chevron doers
of houston

Houston is a city of smart-working, hard-working DOERS. And all that doing takes energy. Chevron DOERS have been living and working here since 1902, making sure there’s enough energy to keep DOERS doing.

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.

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.











Texas Beginnings

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. Forms

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.

Pioneering in Crude
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. 

3D Innovation
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.  

Invested Here
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 and Texaco
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.

The Chevron Houston Marathon is a world-class sporting event sponsored by Chevron DOERS for the past 11 years. The race contributes more than $51 million to the Houston economy each year, and since its inception, the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Program has raised more than $25 million for charity – $2.4 million for local non-profit organizations last year alone.

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

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