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.