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About Us

Eight decades ago, Berwick Coop Oil Co. was formed by a group of farmers who wanted to buy fuel at discounted prices.  From these early pioneers, Berwick Coop Oil Co. was incorporated on March 10, 1928, and today is one of the oldest and longest operating businesses in Sabetha, KS.  The original storage tanks were located in Berwick, a small town just northwest of Sabetha, KS.

One hundred shares of stock were first assigned to the members on 06/24/28 by a five member board made up of:  F. J. Hermann (President), Ben Schrock, Lewis Hilt, George Koehler and Adolph Lortscher.  This first group of farmers lived in and around the Berwick community northwest of Sabetha, KS.  They had fuel brought in by rail cars to the storage facility located on the west side of the elevator.  Farmers would bring in their five-gallon cans and take it back to their farms.

In 1930 they hired their first full time driver: Glenn Turner.  Glenn would deliver gas in five-gallon cans to the local farmer members.  In the 1940’s they moved to a tanker truck and the driver would use a chain mechanism to calibrate each five gallons of fuel taken from the truck.  Today Berwick’s fuel trucks hold as much as 5,500 gallons and the transport’s hold up to 8,300 gallons and they will pump fuel at a rate of up to 120 gallons per minute.

In the beginning Berwick ordered fuel and lubrications from The White Eagle Oil Company, the forerunner of the Mobil Oil Corporation.  The Mobil name is still a brand of lubricants the organization sells along with Conoco/Phillips.  Berwick added diesel fuel in 1958 to the gasoline, butane and fuel oil products they were selling.  In the 1960’s Berwick added propane and propane storage to the company’s product mix.

In 2009 Berwick added the local Ampride store under its umbrella of services and today sells gas, diesel, oil and convenience store items to the local community.

Starting with one truck in 1930’s and moving to 1 transport truck & trailer and 3 refined fuel trucks in 1950’s. Berwick today has 2 refined fuel transport trucks, 1 propane trailer, 4 refined fuel trucks, 4 propane trucks, a bulk oil truck and a service truck.  Berwick has storage of approximately 280,000 gallons of refined fuels and 50,000 gallons of propane.

With such a rich history Berwick Coop Oil Co. is proud to service the agricultural producers of the Sabetha community and the surrounding area.

Bob Sextro | Vice-President
Seneca, Kansas
Term: 13 Feb – 16 Feb
Started: 2007

Bob was born and raised in the Seneca area and went to USD 451 B and B School.  While being a farmer takes lots of work, he enjoys spending time with his family.  When time is available, he tinkers with old cars, trucks and motorcycles, along with helping the local American Legion with their many events.

When Bob was running his dairy business, he took interest in the inner workings of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association board.  While serving on the DHIA board, he met several very good people at Berwick Co-op Oil Company.  Bob was asked to serve on the Berwick board in 2007 and has not been disappointed serving alongside such wonderful people.

Don Haverkamp | Secretary
Fairview, Kansas
Term: 12 Feb – 15 Feb
Started: 2006

Don is a dairy and grain farmer from Fairview.  He was born and raised in the Seneca community and has been involved in farming all his life.  He married Kris, and they moved to Fairview in 1980.  They have two sons.  In his spare time, he likes sports and fishing.

Don has been a Berwick customer for more than 30 years.  He was asked to serve on the board and thought that it would be a great learning experience.  He currently serves as the board secretary and has served three terms of service.

Steven Edelman | Public Relations
Sabetha, KS
Term: 12 Feb- 15 Feb
Started: 2012

Steven grew up west of Sabetha on the family farm and went to the local school at Bern.  He was heavily involved with the family farm, and today he farms with his dad and brother.  When not attending to the farm, he loves to be in the garden, as it supplies an abundance of food for his large family.

In 2012, the Berwick nominating committee asked if he would like to serve on the Berwick board, and he was elected at the annual meeting in February 2012.  After his first three-year term, he was re-elected to a second term.

Matt Wenger | Treasurer
Fairview, KS
Term: 14 Feb- 17 Feb
Started: 2011

Matt has been a lifelong resident of Brown County, where he has farmed for 18 years.  He married his wife, Carla, 12 years ago, and they have two wonderful children.  He enjoys going camping, boating and riding ATVs.

Matt became a member of Berwick over 18 years ago when he started farming.  In 2010, he was asked to serve as a Board member.  He has enjoyed the challenges that have come up over the years and always looks forward to learning new things.

Mike Sadler

Mike has been general manager of Berwick since April 2013.  Mike has over 40 years of experience in the petroleum industry.  His experience includes senior management responsibility of a Fortune 500 refining and refined fuel and propane distribution entity.  He has worked in the cooperative system with farmer-owned cooperatives his entire career.

Mike has been married 18 years to his wife, Barb.  Mike has three daughters and four grandchildren, with the youngest daughter in high school.  Mike’s hobbies include spending time with his family, playing golf, traveling and watching his last daughter play sports.  Mike says the best aspect of Berwick is the great people that he has as employees and interacting with the customers of Berwick.

 
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