But who supplies them?
For more and more retailers and individuals, the supplier of choice is Home Service Oil Company, located at 101 Petty St. in Sikeston.
"We have it all from A to Z in lubricants and accessories," said Terry Green, plant manager. "Of course the Shell product line is our big line, but we also offer other brands."
Sikeston's Home Service Oil Co.'s parent company is Mango Distributing Co. located in Barnhart. They provide the long list of items from antifreeze to paper products to windshield de-icer that Green and his employees deliver to their customers. While many of the products are from Shell Oil, the Home Service Oil Co. also offers other name brands such as Delco, Valvoline, Purolater, J.D. Streett, Pennzoil and Trop Artic.
And they serve a variety of customers. Trucks from Home Service Oil Co. make stops at retail outlets, farms and industries.
Along with lubricants and accessories, they sell gasoline by the tank load or in 55-gallon drums. Green said Citgo methanol and racing fuels are big sellers for the company too.
The business serves a five-state area with customers in Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas and Tennessee. But Green is quick to point out that Shell products are well-known worldwide.
"Shell wants to be the world's largest lubricant distributor and it looks like we are going to do it. If you buy a piece of machinery from overseas, it will more than likely have a Shell lubricant in it. We are worldwide," he said.
Opening in June 2002, Home Service Oil Co.'s location on Petty Street was previously a bulk oil plant.
As Green prepared the building for their business, he said it brought back memories of buying gasoline there himself as a teen. But the building's history goes back much further, he continued, pointing out as they cleaned they found material relating to the bulk fuel business dating back to the '30s and '40s.
Green was tapped for the job of plant manager by Home Service Oil Co., which was aware of his history in the automotive business and familiarity with Shell products. Originally from East Prairie, Green worked at the family service station while growing up and later owned his own station. It was during those early years in business that he determined the best way to get and keep customers is to emphasize service.
"I've always believed in treating people right, giving people the best service possible," he said. To this end, Green promises his company will meet customers' needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Apparently the word is getting out about the business and its efforts to meet customer needs. Green said business is growing steadily and he, warehouse manager Tim Evans and the rest of the staff are already looking at expanding into larger facilities next summer.
"People have been very receptive," said Green about their first months in business. "We are looking forward to serving the community and those in the surrounding states."
The telephone number for Home Services Oil Co. is 471-1584. For fuel quotes call 1-800-646-1171.