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Tesoro Corporation ( ) is a Fortune 100 and a Global Fortune 500 company headquartered in San Antoniomarker, Texasmarker, with 2008 annual revenues of $28.3 billion, and approximately 5,600 employees.

Tesoro is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, operating seven refineries in the Western United States with a combined rated crude oil capacity of approximately 664,000 barrels per day. Tesoro’s retail-marketing system includes over 870 branded retail gas stations, of which more than 380 are company-operated under the Tesoro, Shell, Mirastar and USA Gasoline brands.


Tesoro was founded in 1968 by Dr. Robert V. West Jr, as a company primarily engaged in petroleum exploration and production (the name Tesoro is Spanish for "treasure"). In 1969, Tesoro began operating its first refinery, near Kenai, Alaskamarker. Tesoro would eventually become the first Fortune 500 company ever headquartered in San Antonio.

In the late-1990s, Tesoro grew through a series of acquisitions and initiatives that created Tesoro Corporation – the company focuses on a single core business: petroleum refining and marketing. Acquisitions expanded refining capacity from to approximately . This change was created due to following milestones:
Tesoro Corporate Headquarters in San Antonio, completed in 2009.
  • 1998: Acquired second refinery in Kapoleimarker, Hawaiimarker along with petroleum terminals and approximately 30 retail stations in Hawaii from BHP Americas. Also acquired the former Shell refinery in Anacortesmarker, Washington.
  • 1999: Sold exploration and production operations.
  • 2001: Purchased refineries in Mandanmarker, North Dakotamarker and Salt Lake Citymarker, Utahmarker from Amoco.
  • 2002: Acquired Golden Eagle refinery in Martinezmarker, Californiamarker from Ultramar (Valero).
  • 2003: Sold Tesoro Marine Services to Martin Midstream LLC. Tesoro Marine Services operated fueling and supply terminals servicing Gulf Coast oil and gas exploration. Also made a series of refinery acquisitions that boosted the company’s capacity output and positioned it for future expansion in key growth markets throughout the Western United States.
  • 2005: Largest capital expansion program in the company’s history; record earnings.
  • 2007: Announces agreements to purchase Shell’s Los Angeles refinery and approximately 250 Southern California retail stations.
  • 2007: Announces agreement to purchase approximately 150 retail stations in California from USA Petroleum.
  • 2007: Construction begins on new corporate campus in San Antonio, designed by architect Marshall Strabala of Gensler.
  • 2009: Tesoro employees move into newly completed corporate campus in July.


Tesoro Corporation's Executive Management Team:

Bruce A. Smith || Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

William J. Finnerty || Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Everett Lewis || Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategic Planning

Gregory A. Wright || Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Charles S. Parrish || Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Environmental Record

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have identified Tesoro as the 24th-largest corporate producer of air pollution in the United States, releasing roughly 3.74 million pounds of toxic chemicals annually into the air. Major pollutants emitted annually by the corporation include more than 2 million pounds of sulfuric acidThe Environmental Protection Agency has named Tesoro a potentially responsible party for at least four Superfund toxic waste sites.Tesoro has settled and/or closed each of the superfund sites for which it has been named as a one of many responsible parties. Tesoro was listed as a de minimis contributor to a superfund site in Abbyville, LA and the site has since been closed by the EPA.

Tesoro is also the recipient of several Legacy Awards for its environmental record. In its Anacortes refinery, the company voluntarily has used scrubbing technology which costs twice as much as the required techniques to only remove particulate matter.

See also


  1. Tesoro Corporation: Company History
  2. San Antonio Express News, "Tesoro Settles Into Home," July 17 2009
  3. [1]
  4. Political Economy Research Institute Toxic 100 retrieved 14 Aug 2007
  5. Toxics Release Inventory courtesy
  6. Center for Public Integrity
  7. Tesoro Corporation: Environment
  8. Tesoro Corporation: Environment

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