In 1956 Henry and Dorothy Schmidt began their consignee relationship with Humble Oil Service Station on Saint Joseph Street in Gonzales, Texas. In late 1958 and the early 1960’s they started Truck Service Center which was a truck service and repair facility. In 1960 , Schmidt became a consignee for Mobil and later became an agent with them.
Schmidt and Sons, Inc. was founded in 1960 as a Mobil branded marketer supplying service stations and farms. The sons, Henry C. Schmidt, Jr. and Keith Schmidt, began observing the operation soon after they were born having front seat from their playpens in the office. Before long, the Schmidt’s were building and installing storage tanks. Although the company grew at a steady pace, it was not without setbacks. Fire destroyed the property in 1972, and Henry Sr. died suddenly in 1988. Fortunately the sons had been involved in the company since they were old enough to take on responsibility, so the succession moved smoothly.
With diversification, Schmidt and Sons, Inc. operations have spread across the state. Two years after the lubrication introduction, the Schmidt’s had formed the direct truck-to-truck fueling service, doing business as Texas Night Fuels. Night Fuel trucks are based in Amarillo, Midland/Odessa, Abilene, Wichita Falls, Lubbock, Tyler/Longview/Kilgore, Waco/Temple, Killeen, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Beaumont/Orange, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Schmidt and Sons, Inc. is a distributor for Exxon/Mobil, supplying branded diesel and gasoline for retail stores. The company delivers gasoline and diesel to convenience stores as a distributor for Coastal Refining and Marketing. Among customers are delivery companies and automobile dealers. The decision to establish the night fueling service enabled the company to maximize utilization of all its trucks.
Originating in the Texas/Rio Grande Valley, the lubrications business quickly expanded into the Houston and Dallas markets. With the growth, the Schmidt’s established a presence in Houston. As a distributor for commercial and industrial lubricants, the company provides motor oils, filters, service chemicals and ancillary products for quick lubes, automobile dealerships, auto mechanic shops and for individual sale. In addition, Schmidt and Sons, Inc. also carries a full line of Chevron, Valvoline, Amalie and American Choice lubricants. We also provide commercial and industrial Valvoline and WIX filtration products, greases as well as a performance and service chemical line are also available.
Left: Keith Schmidt | Middle: Dorothy Wood (Schmidt) | Right: Henry Schmidt Jr.