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History

Serving Our Industry Since 1926

In April 1926, a group of independent, small business owners convened to establish an organization of Wisconsin state oil marketers. Looking to the future, they realized they could accomplish a great deal more collectively than they could individually.

The founders of the Wisconsin Independent Oil Jobbers Association wanted to lay the groundwork for an effective organization that would promote a reasonable and profitable business climate for independent petroleum marketers in the years to come.

Over the years, Association members have worked for fair and reasonable regulations from government, and fair competition with suppliers. The addition of convenience stores to our Association membership gave us further opportunity to expand both our base and influence.

Our Association's history is replete with examples of volunteer leaders working with all levels of government to advance our positions and ideas and reinforce the importance of independent businesses to the social and economic fabric of our communities.

This mission is alive today and will continue to be our challenge for the future.

WPMCA Today

Although our name has changed four times over 90 years, the goals remain largely the same: The Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association is dedicated to informing our members on issues relevant to our industry and educating policy makers at the state and federal levels about our industry's needs.

More than 500 of your fellow independent businesses belong to the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (WPMCA). Together, we comprise a professional network that promotes a reasonable and profitable business climate for all of us. Like the founding group of independent small business owners who convened in April 1926, we realize we can accomplish a great deal more collectively than individually.

Our association is built on the strength of our member businesses, and we are stronger than ever. Collectively, our industry employs over 50,000 people, operates over 3,000 stations and stores and supplies nearly all the home heating oil sold in Wisconsin.

More than one-half of our members have farm accounts totaling almost 30,000. Over two-thirds of our members sell residential, commercial and industrial heating fuel. In addition to convenience stores, truck stops and service stations, our members own and operate related businesses such as rapid oil change facilities, restaurants, car washes and card lock fueling outlets.

We are still dedicated to:

  • sharing useful information and experiences that further our interests and help our businesses thrive;
  • reinforcing the importance of independent businesses in the social and economic fabric of our communities;
  • educating policy makers at the state and federal levels about our industry's issues.

We believe in promoting our agenda continuously to achieve reasonable legislation and regulations at both the state and federal levels.

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