In 1946 when Highland Supply was established,
America was welcoming home World War II
veterans. With the ensuing housing boom, oil
replaced coal as a popular home heating method.
Not long after, we fabricated our first fuel
storage tanks from steel forged at the mighty
mills located not far from our first plant in
Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands.
Initially, Highland Tank produced 275-gallon
oval tanks for residential basements.
Coincidental to the growth of the home heating
oil market, our country experienced an explosive
growth in automobile use and the need for fuel
storage at service stations. As demand for motor
fuel increased, our product line grew to include
larger, underground models for gas station use.
Soon tank building became a daily occurrence.
These early days of tank production shaped our
company’s future. Our family owned and managed
business formed a humble philosophy that
continues to hold true: manufacture a solid
product at a competitive price and deliver it on
Today, Highland Tank operates six
state-of-the-art fabrication facilities. We are
proud to offer the security of decades of full
service by a sound company that has grown to
become the nation’s premier steel tank
manufacturer. Our hard work and dedication has
helped to develop the trust, high quality,
dependability and craftsmanship we put into
every tank in our diversified product line.
Over the years, our company has grown steadily
and adapted to the social, economic and
technological changes that have occurred in the
United States. The catalyst for this growth
occurred late in 1956, when Highland still had
only one delivery truck with a capacity of one
tank per load. Sun Oil Company requested
twenty-five 4,000-gallon underground tanks – and
quickly expanded that order to 500 tanks!
With their father’s guidance, second generation
owners Robert and Vincent Jacob created a
manufacturing incentive plan to increase
productivity and help overcome delivery
problems. We were able to make on-time delivery
for all 500 tanks, and still use a modified form
of this same plan today.
To accommodate commercial and industrial
customers, we enlarged Highland’s facilities.
Using the same principle we apply to our
business contracts, we faced head-on any
challenges that arose. When a manufacturer of
airplane engines placed a huge order, our
largest contract ever at the time, we
accelerated construction of a new factory and
purchased equipment to produce those massive
In 1960, a long strike by steelworkers resulted
in a steel shortage and created great demand for
our products. Demand peaked again in 1973 with
the foreign oil embargo, and in 1979 when a
natural gas shortage caused people to once again
turn to heating oil. The federal regulations for
underground storage tanks led to strong tank
sales in the 1990’s that continues to this day.
We considered these moments in our history to be
opportunities for expansion, beyond our normal
sales growth. Our product line began to
diversify when companies sought oil/water
separators to meet more stringent environmental
regulations to prevent groundwater
contamination. Our newest additions to the most
extensive family of products in the tank
industry are grease interceptors for the food
We’re proud of our dedication and diligence in
this business, and of our commitment to our
customers and our employees. Now in its third
generation of family ownership, Highland Tank
leads the industry with innovative design,
quality materials, superior craftsmanship, and
excellent customer service.
Manufacturing high-quality steel storage tank
products is what we know and what we do very
well, as evidenced by the millions of gallons of
tanks Highland has fabricated over the past 64