Business Spotlight: Oakland Oil & Propane
Last Updated on Nov 8, 2018 at 10:32am | Garrett County Economic Development
This article appeared in the November 2018 issue of The Lake-Front Magazine and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission.
Oakland Oil and Propane
has been Garrett County’s premier supplier and distributor of petroleum products to our area for more than sixty years. Oakland Oil and Propane delivers multiple grades of gasoline, on and off road diesel fuel, heating oil, kerosene, and propane to residential, farming, commercial and industrial customers in our area. Oakland Oil was established in the early 1950’s, and was purchased by Richard Stuck and his wife Ellen in 1989. This business expansion into Oakland was sort of a “coming home” to the Stucks who have a life-long love and history in Garrett County.
Richard Stuck grew up in Oakland, and dating all the way back to his grandfather, the family has been active members of the town’s business community. Also, Richard’s wife of over 50 years, Ellen, is a native of Friendsville and a Northern High School graduate. After graduating from Southern High School, Richard went on to be a successful athlete and scholar at Bethany College. After fourteen years as an executive with Exxon, he and his family settled in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, where he and his wife purchased Jacobs Petroleum, a home heating oil and commercial fuel company. This company became the foundation for the growth and expansion of the now Stuck Enterprise conglomerate of companies.
In 1994, Richard and Ellen’s son Steve, left his career in the Pittsburgh banking industry to join the family business. The three of them, have spent the last twenty-five years dedicating their lives toward expanding the company into a highly successful business. They have not only grown within their original business field, but have strategically expanded their business holdings into other related fields. Today, their company, Stuck Enterprises, employs over 150 people and operates in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. The company owns and operates multiple bulk fuel plants, propane plants, wholesale fuel distributorships, a chain of convenience store/gas stations, fleet fueling stations, and car washes throughout the four states.
Here in Garrett County, Stuck Enterprises owns Oakland Oil and Propane, Deep Creek Mountain Utilities, Stuck’s Fleet Fueling, Grantsville Exxon and Subway, as well as a personal residence and other real estate holdings. Stuck’s newest venture in our area will be the opening of Deep Creek Fireplace and Outdoor Store, a retail shop and showroom featuring indoor and outdoor fireplaces, kitchens, and fire pits. It is located along Route 219 in McHenry next to Archie’s BBQ. Stucks are working with local contractors to convert the building into a comfortable, inviting space in which customers can view some of the best indoor and outdoor components in a natural setting. The space will also feature a propane filling station for cylinders, RVs, and more. There will also be a convenient place for Oakland Oil and Propane customers to place orders and pay bills. The building will also house the offices for Deep Creek Mountain Utilities.
The past ten years have brought phenomenal growth to Stuck Enterprises. Steve’s entrepreneurial spirit and that of the management team he and his parents have built to support this spirit have catapulted the company into the future. “We have a very enthusiastic team of professionals on our staff and they have become the engine powering our successful growth strategy.” Steve proudly states. This strategy has been to aggressively reinvest profits into the company both in upgrading existing businesses and acquiring businesses. Steve also said “We also have wonderful, dedicated people working throughout our entire company striving to make our business a better place to serve the needs of our valuable customers.”
What Richard, Ellen, and Steve are most proud of, however, is not the growth of the company, but rather the corporate culture that they have been able to nurture and grow and maintain as their small family business has become a much larger thriving enterprise. Richard often says, “We may be a lot larger than when we started, but we still have the morals and values of a small family business.” Stuck’s corporate culture is simply that of treating our customers, our vendors, and our employees with respect and integrity. Their business is built on the pillars of honesty and attention to detail. They are extremely thankful for their loyal customer base.
The Stuck family’s commitment to Garrett County is evident in not only the business community but also in the many community projects which they have supported over the years. The family has a long tradition of civic mindedness. Steve is an active member of the Board of the Garrett Regional Medical Center Foundation and he and his parents have donated a significant gift to help with the construction of the new Cancer Center, and more recently to help the hospital in the current campaign to purchase a CT Scanner. Additionally, the family continues to support local charities, sponsor local teams, and work with various organizations in the area. “We feel a very special pride for the work we are doing throughout the county and the relationships we have been able to build over the years,” Steve warmly states.
The Stuck’s appreciate your support of their businesses in Garrett County and the newest one, Deep Creek Fireplace and Outdoor Store will be open by the end of the year, so be sure to stop by and check it out! You can learn more about the services of Oakland Oil & Propane by visiting their website at www.oaklandoil.com