Celebrating 40 Years of Business
Celebrating 40 years as a successful, diversified pertroleum
business, Campbell & Sons Oil Company continues a family
tradition started by founder Claude H. Campbell. Before becoming
a Texaco distributor, Claude pumped gas and changed oil for customers
at his gas station on Drake Avenue. With a commitment to honest
business principles, a dedication to hard work, attention to
customer and employee needs, and a focus on growing his business,
Claude eventually expanded into selling and distributing gasoline
on a consignment basis. His success did not go unnoticed by Texaco,
and he was offered a distributorship in Huntsville in 1969.
Business with a Handshake
Once known as C.H. Campbell Oil Company, Campbell & Sons
is today the number one seller of gasoline in the Huntsville/Madison
County area, and one of the largest gasoline jobbers in the state.
The company distributes over 40 million gallons of gasoline and
diesel fuel annually to customers throughout North Alabama through
Texaco, Conoco, Chevron and C & S retail facilities.
Claude's work ethic, management style, and business savvy are
today carried on by his sons, all of whom were required to start
in the family business on the bottom rung before climbing the
ladder to management positions and, eventually, ownership. Claude's
oldest son, LaBronn, entered the business in 1975. Tony joined
the company in 1977, and Alan followed suit in 1984. All three
brothers took over management positions in the company before
their father's retirement in 1988. LaBronn retired February 1,
"We still do business with a handshake," says Tony
Campbell. "We stand by our word, and we stand together.
In all our expansion plans, if even one brother is against a
business venture, then we are all against it. Alan and I manage
this company as a team."
Growing the Petroleum Business
Campbell & Sons
has experienced constant growth throughout its history, with
significant activity during the 1990s. The company provides gasoline
and other petroleum products throughout Limestone, Madison, Marshall,
and Morgan counties to over 80 Texaco, Conoco, C & S, and
Chevron branded gasoline convenience stores. In addition, Campbell
& Sons Lubricants, based in Decatur, supplies customers across
North Alabama with motor oils, industrial lubricants, and greases.
"A lot of our
growth can be attributed to the strong brand recognition that
customers have with the Texaco, Conoco, and Chevron brand,"
Tony Campbell says. "But our growth is also a product of
our dedication to providing the best service and the highest-quality
product to our customers at a fair price, and to identifying
business opportunities that expand our services in the market."
"We are proud of our success in Huntsville and North Alabama,"
Tony Campbell says. "And we will continue to provide our
customers with the best product at the best price in locations
that are safe, clean, and convenient."