Having returned from World War II, Bob Shepherd came back to his hometown and in 1949 purchased his father in law’s service station in Blackwell Oklahoma. With that humble beginning he founded Shepherd Oil Company. Bob was new to the oil business but had a vision to own and operate a successful business of his own. Through hard work,long hours and a drive for high energy service,he succeeded in building the largest and highly successful service station in the area. His success was based on customer service and his motto was “treat someone like you would want to be treated.” At the same time of his service station endeavors, he purchased a delivery tank wagon and began bulk deliveries to the oilfield,commercial and agriculture industries. Customer service was his forte and Bob made it his endeavor not only to be a supplier of petroleum and automotive products to the public but to be a friend to all of his faithful customers.
The 1960′s brought many changes to the business when he purchased a Phillips 66 bulk jobbership, built a state of the art service station with Champlin Refining Company and began servicing a network of service station dealers in the area. Bob prided himself on having 80 to 90 percent of the agriculture business in the surrounding area.
The 1970′s also was exponential growth for Shepherd Oil. We began to build self service stations in Blackwell and in 1974 went from a sole proprietorship to an Oklahoma corporation. In the late seventies we built our first convenience store. Even though our product line changed from service station to convenience store items, our philosophy never changed from “customer service first.”
In the 80′s we added to our network of privately owned convenience stores and also began to grow a vast customer base of convenience store operators that we supply fuel to. We also moved into new offices at 1831South Main in Blackwell.
Shepherd Oil Company has since grown into one of the largest and highly successful petroleum marketers in the state. Currently we operate in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Texas. We have over seventy people on the Shepherd Team. We have truck terminals in Blackwell,Oklahoma City, Tulsa,and Ardmore along with growing our transportation base into Arkansas and Missouri. Marketing and delivering over a hundred million gallons of petroleum products a year through our own fleet of top class trucks and trailers, and also serving hundreds of customers through our network of C-Stores, Shepherd Oil continues to build on the same achievements and beliefs of its founder. We are committed to providing excellent products and service that consistently deliver superior value to our customers.