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Founded 1910
Founder Patrick Boyle
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Tulsa, Oklahoma
Publication types Magazines, newsletters, books, maps, directories, databases
Official website

PennWell Corporation is a family-owned, diversified business-to-business ded-tree press publisher founded in 1910[1] and based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

PennWell publishes 45 business-to-business magazines and newsletters, conducts over 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and also offers books, maps, directories and database services.[2] In 2011 it acquired a data mapping company and also expanded its publications in the technology field.[3]


The company, originally called the Petroleum Publishing Company and owned by Pennsylvanian Patrick Boyle, began in 1910 with the acquisition of a magazine based in Beaumont, Texas, called Oil Investors Journal; Boyle moved the publication to Tulsa and renamed it Oil & Gas Journal.[4][5] Boyle died in 1920, and was succeeded first by his son-in-law Frank T. Lauinger, and then, in 1932, by his grandson P.C. Lauinger, who led the Journal to increasing financial success, established a number of other petroleum-oriented publications, and acquired publications in the dental care field.[6] P.C. Lauinger remained in control of the company until his death in 1988; thereafter his son-in-law, Robert Biolchini, led the company[4] until 2015, when Mark Wilmoth was elected president and CEO while Biolchini became chairman of the board.[7]



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