Sun Coast Resources, LLC has announced the acquisition of Ryder Oil Co. L.L.C. in Buffalo. Ryder Oil operates a fleet of fuel transportation trucks from its bulk storage facility in Buffalo and distributes quality Chevron and Total lubricant products. The five experienced Ryder employees and managers joined Sun Coast and will continue to operate from the Buffalo facility.
Dianne Ryder, who was in business with her sons, Jeff and Brent, said the sale was bittersweet for her family. Byron Ryder’s grandfather Harmon Lyon started the business in Jewett. Bill and Gertrude Ryder, Byron’s parents, bought the business in 1955 and moved it to Buffalo.
In 1984, following the death of Bill Ryder, Byron and Dianne moved back to Buffalo to operate Ryder Oil. Upon completion of their education, the Ryders’ two sons became part of the company, making it a fourth generation family business.
Byron Ryder is Leon County Judge and following his election left running of the company to his family.
Dianne said, “We hate to see the small family business go but it is hard to keep up with government regulations and requirements. I want everyone to know that we truly appreciate your business through the years. All of us (employees) are staying on and everything will look the same. The only difference is you will make your checks out to Sun Coast Resources rather than Ryder Oil.”
Kathy Lehne founded Sun Coast Resources, LLC in Houston in 1985. The company operates in 35 states from 16 locations and currently has more than 1,600 employees. It is the largest femaleowned business in Texas, and ranks third nationwide.
Sun Coast provides fuel supply and transportation services and equipment to the oilfield services industry, construction companies and numerous other commercial enterprises. Sun Coast is also the largest emergency response fuel provider when natural disasters create power interruptions, supply outages or fuel access restrictions.
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