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BP EXPANDS IN THE PUGET SOUND AREA ACQUIRING MORE THAN 40 SERVICE STATIONS

 BP EXPANDS IN THE PUGET SOUND AREA ACQUIRING MORE THAN
 40 SERVICE STATIONS
 SEATTLE, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- BP Oil Company today expressed its continued commitment to the Puget Sound area as the company held a ceremony to celebrate the conversion of its recently acquired Exxon sites to the BP brand. The celebration ceremony was held at BP's new site at Aurora Avenue and N. 205th Street in Seattle. Present were Lt. Gov. Joel Pritchard, several legislators, local elected officials and BP representatives, as well as BP's new dealers. The acquisition involved more than 40 Exxon sites.
 BP division manager, George Stokes, said, "Our continued investment in the Seattle/Tacoma area represents our commitment to our customers, dealers and to the state of Washington. As a part of our recent acquisition of the former Exxon stations, we will be investing $3 million in the local economy. This investment takes the form of local employment as well as local raw material purchases. In addition, we have plans to spend some $2 million to upgrade the environmental standards of our stations. Since entering this market over two years ago, we've been given support from our dealers and our customers and we want to return that support in the form of quality outlets and a quality service offer."
 Pritchard commented, "We are proud to have BP as a member of our community. They are an organization who, through events like this one today, have expressed their commitment to helping this area grow and prosper."
 As a part of this event, BP donated $5,000 to support Washington Reads, a project to promote literacy throughout the state. Accepting this donation was John Williams, field coordinator for Washington Literacy, and Pritchard, both of whom are co-sponsoring the Washington Reads project. This donation represents BP's continued support of the communities in which it operates.
 In addition, BP donated 5,000 Beatrix Potter books to the Head Start organization. This donation represents BP's "gift of reading" to the children of the communities in which the company operates. Accepting the donation were Pamela Fuller, chair of the Parent Advisory Committee of Seattle's Headstart Program, and Lori Heather, a Headstart parent, and her two children.
 BP Oil entered the Seattle/Tacoma market more than two years ago when it acquired Mobil's properties. The company is a subsidiary of British Petroleum, p.l.c. and is headquartered in Cleveland.
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