Posts Categorized: Energy Distribution

NorthStar Energy Acquires Alaska Petroleum Distributing in Fairbanks

September 16, 2019

Local family business joins NorthStar’s growing fuel network in Alaska

Fairbanks, AKNorthStar Energy, an energy holding company in the Saltchuk family of businesses, has acquired Alaska Petroleum Distributing (APD), a family owned petroleum distributor serving residential, commercial, and retail customers in Fairbanks, North Pole, and surrounding areas.

Primarily a heating oil distributor, APD also owns and operates a local retail gas station, including a convenience store and car wash. NorthStar Energy has acquired many of APD’s assets and will continue to operate as Alaska Petroleum Distributing in the Fairbanks region. Additionally, APD has moved operations to a new location on 1733 Well Street, a 24,000 square foot warehouse which will provide the expansion space to grow their locally operated business and better serve their customers.

“We are proud to continue the APD brand the Johnson family has built over the past four decades. Alaska Petroleum Distributing is known for their exceptional service and strong reputation with their customer base,” says Don Stone, VP of Supply and Logistics for NorthStar Energy. “It’s exciting to welcome the Johnson family to the NorthStar Energy petroleum group and provide the additional resources that allow APD to continue to serve the local market more efficiently and provide complementary product offerings.”

APD joins Delta Western Petroleum, Inlet Energy and Northern Oilfield Solutions in NorthStar’s network of Alaskan energy distribution businesses. APD’s historic brand will remain in the care of second generation family members who will continue to manage and operate the business locally. NorthStar Energy looks forward to supporting Alaska Petroleum’s ongoing success for years to come.

About NorthStar Energy

NorthStar Energy is a Seattle-based energy holding company in the Saltchuk family of businesses. NorthStar invests in fuel and energy distribution companies in Alaska and Hawaii with a mission to be the vital link to the most reliable, best in class, integrated energy solution, guiding customers to the future of fuel.

Inlet Energy Announces Move to Ship Avenue

May 21, 2019

On June 3rd, 2019, Inlet Energy will be moving to a newly renovated 40,000 square foot warehouse at 1824 Ship Avenue in Anchorage.

The move will allow for all employees to be under one roof. For the customer, this means improvements in care and service, as well as better communication and operating efficiency among employees.

The new warehouse is designed for safety, quality control, and quality assurance. There will be 100k gallons of bulk oil storage, installed so customers can pull up and fill tanks on site.

TSA delay will also be eliminated with the move, allowing for easier customer access and service.

New leadership to energize Delta Western and Hawaii Petroleum companies for Saltchuk

February 22, 2018


Seattle, Wash. – On January 2, 2018, Bert Valdman became the President & CEO of North Star Petroleum­, Saltchuk’s energy distribution line of business.

Valdman brings a wealth of experience in the energy sector to the Saltchuk family of companies, most recently serving as the President & CEO of Optimum Energy, the leading provider of data-driven cooling and heating optimization solutions for enterprise facilities. Prior to joining Optimum Energy he was the Chief Strategy Officer of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the largest electric utilities in the country. Prior to Edison, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Puget Sound Energy where he was responsible for regulated electric and natural gas distribution operations, as well as the Customer Service, Information Technology, and Community Affairs functions. He also served as Puget Energy’s Chief Financial Officer from 2003 through 2007.

Already very familiar with the Saltchuk family of companies, Valdman served on the Saltchuk Board of Directors since April 2015.

“We are thrilled we were successful in our efforts to move Bert from being a member of the Board to a senior leader within the Saltchuk family of companies,” said Tim Engle, President of Saltchuk. “We are continually impressed by his input and look forward to working with him to grow this sector of our companies.”

North Star Petroleum oversees leading petroleum and lubricant distribution companies Delta Western Petroleum in Alaska and Hawaii Petroleum – Ohana Fuels, Minit Stop and HFN – in Hawaii. Valdman is based in the company’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

“Our companies provide critical services to the communities that our more than 500 employees live and work in. I’m looking forward to spending time across our operations and working with our teams to continue to deepen and develop our businesses in Hawaii, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest,” said Valdman.

Valdman earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Northwestern University, as well as masters and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. He serves on the board of Lakeside School and has served as a member of the board of trustees for Overlake Hospital, Puget Sound Blood Center and Pacific Northwest Ballet.




Hawaii Petroleum Receives Maui Nonprofit Directors’ Association Award –

October 20, 2016


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Maui, Hawaii – The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association recently announced its award recipients at its 2016 Legislative Pau Hana event.  Hawaii Petroleum was awarded the “Community Business Award” recognizing their impressive work as an outstanding business leader in the non-profit community.

Hawaii Petroleum has a long history of community giving, donating thousands of dollars to charitable organizations and fundraising events throughout the Big Island and Maui County.   One such program is Hawaii Petroleum’s popular Ohana Fuels “Fuel up. Do good.” program.  Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the local community by donating a portion of the proceeds of every gallon of gasoline sold at its stations in that community. Donations from gasoline sales during the first half of this year on the islands of Maui and the Big Island were more than $30,000.

In addition to its donations from the “Fuel up. Do good.” program, so far in 2016 Hawaii Petroleum has donated $77,499 to local communities, $45,000 of which is their contribution to Saltchuk’s Hawaii Regional Giving Program.  Hawaii Petroleum is a subsidiary of Saltchuk, a Seattle-based privately owned family of diversified transportation and distribution companies.  Saltchuk prides itself on its commitment to community giving and support, calling it the very heart of the company’s culture.  Over the past decade, Saltchuk companies have given an average of $2.5 million each year, totaling more than $20 million in cash and in-kind support to the communities in which they operate.

image1Hawaii Petroleum is proud to support local organizations and their missions that are important to their customers.  Kimo Haynes, Hawaii Petroleum President, said, “It’s an honor to receive this award.  As you know, community giving is a big part of our culture, both personally and professionally.  As a local company, our business only exists because of our community, and we feel it’s important to give back”.

Paul Tonnessen, President of the Maui Nonprofit Directors Association says, “The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui was fortunate along with numerous other nonprofits to financially benefit from the generosity of Hawaii Petroleum. We have completed a variety of educational projects that have impacted the children of abuse and neglect dramatically. Hawaii Petroleum is always reaching out to the nonprofits in various ways including the ability to participate in their quarterly give back from the fuel sales. This also allows the nonprofits the use of the Minit Stops to conduct car washes which brings not only additional revenue to the agencies but also gives them exposure in the community.  I am honored to have not only recommended Hawaii Petroleum for the “Community Business Award” but to also see that the rest of the Maui nonprofits felt the same during the voting process.  The nonprofit community recognizes the difference they have made and how they continue to impact the lives of those in need in our community. Hawaii Petroleum has and continues to show us all the true meaning of giving.”

Hawaii Petroleum Inc. is a leading independent distributor of petroleum products and lubricants on the islands of Maui and Hawaii.  Learn more at

Minit Stop Wins Gold and Silver at the Pele Awards Ceremony

May 7, 2016

New company logo and carry-out food boxes win pristine awards in HawaiiMinitStop_Logo

Kahului, HI. – Hawai`i’s top recognition for excellence in advertising design are the Pele awards. At the April 23rd award ceremony on Oahu, Minit Stop was awarded top honors amongst all of Hawai`i’s advertising and designs for their new logo and carry-out food boxes.

Gilbert & Associates, the advertising firm for Minit Stop who designed the new logo and boxes, accepted the awards on behalf of MinitStopPackaging_PeleGoldMinit Stop. The most popular and most competitive was the logo category. Minit Stop won a Silver award for the unique Minit Stop “Shaka Chicken” logo that is being launched this year at all stores (the Shaka is a gesture started and used in Hawaii and surf culture as a gesture of salutation, friendship, thank you, and gratitude).

The Gold Pele was won in the Packaging category, for the design of a fun Minit Stop food carry-out box using whimsical-isms and phrases written on the box. Jon Miyabuchi, Vice President of Minit Stop, described the boxes saying, “We wanted something that would entertain the person while enjoying the great food inside.  Kind of like when you were little and would read the cereal box when eating breakfast.”

“The recognition we received from the logo and food boxes is very exciting for our team and all of our customers, and they are currently being implemented at all of our stores on Maui and the Big Island.  It’s an exciting year at Minit Stop.  Besides the new logo and food boxes, we have the upcoming debuts of our Minit Stop App and proprietary blend coffee program.  We will be rolling out a lot of new exciting features at all of our stores—it’s an exhilarating time to be a Minit Stop fan!” said Vice President Miyabuchi.

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About Minit Stop

Minit Stop is the retail c-store brand of Hawaii Petroleum, Inc. Hawaii Petroleum is an independent petroleum marketer on the islands of Maui and Hawaii, and markets retail fuel under the Ohana Fuels. Today Minit Stop has 17 locations with 10 on Maui and 7 on the Big Island.  Minit Stop is an active contributor to the communities they serve, with the goal of providing world class customer service that perpetuates the diversity of culture in Hawaii and exemplifies a commitment to supporting strong family and community values. For more information, call (808) 891-6770, visit, “like” Minit Stop on Facebook, or follow @MinitStop on Twitter and Instagram.