We take great pride in our legacy of being a locally owned and operated family business for over eight decades.
We take an active role contributing to and supporting a variety of local organizations.
OâConnell Oil was founded in 1925 by Ralph Maurice OâConnell. The company began with a gasoline distributorship from Amoco to which was added a distributorship with Shell and eventually Gulf Oil. R.M.OâConnell further expanded the business by including the sale of heating oil. The business steadily grew during the 1940âs, 1950âs and 1960âs to become the largest fuel and oil dealer in Berkshire County. OâConnellsâ continued to grow through expanding their market area and acquisitions.
The company name was changed in the 1970âs from R.M. OâConnell Oil to its present name of, OâConnell Oil Associates Inc.. At this time Ralph M. OâConnellsâ son William R. OâConnell took over the company. In 1983 William R. OâConnell and Michael R. Sobon opened the first of thirty Convenience Plus stores, innovatively combining a mini mart with a gas station. In the years following they expanded throughout Western Massachusetts adding other oil companies and convenience stores to OâConnell Oil Associates Inc..
At the end of 2000, with the passing of William R. OâConnell, Michael R. Sobon became the owner and CEO of the company. He has continued the OâConnell Oil legacy as a leader in itsâ field. OâConnell Oil Associates Inc. now owns and operates three oil company locations, 29 Convenience Plus Stores, seven gas stations , a wholesale gasoline business and full service commercial and residential plumbing, heating and air conditioning departments.
William R. OâConnell
Michael R. Sobon