Company History

NOCO Energy Corp., located in Tonawanda, New York, is a family-owned and operated energy company.  

Company History

 NOCO is a third-generation family owned and locally operated company, with 80 years of experience in the energy business. Founded in Tonawanda in 1933 by Reginald B. Newman, NOCO started out supplying coal to residential customers. After its incorporation in 1948 to R.B. Newman Fuel Company, NOCO began delivering home heating oil as the demand for coal decreased. In 1950, the company expanded to serve small commercial and industrial customers with lubricants, gasoline, and diesel fuel.

Reginald's two sons, Donald F. Newman and Reginald B. Newman II, joined the company in 1954 and 1960, respectively. They continued the family tradition of growth by broadening NOCO's product lines and marketing area. In 1973, NOCO acquired at 33-million gallon storage facility from the Gulf Oil Company. In 1983, NOCO purchased the adjacent 10-million gallon operation from Ashland Oil to give the company over 42 million gallons of petroleum storage capacity.

In 2001, Jim and Michael Newman were named President and Executive Vice President, respectively, carrying the business into the third generation.  With a number of acquisitions and new ventures in recent years, NOCO now distributes a full portfolio of energy products, including residential and commercial fuels,natural gas, electricity, and lubricants. In addition, NOCO operates 34 NOCO Express retail convenience stores and supplies branded and unbranded gasoline to a growing dealer network. NOCO employs over 800 employees across New York State, Vermont, Pennsylvania, as well as Ontario, and operates a fleet of over 180 vehicles.

1933: With a single truck and a dream, Reginald B. Newman founds R.B. Newman Fuel Company to deliver coal to
residential customers.

1939: The business expands to deliver home heating oil.

1950: Mr. Newman begins servicing commercial and
industrial customers with lubricants, gasoline and
diesel fuel.

1958: Newman Fuel Company acquires Mobil's home
heating oil business.

1964: Newman Fuel Company opens its first full-service
retail gas station.

1971: The second generation of Newmans (Donald and
Reginald) assume control of the company.

1973: NOCO acquires a 33-million gallon storage facility
from the Gulf Oil Company.

1982: NOCO Home Heat is formed with the acquisition of Ashland Oil's home heat business and Akron Oil Corp.

1983: The company name changes to NOCO Energy Corp.

1984: NOCO opens its first convenience store.

1985: NOCO purchases a 10-million gallon storage
facility from Ashland Oil.

1986: NOCO Energy Canada is incorporated and begins
selling lubricants to commercial and industrial customers in Quebec.

1992: NOCO purchases 35 retail gas locations from
Cumberland Farms.

1993: NOCO expands lubricant distribution to the
Eastern New York and New England area


1998: NOCO begins distributing and marketing propane to commercial and residential customers.

2001: Jim Newman and Mike Newman were named President and Executive Vice President, respectively, in October 2001.

2002: NOCO markets natural gas to commercial and
industrial customers.

2004: NOCO Home Heat expands with the acquisition
of Crabb Oil and Propane in Arcade, NY.

2004: NOCO completes its first major retail gas station
rebuild and incorporates two quick-serve restaurants
(Charlie the Butcher and Tim Hortons) at the Express Store.

2005: NOCO Home Heat expands with the acquisition
of Thrifty Propane and Oil in Lockport, NY.

2006: NOCO launches its Residential Natural Gas and Electricity Sales Program.

2007: NOCO expands with the acquisition of Thiele, Inc. (a quality heating oil distributor) located in North Tonawanda, NY.

2008: NOCO proudly celebrates 75 years of service in Western New York!

2011 NOCO Completed a mayor rebuild of the convenience store next to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport adding a Charlie the Butcher and a kiosk allowing customers to print boarding passes for the airport.

2012: NOCO Expands its lubricants distribution by becoming a Mobil branded reseller in Easter Ontario, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. 

NOCO also grew its Fuels Division by becoming an Esso branded reseller in the Eastern Ontario and Southern Quebec regions.

2013: NOCO celebrates its 80th anniversary.



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