about us


About Us

lubricant dealerBear 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. In the1950s, Nettie R. Johnson and George T. Johnson (George W.’s wife and son, respectively) ran the company. In 1960 the company was purchased by J.E. “Jim” Engelman and incorporated in the same year. In 1967, Bear Oil Company moved from 1631 South Laredo Street near the Union Stock Yards to its present location on North Loop Road near the San Antonio International Airport. In April of1991 Nelson Grona purchased the company.

Diesel Fuel DealerIn 2000 Bear Oil company became a member of the Commercial Fueling network (CFN) and in 2001 opened a second cardlock facility in the Tri-County Business Park near Interstate 35 in Schertz, Texas. With its local ownership in San Antonio and over 70 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 is not stuck in the past. With state-of-the-art technology and innovative advances in billing and managing information, Bear Oil has become a leader amoung today’s fuel and supply companies.