Black Oil sells wholesale distribution business
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Craig Kellerstrass and J. Burton Black. Courtesy photo
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Craig Kellerstrass and J. Burton Black, both former Western Petroleum Marketers Association (WPMA) presidents, have announced Kellerstrass Oil’s purchase of Black Oil’s wholesale business.

Kellerstrass assumed transportation of bulk products on September 1, 2011. The rest of Black Oil’s wholesale business, including tankwagon and cardlock operations, will be turned over on September 15, 2011.

Black Oil will remain in the retail business under the Out West Food & Fuel logo, serving as dealers for Kellerstrass.

Black Oil Company is a third-generation business headquartered in Monticello. It has been one of the largest private employers in the community for the past 70 years.

In recent years, roughly 50 percent of the business volume has been on the wholesale side of the business. In contrast, an estimated 80 percent of the employees have been on the retail side of the business.

Paul J. “P.J.” Black started the business in the mid-1930’s. In the late 1950’s, P.J.’s boys took over the business. Later, all the other brothers sold out to their brother, Jim.

Third-generation owners Burton and Rich Black are the two youngest children of Jim and Roberta Black.

Craig Kellerstrass is a second-generation petroleum marketer from Ogden, UT. Kellerstrass Oil started in 1948, and serves customers in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado. They handle over 50 million gallons of fuel every year and serve over 90 dealers, now including Black Oil.

Kellerstrass Oil will introduce Chevron lubricants and Sunoco racing fuel to its new customers, while still offering some of Shell’s most popular lubricants.

Kellerstrass also sells motor fuels under Chevron, Texaco, Phillips 66 and Sinclair brands. Their website can be found at

In the transition, most of the affected Black Oil employees have been, or are being offered similar positions with Kellerstrass, with most choosing to continue their employment with Kellerstrass Oil.
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