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About Bear Oil

With its local ownership in San Antonio and over 90 years of experience, it’s easy to see that Bear Oil Company is a reliable and well-respected company. 

Despite its long history, Bear Oil Company is not stuck in the past. With state-of-the-art technology and innovative advances in billing and managing information, Bear Oil Company has become a leader among today’s fuel and supply companies.


Founded by George Johnson

Bear Oil Company can trace its roots as a petroleum marketer in San Antonio to the mid 1930s. Founded by George W. Johnson, Bear Oil Company, began serving local gasoline stations with both fuel and lubricants.

Nettie & George Johnson

In the 1950s, Nettie R. Johnson and George T. Johnson (George W.’s wife and son, respectively) ran the company.

Purchased & Incorporated

In 1960, the company was purchased by J.E. “Jim” Engelman and incorporated in the same year.

Current Location

In 1967, Bear Oil Company moved from 1631 South Laredo Street near the Union Stock Yards to its present location.

Nelson Grona

In April of 1991, Nelson Grona purchased the company.

Commercial Fueling Network

In 2000, Bear Oil Company became a member of the Commercial Fueling Network (CFN)

Second Cardlock Facility

In 2001, a second cardlock facility was opened in the Tri-County Business Park near Interstate 35 in Schertz, Texas.