Our story begins with our founder, John F. Homeier, when he began raising money in 1958 to drill oil wells around Sangamon County, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1960 and set his sights on starting his own oil company, Homeier Oil Enterprises. At that time, he was a well site geologist and drilled many successful oil wells. With this success, he had the insight to create a business designed to fulfill the needs of independent oil producers in the Illinois Basin.
In 1973, John founded Bi-Petro, Inc. with the anticipation of expanding into a diversified independent oil purchasing and production company. His intentions were to buy and sell independent producers’ crude oil while offering the great customer service that these companies desperately needed.
Nearly 50 years later, we are proud to state that John’s legacy continues with his two sons: Skip Homeier and John “Butch” Homeier; and his four grandchildren: Bradley Homeier, Collin Homeier, Tessa (Homeier) Hudson, and Zachary Homeier. Today, Bi-Petro's family has grown to 75 employees who are committed to our pledge of providing unequaled, prompt, professional service. Through dedication and commitment, we strive to honor our unique relationship with producers and to maintain our challenging standards of service excellence.
Journey through our timeline of half a century of excellence serving the oil industry.
Bi, Petro, Inc. opened for business.
Bi-Petro opened Norris City office to purchase crude oil in southern Illinois.
Jim and Vickie Garrett working in the Norris City Office.
The first load of crude oil was hauled into our new unload facility in Vernon, Illinois.
We moved into our current location at 3150 Executive Park Drive, Springfield, Illinois.
Our second unload facility opened in Martinsville, Illinois.
We started a transportation division in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
Bi-Petro opened an office at the Patoka unload facility in Vernon, Illinois.