Foster Fuels Acquires Candler Oil Co.

Foster Fuels, Inc. purchased fuel provider Candler Oil Company based in Lynchburg, Va.

Cohorts Watt R. Foster, president and CEO of Foster Fuels, and J. Cole Candler, President of Candler Oil, see this as an opportunity for both families. “I’ve known Cole Candler for many years,” Foster said. “I’m honored that he has entrusted me to carry on his family’s legacy and it is our goal to do so seamlessly.” 

Candler Oil has been offering a wide variety of services since its founding by Jim Candler in 1968. The principal service divisions Foster bought include fuel delivery and lubricant sales. The petroleum equipment sales and services division will continue to operate under Candler’s other Lynchburg-based business, Gas Station Supply. Under the leadership of Darrell St. John, Foster’s Senior Vice President and CIO, the location at 200 Durham St, Lynchburg, VA 24501, will operate under the Candler Oil Company name through the 2022/2023 heating season.

“We look forward to uniting our efforts to ensure continued growth through dedication and proven customer service to existing and new consumers seeking our products and services,” St. John said.

Foster Fuels, based in Brookneal, Va., offers turnkey services. It distributes many types of fuel, including propane, heating oil, diesel, and gasoline to residential, commercial, agricultural, and government contractors. Foster Fuels delivers, installs, and maintains a wide selection of hearth and home products, including gas logs, propane grills, tankless water heaters, and indoor and outdoor heaters. To learn more about Foster Fuels, visit the company website,

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