A History of Midwest Values

Red Giant began doing business in 1910 selling oil and other products to farmers and farm equipment dealers in the Midwest. The name was later changed to E-Z Manufacturing Company and incorporated in the year 1946. Just two years later, our name was permanently changed to Red Giant Oil Company.

Fred J. Galvani, who had been a salesman for the company, purchased Red Giant Oil Company in 1959. Five years later, he purchased Searle Petroleum Company from the Harry Searle family, which had owned and operated that lubrication business since 1889.

 

Red Giant Oil Purchases Two More Companies

Red Giant Oil/Searle Petroleum Company own two other subsidiaries, G & A Resources Management Company and Amata Oils, Inc.

In 1970, G & A Resources Management Company and Amata Oils, Inc. were founded. Both companies deal with the oil production of oil wells located near the Falls City, Nebraska area.

In the mid 1980’s, Red Giant Oil/Searle Petroleum Company began selling new railroad engine oil to two Class 1 railroads. Today, the company is the largest supplier of locomotive engine oil in North America.

Fred Galvani continued working at the company along with his son-in-law, Gary L. Bills, until his death in 2004. With the untimely death of Mr. Bills in 2005, the company became woman owned by Fred’s widow, Lorraine Galvani, and his daughter, Sherryl G. Bills-Taylor. The company remains a family-owned business and continues to expand its lubricating and manufacturing capabilities under the leadership of Sherryl.

  • Eli Katona

    Director of Operations

  • Pat Carrigan

    Vice-President, Business Development & Operations

    Pat Carrigan

  • Joe Hartnett

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Al Foreman

    Railroad Lubrications Manager

    Al Foreman

  • Jade McKeighan

    Human Resource Manager

    Jade McKeighan

  • Brandon Franklin

    Western Operations Manager

    Brandon Franklin

  • Brock Swisher

    Iowa Lube Plant Manager

    Brock Swisher

  • Bill Grace

    Transportation Safety & Compliance Supervisor

  • Justin Liddick

    Distribution Operations Manager

  • Rob Dickson

    Railroad Relations Manager