Industrial Chemicals, Inc. Acquisition

Succession planning, taxes led to flurry of year-end local business sales (Part 2) By Michael Schwartz February 9, 2022 Industrial Chemicals’ facility in Richmond. The family business was sold to Colonial Chemical Solutions. (Photos courtesy of Industrial Chemicals) The owners of a handful of Richmond-area companies, from an engineering firm... Read more →

Colonial Chemical Acquires Virginia Firm, Eyes Growth and Further Expansion

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Colonial Chemical Solutions, Inc. (CCS), a subsidiary of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc., has announced the acquisition of Industrial Chemicals Inc. The 80-year-old company, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, provides a wide selection of industrial chemicals and offers services including repackaging, storage, custom blending, contract storage and packaging, and chemical... Read more →

Lykins Cos. Sold to Three Buyers

10/04/2021 World Fuel Services, Colonial Oil Industries Inc. and Shipley Choice LLC picked up the company’s four divisions. MILFORD, Ohio – Diversified energy solutions provider Lykins Cos. Inc. dba Lykins Energy Solutions is selling off its commercial fuels, heating oil and propane, wholesale fuels, and electricity divisions. As part of... Read more →

Christian Demere, President & CEO, Colonial Group

Christian Demere is the fourth generation to head the family-owned, Savannah-based company, which celebrates its centennial this year. He brings a huge sense of responsibility to the role along with a healthy mix of confidence and humility.   PUBLISHED SEP 26, 2021 10:37 PM BY JACK O’CONNELL (Article originally published in... Read more →

Savannah Yacht Center

Colonial Group, Inc. is observing its 100th anniversary on July 21, 2021. The business has grown steadily since 1921. One of its newer subsidiaries, Savannah Yacht Center, is already unique on the East Coast in its ability to service some of the largest superyachts in the world. In addition to... Read more →


On July 21, 2021, Colonial Group, Inc. is observing its 100th anniversary. One of its diverse subsidiaries, Enmarket, is Savannah’s largest convenience store chain. Enmarket employs more than 1,300 people and operates 129 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants and two fast casual restaurants in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.... Read more →

Georgia Products: Kaolin and Mulcoa

July 21, 2021 is “Colonial Day in Savannah,” a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Colonial Group, Inc., a multigenerational family-owned parent company of a variety of subsidiaries headquartered in Savannah, including Colonial Terminals. In 1934, construction began on Colonial’s deep-water terminal on a 21-acre tract of land along the... Read more →

A Proven Record of Success

Colonial Group, Inc. is a multigenerational family-owned parent company of a variety of subsidiaries. Headquartered in Savannah, Ga., the business has grown steadily since 1921, expanding into new markets and cultivating business relationships that span the globe. Under its diversified umbrella, its divisions have a proven record of success in... Read more →

100 Years of Service

Colonial Group, Inc. is marking its 100th anniversary on July 21, 2021. The business was founded by Raymond M Demere on July 21, 1921. Over the years, Colonial Group has diversified to be the umbrella company for Colonial Oil Industries, Colonial Terminals, Enmarket, Colonial Compliance Systems, Colonial Energy, Colonial Chemical... Read more →

A Legacy of Family Leadership

Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. has continued to operate as a privately held business since 1921 through the chairmanships of its founder, Raymond Demere; his son, Robert H. Demere Sr.; and now Robert’s son, Robert H. Demere Jr. His sons, Christian Demere and Houstoun Demere represent the fourth generation of family... Read more →

A Family of Companies

Raymond M. Demere founded American Oil Company, Savannah, Ga.’s first independent wholesale petroleum company, in 1921. A business that began with a barrel of oil has since evolved into a diversified energy and port-related company still headquartered in Savannah and ranked as one of America’s largest privately held companies. Read more →

Historic Marker Dedication

On July 21, 2021, Colonial Group, Inc. is observing its 100th anniversary by unveiling a historical marker on Charlton St. in cooperation with the Georgia Historical Society, where Colonial’s first service station was located at 342 Drayton St. The company was founded by Raymond M. Demere on July 21, 1921,... Read more →

Colonial Group Day in Savannah

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson has proclaimed July 21, 2021, as Colonial Group’s official day in Savannah. The energy and port-related company, which Mr. Raymond M. Demere founded July 21, 1921, now ranks as one of America’s largest privately held companies and is the umbrella company of a diversity of subsidiaries.... Read more →

Georgia Senate Recognizes Colonial Group

The state of Georgia has recognized Savannah-based Colonial Group with a Senate Resolution observing the 100th anniversary of the company’s founding on July 21, 1921. Colonial Group is the parent company of Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain which employs more than 1,300 people and operates 129 convenience stores in... Read more →

Colonial Group Celebrates 100 Years in Business in 2021

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-based Colonial Group Inc. is preparing to mark a major milestone in the company’s history. On July 21, 2021, Colonial will be celebrating 100 years in business. “When my grandfather, Raymond McAllister Demere, returned to Savannah after serving with distinction in World War I, he recognized the need... Read more →