CHEVRON PULLS OUT OF MONT. GASOLINE MART

CHEVRON PULLS OUT OF MONT. GASOLINE MART

Chevron U.S.A. Products Co. said Tuesday it has decided to withdraw from the motor fuel market in Montana and part of Wyoming.

This decision, which takes effect July 31, affects approximately 60 Chevron-branded service stations supplied by 13 jobbers in the two states, the company said in a statement.The company expects these stations to change to other motor fuel brands, it said.

"This action will enable Chevron to focus more resources in its core market areas, where our competitive position is stronger and our long-term prospects are better," said Larry Day, Chevron regional marketing manager.

Mr. Day said that the company, which does not have refinery facilities or petroleum products terminals in Montana and Wyoming, will continue to sell motor fuel refined at its Salt Lake City refinery for distribution in three Wyoming counties; Uinta, Lincoln and Teton.

Nearly one half of San Francisco-based Chevron's branded Wyoming stations are located within these counties, the company said, which can be efficiently supplied with product from the Salt Lake City refinery.

Chevron also sells lubricants in Montana and Wyoming, and the company's relationship with branded lubricants jobbers in these states will continue.