History


Founding

Inlet Petroleum Company (IPC) was founded in 1986 as a Chevron distributor, just two years before North Slope oil production peaked. Exploration companies were in need of lubricant solutions providers and Inlet stepped into the role. As new players developed their presence in Alaska, IPC differentiated itself by offering exceptional customer service, product access and expertise.

Early Growth & Partnerships

IPC became the first Alaska distributor for Phillips 66, BP/Castrol and Shell after its purchase of Pennzoil and Quaker-State. Through partnerships with leading lubricant manufacturers, Inlet was able to expand its lube center network by marketing new product lines. Realizing that customers needed more than just oil, Inlet began to build out a full suite of complementary product lines to meet the growing needs of Alaska customers.

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Part of the Saltchuk Family of Businesses

In 2005, having clearly differentiated itself from the competition, Inlet Petroleum Company was acquired by Saltchuk and merged with their existing petroleum business in Alaska, Delta Western, a part of the NorthStar Energy family of fuel businesses. In 2018, recognizing the enduring power of the Inlet brand, NorthStar relaunched and refreshed the Inlet brand as Inlet Energy, aligning with a new mission and vision to drive a cleaner energy future while guiding customers through the changes of an evolving petroleum industry.