Idaho staple since 1939 acquired by Washington firm


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Christensen Pacific Northwest, fuel, propane, and lubricant distributor giant, acquired United Oil, which operates out of Southern Idaho.

United Oil was founded in Twin falls in 1939 as a fuel service station with delivery to farms across the Magic Valley. In 1948, R.L Franklin Jr. established Franklin Oil in Caldwell, which began with home heating oil delivery and farm delivery. In 1957, the Franklin family purchased United Oil and for years to come, the family continued to make large acquisitions to become one of the lead distributors in Southern Idaho. 

Now, United Oil is managed by third-generation Franklin family members. 

The news release said that the addition of United Oil will add 3,000 more customers to its client list, which includes retail fuel, commercial, and fleet organizations. 

“The Franklin family has built a great organization with wonderful people that truly care about each other and their customers,” Tony Christensen, CEO of Christensen, Inc said. “The addition of United Oil and its entities support the Christensen growth strategy by strengthening our distribution network in one of the fastest-growing markets in the country. We are excited to welcome the United Oil team and look forward to providing our quality products and differentiated services to customers in Idaho and Nevada.”

By expanding its operation into Idaho, the news release said it will let the company continue its “long-term sustainable growth plan”.

“We’ve valued our customers and employees, who have felt like an extended part of our family over the years,” Co-Owner of United Oil Robert Franklin said. “This is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved, as we know our customers and employees are in good hands and will continue to be the priority.”

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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