Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd

    Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd is a distribution company for Caltex Australia and Gulf Western Oils and Lubricants. The main depot is centrally located in the industrial area of Paget in Mackay. We have 2 other depots strategically placed across Queensland which are located in Proserpine and Clermont to help service our customers across the central Queensland.

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    Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd

    Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd is a distribution company for Caltex Australia and Gulf Western Oils and Lubricants. The main depot is centrally located in the industrial area of Paget in Mackay. We have 2 other depots strategically placed across Queensland which are located in Proserpine and Clermont to help service our customers across the central Queensland.

    Overview     Mission Statement     Goals     History     Time Line

    Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd

    Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd is a distribution company for Caltex Australia and Gulf Western Oils and Lubricants. The main depot is centrally located in the industrial area of Paget in Mackay. We have 2 other depots strategically placed across Queensland which are located in Proserpine and Clermont to help service our customers across the central Queensland.

    Overview     Mission Statement     Goals     History     Time Line

    Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd

    Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd is a distribution company for Caltex Australia and Gulf Western Oils and Lubricants. The main depot is centrally located in the industrial area of Paget in Mackay. We have 2 other depots strategically placed across Queensland which are located in Proserpine and Clermont to help service our customers across the central Queensland.

    Overview     Mission Statement     Goals     History     Time Line

    Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd

    Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd is a distribution company for Caltex Australia and Gulf Western Oils and Lubricants. The main depot is centrally located in the industrial area of Paget in Mackay. We have 2 other depots strategically placed across Queensland which are located in Proserpine and Clermont to help service our customers across the central Queensland.

    Overview     Mission Statement     Goals     History     Time Line

    Sept 1st, 1889 Mr. James H Croker commenced in business on his own account.

    1891 Agent for Adelaide Steamship Company Ltd.

    1914 Erected new office building in Victoria Street.

    1919 Son Raymond admitted to partnership.

    1923 Agents for Australian Co-operative Fertilisers Ltd (later A.C.F. and Shirley's).

    1924 Distributor for Texas Co. (Australia) Ltd (later Caltex then Ampol & now Caltex).

    1924 Son Arnold joined the firm. Entered motor business as Dodge, later Ford distributor erected premises in Wood Street.

    March 1927 Mr. James H Croker Died.

    1929 New motor premises erected in Wood Street (later Eagers).

    1937 Distributors for Stewards & Lloyds (Australia) Ltd.

    January 1938 Mr. AC Shepherd admitted to partnership.

    February 1940 Relinquished Adelaide Steamship Company Ltd agency.

    1943 Relinquished Ford agency and vacated motor field.

    March 1943 Mr. Raymond Crokers died.

    November 1948 Mr. Arnold Croker died.

    1954 Messrs Rae Trim and Rowan Croker admitted to partnership.

    1950/60 Electrical and Industrial Hardware Department established.

    1961 New premises in Victoria Street.

    1965 Mr. Bruce Shepherd admitted to partnership.

    1972 New Steel shed built with 5-ton crane (Wellington Street)

    Kevin Powell started as Rural and Fuel Rep.

    1974 Mr. Rae Trim died.

    1974 Mr. Bruce Shepherd became General Manager.

    1975 Mr. Col Glover admitted to partnership.

    Kevin Powell became Manager of Fuel Division.

    1976 Appointed B.H.P. distributors.

    1978 Went back into car & truck business by purchasing Bradley & Cameron (Volvo dealership).

    1980 Opened new steel premises at Paget with 2 x 10-ton cranes.

    1981 Changed from partnership to unit trust with James Croker & Sons Pty Ltd as trustee.

    1982 Bought out Golden Fleece distributor and the Fuel Division moved to McLennan Street.

    1987 Racecourse and Farleigh Mills became shareholders.

    1987 Acquired Quintrex.

    1987 Mr. Alan Shepherd died.

    1988 Acquired Agtec Rural in Bundaberg.

    1992 Acquired Agtec Fuel in Bundaberg.

    1995 Sold Agtec Fuel to Auer Petroleum.

    April 1995 Sold Rural Division to IAMA.

    June/July 1995 Steel Division was sold to Steelmark.

    Mackay Sugar relinquished interest in James Crokers & Sons.

    Cars, Trucks, Fuel & Quintrex Divisions were purchased by different companies with shareholdings remaining within the same families.

    Kevin Powell purchased shares in Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd.

    January 1996 Ampol andd Caltex companies merge.

    January 1997 Purchased the Ampol Distributor in Proserpine (Jack Hickmott).

    March 1997 Purchased the Ampol Distributor in Mackay (Midstate Fuel ).

    Sold Ilbilbie Service Station at time of purchase.

    Initial trials and sales of K-Komplex.

    March 1998 Moved to new Depot/Service Station in Connors Road, Paget.

    August 1998 Signed franchise agreement with Rural Liquid Fertilisers (K-Komplex).

     

    Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd was established by James H Croker & Son in 1924 as a distributor for Texas Co (Australia) Ltd using a one horse dray for delivery of tins. Lighting Kerosene was the main product with motor spirits becoming more dominent as vehicles became more popular. Rapid expansion required a larger premises as fuel turnover went from 57,168 gallons to 2,107,947 gallons in 1962. In 1954 Alan Shepherd (Principal of James Croker & Sons) was instrumental in the establishment of the first Caltex Oil Bulk Ocean Terminal at the Mackay Harbour with a storage capacity of 1,500,000 gallons and resulting in a price reduction for our customers.

     

    Working for the company since the 1970's Bruce Shepherd and Kevin Powell guided the company through continued expansion to service a 55,000 km2 area of central Queensland, from St Lawrence (to the south) to Bowen (to the north) and west to Alpha. In 2009 the company had a fleet of 20 tankers and 2 onsite fueling tankers and employed 46 staff and 2 contractors working out of Mackay, Clermont and Proserpine with a turnover of appox. 160 million litres a year.

     

    The company supplies bulk and retail fuel and oils (Caltex, Gulf Western and Recochem) to a broad range of industries including farming, resellers, trucking, mining and manufacturing. As a company we are proud of our level of customer service to all our Crokers and National Caltex customers and this focus on friendly and efficient service has built a strong company with a loyal customer base.

     

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    To supply and distribute fuels and lubricants to diverse industrial, rural and retail markets with emphasis on service designed to increase our market share and profitability whilst maintaining a close relationship with all customers.

     

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    Crokers Fuel & Oils have 6 basic goals that we strive to achieve.

    They are-

                    1. To provide a high level of service to all our customers.

                    2. To supply quality products to our customers.

                    3. To make a positive contribution to the community.

                    4. To provide employees job security and satisfaction.

                    5. To ensure safe systems of work.

                    6. To have continued growth in business and the community.

     

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    A commitment to customer service and satisfaction has maintained Crokers Fuel & Oils Pty Ltd as a leading local company. Success and growth in the future are dependent upon our ability to sustain this excellent service through the combined efforts and dedication of every employee. Utilising their knowledge, experience, skills, ability and energy is an essential factor towards our company succeeding as a team and exceeding our customer's expectations.

     

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