Harold & Helen Wood
Founded in 1947, McKeown and Wood has evolved over the decades, adapting to meet the challenges of the heating, air conditioning and bulk fuel delivery business. Today, Jim Wood carries on the family business began by his father, Harold Wood.
In recent years, we have found opportunities to grow in the area, and our client base now spans from Trenton and Picton to Brockville. Through this growth, we have continued to offer our customers the best possible personal service from a dedicated, experienced and friendly staff. As one of the few locally owned and operated fuel businesses around, we continue to believe that customer service is the most important aspect of our business. We welcome our customers to stop in our offices anytime to discuss their heating, cooling and lubrication needs.
Having fully licensed personnel and an established business means that customers have the security of knowing their heating contractor and fuel provider will be around when they need them - today, tomorrow or 10 years from now.
Our Growth Over the Decades
Harold Wood and Gervais McKeown open a rural service and repair shop "Newburgh Repair Shop" in the village of Newburgh, with a gas station handling British American Oil Products and repairing farm equipment and machinery.
Newburgh Repair Shop becomes McKeown and Wood.
Buy first bulk fuel truck and begin delivery of B/A fuel to homes.
Business is expanded to include repair of heating systems.
Sheet metal fabrication equipment purchased.
Company expands to include installation of heating systems.
Gulf Canada purchases B/A, and McKeown and Wood begin their association with Gulf.
Jim Wood enters the business as driver and service technician.
Incorporated as "McKeown and Wood Limited".
Purchase of bulk fuel division of Bradshaw's Mill in Tamworth.
Gervais McKeown retires. Jim Wood becomes Harold Wood's partner in the business and assumes a management position.
Company employees: 5.
Petro Canada purchases Gulf Canada and once again McKeown and Wood changes to accommodate new fuel providers.
McKeown and Wood purchases Glen Martin Fuel Co. in Napanee.
Petro Canada builds an office in Napanee; McKeown and Wood moves to 371 Centre St.
Company employees: 10.
Company employees: 15.
Mary Anne Wood joins Jim working in the office.
Purchase lot from Emerson Electric beside 371 Centre St. with an eye to the future.
Install cardlock automated fuel system on pumps at 371 Centre Street in Napanee.
Company employees: 18.
Construction begins at 373 Centre Street in Napanee for new building for heating/air conditioning branch of business.
June 20th – last day of business in Newburgh at 1 Earl Street.
June 23rd – first day of business at 373 Centre Street, Napanee.
Company installs a new computer system to better serve their customers.
Company employees: 21.
Company purchases the Petro Canada division serving Belleville, Picton and Trenton.
Company employees: 25.
McKeown and Wood purchases Upper Canada Petro-Canada Fuels in Kingston.
Company purchases Walt and Bush Fuels in Carrying Place.
Company employees: 29.
Delivery of propane.
New cardlock fuelling site in Wolfe Island.