J.R. Ayres &
In 1952, J.R. Ayres, the son of Richardson Ayres, having graduated Georgia Tech with a degree in Engineering, joined the firm.
The company continued to expand and on January 2, 1962, the company was incorporated. In the following years, expansion continued with franchises such as Gulf Oil, Getty Oil, Continental Oil and American Oil being added.
J.R. Ayres & Steve Ayres
Steve Ayres, Son of J.R. Ayres, and a graduate of Louisiana Tech, joined the corporation in 1975. A survey was made of the future profitability of the retailing of motor fuels and the feasibility of remaining a jobber.
In 1934, Richardson Ayres founded the company when he purchased a small Mobil jobber's operation in Alexandria, Louisiana. At the time of purchase, the business was doing approximately 200,000 gallons per year average sales in diesel fuel and gasoline.
By 1948, the enterprise was moving 5 million gallons yearly. However, that year Mobil changed its mode of operation. In 1949, Richardson Ayres contracted with Skelly Oil Company of Oklahoma while expanding the company.
In 1984 the corporation sold the gasoline marketing division. At this time, the company was selling over 100 million gallons of fuel per year and was the largest jobber in Louisiana.
In the mid-1990s Petron designed- built under the direction of the United States Corps of Engineers a Multi-use tribal building for the Jena Tribe of Indians. The success of that endeavor was such that Petron has since been involved in the construction of a major eye-laser clinic, and has done contracts for churches, the State of Louisiana, banks, and a building for Louisiana State University in Alexandria.
As for what the future holds...
Petron will be there to lay down the foundation for future generations to come!
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