Woodruff Energy has been supplying energy since 1869.
The Woodruff family started selling coal in 1869 from a rail siding at their farm in Upper Deerfield. John S. Woodruff (1829-1904) also had a produce shipping operation at the same location. Warren C. Woodruff (1870-1944) continued to farm and sell coal during the winter time until the coal operations were taken over on a full time basis by George J. Woodruff (1904-1969) who moved the operation into Bridgeton in 1928 to its current address of 73 Water St.,. He became the first coal dealer in this area to sell fuel oil in 1931 and then expanded the business into heating installation and service soon after.
After World War II, the company grew its fuel oil business rapidly and got into air conditioning in 1950. In 1957 and 1958, fourth generation Woodruffs—J. Alan and Robert A. joined the company. In 1959 the company began to handle motor fuels throughout Cumberland and Salem Counties with the purchase of the old Gulf Oil barge terminal on Water St., which has a large petroleum storage capacity. The Woodruff brothers jointly ran the company after 1969 when George died, and expanded its operations into Vineland, Elmer, and Millville through numerous acquisitions of other oil dealers. The establishment of Lerco Fuel Co. in 1974 in partnership with Carl Kirstein operated independently until Carl’s retirement in 2008.
In 1993, 5th generation Robert A. Woodruff, Jr. joined the firm and started up its natural gas operations in 1996 when it became de-regulated. In 1997 the company changed its name from Woodruff Oil Company to Woodruff Energy and in 2003 Alan Woodruff retired after 46 years of service. In 2004 the company became one of the first companies in New Jersey to blend bio-fuels into its products. In 2006 Bob Woodruff, Sr., who had been President of the company since 1994 brought Bob Woodruff, Jr. into the top spot as Co-President, and then in 2009, Bob Jr. became the President as Bob Sr. stepped back to Senior Vice President.
In 2013 the company began marketing Propane and in 2016 completed the installation of a state of the art propane terminal on Water St., in Bridgeton. The company currently markets all types of petroleum products including motor fuels and propane and installs and services heating and air conditioning equipment in Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester and Atlantic Counties. It markets natural gas to commercial accounts throughout New Jersey and parts of southern New York. Bob Sr. and his wife Merry have four children and 10 grandchildren and live in Friesburg. Bob Jr. and his wife Jennifer have 3 children and live in the Woodstown area. The company has supported many organizations and non-profits in the area over the years and the family members have been active in many clubs and organizations.