Jiffy Lube



Jiffy Lube is Pennzoil's oil change shop and is a store front for oil changes. Pennzoil is an oil company originally founded in Oil City, Pennsylvania. In 1963, South Penn Oil merged with Zapata Petroleum to become Pennzoil. During the 1990s, the company moved its offices to Houston, Texas. It was then headquartered in Pennzoil Place, a recognizable Houston skyscraper. In 1998, the company merged with onetime rival Quaker State to form Pennzoil-Quaker State. In 2002, the Royal Dutch/Shell Group purchased Pennzoil-Quaker State to form SOPUS--Shell Oil Products US. Both Pennzoil and Quaker State are now marketed together as a result.

Other products offered from Pennzoil:

* Motor Oils - Pennzoil motor oils is effectively the mainstay of the Pennzoil brand name. Chief rivals include Castrol, Valvoline, and Havoline.

* Gasoline - Pennzoil sells gasoline to motorists, mostly in western Pennsylvania. See more in the description below.

Though not much emphasis has ever been placed on gasoline, Pennzoil does sell gas. In the early parts of the company's history, the gas stations were branded as "Pennzip", though they were later changed to "Pennzoil". For decades, Pennzoil gas stations were mostly marketed in western Pennsylvania, western New York, northern and eastern Ohio, and northern West Virginia.

In the 1990's, Pennzoil gas did have somewhat of a revival when Pittsburgh area convenience store chain Cogo's began cobranding themselves with Pennzoil. The cobranding only lasted a few years, and Cogo's switched brands to BP and Exxon in 2001.

After Shell's purchase of Pennzoil, there was the possibility that the remaining Pennzoil stations--mostly in western PA--would be converted to Shell as part of the company's aggressive movement to expand nationally. This hasn't happened, but all company-owned Pennzoil gas stations with convenience stores (mostly located in the New Castle, Pennsylvania area) began cobranding themselves with 7-Eleven in 2003, with more emphasis placed on the 7-Eleven brand name than Pennzoil itself.

In 1984, Pennzoil made a verbal, yet still binding, contract with the Getty Oil company to purchase the company. The deal, however, was encroached upon by the Texaco oil company when it instead acquired Getty. In a landmark lawsuit presided over by Judge Solomon (Sol) Casseb of San Antonio, Pennzoil, represented by a legal team including Joe Jamail and Baine Kerr, won 10.53 billion dollars from Texaco. (The case was later settled for three billion.) Pennzoil paid Mr. Jamail one billion dollars and Mr. Kerr ten million for the victory.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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