1908 – 2008: 100 Year History Of Oildom Publishing Company

By Oliver Klinger III, Publisher | November 2008 Vol. 63 No. 11

The publishing patriarch died in 1954 and ownership of the business passed to his three sons. In 1956, John Klinger sold his interest to Oliver Jr. and Curtis Klinger. They divided the business until Oliver Jr. assumed control in the early 1970s. I (Oliver III) joined the company in 1971 after graduating with a marketing degree from Lehigh University. We soon sold the printing plant and consolidated the company in Houston.

By 1991, my father had semi-retired and I was running the company. That year we completed the most important deal in the company’s history by acquiring P&GJ, which traces its history to a Wall Street newsletter first published in 1859. Oildom Publishing Co of Texas, Inc. was now the world’s largest publisher of pipeline magazines.

In addition to magazines, Oildom sponsors two successful industry conferences. Our Pipeline Opportunities Conference has become a premiere event for the industry since its inception in 2005. The company’s Underground Construction Technology conference began in 1995 and is the largest trade show and conference for that market.

Very few privately held companies make it to this milestone, and it would not have been possible without the incredible people we have had helping us over the years and continue to have.

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