Local Business News on the Southern Oregon Coast
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By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer 

In 1959 Maurie Bassett began working for Standard Oil Company in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  After spending four years in Washington with the company, Maurie returned to Oregon, where in 1980 he merged operations with a Roseburg-based fuel company owned by Harold Hyland, and the Bassett-Hyland organization was born. After Maurie and Harold retired, Maurie’s sons Scott and Roger Bassett took over, with Scott staying in Coos Bay and Roger running the Roseburg branch.

The Bassetts continue to be a family-run business, with another brother involved until about a year ago, and their sister still working in their Coos Bay office. They have two warehouses, one at 425 West Lockhart in Coos Bay and another at 127 NW Garden Valley Blvd. in Roseburg. The Bassetts also operate two gas stations, one in Coos Bay at 1059 Evans Blvd. and one in Reedsport at 1399 Hwy. 101.  The Coos Bay gas station is open 24/7, 365 days a year, and in Reedsport they’re open at 5:30 am and close around 11 pm. Altogether, the Bassetts employ about 45 people, with 10 at the warehouse in Coos Bay, six in the Roseburg warehouse, and the rest working at their gas stations.  

Stop by your friendly Bassett-Hyland service station the next time you need to refuel!
I asked Scott about the services that Bassett-Hyland offers. “Our warehouses are stocked with Chevron lubricants, diesel fuels, gasoline, heating fuels, and motor oils, all available for delivery,” said Scott. “We also have a line of heavy duty Baldwin filters for pretty much every application from boats to trains, cars and trucks, plus heavy equipment. We sell fuel additives and we have a line of absorbent material for spills and cleanups. We actually deliver to a lot of sites up in the woods where people are logging and building roads, as well as mines, rock quarries and sawmills. And of course our two service stations offer both gasoline and propane fuels.”

Bassett-Hyland is also a member of the CFN cardlock network, (Commercial Fuel Network), a nationwide 24-hour fuel purchase company with over 30,000 sites.  Customers are issued cards to buy gas at any time at three locations: the Coos Bay Chevron station, in Coquille at 341 West Hwy. 42 (near Sturdivant Park) and south of Roseburg at 4150 South Old Highway 99.  

“We’ve been around long enough that most people know who we are and what we do,” continued Scott. “We pride ourselves on being locally-owned...there aren’t a lot of companies that can say that anymore.”

I asked Scott how their Shopper ads have worked for them. “We’ve had good response to them.  I have people come up to me and say, ‘Hey I saw your ad in the Shopper!’”

Scott’s business takes some interesting twists during a weather emergency. “I remember a few years ago when we had a big snowstorm that knocked power out between here and Roseburg for about a week,” he began. “We were fueling police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and taxis out of our storage facility by truck...one individual had to get to Eugene for his dialysis treatments. We didn’t advertise that we had limited fuel because we were afraid that we’d run out...but we kept emergency vehicles running.”

It’s easy to take it for granted that there will always be vehicle fuel when you need it, but because of the remote location we find ourselves in on the South Coast, it’s good to know there’s a local company looking out for the interests of the community, and dedicated to serving it when the need arises.

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