Clifford Fuel Co., Inc. was founded in 1961 by Jack Clifford in Dolgeville, NY. Located in rural Herkimer County, the company supplied home heating oil, LP gas, farm gas and diesel. They supplied five service stations with gasoline. The company had five employees.
In 1966 the company had the opportunity to expand into Utica, NY as a Commission Agent for Sinclair Oil. The main office was moved to Utica at this time where the company supplied several service stations and commercial accounts with gasoline, diesel fuel and lubricants. The operation in Dolgeville continued until 1979, when it was sold to a competitor.
The 1970’s were a decade of great change in the industry and for the company. BP Oil had taken over from Sinclair as Clifford Fuel’s supplier but announced it was leaving New York State right before the first energy crisis in 1973. Jack was able to secure Chevron as a supplier during the gasoline shortages that occurred in 1973 and 1978. The availability of supply allowed Clifford Fuel to grow its wholesale business substantially at a time when many companies had difficulty obtaining products. Jack Clifford’s son Jim joined the company full time in 1980 and together they took advantage of several major oil companies leaving upstate New York by purchasing service stations and real estate.
The company began to operate their own locations and expanded into the convenience store and car wash businesses. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes approached Clifford Fuel about cultivating a business relationship and an alliance was formed. After more than 30 great years with Nice N Easy, Clifford Fuel decided it was time to end the association and operate their 18 convenience stores as Cliff’s Local Market.
Clifford Fuel currently owns 24 locations which include convenience stores and 5 car washes. They also supply over 40 locations owned by independent operators with gasoline and diesel fuel. They market Citgo, Sunoco, and unbranded products. The company operates its own fleet of delivery trucks throughout Central and Northern New York. Total employment today exceeds 250 people.
In business since 1961, Clifford Fuel has always taken its responsibility to support charities, community wide events, many worthy causes & organizations very seriously.
Following is a sample of some of the larger beneficiaries Clifford Fuel continues to contribute to each year:
- United Way
- The Community Foundation of Oneida & Herkimer Counties
- Operation Sunshine
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
- Children’s Miracle Network
- Stanley Theatre
- Upstate Cerebral Palsy
- American Heart Association
- Utica Comets
- Boilermaker Road Race
- Falling Leaves Road Race
- Water Safari