Davenport Energy Inc. received Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Pinnacle Award for outstanding community service in May.
The award, the chamber’s highest honor, recognizes companies that have made significant contributions to the region’s economic and social well-being.
Davenport Energy, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has made and continues to have a strong local economic impact, employing more than 130 people and delivering propane, fuel oil, and other petroleum products to more than 30,000 customers throughout southern, southwest, and central Virginia.
The company, under the leadership of Chairman Ben Davenport Jr. and President and Chief Executive Officer Lewis Wall Jr., has a long and distinguished record of supporting the community through donations, volunteering, and service on local, state, and national boards, the chamber noted.
“Davenport Energy supports local schools, sports teams, churches, fire departments, chambers of commerce, merchants associations, recreation departments, civic clubs, and a variety of other charitable causes,” said Chamber Chairman John W. Daniel.
Team members also support local United Way campaigns through payroll deductions, and donate time to local fire departments, rescue squads, schools, civic clubs, and other community organizations.
Whenever there is a need, Davenport Energy is “Ready For You,” as the company’s trademarked slogan states, said Daniel.
Davenport Energy Inc., a family-owned petroleum products company headquartered in Chatham, Va., has purchased APB Whiting Oil Company in Roanoke and Whiting Jamison Oil Company in Covington from Petroleum Marketers Inc.
The acquisition, completed Sept. 14, will expand Davenport Energy’s petroleum products and customer base in both regions.
APB Whiting and Whiting Jamison provide heating oil as well as other petroleum products for residential and commercial customers.
In addition, APB Whiting offers furnace, boiler, burner, and air conditioning installation, repair, and service in the Roanoke area.
“Davenport Energy has provided safe, reliable propane delivery in Roanoke, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg since 2011,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Lewis E. Wall Jr. “This expansion will allow us to add heating oil products and service with plans to eventually offer propane in Covington and throughout the Alleghany High-lands and into West Virginia.”
APB Whiting and Whiting Jamison employ 20 people, including drivers, service technicians, and office personnel. They will become part of Davenport Energy.
Davenport Energy plans to relocate its Granby Street office to APB Whiting’s location on Starkey Road in Roanoke. It will keep Whiting Jamison’s office on Locust Street in Covington.
For the time being, APB Whiting and Whiting Jamison will remain on trucks, signs, and uniforms, but eventually both companies will be rebranded Davenport Energy.
“APB Whiting and Whiting Jamison have a great reputation for providing petroleum products and services to homes, businesses and industries in Roanoke and Covington,” Wall said. “ We expect a smooth transition since Davenport Energy has a long history of providing those same products and services to customers across Central, Southside, and Southwest Virginia.”
A regional propane and heating oil company, Davenport Energy was founded in 1941 and will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2016. Headquartered in Chatham, Davenport Energy has offices in Roanoke, Rocky Mount, Martinsville, Bedford, and South Boston.