Trust among farmers in Emo Oil goes from one generation to the next, according to the Laois company which has become one of the leading suppliers of agricultural oil in the community.
Laois farmer, Padraig Gowing has seen a lot of changes in Ireland over the past 20 years.
For all that time and more, Padraig’s family have relied on Emo for their gas and agricultural diesel supplies, as well as for the kerosene to heat their home.
His father, Tom ran the farm before him and was a good customer of Emo Oil.
So when Padraig took over the running of the farm, he saw no reason to change.
“I’d known them at Emo fairly well at this stage,” says Padraig with a smile.
“I give Amanda or Anita a bell when I need to put an order in, and I know it’ll be either Noel, Eamon or Tom behind the wheel when it arrives.
“They know the set-up here, and I just let them get on with it.
“So, there’d be a trust built up over the years, you know? That’s important for the people in communities around here.”
Like many farming families across the country, the Gowings have found things challenging recently.
“Well, we’re always up against the weather in this country.
“You can go through an awful winter for the farm, only to get to an even worse summer.
“Luckily, this past year was good, but you never know what’s coming down the line,” he said.
Padraig says that price is the key focus for farmers at the moment.
“We try to put a fair price on what we sell, and we expect to pay a fair price for what we buy too.
“I’ve always found Emo competitive on price, but I’d put a value on their reliability as well,” he said.
Emo was established in Portlaoise more than 35 years ago, and has during that time, it has grown to become one of the leading suppliers of agricultural oil in the country.
So they are committed to serving local families like The Gowings who depend on Emo for quality oil to fuel their homes, farms and businesses every day.