Oakley Grain Company History Timeline

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1968

So in 1968, Bruce purchased a dump truck and began making the 75-mile trip to Batesville, Arkansas—where he bought the lime he then sold to, and spread for, his first customers.

Moving forward, it is Oakley’s goal to maintain growth organically—expanding, as we’ve done since founder Bruce Oakley bought his first truck in 1968, wherever our customers need us.

1977

And in 1977 (shortly after the completion of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System), he bought the 20-acre site, in North Little Rock beside the Arkansas River, where Oakley’s headquarters is located today.

1980

Gradually, the company’s barge business grew to the point that, in 1980, Oakley purchased half-a-dozen or more new barges—then established a second Arkansas River location at Morrilton, Arkansas.

1982

Bruce Oakley’s son Dennis officially joined the family enterprise in 1982, at the age of 18.

1993

Over the next decade, Dennis became increasingly involved in Oakley’s business administration—and in 1993, he succeeded his father as president of Bruce Oakley, Inc.

1998

Oakley added a river terminal in Russellville, AR; then purchased a fertilizer terminal at Caruthersville, MO—gaining access, in 1998, to the Mississippi River.

2003

Bruce Oakley, Ph.D., professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 2003.

2006

Which is why Bruce continued coming into the office on a regular basis until the day he died, in 2006, at the age of 70.

2011

In 2011, Oakley acquired Jantran—a river towing company operating 20+ tow boats on the Arkansas, Mississippi and Red Rivers.

2014

In early 2014, Oakley acquired Johnston's Port 33 in Catoosa, Oklahoma.

Founded
1968
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Headquarters
North Little Rock, AR
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