooga to Mobile and serves the entire Southeast with its Total Petroleum Management program providing a diversified selection of petroleum products and services.  McPherson is partnered with quality suppliers from Shell, ExxonMobil, BP/Castrol, Conoco/Kendall and its own private label brand -- Proteck. Additionally, McPherson has been in the fuel fleet card business since 1991 when it launched the Fuelman card in Alabama, Georgia and the Florida panhandle.  In April of this year, McPherson has launched its new, next generation, fleet card named Fuelz.  In 2000, McPherson entered the used oil collection business with its McClean division, and in April of this year, McPherson has expanded its oil reclamation services and has relaunched this business under the ReNew brand.

Forty years in any business is a remarkable feat, but in the high stakes, high risk, often criticized oil business, it is phenomenal! To keep a reputation as clean and respected as McPherson has is a tremendous accomplishment. . As the owner and founder of The McPherson Companies, Mac says, "We're the guys in the yellow trucks, we're the guys that do it right!"

For more information on McPherson, visit their website at  For more information on McPherson's new fleet card, Fuelz, visit their website at

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