Benit Fuel Sales and Service, Inc. has licensed Spirit® Petroleum's first site in New York state. The Mendenhall Fuel, Inc. gas station at 535 Montauk Highway in East Quogue, Long Island converted to the Spirit® brand as of June 2008.
Founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1928, Benit Fuel Sales and Service, Inc. began as an ice, coal and heating oil company. Today, the family-owned and operated business is a large, diversified marketer of petroleum products with headquarters in Smithtown, New York. Its gasoline division supplies gas stations and marinas in the boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties under a variety of major brands. The company also sells tanks nationwide through its operation of Areo Power Unitized Fueler, an aboveground tank manufacturer.
Starting out in 1934 with an old pick-up truck and a 200-gallon tank, Mendenhall Fuel, Inc. is now a full-service heating and air conditioning business. The family has operated the service station on Montauk Highway since 1949 under various brands. According to Mr. DeBenedittis, the primary reason for the conversion to Spirit® is that owner Thomas Mendenhall was looking for a more patriotic, American image for the station.
Spirit® Petroleum was created to present a positive alternative to qualifying members of the nonprofit PMAA's 46 state associations.