Dixie’s Been Supplying Virginia’s Propane Gas And Oil Since 1946.

Founded June 16, 1946 in Verona, Virginia, Dennis Earhart along with his father, Roy, started Dixie Bottle Gas Company in Staunton, Virginia, as a propane cylinder exchange service provider. Over the years, the Company has grown dramatically, enhanced its product offerings and expanded its service area throughout western and central Virginia. Today, Dixie Gas & Oil proudly carries on the traditions of reliability, excellent customer service and community support – the values that built the Company and have guided its success for more than 70 years.

Dixie Gas & Oil History

June 16

Dixie Bottle Gas Company is Founded

On June 16, 1946, Dennis Earhart, along with his father, Roy, founded Dixie Bottle Gas Company on S. Augusta Street in Staunton, VA to offer propane cylinder exchange service in post WWII housing boom. Cylinders were taken to Waldorf, MD to be filled.
January 1

Dixie Builds Bulk Storage

Dixie builds a propane bulk storage and refill facility in Verona, VA, the initial construction on the site of the Company’s current headquarters. Cylinders could then be filled locally.
February 1

Dixie Delivers

Dixie becomes the first local company to offer bulk propane delivery to stationary tanks at customer’s homes.
March 21

Main Office Relocated

The main office is moved from Staunton to the current location in Verona. Branch offices are opened in Lexington and Waynesboro, VA and Franklin, WV.
January 22

Dixie Adds Gasoline & Motor Oil

With the acquisition of the local Mobil Oil franchise, Dixie diversifies its petroleum products to include gasoline and motor oil, supplying several retail service stations in the Augusta county area.
February 1

New Company Name

The Company name was changed to Dixie Gas Corporation.
March 22

More Expansion

The heating oil business is expanded with the acquisition of the W.T. Davis Oil Company in Waynesboro. The Company name was changed to DIXIE GAS AND OIL CORPORATION.
January 22

Dixie Purchases Augusta Oil Corp.

Heating Oil and gasoline business significantly expanded with the purchase of Augusta Oil Corporation, making Dixie a Gulf Oil distributor.
February 22

Dixie Opens Convenience Stores

With the opening of self-service gasoline outlets, branded DE-GO, and several Deno’s stores, Dixie expanded into the convenience store business in Augusta and Highland counties.
January 22

Dixie Acquires R.H. Johnson Oil Company

Dixie acquired the R.H. Johnson Oil Company, an Amoco jobber in Rockbridge County, and new outlets were opened under the Amoco brand.
February 22

More Acquisitions

Dixie purchases the assets of Carl Riddlebarger, Inc., in Waynesboro and Interchange Oil Company, a BP jobber in Staunton. Petroleum delivery operations were consolidated into the Verona location.
March 22

Amoco Food Shops Added

Amoco Food shops were added to Dixie’s convenience store properties, with locations in Augusta and Rockbridge counties.
January 22

Passing The Torch

In 1991, Dennis Earhart, Dixie’s founder, passed away and his son, Chris, became the Company’s president.
February 22

Dixie Adds Subway Franchises

Dixie was the first in Augusta County to add SUBWAY® franchises to convenience store locations, in addition to traditional stand-alone operations.
March 22

Lexington Branch Office Moves

The Lexington branch office was moved to its current location north of the city and expanded to consolidate Rockbridge county (and south) operations.
April 22

Verona Plants Expanded

The Verona propane and petroleum bulk plants were expanded and updated and bulk delivery capability for lubricants was added to packaged product distribution.
January 22

Dixie Sells WV Operations

Dixie sells its West Virginia operations to concentrate efforts and resources on growth of the Shenandoah Valley and western Virginia markets.
April 22

More Dixie Acquisitions

Dixie acquires a portion of the heating oil assets of Peeler Oil Company of Staunton, the assets of Fisher Oil Company of Staunton, and the assets of Alleghany Oil Company in Covington, expanding service further into Alleghany, Bath, and Botetourt, VA counties and into Greenbrier county WV.
July 22

Harrisonburg Bulk Storage Added

A bulk propane storage facility is added north of Harrisonburg, VA, to better serve customers in Rockingham and surrounding counties.
January 22

Dixie Acquires Monger Coal and Oil

Dixie acquires the assets of Monger Coal and Oil in Elkton adding a branch office and petroleum bulk plant there to better serve Rockingham, Page, Albemarle, Greene and Madison counties.
February 22

More Dixie Acquisitions

Dixie acquires the delivered fuel assets of Covington Farm and Fuel, and the assets of Massanutten Petroleum in Woodstock, VA, increasing the lubricant market area into the northern Shenandoah Valley. During this time, Dixie also acquires the delivered fuel assets of Blue Ridge Petroleum in Weyers Cave, VA, expanding the..Read More
April 22

New Technology

On-board computers are added to delivery trucks.
May 22

Dixie Innovates

Wireless remote tank monitoring innovations are added, allowing Dixie to remotely monitor fuel levels in customer tanks.
August 22

Expansion Continues

Dixie acquires the customer and delivery operations of Driver Heating Oil Waynesboro, VA.
January 22

Dixie Sells Retail Operations

Dixie sells its retail gasoline and convenience store operations to Go-Mart, Inc. in order to focus solely on the continued growth of delivered core propane and petroleum products.
February 22

Dixie Expands Heating Oil Market

Dixie acquires the customer and delivery operations of Whiting-Rockbridge Oil (PMI) in Lexington, VA, expanding the heating oil market in Rockbridge and Botetourt counties.
April 22

Covington Facility Opens

Dixie opens a new propane and petroleum distribution facility in Low Moor (Covington) VA.
August 22

Dixie Partners with GES & EDAC

Geotechnical & Environment Services (GES) and its sister company, Environmental Drilling & Contracting Company (EDAC) partnered with Dixie and established as a new affiliate. Operating now as GES/EDAC, Inc. the Company offers various environmental drilling and tank-removal services.
January 22

Dixie Expands Lubricants Operations

Dixie becomes a Citgo Lubricants jobber, enhancing its bulk and packaged lubricant operations.
February 22

Technology Upgrades

Dixie implements its largest ever technology upgrade, replacing both the mobile delivery and back-office accounting systems.
May 22

Dixie Gets A Brand Refresh

Dixie introduces a new Company logo and an upgraded and expanded website.
September 22

Lexington Facility Upgraded

Dixie upgrades the Lexington, VA facility to include storage for bulk petroleum products.