Lodestar's antecedents were entities of Howell Corporation, a closely held, NYSE listed, diversified energy company. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Howell Corporation was engaged in petrochemical and research & reference fuel manufacturing and chemical toll processing, oil & gas exploration and production, crude oil gathering, pipeline and terminaling operations, coal mining, and bulk motor carrier and logistics services.
Founded in 1955, Howell Transportation Services (HTS) operated initially as a private bulk motor carrier fleet for Howell Refining Company. Supporting Howell Corporation's growth, HTS served as the shared services logistics provider to its sister subsidiaries coordinating all motor carrier and rail operations and management for the Company. In 1984, Howell Corporation consolidated its crude oil gathering operations under HTS following the formation of Howell Crude Oil Company. In 1989, HTS commenced common carrier bulk motor carrier operations on a nation-wide basis. In 1993, HTS purchased the private bulk motor carrier fleet operations of Lyondell Petrochemical Company.
During 1996, Howell Corporation began reorganizing the business to focus on oil & gas exploration and production. Howell Crude Oil Company and the crude gathering operations of HTS were spun out in the formation of a NYSE listed Master Limited Partnership, Genesis Energy. The President of HTS formed Lodestar Logistics Corporation to purchase the remaining assets of HTS.
Since its formation, Lodestar Logistics has provided support and creative logistics solutions to customers across the petrochemical and energy industry. Past and current customers include both small private entities and large Fortune 500 companies spanning a breadth of petrochemical and energy industry segments.
Founded in March 2015 with equity commitments from The Energy & Minerals Group, Lodestar Energy is an outgrowth of Lodestar Logistics Corporation. They provide logistics expertise to the marketplace through the design, construction, and development of railcar, pipeline, and marine terminal infrastructure. With over 100 years of combined commercial and operational experience and a close partnership with Lodestar Logistics, Lodestar Energy focuses on the efficient and economic deployment of resources in the core businesses of their clients.
Judson Brown leads the Rail Logistics activities for Lodestar Logistics. He has over 35 years of operations, commercial, and logistics experience across multiple industries, including heavy manufacturing, chemical production, terminalling, and supply chain management. Most recently, Judson spent over ten years as the General Manager for rail and truck services for global supply chain company. As Director of Rail Logistics, Judson utilizes his breadth of experience and knowledge to effectively serve the Lodestar customer base.