Jim began building the heating oil business, and led the company after Nisbet’s death in 1960. Seeing growth opportunities in the wholesale gasoline business, he founded Nisbet Oil Company in 1962, and began supplying country stores and “filling stations” in the rural areas of Mecklenburg County, such as Mathews, Mint Hill, Pineville, and Shuffltetown. As the business grew he began purchasing corner lots and building gas stations. In 1966 Jim teamed up with Wendell Boggs and bought Rhodes and Beal Oil Company, a small firm in Lincolnton, North Carolina, which now serves the western Piedmont of NC.
In addition to Nisbet’s founder, the business has been led by Presidents Mary McLure Nisbet, 1933-86; James J. White III, 1986-2000 (now chairman); and James J. White IV, 2000-present. William F. Purvis, vice-president, 1964-86; Joseph W. Grier, Jr., Esq.; William S. Johns, Jr., corporate Secretary-Treasurer since 1981, have also greatly contributed to Nisbet’s success. The management considers employees the company’s greatest asset.