Oil Can Henry's

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Oil Can Henry's
Founded 1972 (Portland, Oregon)
Headquarters Tualatin, Oregon
45°22′53″N 122°46′17″W / 45.381294°N 122.771283°W / 45.381294; -122.771283Coordinates: 45°22′53″N 122°46′17″W / 45.381294°N 122.771283°W / 45.381294; -122.771283
Products Oil change, car maintenance
Parent Ashland Inc.
Website www.oilcanhenrys.com

Oil Can Henry's is an oil-change shop based in Tualatin, Oregon, United States.[1] Prior to being bought by Ashland Inc. in 2015, the company operated as a franchisor, and had locations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Arizona, Colorado and Minnesota.[1] After the acquisition, the shops were re-branded as Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations.

One feature of these shops is that they do not have waiting rooms; instead, customers watch the service from their car using a monitor that shows cameras from around the car.[2] Employees are known for their uniforms that feature a bow tie and a newsboy cap.[3] The company motto is "The One You Can Trust".[3]


A franchise in Hillsboro, Oregon, featuring the company's standard architectural style

Oil Can Henry's was founded in 1978 by Marshall Stevens, a Tigard, Oregon, real estate developer.[4] In 1988, the Shepanek family and friends purchased the company for $340,000, while Stevens continued to own franchises.[4] Then named OCH International, the company began selling franchises in 1989.[5] Sales at the company grew to $15 million in 1996.[4]

The company was the nation's 18th largest oil change company in 1997.[4] That year Oil Can Henry's signed a deal with Valvoline that included loan guarantees, payments to franchisees to help cover start-up costs, and a discount on oil.[4] By April 2007, the company had grown to 67 locations, with ten of those as company-owned shops.[5] Stevens had to sell 12 of 14 of his locations in 1991 due to financial problems.[4]

Oil Can Henry's and its customers donated a total of $71,000 to the National Military Family Association in late 2014.[6]

Oil Can Henry's and its franchisees donated $91,000 to the National Military Family Association in November, 2015. [7]

OCH International sold to Ashland Inc. on December 11, 2015, which also owns the Valvoline brand.[8]


The company has locations in six different western states: Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Arizona, and Colorado. The majority of the shops are located in Oregon and Washington. Oil Can Henry's also offers a variety of other vehicle maintenance services in addition to oil changes.

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  1. ^ a b Oil Can Henry's franchise statistics
  2. ^ Bhargava, Rohit (2008). Personality Not Included: Why Companies Lose Their Authenticity and How Great Brands Get It Back. McGraw-Hill Professional. pp. 76–77. ISBN 0-07-154521-2. 
  3. ^ a b Tellijohn, Andrew (June 6, 2003). "Oil Can Henry's is looking in our 'hood". Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-02-16. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f Make, Jonathan (June 13, 1997). "Oil Change". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  5. ^ a b Johnson, Kelly (April 20, 2007). "Slick oil change operation slides into Central Valley market". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-02-16. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ http://blog.oregonlive.com/business-watch/2015/11/oil_can_henrys_donates_91000_t.html
  8. ^ Rogoway, Mike (December 11, 2015). "Oil Can Henry's, based in Tualatin, sells to Valvoline's owner". The Oregonian/OregonLive. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 

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