Our History


Bob James started James Oil Co. as a gas station in December, 1947. Since that time there have been many changes but through all the years James Oil Co. has continued to be a small family business dedicated to providing our customers with the best service possible through reliable delivery, competitive prices, courteous and friendly service. We do not use account numbers at James Oil. We try our best to make your business with James Oil as personal and friendly as possible.

  • December, 1947 started James Oil Co.
  • 1950 began tank wagon service
  • 1968 built office/warehouse
  • 1974 purchased first tandem axel truck in Iowa.
  • 1976 Bob’s son, Scott, joins company
  • 1978 purchased first semi tanker.
  • 2005 Bob passes away
  • 2009 built new office/warehouse/shop
  • 2011 bought second tank wagon
  • 2012 bought second semi tanker
  • 2014 bought third semi tanker

Since 1947 James Oil has been with Shell, Skelly, Getty, Texaco and once again with Shell. Today we buy branded and unbranded petroleum products. We have five trucks, six employees and deliver throughout central Iowa.