C&B Notes

The Making of an Oil Empire

Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil Products, reflects on his journey from long-haul trucker to oil-products producer to race team sponsor.

Growing a company is like raising a child.  You don’t really notice how much he’s grown until someone says you’ve raised a good kid.

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You can’t compare a large, publicly traded company to Lucas Oil.  It’s like comparing apples and oranges.  Our net numbers may well be better.  We don’t have board meetings, and I empower my people to go ahead and do things themselves.  That means we can make more good choices in a day than many corporate giants.

We’ve grown right through the recession because people are keeping their cars and trucks longer and are thinking about maintenance.  More than 90% of everything in the auto parts industry that is asked for by brand name will be something we make.  I’m very proud of that.

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