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history_webLeroy H. Feece, founder of Feece Oil Co., started in the oil business as an agent for Deep Rock Oil Co. in 1934 at the age of 27 with his wife, Edith.  They located the business in Batavia, Illinois.  Leroy’s customer base in those days was diverse, as it is today, but consisted mostly of farmers and home heating oil.  By 1938, Leroy was operating a service station, along with lubricant and fuel deliveries.  Through hard work and honest business practices, Leroy had grown their small business, gross sales in 1938 was just over $30,000.00.  He never could have imagined 75 years later, in 2008, his grandchildren would be operating the business in the same honest, hard working manner, with total annual gallons sold well in excess of 30 million.

In 1937, Leroy and Edith had a son, Dale R. Feece and later a daughter.  By the time Dale was 14 years old, he was already working with his father in the family business.   They continued to work together until Leroy’s death in 1976.  By 1980, Feece Oil Co. has outgrown its location in downtown Batavia.   With the economy in recession and a young family, Dale and his wife Coleen decided it would be a good time to expand.  They built a new, 10,000 square foot facility in Batavia, IL for its offices, warehouse and a new bulk tank plant.  The risky decision turned out to be a good one, the new facility along with many hours of hard work, gave Feece Oil Co. the resources necessary to enjoy tremendous growth through the 1980’s and 90’s.  In 1999, Feece Oil Co. decided to expand, moving its corporate headquarters to Minooka, IL.  This location housed corporate offices, a warehouse & another bulk tank plant.  Dale stayed very active in the business until his untimely passing in the year 2000.  In 2004, Feece Oil Co. expanded a third time opening a satellite location in Ottawa, IL.  Today, Feece Oil still operates all three facilities, with the Minooka office housing our Corporate Headquarters & Sales Offices.  We look forward to our future & to servicing your fuel & lubricant needs.

 

 


 
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