Our History

Elliott T. Cato came to Salisbury, Maryland and joined Roach Oil Company after working  nineteen years  for Texaco, Inc. in Virginia. He bought out his partner and renamed the company to Cato Incorporated, trading as Cato Oil Company in 1960. His son-in-law, Michael G. Abercrombie, joined the firm in 1969 and was President of the company from 1971 until 2002. Michael G. Abercrombie, Jr. joined the company in 1991, became President in 2002, and continues the family tradition today. When Cato began selling propane in 1998 it changed its name to Cato Incorporated, trading as Cato Gas & Oil company.

From the beginning, as a leader in the gasoline, heating oil and lubricants business, Cato has blossomed into a diversified energy company. The company's core operations include a marine terminal; fuel distribution; commercial fleet management; propane and heating oil products for residential, agricultural and commercial purposes; convenience stores; fast food restaurants and real estate development projects.

Cato takes an aggressive approach to keeping our environment safe by meeting and often exceeding the government regulations for our industry. Our company serves all of Maryland as well as portions of Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.


Cato Oil Celebrates 50 Years!         

Founded in 1960 by Elliott T. Cato, Cato Gas & Oil celebrates 50 years of family tradition. Under the leadership of Michael G. Abercrombie and Michael G. Abercrombie, Jr. Cato Gas & Oil has blossomed into a diversified energy company.

Cato continues to support the Delmarva area and looks forward to celebrating another 50 years!