- Vendor Name: Chevron
- Headquarters: San Ramon, California
- Year Established: 1984
- Number of Locations: Over 9,500
- Area Served: Worldwide
The Chevron corporation stems from the Pacific Coast Oil Company formed in 1879. Coast Oil was acquired by the Standard Oil Company of Iowa in 1900 and was reincorporated as Standard Oil Company of California in 1906. In 1926, the company changed its name to SoCal, but began using “Chevron” on some of its products in the 1930s.In 1933, SoCal was granted a concession by Saudi Arabia to find oil and in in 1948, the company found the world’s largest oil field in Ghawar, Saudi Arabia. In 1984, SoCal merged with Gulf Oil and became the largest merger in history at that time. That same year, the company finally changed its name to Chevron Corporation.
Chevron acquired Texaco in 2000 to create ChevronTexaco, the second-largest oil company in the U.S. In 2005, the company returned to the name Chevron, however, their Chevron gas card still includes the Texaco name. Also in 2005, Chevron acquired Unocal Corporation and in 2010, acquired Atlas Energy, Inc.