Sinclair Celebrates a Century in Business

By Jasen Lee, KSL.COM

One of Utah’s most recognizable brands is celebrating its 100th anniversary today. And while it may be a virtual household name to drivers across the West, the Sinclair Oil Corp. has endured some of the nation’s most challenging economic times to keep its current place among the more successful petroleum producers in American history.

Founded by Harry Sinclair, Sinclair Oil and Refining Corp., as it was originally known, began operating May 1, 1916.

The native West Virginian had made some money previously buying and selling small oil leases, managing just enough profit to attract investors, said Clint Ensign, Sinclair Oil senior vice president.


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