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Rebranding of Hess Stations to Speedway Nears Completion!

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Marking the completion of Marathon Petroleum Speedway’s $2.82 billion purchase of all Hess retail operations, is the re branding of each gas station, according to Fox Business.

The largest chain of company-operated gas stations and convenience stores on the East Coast, Hess gas stations will soon be a thing of the past as the Speedway logo will replace the recognizable fuel brand, says the report.

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In this 1974 photo, the Hess station at New Dorp Lane and Hylan Boulevard operated on the first day of an odd-even system  that was instituted during the gas crisis of that year. The station, still there today, has been refurbished and modernized over the years, and will soon carry the Speedway logo. Barry Schwartz 

Collectors of Hess toy trucks will be able to purchase the items until the end of the year. But starting in 2015, Hess plans to sell the toy trucks online only, according to the report.

The deal, forged in May, is part of Speedway LLC’s plan to expand its retail operations from nine to 23 states along the East coast and in the Southeast, says Fox Business.

The New York-based Hess Corp. is consolidating its operations into a pure production and exploration company, the report says.

There are Hess stations in Mariners Harbor, New Dorp and Rosebank.

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National Toy Hall of Fame Reveals 12 Toy Finalists – Hess Toy Truck Made it!

2014 Inductees to be Announced November 6

Which toys will make it into the hallowed halls of the National Toy Hall of Fame this November? Will this be the year My Little Pony gallops across the finish line? Can Hess Toy Trucks permanently park themselves next to the other inductees? Or, will the paper airplane soar past the competition?

The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, today announced the 12 finalists for induction into the hall: American Girl dolls, bubbles, Fisher-Price Little People, Hess Toy truck, little green army men, My Little Pony, Operation Skill Game, paper airplane


pots and pans, Rubik’s Cube, Slip’N Slide, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Only two of these finalists will join other luminaries in the prestigious hall and sit alongside past inductees such as Barbie, Monopoly, Star Wars action figures, and Mr. Potato Head.

The National Toy Hall of Fame receives thousands of nominations via mail and email annually. The final 2014 toy inductees, chosen by a national selection committee, will be announced at The Strong museum on Thursday, November 6, at 10:30 a.m. and a weekend public celebration will follow on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9.

The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes toys that have engaged and delighted multiple generations, inspiring them to learn, create, and discover through play.                                

Criteria for induction include: Icon-status (the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered); Longevity (the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations); Discovery (the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play); and Innovation (the toy profoundly changed play or toy design).

To date, the following 53 toys have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame: alphabet blocks, Atari 2600 Game System, baby doll, ball, Barbie, bicycle, Big Wheel, blanket, Candy Land, cardboard box, checkers, chess, Crayola Crayons, dollhouse, dominoes, Duncan Yo-Yo, Easy-Bake Oven, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Frisbee, G. I. Joe, The Game of Life, Hot Wheels, hula hoop, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jigsaw puzzle, jump rope, kite, LEGO, Lincoln Logs, Lionel Trains, marbles, Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Nintendo Game Boy, Play-Doh, playing cards, Radio Flyer Wagon, Raggedy Ann and Andy, rocking horse, roller skates, rubber duck, Scrabble, Silly Putty, skateboard, Slinky, Star Wars action figures, stick, teddy bear, Tinkertoy, Tonka Trucks, and View-Master.

Anyone can nominate a toy for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. An internal museum advisory committee comprised of curators, educators, and historians reviews the submitted nominations and determines which toys meet the criteria for selection. A national selection committee then reviews the list of toy finalists. Each national selection committee member votes for his or her top toy picks for induction. The votes are then tallied, with the toys receiving the most votes making the cut for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. 

About the National Toy Hall of Fame

The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame, established in 1998, recognizes toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period. Each year, the prestigious hall inducts new honorees and showcases both new and historic versions of classic toys beloved by generations. Anyone can nominate a toy to the National Toy Hall of Fame. Final selections are made on the advice of historians, educators, and other individuals who exemplify learning, creativity, and discovery through their lives and careers.

The classic toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame sit alongside and complement The Strong museum collection, the world’s largest and most comprehensive assemblage of toys, dolls, board games, video games, other electronic games, books, photographs, documents, and other historical materials related to play.

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Hess Toy Trucks Trying for National Toy Hall of Fame

In 2014, The Hess Corporation’s annual toy truck will celebrate its golden anniversary; to celebrate, and to underscore its importance in the greater world of toys, Hess is working to get its trucks nominated and inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

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Didn’t know there was a National Toy Hall of Fame? Housed at the Strong National Museum of Play, based in Rochester, New York, the Hall of Fame has been open since 1988. Though the museum has a vast collection of toys of all sorts, including Hess trucks, only 53 toys have ever been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The nomination and evaluation process starts now, and ends with final selections in November.

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Public support is a major factor in a successful induction, which means that fans can help nominate the Hess Toy Truck to the hall.

There are four criteria for nominating a toy, and for the Hall of Fame to consider its induction:

Icon Status: The toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered. (Celebrating 50 years in 2014 certainly suggests that the Hess trucks are toy icons; their release is highly anticipated each holiday season by generations of fans. And how many toys show up in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade each year? Hess Toy Trucks have been there since 2000.)

Longevity: The toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations. (Its golden anniversary suggests that it has passed this test, and personal experience suggests that the quality of workmanship on these models has, if anything, improved over time. They’ve actually gotten tougher.)

Discovery: The toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play. (“The non-restrictive nature of the Hess Toy Truck fosters free, imaginative play, allowing children to discover areas of interest on their own,” according to a PR sheet we received. “The unique designs and high quality workmanship of each model toy exposes children to innovative thinking, fostering the child’s creativity, [and] multiple vehicle models expand playability and creative possibility, and allow children to discover how items work together.”)

Innovation: The toy profoundly changed play or toy design. A toy may be inducted on the basis of this criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three. (Working features have always been a part of Hess’s annual efforts: tankers with working hoses, trucks and accessories with some of the first light-and-sound function … many models in the 1980s even doubled as coin banks. Plus, models rarely repeated from year to year. Also, in 2013, Hess connected physical play with mobile game play by incorporating technological elements into the toy’s sound features that activated features in the mobile game.)

Two other vehicle-related toys are in the Hall of Fame: Tonka trucks, in 2001, and Hot Wheels cars, in 2011. In 2013, the game of chess and the rubber duck were inducted.

As for the continued availability of Hess toy trucks following Hess’s recent sale of its retail operations to Marathon, Hess has stated that it will still sell the trucks online.

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2009 Hess Race Car Sale (See TV Commercial)

2009 Hess Race Car on sale now! Wow, what a great toy with features like 29 lights with optional flashers, chrome wheels, 3 sounds and low profile headlights. The smaller car inside has a pull back motor and alloy look wheels. This great deal includes the 2009 Hess Race Car, along with that you also get a 2009 Hess Cashier’s button and for a limited time only we will include a FREE Hess mini (of our choice) with your order all for only $49.99!

Check out the commercial that was aired on TV to promote the 2009 Hess Race Car below!

 

 

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1976 Hess Toy Truck Rare Prototype Blueprints

1975 / 1976 Marx Hess Barrel Truck Blueprints. The actual blueprints measure approximately 20″ x 34″ and are from the HMS Archives. They are vintage pencil drawings used in the production process of the development of the 1976/1976 Hess Toy Truck. Here is a rare and one-of-a-kind artifact that is part of the HMS Associates Archives. There were a large accumulation of prototypes, renderings & blueprints, publicity photos and other research material, and miscellaneous paper items that were purchased several years ago from an employee of this now defunct company. In order to appreciate the importance of these pre-production pieces of toy history, a little background on the company that produced them is necessary. HMS Associates, founded in the late 1940’s by three partners, was based in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. The company specialized in product development, taking their client’s abstract ideas and converting them into “pattern prototypes” that could then be sent to tool companies who would copy them and make metal production molds. HMS performed services for a number of well-known toy/hobby companies, including Aurora, MPC, Ideal, Hasbro, Galoob, Kohner, and Remco. In 1994, the company was dissolved and all of its assets sold, with the exception of the archives.  A great piece of history and great find for the true Hess collector!

Here is a picture of the first page:

1976 blueprints blog pic page 1Here is a picture of the second page:

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Hess Toy Truck Replacement Parts

Hess Toy Truck Parts is a great section that we created here at Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks. We started this area to give all the Moms and Dads a chance to repair a Hess Toy Truck at a low price rather than incurring the cost of a new truck. You can simply go to the Hess Toy Truck Parts category on the left side of the home page of Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks and just buy the part that you need to repair the Hess Toy Truck that their child’s toy is missing or broken. This is also a great place for the “Mr. Fix It” that likes to tinker with things and bring a Hess Toy Truck back to it’s original state. We at Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks have over 170 parts listed in this section for every Hess Toy Truck from the 1964 Hess Toy Truck Tanker to the 2013 Hess Toy Truck & Tractor. In this section you can find parts like 1964 Hess Toy Truck funnel, Hess Truck tires, Hess Truck bumpers, Hess Toy Truck battery covers, Hess Truck mirrors & chrome stacks, 1975 Hess Truck barrels & 2003 Hess Truck Racers. These are just a few of the items that you will find in our vast stock of Hess Toy Truck parts. Of course if you don’t see what you are looking for feel free to email us at ray@rayshesstoytrucks.com and let us know what you are looking for.

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Leon Hess School of Business

The life of Leon Hess is a classic American success story. Born and reared in Asbury Park, NJ, he was an Army Transportation Corps officer with Patton’s Army in Europe during World War II. Capitalizing on that experience, he honed extraordinary entrepreneurial instincts, envisioning and shaping the Hess Corporation into one of America’s great oil companies. Today his son, John, carries on his father’s leadership as CEO of the Hess Corporation.

Leon Hess’ philanthropic nature and his involvement in American contemporary issues are well recognized. Mr. Hess and his wife, Norma, reared an unusually successful family and instilled it with the same model sense of civic responsibility. Hess family philanthropy continues and can be seen across New York City at several universities, along the Jersey Shore, and at the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ.

Any recognition of Leon Hess would be incomplete if it failed to comment on his success in the National Football League and his transformation of the New York Titans football team into the exciting New York Jets. At the Jersey Shore, Monmouth Park Race Track flourished and grew to prominence under his financial and public leadership.

 

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Hess Toy Truck Collector Turns His Truck Collecting Hobby Into A Business

Here is an article that was written by Toy Truck Toys who looks for companies on the internet that specialize in the sale of dependable toys and great customer service. They chose Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks as one of those sites and wrote this article about their findings.

Are you a collector of truck models or interested in taking up the hobby? And you know how expensive this hobby can be. It is a mind blowing hobby but you need a good amount of money to buy those truck model stars!!

So it is no surprise to see many people give up being their toy truck or model collecting hobby because its expensive even when they are greatly interested in it. This saddens me greatly. I would like to encourage those of you who wish to start collecting truck models by pointing out the opportunities your hobby has by providing an excellent example of a truck model collector!

 

Raymond Patterson is a good example for such truck model collectors and enthusiasts. He is a score of a guy who has turned his childhood toy truck love or truck collecting hobby into a good business by using the internet as his marketing grounds.

 

I first heard about him through a comment he had left in a You tube video about Hess trucks. As you can guess Raymond used to be a Hess truck collector himself and now he has turned his love for the Hess toy trucks into a business selling Hess trucks as well as sign, pins, posters, other toy trucks and a gigantic stock of Hess Replacement Parts for those who like to tinker.

 

“I started collecting when I was smaller and then loved the hobby so much that it became a business for me now and has grown so large that we now ship all over the world. Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks.” This is the comment that was left by Raymond in a “You Tube video” I mentioned earlier.

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I checked out whether this comment was true. Then only did I find out that he has actually built a business out of selling Hess Toy Trucks. You can checkout his business website at www.rayshesstoytrucks.com. He seems to now run a successful business by catering to the thousands of Hess truck fans living all over the world.

The Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks website has a good About US page where Raymond explains and drops many hints about how he does his business. As you might know Hess trucks have been coming out with one or two models of trucks each year and it is a tradition with a large number of people all over the world to buy one and add to their Hess Truck collection. So Ray is not short of customers in this niche truck model market. He also seems to attract customers to his website by providing a lot of details about Hess trucks, which convinces visitors to purchase his products. His website has pages with lot of details about each Hess toy truck and accessories he sells. In them he even points out the weaknesses in the Hess toy trucks and accessories he is trying to sell which is not what many toy truck sellers in popular places like Ebay etc. do.

He says, “Most of the items on the site have hyperlinks for you to view the item. Just click description and a picture will pop-up.” Furthermore, “You will also notice that we try to include as detailed a picture as possible so that the buyer can see any of the flaws that we may be trying to point out. The whole idea of purchasing an item is the anticipation of receiving it. There is nothing worse than receiving an item and be disappointed. Therefore, we stand behind all of our sales and satisfaction is always guaranteed.”  I recommend that you to checkout this Hess truck collector turned businessman’s website at Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks.

Just like this many truck model collectors have turned their special love with truck models into some sort of truck model building and selling business. You can find plenty of inspiration and examples if you go to truck shows and model truck exhibitions around America. In them you will find many childhood truck collectors who are engaged in some sort of truck or truck model related business as a sideline income. So don’t give up your interest find a way to make money out of it.

I know this is not a very detailed or well written, inspiring op-ed column piece, but I just wanted to share it here on my toy truck website  http://toytrucktoys.com  hoping it will give some boost to some toy collectors by pointing put the opportunities that exist for them to start a business out of their passion for toy trucks and models. If you know anyone like that, please contact me and tell me the story and I will feature it here on Toy Truck Toys as an example and a inspiration for truck model collectors all over the world.

We at Ray’s Hess Toy Trucks would like to personally thank Toy Truck Toys the nice article!

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A look at the old & new style Hess Tanker Trucks through the years!

I thought that it would be a nice idea to post a few of the older style Hess delivery tankers for you to see. Out of all of the many Hess trucks that Hess released I have to say that the tankers are by far the most impressive ones to date. Let’s take a look at a few examples below of the tankers starting with the newest and graduating to the original models and see for yourself. Enjoy!

New Hess tanker with Volvo cab.

New Hess tankers at the oil refinery in New Jersey.

Tankers filling up for their daily deliveries.

 Here is the older style model White 9000 cab.

Hess tankers in the supply yard in the early years.

Original Hess tanker that has been restored and on display in Woodbridge New Jersey.

Hess tankers in the supply yard in the early years.

Here is the original Hess tanker the Leon Hess drove  for deliveries.

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Hess Sells it’s Retail end to Marathon

Well here’s the news everyone has been talking about for along time that finally came true! Hess agreed on May 22 to sell its retail business to Marathon Petroleum’s Speedway for $2.6 billion. Hess has long wanted to get away from the retail part of the business and focus more on drilling.
According to Hess, its retail part of the company is the largest chain of company-operated gas stations and convenience stores along the East Coast.
Marathon said its 1,480 Speedway convenience stores, most of them in the Midwest, are part of the nation’s fourth-largest chain, just ahead of Hess. Marathon also sells its gasoline through 5,200 independent retail outlets.
The deal includes all Hess retail locations, as well as the company’s transport operations and shipper history on various pipelines.
Marathon said the combined business will become the largest U.S. chain of convenience stores by revenue. It will include about 2,700 locations and had 2013 pro forma revenue of more than $27 billion.
Marathon will buy Hess Retail Holdings for $2.37 billion in cash, in addition to $230 million of working capital. The transaction also includes $274 million in capital leases, bringing its total value to roughly $2.87 billion.
“This acquisition will be transformative for MPC and Speedway as it will significantly expand our retail presence from nine to 23 states through these premier Hess locations throughout the East Coast and Southeast,” Marathon president and CEO Gary Heminger said in a statement.
The Findlay, Ohio-based refiner plans to rebrand the Hess locations. During a conference call with analysts, Speedway president Tony Kenney said Marathon has a license agreement to use the Hess brand for three years until the gas stations and convenience stores can be converted to Speedway.
“It’s basically by agreement that we have to rebrand,” Kenney explained.
“We saw a lot of value in the Hess brand. But as you can appreciate, Hess is an ongoing, publicly traded company, and the colors and marquee are their brand,” Heminger said in response to an analyst’s question.
Hess has shed more than $10 billion worth of assets as part of an effort to transform itself into a pure-play exploration and production company. With the sale of its convenience stores and gas stations, Hess has largely completed that objective.
CEO John Hess said the deal with Marathon “marks the culmination of our strategic transformation into a pure-play exploration and production company.”
Proceeds from the sale will be used to support an increase in Hess’ share buyback program to $6.5 billion from $4 billion. Since August 2013, Hess has repurchased about $2.8 billion in stock.
Hess also said it will continue to sell its toy trucks, a longtime holiday tradition. Hess plans to sell a 50th anniversary edition this year at the retail outlets and online. Starting next year, the toy trucks will be sold exclusively online.