Clark Brands Takes Stand Against Human Trafficking

Clark Brands is pledging its commitment to help end human trafficking through a partnership with Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT), a program of national nonprofit IN OUR BACKYARD (IOB), to provide education, life-saving materials and awareness to more than 1,000 locations.

“Clark Brands believes that our locations can join law enforcement, elected officials and non-profit leaders in the anti-trafficking movement and help disrupt human trafficking,” declares Stacey Yimet, CEO of Clark Brands. “In addition to training our staff, Clark Brands is supporting CSAT with a donation so that this life-saving program can continue to grow.”

In addition to employee training on recognizing and safely reporting the signs of human trafficking, CSAT also provides Freedom Stickers which contain the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to be posted in restroom stalls—often the only place a victim of human trafficking is alone and safe enough to reach out for help.

Sara, a survivor whose story is featured in the CSAT training video, shares that she visited convenience stores sometimes multiple times a day while she was being trafficked. “I wish IN OUR BACKYARD Freedom Stickers had been in bathrooms when I was trafficked a decade
ago—I could have gotten out a lot sooner,” declares Sara.

“Human trafficking—commercial sex or labor induced through force, fraud or coercion—is the second-largest and fastest-growing crime in the world. Traffickers exploit the most vulnerable who live in and pass through our communities, whether adults, teens or children,” states IOB Program Director Juliana Williams.

“Convenience stores care about their communities and with more than 150,000 locations that serve half the U.S. population daily, they can be the eyes and ears in the community to spot human trafficking and save lives,” continues Williams. “We are so thankful for the support from Clark and Crown locations to be a part of the solution to this atrocity.”

Clark Brands joins convenience store industry leaders representing more than 12,000 locations across the U.S. and the addition of Clark and Crown locations expands CSAT into a total of 47 states.

About Clark Brands, LLC
Clark Brands, LLC (based in Lisle, Illinois) licenses both the Clark and Crown gasoline brands and is a trusted petroleum payment processing solution for over 1,000 independent petroleum marketers and retailers from Minnesota to Louisiana, and from Maryland to Arizona.

About CSAT
CSAT provides no-cost, industry-specific training and resources to equip c-stores to recognize and safely respond to potential victims of human trafficking that visit their stores. To take a stand against human trafficking and sign up for CSAT, or for more information, contact: Juliana Williams (juliana@inourbackyard.org).

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Crown to be Featured at Baltimore Museum of Industry Exhibition

America’s love affair with the automobile began in the early 1900s. But it took inexpensive, plentiful gasoline to transform desire into reality. Enter petroleum pioneers such as Louis and Jacob Blaustein and Henry Rosenberg Sr., who brought Crown Central Petroleum to
Baltimore, where it became one of the nation’s largest independent integrated oil companies. This past year Crown celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Known as an innovator in the petroleum industry, Crown has been credited with introducing the first licensee program designed to give jobbers and their dealers a wide range of custom alternatives that successfully compete with conventional branding programs. The Crown name is an iconic brand with locations serving thousands of people each day.

Opening on Friday, February 23, Fueling the Automobile Age is an original exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry that explores how the products and innovations of these two local oil companies helped fuel America’s automobile age – and encourages visitors to consider what technologies and innovations will fuel the next transportation age.

“As a museum exploring the industries of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, we’re excited to show how one Baltimore family made an historic impact on car culture, while we also consider how the current demand for electric cars, ride-share services, and public transit shapes a new era in transportation,” says Anita Kassof, the museum’s executive director. Inspired by the exhibition, the museum is planning a variety of public programs that will encourage visitors to consider these issues.

The exhibition explores America’s dependence on cars, growing from just 8,000 registered vehicles in 1900, to 26 million in 1930, to more than 270 million today. Plenty of hands-on opportunities for visitors are integrated into the gallery, exploring a 1953 Packard sedan (both inside and out), playing the part of gas station attendants, and envisioning what cars of the future will look like.

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, American Trading and Production Corporation, and Lord Baltimore Capital, with additional support from Clark Brands, LLC and McGuireWoods LLP.

ABOUT THE BMI:
The Baltimore Museum of Industry celebrates Maryland’s industrial legacy and shows how innovation fuels ongoing progress. Our exhibitions, educational programs, and collections engage visitors in the stories of the people who built Baltimore and those who shape the region’s future.

VISITOR INFORMATION:
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is located at 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230. The BMI is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and closed Mondays and some holidays. Free on-site parking is available. Admission prices, general museum information and directions can be found at www.thebmi.org. Follow us on Facebook at BaltimoreMuseumofIndustry and on Twitter at @BMIatWork.

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Crown Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The year was 1917 – Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States, gasoline was 25 cents per gallon, and the United States had just entered World War I.

During the drought of 1917, on a typically hot day in the outskirts of Houston, Texas, a discouraged but determined drilling crew struck “black gold”. Well Number 3 had finally spouted oil.

Then in 1925, the revenue from the success of Well Number 3 enabled the company to incorporate as Crown Central Petroleum Corporation and the range of products began to grow with the manufacturing of gasoline.

Known as an innovator in the petroleum industry, Crown has been credited with introducing the first licensee program designed to give jobbers and their dealers a wide range of custom alternatives that successfully compete with conventional branding programs.

“At this important time in our company’s history, Crown celebrates the employees, customers, marketers, dealers and licensees that continue to power the success of our company and provide a strong foundation for future,” said Stephen Ruch, President and CEO of Clark Brands,
LLC.

In the 100 years since Well Number 3, the Crown name has become an iconic brand with locations serving thousands of people each day in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and the District
of Columbia.

About Clark Brands, LLC.
Clark Brands, LLC (based in Lisle, Illinois) licenses both the Clark and Crown gasoline brands, and is a trusted petroleum payment processing solution for over 1,000 independent petroleum marketers and retailers from Minnesota to Louisiana, and from Maryland to Arizona.

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Clark Brands Acquires the Crown Family of Brands

Clark Brands, LLC and Crown Central LLC proudly announce the formation of a new company Clark Crown Brands, LLC.

This new company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clark Brands, LLC, will be the new operating entity for the Crown brand licensing program. The new Clark Crown provides a powerful brand offering, and will ultimately result in increased services and benefits for Crown customers while keeping costs as low as possible.

”The combination of the Clark and Crown brands will offer us the ability to grow in our respective markets and leverage our economies of scale for our customers. We have added resources over the past several months to prepare for this transaction, offering increased and improved levels of service for our customers, both Clark and Crown branded. We are excited for the opportunities the two brands offer us
and anticipate new levels of growth as a result,” said Stacey Yimet, Clark’s COO.

The combination of Clark operations with the Crown brand licensing programs was the next logical step in the growth progression for the two brands, which have been working together for many years.

“I am very pleased that Clark and Crown were able to officially put the two brands together under one umbrella to help ensure their long-term growth potential,” said Bob Fritz, Crown’s GM.

“Crown has worked exclusively with Clark on multiple programs since 2005, and it became evident early on that the synergy was undeniable. I look forward to continuing to work with the team at Clark Crown Brands. “

About Clark
Clark Brands owns the Clark family of brands. The company licenses the Clark gasoline brand and the Four Corners Coffee brand to independent petroleum marketers and retailers. Clark also processes payments transactions for Clark, Crown and independent fuel stations in 29 states and the District of Columbia. For more information about the Clark programs, the Four Corners Coffee brand, and payments processing, please visit www.clarkbrands.com or call 877-GO-CLARK.

About Clark Crown
Clark Crown Brands owns the Crown family of brands and licenses the Crown and Fast Fare convenience store brands to fuel and lube oil marketers. The Crown fuel brands are marketed mainly throughout the South and Mid-Atlantic, and the lube oil brands are marketed both domestically and internationally.

About Crown Central LLC
Crown Central LLC has been marketing under the Crown family of brands for more than 90 years. As a result of this transaction, Crown will maintain a minority ownership position in Clark Brands LLC. Crown has been headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland since the 1930’s. For information on Crown’s history please visit www.crowncentral.com.

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