How we got started
In 1973 Union Oil Co. asked founder and local boy Jimmy Haynes to start a fueling franchise on Maui.
"I did hesitate," Haynes said. "When you are 20-something with two kids and no money, you worry about whether you are going to be able to support your family. There are anxieties there."
Early on, Haynes recognized the benefit of getting involved in retail, as well as delivery. As Maui grew, he developed a successful network of convenience stores/gas stations known today as Minit Stop.
In the Top 250
Maui Petroleum, now ranked 128 in Hawaii Business magazine's Top 250 companies, does over $70 million in sales and delivers a wide spectrum of petroleum products.
Years later, Haynes would also establish himself on the Big Island through acquiring Hawaii Petroleum
, also a petroleum product delivery outfit, which has grown to be his largest company. It was recently honored by Hawaii Business magazine as one of "Hawaii's Best Places to Work", as well as one of "Hawaii's Top 250 Companies".
All three businesses have grown steadily over the years. Collectively, Maui Petroleum, Hawaii Petroleum and sister company, Minit Stop, today employ over 220 people throughout the islands.
A strong network of companies
In 2006, Saltchuk Resources, Inc., a privately owned family investment company based in Seattle, Washington, acquired Maui Petroleum, Hawaii Petroleum and Minit Stop stores.
While the Hawaii companies continue to operate independently, they are now part of Saltchuk's strong global network, with sister companies in maritime transportation, petroleum distribution, air cargo and real estate.
In addition to MPI, HPI and Minit Stop, Saltchuk's Hawaii contingent is made up of the following established and trusted companies:
- Young Brothers
- Hawaiian Tug & Barge
- Aloha Air Cargo