Don and Lynn Edward accept a plaque in honour of Edward Fuels 65 years as a Shell Branded Distributor. They are surrounded by long-serving staff members who have a combined 100 years with Edward Fuels: (second from left) Maura Clarke, (third from left) Diane Leslie, and (third from right) Rob Jeffrey. Also in the photo are Shell managers: (far left) Liz Lyle of Calgary, (second from right) Michael Lacasse of Montreal, and (far right) Tony Ciolfitto of Toronto.
GODERICH – When Clayton Edward’s local coal company in Goderich landed a contract to become a Shell distributor in 1952, the young businessman could not have envisioned the growth and expansion of the company, which 65 years later does business throughout Western Ontario through its fuels, propane, HVAC and lubricant divisions.
“Dad started the family tradition of business in Goderich, relying on a great staff of people from the community to provide quality service to his customers,” said Don Edward, company president.
“We’ve continued that tradition, and at the same time been on the leading edge of technology and energy efficiency.”
Clayton Edward started a cab company in Goderich at the outbreak WWII, after being rejected from serving in the war because he had a heart murmur.
He rounded up friends and his father to shuttle customers, keeping busy with airport traffic.
After the war, he bought a coal company to support his family, and in 1952 became a Shell distributor, changing the company name from The Edward Coal Company to Edward Fuels.
In the early ‘70s, his son, Don, bought the company and continued to grow it. In the years that followed, the company grew its Shell operations in Clinton, Kincardine and Teeswater.
More recently, it acquired the Shell operations on Manitoulin Island.
In its fuel division, its local experts promote a range of world-class products, including nitrogen enriched gasoline, energy saving diesel and clean heating fuel.
It offers aviation fuel and marine fuel, plus fuel delivery to commercial and farm customers, commercial gas bars, and 24/7 Cardlock stations.
The HVAC division provides state-of-the-art heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technology for residential, commercial and small industrial customers.
Its technology is backed by its certified and trained home comfort experts, who can design, install and maintain complete systems that are right for their customers in a service area that extends from the southern Bruce Peninsula to Arthur to Grand Bend.
The propane division offers a reliable, clean and cost-effective heating fuel suitable for residential, commercial and agricultural customers in a wide area.
The lubricant division relies on a large inventory and expert staff to ensure customer equipment is protected.
As the largest supplier in Western Ontario, its world class products are backed by the Shell guarantee.
“We have been very fortunate to recruit staff who are active and well-known in the community, so that our customers know who we are and can trust us to provide exceptional products and services,” Edward said.
“We thank our customers for trusting us over the past 65 years and look forward to serving both our existing and new customers in the future.”
A few years ago, Edward Fuels was named Business of the Year by the Huron Chamber of Commerce.