Skip to comments.U.S. Oil Company Offers Guaranteed, 100% American-Made Gasoline (groundbreaking profits)
Posted on 04/30/2012 10:44:49 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
"We think Americans feel good about it," says John Catsimatidis, CEO and chairman of the United Refining Company. "People drive by, and every time they get annoyed at... (Hugo) Chavez, every time they get annoyed at BP Petroleum, every time they get annoyed at the Middle East, you know what they say? Why don't I buy American oil and buy American-made gasoline? "
The gasoline is sold at more than 300 stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York under the Keystone, Country Fair, and Kwik Fill brand names. The company, which brands its products as "American Made Gasoline Driving America!," pumps out approximately 70,000 barrels of oil per day through its facilities in Warren, Pennsylvania, one of the destinations that a 35-year-old Canadian pipeline runs through.
United Refining Company has enjoyed groundbreaking profits since it launched its "Made in America" marketing campaign, which heavily advertises its no-Mideast-oil guarantee. Television commercials tout the benefit, Kwik Fill stations have "Driving America" signs strung across their stores, and the slogan is even branded on some of the gas pumps. The Kwik Fill website highlights the companys "buy American" approach:
The Kwik Fill / Red Apple convenience store chain is owned and operated by United Refining Company based in Warren, Pennsylvania. United Refining Company uses no overseas crude oil to produce its petroleum products. In fact, United Refining Company uses only 100% North American crude oil, and that oil is refined right here in Pennsylvania. When you buy United Refining Company gasoline at Kwik Fill, you can be assured that your money is not going overseas. This benefits 2300 Kwik Fill employees in NY, PA, and OH and the communities in which they, and you, live. By helping local businesses and economies, we keep jobs in America and keep America strong.
"Our businesses... our families... and our future depend upon a strong America," the brands motto proclaims. "Keep America strong... buy American-made gasoline at Kwik Fill."
"Thats why I buy here," Jan Potter, a Kwik Fill customer, told Fox News, "because its made in the U.S.A." Ms. Potter says she is "one of the Americans thats upset about us being so tied to other countries for our oil and gas, and I would much prefer to buy American than from other countries."
Since the "Made in America" campaigns inception, United Refinery Companys sales have soared, cranking out profits for 27 consecutive quarters. Yahoo! Finance expounded on the companys recent financial boom in an article published earlier this month:
Adjusted EBITDA(1) [earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization] on a FIFO basis for the six months ended February 29, 2012 was $115.0 million , an increase of $83.3 million or 262.7% from $31.7 million for the six months ended February 28, 2011. For the second fiscal quarter ended February 29, 2012 the Company generated Adjusted EBITDA on a FIFO basis of $40.5 million, an increase of $11.8 million or 41.1% from $28.7 million for the three months ended February 28, 2011 .
Mr. Catsimatidis says utilizing domestic energy sources, and sources from friendly neighbors rather than unstable countries in the Middle East offers greater price stability and less volatile supply for their customers. "What happens if Iraq gets bombed, or Saudi Arabia gets bombed, or Iran stops shipping?" he asks, adding that pipeline transportation is more efficient and less expensive than transporting oil on tankers across the ocean.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that the U.S. imports 45 percent of its oil from foreign nations, one-fourth of which comes from Canada. Saudi Arabia accounts for about 13 percent and Venezuela about 10 percent, while total imported oil reached a high of more than 60 percent in 2005.
Mining for oil here in the U.S. and transporting other oil from Canadian sources is "going to make prices lower," Chicago-based oil analyst Phil Flynn affirms. Mr. Flynn claims that selling strictly U.S. and Canadian oil means "you don't have to ship oil from the Middle East, you don't have to worry about an Iranian war premium, you can produce oil at home, or in Canada, and that is going to keep the price of gasoline down... bottom-line, is that when it comes to gasoline prices, more domestic production over the long run is going to lower gasoline prices."
This is why many critics argue that TransCanadas Keystone XL oil pipeline is critical, for both jobs and for Americas energy security. The approval of the Canada-U.S. pipeline would translate into tens of thousands of jobs and, ultimately, a steep decline in gas prices. Furthermore, it would send a message to the world indicating that America is curbing its energy reliance on hostile, terrorist-sponsored nations.
Seems pretty simple. Kills that "global commodity" arguement very effectively.
B U M P
Expand your sales area to include VA and I promise you that you won't be able to build your stations fast enough!
Cue Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid attacking their excessive profits in 3... 2... 1...
United Refining needs to add a “no ethanol” grade. I pay extra for no-ethanol gas whenever I can find it, because my gas mileage improves by about 4MPG.
Unless you have govt involved!!
Govt is the reason that we have prices where they are right now. Wish they'd butt the hell out!!
Bring some of them stations to the heartland!! We'd buy America first in a heartbeat giving the option!!!
Add a few in Maryland, too! I’d go out of my way to support 100%-domestically produced gas.
What we need is a good old fashioned Windfall Profits Tax.
I think I saw one near Bedford/Lynchburg
$3.89/gal. regular at their stores in Warren, PA.
It worked soooooo well when Jimmy tried it ...
—It worked soooooo well when Jimmy tried it ...—
extra OSHA inspections in 3...2...1
and SEC claims of monopolistic endeavors being attempted in 3...2...1
I would love to see some stores in Texas.
I would love to see some stores in Texas.
I would love to see some stores in Texas.
I was just in Lynchburg last week. I’ll be sure to do a search for them the next time I’m out that way. Should also check on the Eastern Shore next time I’m up that way. It’ll take a lot of the sting out knowing that when I’m paying for a fillup I’m buying American refined and North American produced product.
They still have a lot of room to grow here in Western Pennsylvania. Our nearest is in Derry, PA, about 25 miles away. I fill up there whenever I am traveling to the northeast of where I live.
It was on 460. I was there this weekend for a track meet at Lynchburg College and remember passing a 100% gas station. There is also a Big Apple store on 460.
Red Apple, not Big Apple
....It's also $15 bbl cheaper than from the middle east.
They may be very fortunate with the location of their refinery, not many non integrated refiners make much money at all.
“United Refining needs to add a no ethanol grade. I pay extra for no-ethanol gas whenever I can find it, because my gas mileage improves by about 4MPG.”
I agree. I recently went on a long road trip in my 2000 Buick Century, which is rated for 30mpg on the highway. I was only able to find and fill my tank once with non-ethanol gas, and on that tank I got 32mpg, at over 70 mph! When I used the gas with ethanol, I got 27 to 29 mpg.
It’s really hard to find pure gasoline in my state of Texas because of government regulations. In the whole state of TX, which is huge, there are only 94 pure gas stations. Compare that to Louisiana with 263, Mississippi with 249, Alabama with 292, or Oklahoma with 399.
Well its refined in the USA so I would classify that as American made.
The fact that the crude oil isn't from the Middle East is sauce for the goose!
They are claiming to sell 100% American gas.
If it is made from Canadian oil, every other oil refinery in America could claim the same thing, even with imported oil from anywhere.
“Well its refined in the USA so I would classify that as American made.”
Isn’t 99% of all our gas refined here?
Answer: The price of domestic oil and gasoline will rise right along with the rest of the world's supply. It's a COMMODITY. That's how it works.
So, while there are good reasons to use domestic products, he's dead wrong about "greater price stability."
every other oil refinery in America could claim the same thing,
Those east coast refineries get their oil from Africa and the middle east. There are no pipelines running from Canada to the east coast. They could be getting cheaper GOM oil but there are US laws stopping them.
Have one in the nearest town. Stopped last night. Now if we could decouple the price of US gas from OPEC.
“Now if we could decouple the price of US gas from OPEC.”
Newt had a pretty comprehensive plan to do just that, but not enough people bought in.
.....it took me a while but I got the gas versus crude reference.
Fungibility! Fungibility! You can’t do that!!! You can’t DO that!!! /right wing globalist off
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