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Shipley—A Long History of Dedicated Service

Shipley Energy First BuildingShipley Group, the York-based company comprising Shipley Energy, Tom's Convenience Stores and Sweet Arrow Spring Water & Coffee, provides outstanding service to 15 counties throughout central Pennsylvania.

For more than eight decades, the Shipley Group companies have provided customers with the integrity and reliability of local service.  The company is in its fourth generation of family ownership, providing caring relationships, outstanding customer service and community support.

In the 21st century, Shipley Group is dedicated to being a responsible corporate citizen by seeking to improve the environment through improvement of its customers' energy buying experience, promotion of energy conservation and better use of company resources.

"We are proud of our long and dedicated service to our customers and neighbors in central Pennsylvania," said William Shipley III, president of Shipley Group. "Shipley is committed to our continuing objective of being a better energy company.

"Shipley strives to give our customers the energy to help them save money, time and resources by offering competitive fuel prices, thorough customer service, alternative energy sources like E85 gasoline and bioheat heating fuel, and 24/7 heating, fueling and consumer product availability," Shipley said. "Our past has been our prologue. Shipley stands ready to be an excellent corporation and community neighbor for many decades to come."

In the Beginning

Shipley Energy Woman Pumping Gas Shipley traces its origin back to 1929 when Thomas Shipley founded the Roosevelt Garage and Supply Company on Roosevelt Street across the street from York Manufacturing as a convenient place for that company's employees to fill their gasoline tanks and service their automobiles.

Thomas Shipley passed away in January 1930. Samuel Hunt Shipley, his son, took charge of the company and led the firm for 45 years.

In 1939, Thomas Shipley, Inc. purchased York Oil Burner Company, a manufacturer of oil-fired residential and commercial oil heating equipment. And in 1943, Samuel Shipley changed the parent company's name to York-Shipley Inc. The restructured firm was no longer just a holding company, but instead manufactured, installed, fueled and serviced oil furnaces and boilers. The company also provided automotive fuel and supply services, and by 1948 was operating or supplying 30 Esso service stations within the York city limits.

A Period of Growth

Shipley Energy Truck

In 1957, the company negotiated a merger with Humble-Mundis, Inc., resulting in the newly named Shipley-Humble Division of York Shipley. That transaction set the stage for dramatic growth in the 1960s.

The Shipley-Humble Division acquired seven other fuel oil companies in 1960 and doubled its home heating business, significantly increasing its commercial "heavy oil" business. In December 1968, Shipley-Humble was formed as a separate chartered Pennsylvania Corporation when York-Shipley was sold. William Shipley II became the first president of Shipley Humble and presided over another period of momentous growth. Samuel Shipley was named chairman of the board of the new firm and served until his death in 1975.

Shipley Energy HelicopterDuring the 1970s, Shipley-Humble's gasoline operations experienced a startling metamorphosis. During this time, the company pioneered self-serve gasoline stations in the area, building the first self-serve Exxon station in the state in 1972. And in 1976, it got into the grocery business with its Kwick-Stop units, forefathers to the Tom's Convenience Stores operated today by Shipley Stores Inc.

Changing for the Future

More acquisitions enabled Shipley-Humble to expand its market. Most significant was the 1982 purchase of Goodling Inc., which led to a six-year period in which the company was known as Shipley-Humble-Goodling.

In May 1988, the company changed its name to Shipley Oil Company. William Shipley III, representing the fourth generation of family leadership, assumed the presidency in 1992.

Today's Shipley Group

Shipley Energy TruckUnder William Shipley III's vision, the company has taken aggressive strides toward becoming a total energy company, a much more competitive position given the rapidly changing energy environment, including:
  • In 1995, Shipley entered the natural gas market, serving industrial and commercial customers. Because of further industry deregulation, the company now serves residential customers, as well
  • A merger with Schuchart Oil and Propane expanded Shipley's service area into Adams County, providing the company with expertise in the sale and marketing of propane
  • Most recently, Shipley expanded north to Huntingdon, Clearfield and Centre Counties with the purchase of Shaner Energy Company, as well as adding services to the east in Lebanon County

Shipley Energy is the largest locally owned provider of home heating energy, including oil, natural gas and propane, in Central Pennsylvania. The Shipley Group also installs and services heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, offers indoor air quality services, operates the Tom's Convenience Store chain, and distributes Sweet Arrow spring water and coffee.