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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 $9.30 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 named title sponsor of Children’s Week in Appleton

    Children’s Week celebrates local youth by providing family-friendly activities (Appleton, WI) June 25, 2019 – Children’s Week in Appleton is excited to announce U.S. Venture, Inc. will serve as the event’s first ever title sponsor. The popular weeklong event brings families...

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    Celebrating the Life of U.S. Venture Founder Art Schmidt

    On June 28, 2019, Art Schmidt, one of U.S. Venture’s founders, passed away peacefully at the age of 93. Art and his brother, Ray, founded Schmidt Brothers Oil in 1951, and their father, Albert, joined the business a few years...

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    U.S. Venture, Inc. hosts annual wellness expo, USA Luge guests

    Local vendors to share health tips and USA Luge holding slider search in Appleton (Appleton, WI) June 25, 2019 — U.S. Venture, Inc. will host its annual wellness expo on Thursday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring...

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    USA Luge returns to Appleton for Slider Search Event June 29-30

    (Appleton, WI) June 18, 2019 — For the last four years, USA Luge athletes have been sliding into the Fox Valley every June to attend the wellness expo at U.S. Venture, which is a major sponsor of the sports team....

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    just keep livin Foundation founder Matthew McConaughey headlines 2019 U.S. Venture Open

    Appleton, Wis. – May 15, 2019 — U.S. Venture, Inc. announces the Oscar-winning actor, producer, and philanthropist Matthew McConaughey will be this year’s celebrity guest at the U.S. Venture Open, which will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. The...

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    U.S. Venture, Inc. moves to full ownership of transportation energy and supply chain management company BreakthroughFuel®, LLC

    Appleton, Wis. – April 26, 2019 – An innovative leader in the distribution of petroleum and renewable energy products, lubricants, and tires and parts for the automotive aftermarket, U.S. Venture, Inc. has moved to full ownership of Green Bay, Wis.-based...

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    Alison Schmidt joins Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) Board of Directors

    Appleton, Wis. – January 29, 2019 – Alison Schmidt, national sales director for U.S. Oil, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., has joined the board of directors for the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), an organization working...

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    Titletown Winter Games set for February 16-17

    Presented by U.S. Venture, Inc., the event will offer luge, curling, biathlon, cross-country skiing Titletown will transform into a winter sports wonderland on Feb. 16 and 17 when it hosts the Titletown Winter Games presented by U.S. Venture. The free...

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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 (WELCOA) – one of the...

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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...

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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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    USV Luge

    U.S. Venture is a major sponsor of the USA Luge team, and we’re darn proud of it. Racing down an icy luge track at 80 mph not only takes guts, but years of measured training and an unshakable spirit. U.S. Venture team members get special access to these Olympians several times a year and draw inspiration from their high performance—one of U.S. Venture’s differentiating values.