100 Years In A Nutshell
Posted: | Author: CSzehner
In 1917 there were no cell phones, no email and no overnight shipping. The Great Depression was not on anybody's radar, Slinkys would have been considered contraband and the World Wide Web was beyond anybody's wildest imagination. Fast forward to 2017 and despite what now seems like giant leaps into the future, Shields, Harper & Co. is still selling petroleum equipment.
What does it mean to be 100 years old? Aside from the wrinkles and grey hair, we'd like to think that we've been around the block once or twice (just ask your local DM, they will bore you to death with stories about engineering custom fuel systems). More than half of our employees have worked in the industry (with the majority of that time being with SHC) for more than 10 years, which means collectively, there is more than 350 years of experience amongst the company. This experience is critical for customers who rely on their distributors to guide them in the right direction. And with all the regulations that exist in California, you can be assured we've seen it all. This is what 100 years means to us. We have the knowledge, experience and inventory to guide you in the right direction.
As you can imagine, over the course of 100 years ownership has changed several times. There have been private owners, there have been acquisitions and mergers and at one point the company was even traded publicly on the New York Stock Exchange. Through it all, we have always remained committed to supplying energy systems and equipment to the petroleum industry.
2017 has been a good reminder of the blood, sweat and tears it took to get to this point. From humble beginnings in a San Francisco garage to our forever cherished Oakland warehouse (that no longer exists!) to our current headquarters in Martinez, CA, it has all led to the making of our 100 year old company. Throughout the year we have recognized our accomplishments, remembered everyone who has helped us achieve this milestone and have begun looking ahead at the opportunity for growth, success and improvement.
Of course, we never would have made it this far without our customers so this is a great big THANK YOU! to everyone that we have done business with over the years. Looking ahead, we plan to operate with the same mission as we did 100 years ago, to supply energy systems and equipment for the petroleum industry. There is bound to be new waves of technology, more blockchain currencies and perhaps even a trip to Mars but regardless of what happens, you’ll always be able to rely on us to give you the same commitment we have for the past 100 years. Happy New Year! Onward to the next 100! And with any luck we’ll be singing the same tune in 2117!