I’m William Burke and I started Burke Oil Company in 1993. Here’s a bit of my story.
The seeds of my success were planted long ago when my grandfather, Romeo Regnier, bought a gould oil production company in the 1940s. Gould Manufacturing Company was located in the Uphams Corner area of Dorchester. After his service in WWII, he returned to making and innovating oil burners. His life was unfortunately cut short in his late fifties. With no sons to continue the business, his wife Helen sold the company, with it soon becoming obsolete after innovations in oil burners were made.
My father, James Burke, was inspired by this story while working as a serviceman for James Devaney Fuel and Hughes Energy. The history of my father & grandfather inspired me to find passion in business, causing me to launch Burke Oil.
My goal was to engrain myself in the oil heat community, hoping to learn from their vast extensive knowledge and experience. After obtaining a small amount of customers in my Neponset neighborhood and interning with two oil companies, I bought my first truck, a 1969 Chevy C70. It was cheap to buy, but not cheap to fix. It needed work on everything from the lights to even the heat, which did not work on the coldest of days.
I started expanding and working the kinks out. I reached out to customers who gave me a chance, and I exceeded their expectations with supreme service that you can only get from a business owner who gives 110% at all times.
My oath to myself and my customers was, and still is to this day, to ensure that every family gets oil, no matter what it takes, and every issue a customer has is addressed in a timely and courteous manner.
It is this dedication to the job, work ethic of my employees, and help from our customers that helped Burke Oil Company spread from the small Neponset area of Dorchester to the entire city of Boston and many surrounding towns.
Today, Burke Oil has grown to run five oil trucks and do a large service business. I owe it all to customers like you. The last twenty years of business have been fulfilling, and I am looking forward to the next twenty.
Thank you. Bill Burke