Historical Background
MISSION
STATEMENT

Why did we choose the Mercury Man in our MEDCO's logo?

CONSORT: Laruda
PARENTS: Maia and Jupiter
CHILDREN: Lares
GREEK EQUIVALENT: Hermes

Mercury (Latin: Mercurius) is a major Roman god, being one of the Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon. He is the patron god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence (and thus poetry), messages/communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck. His name is possibly related to the Latin word merx ("merchandise"; compare merchant, commerce, etc.), mercari (to trade), and merces (wages); another possible cnnection is the Proto-Indo-European root merĝ- for "boundary, border, as the "keeper of boundaries," referring to his role as bridge between the upper and lower worlds.

Mercury has influenced the name of many things in a variety of scientific fields, such as the planet Mercury, and the element mercury. The word mercurial is commonly used to refer to something or someone erratic, volatile (such as petroleum products) or unstable, derived from Mercury's swift flights from place to place. He is often depicted holding the caduceus in his left hand. From the beginning, Mercury had essentially the same aspects as Hermes, wearing winged shoes (talaria) and a winged hat (petasos), and carrying the caduceus, a herald's staff with two entwined snakes that was Apollo's gift to Hermes.

Source: Wikipedia

Names and epithets

Flying Mercury by G. Bologne, Florence. Brooklyn Museum Archives, Goodyear Archival Collection

Mercury as the winged messenger on a 1949 St. Lucia stamp issued in connection with the Universal Postal Union.

MEDCO’s Character borrows some aspects of his appearance and powers from Mercury. He possesses tremendous speed, and similarly to Mercury's helmet and sandals, he wears a winged mask and boots. He is an Energetic Doer ,very cheerful and full of positive Energy. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1960. He is proud of his roots, loves Lebanon, people, sharing with his community and loves to host. His hobbies are environmentally friendly products, innovating, cars, eco-tourism, Lebanese food and Lebanese music.

Source: Wikipedia


MEDCO’s colors

We chose the Royal Blue color to brand our network of service stations because our guests are Royals.

The yellow portrays the sun that Lebanon enjoys 300 days a year.

The red color is to show Passion, Energy, Will and Power.

OUR STORY

The Chammas Group is one of the largest, privately held, groups
of companies in the Near-East.

It all started in 1910 by the late Georges N. Chammas, a successful young entrepreneur, who left a huge impact in the fuel industry. As his heirs, we proudly carry his legacy with an uninterrupted record of growth, continuity and profitability.

Georges N. Chammas was 13 years old when he found his calling. He was looking to deep dive into a successful career as his entrepreneurial spirit was constantly boiling with ideas. He found the perfect product! “one that you continuously need, which you can’t return or exchange: OIL!” Georges founded ETS. Georges N. Chammas in 1910. Shortly after its inception, it became the largest importer and marketer of coal in the Middle East, at a time when coal was the major source of energy.
Eventually, Ets. GNC made the transition to petroleum activities and was the first in 1924 to import bulk refined products into the area. In 1933, Georges was the proud father by then of 7 Children. His 2 sons, Nicolas and Raymond joined his business from their teenage years.
Many wars ravished the country, Lebanon was afflicted. Chammas warehouse were destroyed and burnt Twice in 1978 and 1989. The Chammas Family refused to let their ancestors efforts to go void, they strived, endeavored and stood up again and instead of each collapsed station they built ten! More stations more branches here and there MEDCO and Phoenicia were now everwhere!

Today’s, the Chammas Corporate Group’s activities are in import, export, storage, trading, marketing, transportation and distribution of a full range of petroleum products in the Near East. In addition, we actively represent, sell, support and distribute goods and services from major international manufacturers in the petroleum, computer, electronic, electrical equipment and retail industries.

MISSION STATEMENT & CORE VALUES
AFFILIATIONS
& PARTNERSHIP

MISSION STATEMENT

MEDCO is an importer and distributor of Quality refined petroleum products.

Its driving mission is to fuel the market with innovation and customer oriented value-added services.

MEDCO's human, intangible, tangible, financial, fixed and current assets boost our differentiation, Sharing the objective to serve the community we evolve in and powered by e-motion to excel for the benefits of our shareholders, customers and suppliers.

Core Values

Excellence:
We are committed to world class customer service and Quality as we excel for the mutual business of our Clients, employees and partners. Our professionals are customer-driven and continually add value to Our services whenever it benefits our clients. We are committed to working toward continuous improvement in everything we do.

Honesty and Integrity:
Our business is based on long term relationships that require utmost trust. We require honesty and integrity in everything we do. We are accountable to our customers, owners, suppliers and fellow employees. We do what we say we are going to do.

Innovation:
We always think outside the box to provide the best solutions for our clients. Our best solutions often evolve from discussions across different divisions and with our many strategic partners. Our innovations lead to being the First Lebanese Petroleum Importer and Distributor of the market as we have introduced many new products and services to the market, first.

Profile of our group chief executives:

Georges N. CHAMMAS
Founder
Nicolas Georges CHAMMAS
July 10th 1926 - September 25th 2011

60 years of dedication to the growth of the Group

“Khaweja N2oula” was 16 years old when he started working with his father, the late Georges N. Chammas, developing Gasoil distribution to bakeries in Beirut and the surrounding suburbs. From that moment on, Nicolas G. Chammas dedicated his life to the expansion of his father’s business. Hand in hand with his brother and partner Raymond, he spent his days mastering the Petroleum Industries know-how and technicalities to lead the Chammas Group of Companies to its current national leadership position. From Petroleum Terminals to truck configuration per product specifics, from weighbridges to Asphalt, Jet A1, LPG, Gasoline, Diesel, Lube Oils and Fuel Oil, from laws and regulations to Administrative expertise and Logistics, Nicolas G. Chammas was, with his sharp intelligence, great memory and love of details, our Corporate “Dr. Google”. He was always there to advise the 3rd Generation and Senior Directors on the best way to do it right. On September 25th, Mr. Nicolas G. Chammas passed away. His legacy keeps on inspiring us every day!
Raymond Georges CHAMMAS
Chairman & CEO of MEDCO S.A.L.

Job Title:
Chairman and CEO of: MEDCO s.a.l., Computer Information Systems s.a.l., Chammas Real Estate s.a.l., Hiperdist Liban s.a.l., Unidist holding s.a.l., Caretek s.a.l.
Vice Chairman and COO: Phoenicia Oil company s.a.l., Chammas Trading Contracting and Transport Company s.a.l., Georges Chammas s.a.l., Elf-Med s.a.l., Districom s.a.l., Interdist s.a.l. RT2i -France

Career:
Mr. R. Chammas also started his first job in his teenage years helping his father and founder grow the business. Engaged since 1951 in the affairs of Etablissements Georges N. Chammas (est.1910) a private corporation with extensive business activity throughout Lebanon, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Owner and manager of the Chammas group’s domestic and international interests. Deep and extensive domestic and international experience in operations, marketing, banking, finance and executive management.

HONORARY TITLES OF M. RGC
“KNIGHT COMMANDER TO THE ORDER OF SAINT IGNATIUS” of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of North America in 1990.
“CAVALIERE NELL’ORDINE AL MERITO DELLA REPUBLICA ITALIANA” in 1995.
“UFFICIALE NELL’ORDINE AL MERITO DELLA REPUBLICA ITALIANA” in 1997.

“COMMANDEUR DE L’ORDRE DU MERITE CIVIL”
(by H.M. Juan Carlos I) on 26 Jul. 2011.

“COMMANDATORE DEL L’ORDINE DELLA STELLA D’ITALIA”
(by H.E. Giorgio Napolitano) on 11 Oct. 2012.
3rd Generation
Mr. Maroun N. Chammas
Mrs. Carol R. Chammas Kareh
Mrs. Michele R. Chammas Garzouzi
AFFILIATIONS & PARTNERSHIP
FACTS
& FIGURES

Throughout the years, the Chammas Group has entered into
numerous associations.

Throughout the years, the Chammas Group has entered into numerous associations, joint ventures, representations and partnerships with blue chip companies such as Agip, Boeing, Chevron, Credit Commercial de France, Dresser Industries, Elf, Exxon, Groupe Accor (Parent company to Motel 6), Hewlett Packard, Oracle and Texaco, Caltex Lubricants, Wagner, ATE, among others.

Structured for success, we operate a privately held family business, led by the second and third generation, as a public corporation.

With corporate guidelines, a defined corporate structure and a family code of conduct, we work with a strong commitment for prosperity and a vision to fuel the market with quality and innovation. The board family shareholders and operational managers share one family-business philosophy, and have worked on a continuity planning for the next generations to grow the business
FACTS & FIGURES
GROUP'S
COMPANIES
Storage Capacity 62 Million Liters in state of the art Terminal
Turnover > $650 Million (year 2012)
Number of Group's employees > 400
Proprietary Trucks 90 trailers and trucks
Active Dispensers 1200
Protected Berth St Georges Bay in the heart of Beirut*
Five different sea lines link the mooring points to more than 30 seashore-based tanks of varying capacities.
The terminal can accommodate tankers with a draft of up to 331/2 feet.
GROUP'S COMPANIES
WHY
MEDCO FIRST?

Etablissements Georges N. Chammas

Since its establishment in 1910 the Group started its activities under the name of Etablissements Georges N. Chammas in trading and importing marble, kerosene, charcoal and different grains. Subsequently, the Group developed additional business lines covering patent fuel, pig iron, foundry and petroleum cokes, cement, and electrical building materials.
The Group also participated in major engineering and contracting activities, especially in the roads and bridges construction in addition to high tension power lines and substations building throughout the Middle East. Etablissements Georges N. Chammas represents and/or acts as agents for different international maritime lines in the Lebanese Ports.

MEDCO SAL

MEDCO is the largest Lebanese full product line petroleum company providing its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heating and lighting , and most of all innovation in value - added services.

Our business is about importing quality refined petroleum products, distributing them to service stations, businesses and homes and marketing customer-oriented quality services. We retail Gasoline, Diesel Oil, LPG and Caltex Lubricants to more than 250 service stations across Lebanon, and own and operate in direct 30 service stations in prime locations. Our roots go back to 1910 with the inception of our mother company Ets. Georges N. Chammas, while incorporated in 1969.

Our network expansion and robust growth was powered by a strong will to rebuild twice (1979 and 1989) our petroleum installations against all odds after the war damages, sustained capital spending and a commitment to be first in the provision of quality petroleum services and related services. MEDCO is 100% privately owned and a 3rd generation family owned

Phoenicia oil company (POC)

Founded and incorporated in 1965, POC is a petroleum and LPG marketing company. It operates over 70 service stations as well as 2 LPG bottling and distribution plants. POC has supply, marketing and joint account agreements with MEDCO. Moreover, POC has been a solid partner with Caltex Petroleum Corporation for over 40 years. In addition, POC distributes Caltex’s lubes & products.

Elf Med sal

Elf Med has been created for the purpose of operating the facilities and refueling aviation jet fuel in Lebanon mainly at the Rafic Hariri -Beirut International Airport (B.I.A.). This joint venture between MEDCO and Elf, which has earned a wide expertise in the fueling operations at many international airports, is offering excellent service to international airlines at B.I.A.

Chammas Trading Contracting & Transport Co.sal (CTCT)

CTCTC traces its roots back to the 1930's when the first tanker trucks were introduced by the group to transport bulk petroleum products. It was incorporated in 1970 and today owns and operates a fleet of over 45 tank trucks, trailers and LPG tanks. Aside from hauling for MEDCO and POC, CTCTC transports chemicals and other bulk products such as asphalt by specialized tankers.

Computer Information Systems (CIS)

www.cis.com.lb for Lebanon
www.groupcis.com Global site

ICS and Docs

Companies specialized in convenience stores in Lebanon managing over 24 c-stores
WHY MEDCO FIRST?

Since its inception, the Chammas
Group has multiplied innovations:

1924
First in the region to import bulk gasoil by tankers, in response to the needs of the national electrical utility.
1949
First to introduce flow meter and electrical pumps for the wholesale and Retail markets.
1950
Inaugurated a 14 meter weighbridge, first of its kind in the Middle East, for long trucks and trailers.
1959
Built and commissioned first heated submarine line for asphalt bulk import. Introduced the handling and transportation of bulk cement.
1980
First huge civil works project during wartime for the reconstruction of the Petroleum Terminal that was destroyed by the civil war.
1992
For the second time, the entrepreneurship spirit takes the lead: Dora petroleum Terminal is completely rebuilt, after a total destruction due to civil war. It is the most modern and largest hydrocarbon terminal on the Lebanese coast.
1993
Introduction of the first petroleum loyalty and credit card called “Liters Plus”.
1993
Launching of the first convenience store on the Lebanese market. 1993
1999
Introduction of the first smart card on the Lebanese market: Liters Plus smart card based

Upgrading the Liters Plus cards to smart cards
2000
Introduction of the first e-purse called e-motion, prepaid fuel cards

Installed the first industrial filter for Green Diesel Oil ensuring life extension of generators, the only filter available in Lebanese Petroleum Installations
2005
Introduction of a multi-party loyalty card for NGO called Sharing, outlining the corporate social responsibility of the Group towards the Community it evolves in.

Launched a CSR program for petrol: Sharing, the fuel Loyalty card helping now 58 NGOs
2006
Launched Online fueling the first online service to manage Liters plus fuel invoices and special management fuel reports
2006
Launched instant e-motion MEDCO’s loyalty card allowing cash customers to gather points and win prizes and free gasoline
2009
Launched kayyela an engine to calculate distances between streets, towns , villages, cities and regions .It is simply the best engine to calculate fuel business trips!
2009
Introduction of Dr Energy House Efficiency to reduce home energy consumption

First to have introduced Self-Service dispensers.
2010
Launched Lebanon carpooling another CSR program. Carpooling is the simplest and most common ridesharing arrangement to save on fuel expenses, limit traffic and pollution for a greener healthier Lebanon.
2011
First to have introduced Gasoil with additives and perfume “XPAND”, environmentally friendly, energy efficient .Saves up to 7% on consumption!
2011
First to have conceived and installed Electronic Digital Flowmeter for Distribution Trucks in the Middle East. This new flowmeter issues an invoice online, reporting the exact quantity that was filled in your tanks without manual intervention.
2012
MEDCO launched PROPELL : an advanced formula of Unleaded Gasoline 95 and 98 Octane, improved with Additives that saves on consumption, cleans the engine and protects the environment because of a lesser co2 emissions.
2014
First to introduce call 4 oil an exclusive and ultimate service to change Caltex lubricants at your place or wherever you wish, saving time and traffic for busy people.

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