Recognizing the Sheetz Familyby Representative Bill Shuster
Posted on 2013-02-25
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 25, 2013
Mr. SHUSTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Sheetz Family
which owns a convenience store chain, based in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
For more than 60 years, the Sheetz name has represented
entrepreneurship, vision and innovation. And while consumer needs and
lifestyles have changed over the years, one thing that has remained
constant is the Sheetz Family's commitment to its customers, employees
and the communities in which they operate.
Sheetz, Inc. was founded by Bob Sheetz in 1952 when he purchased one of his father's five dairy stores in Altoona. In 1961, Bob hired his brother Steve to work part-time at the store. It was not until 1963 that the second store was opened under the name ``Sheetz Kwik Shopper.'' In 1972, the brothers literally doubled the size of the company, expanding from seven to fourteen stores. One year later, Sheetz added gasoline pumps and introduced self-serve gasoline to Central Pennsylvania.
By 1983, Bob and Steve had opened 100 stores. The following year, Bob retired and handed over the leadership of the company to his trusted business partner and brother Steve. In 1995, Stan Sheetz, Bob's son, became president and Steve assumed the position of Chairman of the Board. To this day, Sheetz maintains a unique and successful family business with five family members serving on the Executive Committee.
Since 1952, Sheetz has grown from a small dairy/deli in Altoona, PA, to one of the fastest growing family-owned convenience stores in the world, with more than 437 locations across six states--Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina--and more than 14,500 employees. The company manufactures its own unique Sheetz brand food products; it consistently is listed as one of the ``Best Places to Work'' in state surveys; and it donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to programs like the Special Olympics and Make-A- Wish Foundation through its corporate Sheetz Family Charities organization.
The Sheetz Family will be honored February 23, 2013 with the Respected Citizen Award by the Central Blair Recreation Commission and the Booker T. Washington Revitalization Committee in Altoona. I congratulate the family on this recognition, applaud them for their extraordinary contributions to the community and thank them for the positive impact their company has on the economy.