AC&T marks 60 years in business

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Washington County Commissioners President Jeff Cline, wearing red, presents a proclamation to Ad Fulton, third from right, marking AC&T’s 60th anniversary. They are joined by former County Administrator Rob Slocum, left, and Fulton’s sons Brad Fulton, fourth from right, Steve Fulton, second from right, and Mark Fulton.

Business, civic and governmental leaders turned out recently to help AC&T celebrate its 60th anniversary.

The company, owned by the Fulton family, can trace its roots to a partnership among Don Ardinger, who was in the home heating oil business, and fellow businessmen Phil Castle and “Dutch” Tedrick — the “A,” “C” and “T,” according to a previous Herald-Mail Media report.

Ad Fulton, who had been working for Ardinger, came on as a full partner.

The four-way partnership didn’t last, but the name did, with Ardinger and Fulton running the business.

AC&T did, and still does, provide more than fuel. AC&T operates convenience stores, rents portable toilets, offers mobile storage units, pumps septic tanks and offers other services.

In 1986, Fulton bought Adinger’s share of the business. It’s been the Fulton family ever since.

The family, and the business, have developed a reputation for philanthropy, including an annual drive to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness — Cumberland Valley.

Citing Ad Fulton’s work ethic and community contributions, the Herald-Mail named Fulton “Person of the Year” in 2016.

“He’s given back in so many ways to the community,” said area resident Rick Toms, who wrote Fulton’s nomination, “and I don’t know if many people know it because he’s a behind-the-scenes kind of guy.”

The company held a small get-together on Oct. 16, to mark the day it was incorporated in 1959. Among those marking the occasion were members of Washington County’s delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, as well as local political and business leaders.