Frost Oil Co. was founded on May 21, 1977 when Jack Frost purchased a Gulf Oil distributorship and moved his family from Oklahoma City to Fort Smith, Arkansas. At the time of his purchase, the company was selling approximately 40,000 gallons of fuel and 500 gallons of lubricants monthly and had a staff of three employees. In those early days, Jack would work long hours in the office and make sales calls during the day, and in the evenings jump into a truck and deliver product to customers. As a result of Jack’s efforts, Frost Oil grew steadily over the years by emphasizing his three key principles – honesty, hard work and customer service.
After graduating from college and spending a short stint in the transportation and logistics industry, Jack’s son Jeff Frost joined the company in 1985. As with so many small, family-owned jobberships, Jeff learned the oil and fuel business from the ground up by working under his father’s guidance. Working together, Jack and Jeff continued to grow the company over the next several years through a combination of constant organic growth and a series of strategic acquisitions of regional competitors.
As the company grew and prospered and Jeff’s tenure in the business lengthened, the stock ownership of the company was gradually purchased over time by Jeff and his wife LaDonna, who for many years
has served an important and key role as the company’s controller and corporate secretary. This ownership transfer to Jeff and LaDonna was completed in 2001, and Jack relinquished his duties but remained as an advisor until his death in 2013. Today, all Frost Oil vehicles proudly display a commemorative medallion honoring Jack and the foundation he worked so hard to lay that has made Frost Oil what it is today.
Frost Oil as it exists today bears little resemblance to the small business acquired by Jack – we are now one of the largest marketers of fuel and lubricants in our four-state marketing area, and we have expanded our transportation operations through our wholly-owned common carrier affiliate Liberty Transport, LLC, which delivers fuel to our customers in most markets. However, one thing that has remained constant is our commitment to Jack’s three key principles, and our belief that our best and strongest asset is the quality and professionalism of our employees. Top to bottom, we believe that our team is as good as any in this business. The success of Frost Oil has always been, and will always be, about our people. We truly appreciate and welcome the opportunity to be your supplier.