After 54 years, family business stops oil delivery services in Farmington

FARMINGTON — Barry Makinen has been around his family’s oil business, F.L. Butler Co. on Franklin Avenue, since he was a child. He’s been delivering oil since he was 21 but decided he will no longer do so.

Barry Makinen, 50, of West Farmington has a lot of memories working in the family business, F.L. Butler Co. in Farmington. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

For 54 years, the Makinen family delivered oil to customers in Franklin County. But due to the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on the business, as well as the escalating cost of insurance and other factors, the 50-year-old West Farmington resident decided the time was right to step back.

“There are a lot of memories with the family,” he said, that began with his grandfather, Berton Makinen.

Berton was the owner of the company starting in 1967. It passed to Barry’s father, Larry Makinen, but when he passed away in 2019, the company’s ownership transferred to his wife, Sarah. She owns…

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