Built From Scratch - History of Tenneco Oil

During the early years of World War II, an entrepreneurial young company did something impossible - they built a 1265-mile pipeline from South Texas to West Virginia, and they did it in only 11 months. From that start, Tennessee Gas Transmission Company became a dominant force in pipeline development. Within a few years, the vision grew to include exploration and production, and then refining and marketing – the birth of the Tenneco Oil Companies. Each would become a major player in its own arena of expertise. The building of the Energy Companies of Tenneco was a feat of unparalleled proportion. The unlikely demise of these three successful businesses in 1988, victims of a corporate strategy gone awry, was an equally unparalleled event. Built from Scratch won the Bronze Medal in the 2014 Axiom Business Book Awards.