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S. W. Rawls, Inc. began operations in 1912 and has served the residents of Franklin, Southampton County, Isle of Wight County, and Suffolk for 100 years.

Originally a Texaco distributor, the company became a jobber for Gulf Oil Corporation in the late 1920's and continued as a Gulf jobber until 1986, when Chevron Oil Corporation acquired Gulf.

In 1994, the company became a distributor for Mobil Oil Corporation, the only major oil company headquartered in Virginia.

In April 2005, the company became a distributor for Sunoco.

In October 1997, the company was purchased from the Rawls family and was owned and operated by the company's employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

In December 2011, S. W. Rawls, Inc. was purchased by Modern Fuels, Inc., a Virginia corporation and made into a subsidiary as Modern Oil Corp.

In December 2014, Modern Oil Corp's HVAC Services were sold to become the new Quality Aire Co.

Our Heating and Air Conditioning services include installation, repair, and maintenance for residential and commercial customers.  As a Class B contractor, our company is staffed with technicians licensed to perform mechanical services.