Mission Petroleum Carriers
Mr. Turner’s business involvement spans not only multiple decades, but also multiple industries. Over thirty years ago, Mr. Turner and long-term colleague, Arch Kelly, started Mission Petroleum Carriers. Today Mission is still a TETCO company and consists of a headquarter’s office in Houston, TX, and twenty terminal locations throughout the United States. With Mr. Kelly still at Mission’s helm, the company continues to grow in size and profits year after year. In the 1970’s, Mr. Turner owned Industrial Lubricants Co., a huge warehouse facility that burned down in the 1970’s. It was immediately rebuilt and became a shipping and storage warehouse for petroleum-based lubricants. In 1971, Mr. Turner purchased Gensco, a national supplier of industrial-grade pipe. He would later use pipe manufactured here to construct a 70 mile pipeline between his 240,000 barrel bulk storage depot in Corpus Christi, TX, and his 50,000 bpd refinery in Three Rivers, Texas. Mr. Turner’s business involvement branches into the food service, paving, industrial sign silk-screening, drilling, construction, banking, radio, semi-professional sports (as former owner of the San Antonio Dodgers minor league team), truck bumper manufacturing and real estate industries. He even built what is still regarded as one of the most elegant country clubs in Texas, The Club at Sonterra.
TETCO Convenience Stores
During the latter part of 1999, TETCO Stores, LP entered into a joint venture with Mobil Corporation. The venture included approximately 320 salary operated and dealer related outlets. In December, 1999, Exxon and Mobil merged, at which time the Federal Trade Commission mandated Mobil to divest their joint venture interest with TETCO. Consequently, in March, 2000, TETCO purchased Mobil’s joint venture interest giving TETCO 100% ownership in TETCO Stores, LP. Within a short period, TETCO regained a major presence in the Texas market reminiscent of the Sigmor days.
In November 2012, TETCO, Inc. entered into an agreement with 7-Eleven to acquire the retail and wholesale assets of San Antonio-based TETCO, Inc. The assets included company-operated convenience stores in Utah and the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio areas of Texas plus fuel distribution to TETCO’s wholesale-distributors.
Expanding into the future
TETCO, Inc. currently consists of Mission Petroleum Carriers, Alamo City Truck Service and Barbarosa Foods.