Few things can tell a community’s story better than its business residents’ insights. This is why we created the “Why Midlothian?” series.
In this series, Midlothian companies share their experiences, observations and impressions about why Midlothian has proven a great fit for their business needs. We hope their stories will inspire you to consider how you can make something great with us in Midlothian.
A Conversation With … Mark Riggs, Vice President – Operations, Buckley Oil Company, Midlothian, TX
“Any business considering relocating or starting up would be wise to consider Midlothian.”
Buckley Oil Company, one of North America's oldest petrochemical companies, has been a fixture on the Dallas skyline for nearly a century. The company recently relocated its headquarters from Dallas to RailPort Business Park in Midlothian, Texas.
The 93-year-old family-owned solvent distributor constructed a 420,000-gallon bulk storage facility, a 17,000-square-foot warehouse, a 3,000-square-foot packaging space, and a 5,000-square-foot headquarters office building in Midlothian.
Originally founded in Dallas by R.E. Buckley in 1922, the petrochemical distributor switched family hands in 1993 when R.E. Dodson acquired ownership and control of Buckley. For the past 20 years, Dodson has been at the helm of Buckley, steering the company under a philosophy defined by competitive pricing and superior customer service.
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Midlothian Economic Development: Tell me a little background about your business?
Mark Riggs: Buckley Oil is a distributor of chemicals, solvents, base stocks, and finished lubricants. Our primary business is chemical distribution. We stock a variety of bulk liquid products. We ship packaged goods and bulk quantities on our own truck fleet and on commercial transportation. Buckley owns and operates four Texas plants: Dallas, Midlothian, Mineral Wells, and Wichita Falls.
We have been recognized by trade magazine ICIS Chemical Business as one of the 100 largest chemical distributors in North America for more than 5 years. For 2014, we are ranked 56th in sales in North America and we’re ranked 144th in the world. Prior to that, Purchasing Magazine recognized us for the same thing until its demise.
We began bringing our Midlothian plant online in November 2014. We moved our corporate staff into our Midlothian offices in mid-January 2015. Our official first day in Midlothian was Jan. 19, 2015. It was a big move for us.
Buckley was founded in Dallas in 1922 and we have operated continuously in Dallas since then. We still operate our plant in Dallas. We currently have 24 employees working in our Midlothian operation.
MED: Why did you originally choose to locate your company in Midlothian?
MR: We are essentially a company based on logistics and supply. Midlothian’s proximity to the Gulf Coast refineries makes it attractive for supply; we pull most of our inventory from refiners and chemical producers in the Houston area.
Midlothian is also on two major transportation routes, State Highway 67 and U.S. Highway 287, which allow us access to our customers without delay. The RailPort Business Park was very attractive because of the infrastructure. It has the water and electric capacity that a business like ours requires. Several neighboring cities did not have the available infrastructure to support our business.
MED: How would you describe your experience working with the city of Midlothian?
MR: The city of Midlothian was — and is — a pleasure to work with. They welcomed us with open minds and arms. The city staff is highly professional and reasonable. MED was instrumental in facilitating our decision to purchase, build, and move. Larry Barnett, President of MED, was and is a tremendous asset to Midlothian.
MED: How has your experience been with the Midlothian community/customers?
MR: We have been welcomed to Midlothian at every turn. Most of our customers are outside of Midlothian, but we’ve been welcomed into Midlothian at every opportunity.
MED: What advice would you give other companies considering locating in Midlothian?
MR: Midlothian is a great place to do business. The city is open to new business and works to develop a win/win relationship. The city’s location is ideal for logistics. The community is attractive and the schools have a good reputation. Any business considering relocating or starting up would be wise to consider Midlothian.