Editor's note: This story is advertorial content that is part of the 2021 "Essential to Jamestown" special edition of The Jamestown Sun. The annual Progress Edition features stories on essential workers, agencies and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Creative Energy is working its way toward a century of service in the Jamestown area. The company began as Bloom Oil in 1929 and became Creative Energy when it merged with Farmers Union Oil of South Heart in 2009. Through all the years, the company has been dedicated to providing consumers with the fuel and energy supplies they need.

"Creative Energy is committed to helping our customers grow their operations. We strive to provide our patrons with quality products and services," said Amber Backen, controller for the company. "When our business is profitable our members are eligible for patronage based on the volume of qualified products or services purchased from the cooperative."

Over the past five years, Creative Energy has distributed more than $2 million in patronage to its patrons.

As an energy distribution company moving products the final miles to the consumer, Creative Energy relies heavily on its team of drivers to make sure the fuel is safely and efficiently transported. Two exceptional drivers at Jamestown are Leroy Bowder and Dave Stroh, Backen said.

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Bowder has worked for Creative Energy for the past six years, although he has more than 40 years in the fuel distribution industry, she said.

"He demonstrates leadership in a way that engages all employees with a smile on his face and a can-do attitude. His willingness to help others is contagious," she said.

Stroh has been with the company for 22 years between service at Bloom Oil and now Creative Energy.

"Dave's work ethic is outstanding and is always willing to help others when in need," Backen said. "Dave has always been very helpful and encouraging with all of his co-workers."

The company's two bases of operation are Jamestown and the South Heart and Belfield area in western North Dakota. Backen estimates they deliver fuel to about a 100-mile radius of Jamestown and a 70-mile radius from the South Heart area.

Most refined fuel products come from the CHS refinery in Montana and are transported in a fleet of about 13 trucks of various sizes and configurations.

The company also operates convenience stores in Jamestown and Belfield, Backen said. The company plans to replace the Sooper Stop it operates in northeast Jamestown with a new and larger store this summer. The new building will be constructed behind the current building to allow the Sooper Stop to stay in operation as much as possible during construction.

"We have lots of stuff going on," Backen said.