UNIVERSAL OIL INC., originally “Union Oil Company,” was founded by William H.
Compton in 1877. First located at West 3 rd and Canal Street, Universal Oil manufactured
premium fuels and industrial lubricants.
After Compton’s death in 1908, Charles F. Siegrist purchased controlling stock in the company
and went on to become president of Universal Oil. Born September 1897, this Cleveland native
enjoyed a prosperous career in mechanical engineering, leading up to his involvement in
Universal Oil. Siegrist worked as the chief engineer for the Rockefeller Building, and worked
with JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER himself for fifteen years. Siegrist was also a 32 nd degree
Freemason, a Shriner, and vice president of the High Moon Club.
The United States Coast Guard proudly supports their marine fueling program which is offered
24/7. Their automotive services have a 48 hour guarantee, and their industrial lubricants serve a
wide variety of industries including commercial, industrial, construction, off highway,
agricultural, automotive, and specialty markets. Products such as Phillips 66 and Kendall Motor
Oil add to their custom blends which are used and approved by many commercial, private,
scholastic, and municipal organizations.
In 2007, the Mendelsohn family transferred ownership of the company to become 100%
employee owned through a stock ownership program.
In 2011, Universal Oil received a Notice of Violation from the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) for exceeding the annual throughput limit for emissions. This is considered a Violation of
Ohio Air Pollution Laws.
As of 2016, Scott Fox has served as president of Universal Oil. Outside
of Universal Oil he works as an Adjunct Professor at Baldwin Wallace University and is also the
Chair of the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County.
Universal Oil has continued to supply Northeast Ohio with premium fuel and industrial
lubricants for over 142 years. They pride themselves on quality service and remaining an
employee-owned company.
Today, Universal Oil operates from 265 Jefferson Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113.
Universal Oil is a member of the ONE HUNDRED YEAR CLUB OF THE WESTERN