STERN Co. purchases Raymond Oil
STERN Co. of Freeman, SD purchased Raymond Oil of Huron, SD effective Feb. 1, 2023. Raymond Oil began in 1942 in the town of Raymond, SD and in 1946 upon CH(Carol) Ehrling returning from WW II moved the business to Huron, SD as a retail gasoline station. Carol Ehrling expanded into bulk fuel, propane and lubricants. Carol passed away in 2013 and the business continued to run under the leadership of his wife, Linda and their faithful team.
Scott Stern, owner of STERN said he is proud to purchase Raymond Oil, Raymond had a legacy of outstanding service and support to the region and STERN is honored to carry on that tradition while adding and expanding the ExxonMobil lubricant business to their offering and expanding their fuel services to the region.
About STERN Co.
Stern, formerly Stern Oil Company, was founded in Freeman, SD by Gillas Stern in 1976. At the beginning of his career, Gillas serviced 50 local customers consisting of farmers and commercial accounts with only one employee and a bulk truck. He grew the fuel business by purchasing fuel distributors around the Freeman area to expand Stern’s footprint. In 1983, Scott Stern joined the family business and signed Stern’s first lubricants contract. Stern continues to operate under this contract and was recently named Mobil’s exclusive authorized distributor for the region.
In late 2018, the business made its official transition into the next generation. Gillas reduced his responsibilities and Scott Stern took over the family-owned business as CEO. Remaining a family-owned company, at Scott’s right hand is his daughter, Kaitlyn, serving as the Chief Integration Officer. In addition, Scott’s daughter Hillary recently joined the business assuming sales responsibilities and Kaitlyn’s husband, Trevor, manages the logistics division of the company.
Today, Stern maintains its headquarters in Freeman and has locations in Rapid City, SD, Aberdeen, SD, Grand Island, NE, and Council Bluffs, IA. The family business services 300,000 square miles across five states and serves over 2,000 customers. For more, visit https://www.stern.co/