About Us

About Us


Building on a Legacy

St. Joe Petroleum is a family-owned business, founded in 1978 by Ron Bachman Sr. Starting with one tank wagon, he delivered fuel and lubricants to area businesses and families. To him a handshake meant a “deal was a deal.” His business philosophy was to provide customers what they needed, when and where they needed it and he was committed to seeing his customers grow and flourish.

As the company grew, Ron Sr. was joined in the business by his son Ron Jr. in 1992. Adopting his father’s work ethic, Ron Jr. took ownership of the company in 2001 and continued to build on what his father started. Since 2019, Ron Jr. has been joined in the business by his three sons (John, Jeff and Brett). Operating with the same family values since 1978, St. Joe Petroleum is eager to continue serving St. Joseph and the surrounding communities.

Company Growth

Ron Sr. started the company with one tank wagon and sold Conoco products. Since that time, St. Joe Petroleum’s operations and product offering have expanded.

St. Joe Petroleum’s wholesale offering now includes Express Premium Diesel, other fuel products, and a full line of Phillips 66 oil and greases. Propane services were added to the offering in 2013 with the acquisition of Consumer Oil & Propane. To better serve customers in the area, the company acquired Younger Oil Co. in Elmo, MO in 2021. Now with four bulk plants located across NW Missouri (St. Joseph and Elmo) and NE Kansas (Atchison and Bendena) and an expanded delivery fleet, St. Joe Petroleum can deliver orders of all sizes within 24 hours.

Fastgas, a premier convenience store chain in the St. Joseph area, represents the retail side of the company. Built on fast, clean, friendly service, the Fastgas chain continues to grow and currently has nine locations. Customers shop at Fastgas for their fuel, drinks, or one of many food options. Fresh Fare, a proprietary brand served at all locations, makes wraps, sandwiches, sweet treats and healthy snack and meal options and is available for wholesale orders. Northern Lights Pizza and Sandella’s Flatbread Café (I-29 & Frederick) and Godfather’s Pizza (Stewartsville) offer delicious dining options as well.

Community Support

At St. Joe Petroleum, we know that our success is tied to the success of our customers and the communities that we serve. We never look at customers as numbers in our system; they are fellow members of the community, just like us. We do whatever it takes to make sure they have what they need, when they need it.

And when we were the ones in need, the community provided for us too. Located on the banks of the Missouri River, our headquarters were flooded in 2019. We were able to transition our operations to a temporary location, but the mighty Missouri left a big mess. This is where our community stepped in. Members of the local business community, staff members, family and friends all pitched in to help us clean up our office. It was a truly humbling experience.

We couldn’t be more grateful for the relationships we have built and the support of our community. This makes us proud to have served St. Joseph and the surrounding communities for over 40 years. Thank you for your support!

Our Team

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Ron Bachman Jr.

With St. Joe Petroleum Since 1992

Email: ron@stjoepetroleum.com

Business Philosophy:
To provide our customers with the best products and services in a timely, economical and satisfactory way by treating them and everyone the way we want to be treated.

Beth Bachman

With St. Joe Petroleum Since 2003

Email: beth@stjoepetroleum.com

Business Philosophy:
I strive to follow the Golden Rule; treat others the way I would like to be treated.

Peggy Fisher
Office Manager

With St. Joe Petroleum Since 1994

Email: peggy@stjoepetroleum.com

Business Philosophy:
Actions speak louder than words, so never ask more from your employees than you are willing to give of yourself. The results are invaluable.

Matt Mereness

With St. Joe Petroleum Since 2001

Email: matt@stjoepetroleum.com

Business Philosophy:
“A good name is the best of treasures” was taught to me from an early age. This mantra has carried me through my personal life and into my business relationships. Honest, hardworking, treating others with kindness and respect — these qualities are key to having a good name for me and for St. Joe Petroleum Co.

Richard VanCleave
Plant Manager

With St. Joe Petroleum Since 2013

Email: richard@stjoepetroleum.com

Business Philosophy:
Treat customers honestly and fairly every day and you will never have to question your character or integrity.

Mike Modlin
Lube Sales

With St. Joe Petroleum Since 2016

Email: mike@stjoepetroleum.com

Business Philosophy:
To listen and understand my customers’ needs and deliver best-in-class customer service with competitive pricing to help them gain a competitive edge in their marketplace.

Veronica Escobar

With St. Joe Petroleum Since 2017

Email: veronica@stjoepetroleum.com

Business Philosophy:
Providing the best customer service and helping in any way possible to make each interaction with the customer a good one.

John Bachman
Fuel Sales

With St. Joe Petroleum Since 2020

Email: john@stjoepetroleum.com

Business Philosophy:
Employees and customers want to work with other people who are honest, competent and competitive. If I can be those things every day, I will make their lives easier and build something sustainable.


To better serve the needs of the community, by delivering the right product at the right time and location and supporting them with knowledgeable staff


To be the premier fuel, oil and lubricant distributor that not only delivers the right product, but also offers unparalleled service and support to our customers


St. Joe Petroleum celebrates and embraces the following values:

  • Honesty
  • Competitive Pricing
  • Customer Service

Community Involvement

At St. Joe Petroleum, we care about the people in our community. From involvement in local missions and ministries to supporting local arts and athletes, we promote empowering youth in education and enrichment. We enjoy seeing the excitement around all of these activities and organizations and want to build up the community together!

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2520 S 2nd St.
St. Joseph, MO 64501
(816) 279-0770