Coastal Energy has been owned and operated by the Montgomery family for over 40 years.
In 1977, President and CEO David Montgomery went to work for a small company called Energy Sales, then located in Cabool, Missouri. In 1981, David had the opportunity to purchase Energy Sales - both the trucking equipment and marketing arm of the company - renaming it Coastal Energy. In 1987, the company moved to its current home in Willow Springs, Missouri.
In the 1970's and 80's, the company was moving ethanol across the Midwest. In 1987, Fuel Marketing Corporation began marketing ethanol and other fuel oils to its customers. Fuel Marketing obtained its denaturing license and purchased pure raw alcohol from Brazil, barging it from South America to the ports in New Orleans and on to the port in Tulsa, OK. The alcohol was then loaded via rail to destinations in the western United States. Through the years Fuel Marketing has seen many peaks and valleys in the ethanol markets. However, the company continues to stay the course and provide alternative fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.
With product volumes increasing, the company needed a standalone transportation division. In 1995, FMC Transport became a common carrier of all HAZMAT products. Trucking became a vital component of the company with its ability to get products to the customer in a timely and efficient manner. Through the years, FMC Transport has expanded operations in Missouri, as well as Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. As FMC Transport continued to grow, so did the in-house shop. What began as two shop bays is now seven, with multiple storage buildings, a dedicated wash bay, and a complete inventory and parts area.
Coastal Energy began construction on an emulsion plant in Miller, MO, in 1996 due to the lack of products available in the Springfield area. The original tanks for the plant were purchased in Pekin, IL, cut down on-site, hauled to Miller, and then re-assembled. This huge feat was accomplished by our own shop personnel. CEMO Miller opened for business with a handful of products in production. We are now pleased to offer over 30 different products to our customers. The Miller emulsion plant has added land, tanks, and equipment through the years, increasing the capacity to provide emulsion products to local markets.
In 2001, FMC Transport was hauling fuel for a small company in Cape Girardeau, MO, called United Distributing Company. That same year, Coastal was able to purchase the company, becoming a licensed fuel distributor in the state of Missouri. After United came under the umbrella of Coastal Energy, another longtime FMC Transport customer - Plains Energy - came up for sale. The company was purchased under United Distributing and is now Plains Energy Services, located in Potwin, KS. There we have storage for our specialty blended fuels.
As the company continued a steady growth pattern, we realized that getting products into all our facilities was a struggle. In 2002, a small rail track was leased in Willow Springs to test the viability of bringing in asphalt via rail, then moving by truck to the CEMO Miller plant. In a short amount of time it became apparent that this was the right thing to do. The property was purchased and is now our Willow Springs Rail Facility and main rail operation. When the site was first purchased, there were no storage tanks and we unloaded rail cars with a portable boiler and pump system. However, soon after we purchased six 30,000-gallon tanks and had enough rail to hold 18 cars. In the spring of 2009, a decision was made to increase the footprint of the terminal, adding two additional rail tracks for a total capacity of 55 cars.
Also under the Coastal Energy umbrella is Coastal Energy Division of Oklahoma, which began in 2014 as a small rail siding leased in Clinton, OK. This terminal started slowly with the construction of unloading lines on the rail, a small office, scales, and two small tanks. In 2017, the facility began a massive expansion when we were able to purchase the property, add on to our rail and office space, add ten new tanks, and increase the number of products offered.
The installation of an LPG Terminal located at the Willow Springs Rail Facility was completed in 2017, and we became a wholesaler of propane for the Midwest as well.