Loren Riggins, Sr., our founder, was a business man and community leader in South Jersey. He is pictured here with his wife, E. Blanche Riggins.
Loren Sr. founded South Vineland Feed and Coal in 1926 to provide coal to heat homes and feed for farms and horses. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, connecting Philadelphia to New Jersey, opens the same year.
The Great Depression hits, and as coal is replaced by kerosene to heat homes through the 1930’s and 1940’s, Loren Sr. buys the company’s first delivery trucks. Kerosene was transported in 300-gallon tank trucks and delivered to homes in
Loren Riggins, Jr. returns home from service in the South Pacific during World War II, completes his education at Bucknell University, and joins the family business.
As heating oil becomes more widely used in homes throughout the 1950’s, the company expands its fleet of heating oil delivery vehicles.
Riggins also expands into providing 24/7 service for heating oil and kerosene.
Loren Jr. also creates an independent brand called “Garden State” that is the precursor to today’s Riggins brand. Can you believe gas was only 26 cents
Riggins leadership transfers to Loren Jr. after Loren Sr.’s retirement in the 1960’s.
The reality of “a car in every driveway” takes hold in South Jersey, so Loren Jr. opens a chain of Phillips 66 stations.
Gasohol (gasoline with ethanol mix) becomes popular. Pictured here is Loren Jr. with US Congressman Bill Hughes.
The 1973 Oil Embargo hits South Jersey, leaving much of the state without access to fuel. Loren Jr. heads to DC to fight for better access for South Jersey.
Loren Jr.’s two oldest sons, Paul and Bob, join the company in 1977. Pictured here from left to right is Loren Sr., Bob Riggins, Paul Riggins, and Loren Jr.
After the crisis, Riggins decides to start its own brand to ensure that the company and the community never runs out of fuel again.
Riggins also expands its fleet of trucks in the early 1980’s to supply its service stations.
Paul Riggins succeeds his father, Loren Jr., as the company’s third President
Steve Riggins, Loren Jr.’s youngest son, joins the business in 1984. Pictured here are all four generations of the Riggins family. From left to right: Bob Riggins, Loren Sr., Loren Jr., Paul Riggins holding his son Matthew Riggins, and Steve Riggins.
The Riggins brand becomes popular in the 1990’s and the company opens more service stations across South Jersey.
Riggins opens its flagship station in South Vineland in the 2000’s.
Matt Riggins, Paul’s son and the fourth generation, joins the company in 2012.
Today the Riggins brand has expanded across New Jersey and in three states. Riggins continues to carry on our family legacy of providing value, service, and reliability to our local communities.