1936: B/A drilled a well away from the so-called
Turner Valley naptha field, and struck oil, naming the well Turner Valley
Royalties # 1. B/A had a combined total of 5,500 company and dealer
owned service stations and 813 bulk distribution plants.
1938: A new B/A refinery was under construction
in Calgary, Alberta. B/A had a fleet of 5 ocean tankers, 5 lake tankers,
and owned and leased a combined total of 450 tank cars. B/A subsidiaries
in the U.S. extended into Oklahoma, Texas, Montana and Kansas.
B/A Refinery on State Capital Grounds,
Oklamaha City, Oklamaha.
B/A introduced the Clean Across Canada
1939: The Calgary, Alberta Refinery was put on line
and started processing crude oil from Turner Valley. Also, around this
time, B/A was a sponsor of the radio show, The Adventures of Jimmie
Allen, urging youngsters to "Call in at your local B/A station and ask
your friendly dealer how you can eventually become a flight-lieutenant
- wings and all!"
approximately this time B/A used the slogan;
"In the air…on water…and on land, its B/A all the way!"
1941: The war effort resulted in the Clarkson,
Ontario, Plant under construction, being modified to enable it to produce
the much needed aviation fuel when completed, and the B/A tanker fleet
was redirected to haul oils and fuels to England. B/A completed the
Montreal-Portland pipeline connecting a terminal in Portland, Maine
to the Montreal East Refinery permitting year round delivery of Venezuelan
1943: The Clarkson Plant opened with a production
of 11,500 barrels of aviation fuel per day as well as a variety of high
grade specialty lube oils. Mr.Whiteford (an American) who was Executive
Vice President of the B/A subsidiary company in the U.S. became President
of B/A and took over the Toronto Head Office replacing Mr. Ellsworth
who had failing health and became a Chairman, a position he would retain
until his death.