Warrenton Oil Company
1972 R.G. and Betty Baker started First Capitol Oil, little did
they realize that their family business would grow into one of the
most progressive petroleum marketers in Eastern Missouri.
In the beginning, First Capitol Company Oil sold
fuel oils and lubes. After a few years, the company expanded into
direct gasoline marketing when it purchased its first service station.
In 1984, R.G. and his eldest son, Wayne, purchased Warrenton Oil
Company (WOCO), of which First Capitol became a division. In 1993,
the company expanded westward when it purchased the Columbia operations
of Davis Oil. The acquisitions and new station start-ups have continued
ever since. WOCO operates retail, wholesale and transportation divisions.
The retail division consists of 30 FastLane Convenience stores,
31 carwash bays and 12 food operations. The wholesale division sells
and distributes fuel oils and lubes, while transportation delivers
xxx gallons of fuel annually from St. Louis to Columbia. In 2004
WOCO continued growing and diversifying with the addition of a hotel
division. Their first hotel, a Holiday Inn Express, in Fulton Missouri
opened in May 2004. the second hotel opened in Warrenton Missouri
in May of 2006.
Many companies claim to be family businesses, but
few can match WOCO in this regard. All of R.G. and Betty's eight
children are actively involved in the Company's management. Headquartered
in Truesdale Missouri, the company employs close to 400 people.
Current and future employees can be assured Warrenton Oil Company
will continue to grow while remaining, as it began, a "family