Dead River Acquires Scott Energy

Dead River Co., based in South Portland, Maine, acquired the distillates, propane and HVAC service business of Scott Energy Co., Gloucester, Mass., Cetane Associates announced.

The origins of Scott Energy, a full-service home and business energy provider, go back to 1946, when Ed Scott Sr. founded the company under the name Scott Oil Co., employing one used oil truck for deliveries and performing service for customers out of the trunk of his car. After World War II, conversions from coal to oil became popular and helped to drive the company’s success for 30 years. Ed’s sons, William (“Bill”) E. Scott and Ed Scott Jr., joined the company and helped to grow the business, ultimately purchasing the company from their father in 1978. Over the next two decades, strategic acquisitions added additional territory as well as skilled labor. In 2006, Bill purchased his brother’s interest in the company and was soon joined in the business by his sons, Adam and Taylor. In the 2010s, the family decided to change the company name to Scott Energy to more accurately represent the growing variety of products and services offered. Shortly after the change in brand, a propane division was added to the business, which has grown and today includes a propane bulk plant that supports thousands of customers in the North Shore cities and towns from Lynn to Newburyport, Mass.

From left: Founder Ed Scott Sr., his brother Tom, and their father Bill, pictured with a new delivery truck in 1947. Photo courtesy of Scott Energy.

Scott Energy co-owner Bill Scott stated, “For more than 76 years, our family has been serving our neighbors. Our experienced employees will continue to bring fuel delivery and service to our valued customers. We think that the Scott Energy brand has strong synergies with Dead River Company’s values. We’re proud to see our family legacy move into the next chapter.”

Dead River Co., founded in 1909 by Charles Hutchins, had its roots in the forest products industry. In 1936, Dead River entered the petroleum business, becoming a home heating provider throughout northern New England, operating locally managed offices in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Casey Cramton, Dead River’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We appreciate the exceptional nature of the business the Scott family has built and will work steadily to preserve their legacy in the North Shore communities. We are excited to have the Scott Energy employees join our team and look forward to ensuring they feel right at home at Dead River Company.”

The transaction closed on August 16, 2022. Cetane Associates ( served as the arranger and financial advisor to Scott Energy.

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