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Powering Our Purpose

When our customers have the right tools, they can turn their dreams into reality. This is what keeps us up at night—staying ahead in the marketplace and fighting to deliver unconventional, creative solutions that give our customers a competitive edge. Our four business divisions lead in the distribution of refined and renewable energy products, lubricants, and aftermarket tires and parts.

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    Finding a better way

    Leading energy and transportation products distributor and marketer

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    Your Power to Win.®

    Industry leader in the distribution of tires, undercar parts and lubricants

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    Intelligent Lubrication Solutions®

    Lubricants solutions provider serving the retail, industrial and commercial markets

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    Sustainable Energy Solutions

    Sustainable energy solutions for fleets and communities – natural gas is the future

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CONNECT TO SOMETHING BIGGER

If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there. Purpose is the guiding light in a strong workplace culture, and the appetite our team members have to pursue their passions is driven by U.S. Venture’s four differentiating values—caring relationships, entrepreneurial spirit, high performance and strategic foresight. We believe in people over process, and we take pride in taking care of our team members.

    • Caring Relationships
    • CARING RELATIONSHIPS

      Human beings naturally crave friendship and positive interactions, and according to Gallup, people who have a good friend in the workplace are more likely to be happier and more productive. Our differentiating value of caring relationships pushes team members to foster fun and friendship and show compassion in all aspects of the job—with one another, our customers, our vendors and our community partners.

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    • Entrepreneurial Spirit
    • ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

      At U.S. Venture, you have the room to challenge convention and push the boundaries. This is summed up best in our differentiating value of entrepreneurial spirit. Team members are encouraged to think like business owners, embrace innovation, and believe they can make things better.

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    • High Performance
    • HIGH PERFORMANCE

      Success is never final. Our differentiating value of high performance drives our search for team members who are eager to grow professionally, and we’re focused on aligning company leaders to strategic business innovation and results. We know we can’t depend on the traditional educational system, which is why we created our own career-advancing material to in a development program called, “Your GPS to Success.”

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    • Strategic Foresight
    • STRATEGIC FORESIGHT

      Vision is everything. At U.S. Venture, our differentiating value of strategic foresight reminds us to broaden our perspectives, visualize the future, and create a roadmap to win. We hire futuristic leaders who are brave enough to ask “why” and “when” just as much as they’re willing to ask “what” and “how.” When it comes to staying ahead in an ever-changing industry, we embrace untraditional thinking, diverse worldviews and relentless curiosity.

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LIFTING UP OUR COMMUNITIES

U.S. Venture has a long history of influencing social change, starting with the company’s founders—Art, Ray and Bill Schmidt—and their parents, Albert and Margaret. We believe that by giving people the tools to lead healthy, productive lives, we can help them lift themselves out of poverty. Last year, U.S. Venture’s philanthropic impact totaled $10.7 million. The U.S. Venture Open, the nation’s single largest one-day charity event raised $4.13 million to end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin.

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    GIVING BACK TO VETERANS

    “All the way home, he told me, ‘This has been the best day of my life,’” Amy recalls. That day was four years ago when a team member offered tickets to Amy and her dad...

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    EMPOWERING WOMEN

    Kenneth, DaMar and Marcus are truck drivers with U.S. AutoForce, but several times a month, they choose to spend time sitting behind the wheel of the MOXI Traveling Boutique...

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    PROVIDING NON-PROFITS WITH FINANCIAL GUIDANCE

    Judy is no stranger to non-profits; her late husband, Brad, was one of the founders of the Volunteer Center of East Central WI. But between her job as a divisional controller with U.S. Oil and...

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    PERSONAL SHOPPER

    Earlier this year, Sherry suited 22 students from an inner city school in St. Louis. Dresses, suits, ties, accessories – so they could feel proud attending a special banquet...

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    U.S. Venture, Inc. earns WELCOA’s Platinum Workplace Wellness Award

    Company celebrated as one of the state’s most innovative in workplace health promotion Appleton, Wis. (November 16, 2018) – U.S. Venture has been awarded the Platinum Well Workplace Award by the Wellness Council of America (WE...

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    U.S. Venture’s development agreement with city of Appleton amended

    Plans move forward to build company's headquarters on the bluff site Appleton, Wis. (August 15, 2018) – An amended development agreement between the city of Appleton andU.S. Venture Inc. was approved by Appleton’s Common Council Wednesday night. Changes to the development agreement included removing One Lawrence Street, LLC as the developer of the city’s public parking structure. This amendmen...

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    U.S. Venture, Inc. Hires Gary Cao as Vice President of Insight and Analytics

    Appleton, Wis. – June 22, 2018 – U.S. Venture, Inc., is pleased to announce Gary Cao will join the company as the vice president of Insight and Analytics. In his new position, Cao will lead the charge in predicting potential economic disruptors and emerging macroeconomic trends, and prescribing decisions that will enable U.S. Venture to develop and maintain competitive advantages in the company’s evolving industries. ...

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    U.S. Venture, Inc. welcomes USA Luge athletes to annual wellness expo

    USA Luge athletes and dozens of community vendors to share health tips & resource Appleton, Wis. (June 20, 2018) – Team USA Luge sponsor U.S. Venture, Inc. will welcome Olympians Summer Britcher and Tucker West in Appleton on Thursday, June 21. Both USA Luge athletes hold numerous records and competed in the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Games. Britcher placed 19th and West placed 26th during the most recent Olympic ...

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    U.S. AutoForce Acquires Tire’s Warehouse

    Companies combine forces to make for the most capable tire distributor in the country Appleton, Wis. (June 4, 2018) – U.S. AutoForce (USAF), a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., acquired Corona, California company Tire’s Warehouse (TWI) on June 1, 2018. The organizations expect their combined forces to make for the most impactful distributor in the country. As part of a unique strategy, U....

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    U.S. Lubricants Hires Jessica Sura as Director of Finance

    Appleton, Wis. – May 17, 2018 – U.S. Lubricants, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Sura as director of finance. For the last three years, Sura held the position of senior accounting manager for U.S. Oil, also a division of U.S. Venture, where she was an active participant in the budgeting process and helped to develop estimates and input into budgeting software. She wor...

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    Wastewater Fuels Transportation Industry

    GAIN Clean Fuel and BioResource Development announce the start-up of a renewable natural gas production facility in Dubuque, Iowa Appleton, Wis. – April 30, 2018 – GAIN Clean Fuel and BioResource Development (BRD) announce the start-up of a renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility located at Water and Resource Recovery Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The state-of-the-art ...

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    Game Changer: From Garbage to Gas

    GAIN Clean Fuel announces expansion of its renewable natural gas offering Appleton, Wis. – April 23, 2018 – U.S. Gain President Mike Koel is no stranger to taking risks. He’s the force behind the business division’s formation in 2009 when he identified the demand in providing fleet operators with environmentally-friendly, cost-effective alternative fuel optio...

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    U.S. Lubricants Promotes Tony Springer to Director of Industrial Channel

    Appleton, Wis. – April 2, 2018 – U.S. Lubricants, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., is pleased to announce the promotion of Tony Springer to industrial channel director. Springer has nearly 20 years of sales management experience and has worked for U.S. Lubricants for nine years. He’s been instrumental in expanding product offerings and growing the division’s industrial channel, including achieving his annual growth ...

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    Olympian Michael Phelps to Keynote 2018 U.S. Venture Open

    Annual charity event raises funds to end poverty (Appleton, WI) February 25, 2018 ...

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U.S. VENTURE OPEN

For 33 years, the U.S. Venture Open has raised more than $42 million and granted more than $24 million to end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin.

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