chevron in houston
Houston is a magnet for DOERS – for talent, innovation and opportunity. It’s called the City With No Limits for a reason and for more than 8,000 Chevron DOERS, Houston is home. It’s where Chevron DOERS work, create and make a difference.
No one does energy exploration or production in the U.S. better than Houston. And Chevron's been doing in Houston since 1902.
Chevron's Houston DOERS do energy exploration and production that stretches far beyond Houston — to as many as six continents.
Houston has more DOERS than any other U.S. city. More than 8,000 DOERS.
Safe energy takes a lot of doing. And Houston is home to two of Chevron's Global Support Centers that monitor the safety of oil and natural gas wells and gas turbines around the world.
There are a combined total of 500 Chevron and Texaco retail gasoline stations throughout the greater Houston area, fueling an average of over 27,000 cars each day.
Chevron is helping the next generation of DOERS succeed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) — by supporting programs and organizations like Jason Learning, the Children's Museum of Houston, Museum of Natural Science and Space Center Houston.
The world does more when more girls start doing STEM. The DOERS at Chevron proudly support Girls Engineering Day at the University of Houston.
Chevron supports local Houston businesses while they do big business.To the tune of $3.2 billion a year.
What do the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and the Houston Ballet have in common? It sure isn't the tutus. It's the support of Chevron DOERS in these and other local Houston events.
Doin' good leads to more doin' good, and Chevron DOERS have helped more than 1,700 non-profits to do more good through our Humankind Program.
Being a part of the Houston community means donating more than checks, and Chevron DOERS put in time and elbow grease to make a difference. More than 25,000 hours of time and elbow grease.
Chevron spends more than $270M each year supporting Houston-based small, woman-owned and minority-owned businesses to help us all keep doin’.
Since 2006, Chevron has been the title sponsor of the Chevron Houston Marathon, a world-class event that contributes $51 million annually to the Houston economy.
a century of doers
Chevron’s Houston story spans more than 100 years. We’ve been part of Houston’s world-leading energy sector since the first oil strike at Spindletop. In the century since, Chevron, through its Houston predecessor companies, changed the energy game – transforming energy development and redefining what’s possible in engineering. We did that here in Houston, powered by Houston DOERS.
Anthony F. Lucas strikes a gusher at Spindletop, sparking the Texas oil boom. The discovery at Spindletop leads to the formation of J.M. Guffey Petroleum Co. – predecessor of Gulf Oil Corp., a Chevron legacy company.
The Texas Co. (later, Texaco) is formed in Beaumont. In 1903, the company becomes a major oil producer through its oil strike at Sour Lake. As the company grows and its Houston roster expands, it moves headquarters in 1915 to a 13-story steel-frame building in Houston. Around the same time, The Texas Co. opens its first Houston service station and storefront at 706 San Jacinto Street.
Two colleagues at The Texas Co.’s Port Arthur refinery develop the Holmes-Manley continuous thermal cracking process, the first of its kind to be practical and commercially profitable. This pioneering achievement, made not far from Houston, leads to greater petroleum output for consumers in Texas and around the world.
The War Effort
Near Houston, The Texas Co., Gulf and partners begin construction of the world’s largest butadiene plant, in 1942, which would make major contributions to the Allied effort in World War II. The Texas Co. Bellaire laboratory, which traces its roots to the company’s first Geophysical Laboratory in Houston, also provides heavy aid to Allied campaigns.
Texaco and Getty
Texaco acquires the Getty Oil company in 1984. Texaco’s Bellaire Laboratory and the Getty Research Center combine to form the Texaco Houston Research Center. Three years later, the Bellaire Geophysical Center is added and the Houston Research Center becomes the Texaco Exploration and Production Division.
SOCAL in Texas
After opening a Southwest Division in Texas two decades prior, Standard Oil Co. of California (SOCAL, later Chevron) establishes Houston as its division headquarters and the place from which all regional production activities are administered.
Chevron and Gulf
In Houston, the first of nearly 2,000 Gulf-branded service stations in Texas officially become Chevron outlets. About 600 more Gulf outlets in the Houston metropolitan area are scheduled to change to the Chevron brand. Standard Oil Co. of California acquired Gulf Oil in 1984 and officially became the Chevron Corporation that same year.
In Houston, Texaco introduces one of the industry’s first 3D visualization centers, where the company’s geoscientists begin processing data that will lead to major discoveries in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. This foundational technology, which helped transform upstream energy production, continues to be improved upon today.
In 2006, Chevron becomes title sponsor of the Chevron Houston Marathon, a premier civic event. In keeping with Chevron’s commitment to STEM education, the company begins supporting Space Center Houston in 2012, including the development of Independence Plaza. In 2015, Chevron and the Houston Texans open a Makers/STEM Annex in the Children’s Museum.
Chevron merges with Texaco. Most of the company’s Houston operations and staff are consolidated in the newly purchased 1500 Louisiana Street building in downtown Houston. Five years later, Chevron leases additional downtown office space. Today, Chevron has approximately 8,200 employees and contractors in the Greater Houston area, primarily downtown.
doers in the community
From the world class Chevron Houston Marathon and Independence Plaza to the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show, Ballet and Opera, Chevron is a constant partner in Houston’s most celebrated institutions and notable happenings. We celebrate Houston’s diverse DOERS in business, medicine, sports, science and the arts and are proud to support them as they keep DOING what they do best. We believe in DOING our part to serve the city of Houston, its residents and communities.
doers of tomorrow
STEM education is vital to innovation and technology, global economic competitiveness and building a brighter future for our kids. Through Chevron’s STEM partnerships in Houston, the next generation of DOERS is learning by doing– in their classrooms, on the field and at Houston’s own Children’s Museum where they’re discovering science, technology, engineering and math in exciting new ways and with guidance from Chevron volunteers.
Chevron’s support of JASON Learning has been instrumental in empowering Houston teachers and coaches with STEM training and instructional resources that have helped reinforce STEM lessons for nearly 135,000 students in Chevron’s 10 Houston-area partner school districts.
Through its partnership with the University of Houston, Chevron sponsors “Girls Engineering the Future Day” for Houston-area girls, grades four through eight, and the globally renowned Science and Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) for some of the world’s top young scientists and aspiring engineers.
Published: November 2016