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Huntington businessman earns Distinguished Service Award

Ralph Johnson received the Distinguished Service Award from Huntington University Foundation on Thursday night. From left are Ed Vessels, Huntington University Foundation president; Barbara Johnson; Ralph Johnson; and university President Sherilyn Emberton. (Photo courtesy of Huntington University )
Ralph Johnson received the Distinguished Service Award from Huntington University Foundation on Thursday night. From left are Ed Vessels, Huntington University Foundation president; Barbara Johnson; Ralph Johnson; and university President Sherilyn Emberton. (Photo courtesy of Huntington University )
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 07:30 am
The Huntington University Foundation honored local business owner Ralph Johnson on Thursday evening with the Distinguished Service Award. Johnson was recognized with a framed citation during the foundation's 75th anniversary dinner. As a noted businessman in the Huntington community, Johnson grew his father's old gas and oil distribution business from two trucks into a thriving company, today with two divisions – wholesale distribution and retail. Now retired, the company is run by Johnson's children, Ryan and Darlene. Ryan runs the wholesale division, which is operated as Johnson Petroleum, and Darlene runs the retail division, which is operated as Johnson Junction. Today, the wholesale division has four retail locations as well as a quick lube station, a truck stop/wash, and a warehouse. The retail division operates five gas stations/convenience stores, and the company employs more than 60 individuals. “I think we picked an excellent 75th anniversary, 2013 Distinguished Service Award recipient,” Foundation President Ed Vessels said in a news release.

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