Paul and Laura Lyden and The Lyden Family

Ryan Sullivan, Melinda Trimmer and Laura and Paul Lyden
Ryan Sullivan, Melinda Trimmer and Laura and Paul Lyden
Paul and Laura Lyden and the Lyden Oil family have been life-time supporters of Youngstown State University and the Mahoning Valley and value family, friends and community above all else. Their long-time support has led to their recognition as the 2019 Penguins of the Year tonight.
 
Proudly celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Lyden Oil Company has always been family owned and operated. Founded in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1919 by Paul’s grandfather William G. Lyden Sr., along with William’s siblings Patrick, Michael and Mae, the company initially sold oil used to ignite coal powered boilers and later expanded to a full petroleum distribution company. 
 

During his tenure as a second-generation leader, Paul’s father, William G. Lyden Jr. added service stations and convenience stores to the company’s portfolio. Following his death in 1994, the company was split, with the service station and retail locations becoming a part of True North Energy, LLC,.  The petroleum and wholesale fuel distribution side continued on as Lyden Oil Company. Today the company is owned by Paul and his brothers, Breen and Mark, and their children.   

In 1974, Paul Lyden began working within the family oil business. There he became the company’s “jack-of-all-trades” due to his numerous and diverse job assignments. Lyden has done everything from installing underground storage tanks to managing large industrial accounts. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Lyden Oil Company. Lyden is also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mahoning Valley Gaelic Society, Canfield Conservation Club and the Ohio Trucking Association. His achievements include co-hosting for Outdoor Icon’s Mahoning Valley Shale and Energy for three years on WKBN’s talk show radio. 

Laura Lydent joined the Lyden Oil Company in 1999 and currently serves as the corporate Secretary and the Sales and Operations Manager. Prior to working at Lyden Oil, she was employed for 8 years as a Project Manager for the YSU Technology Development Corporation which later became the YSU Center for Engineering Research and Technology Transfer. She was also a partner in JLT Research, Inc. a local consulting firm specializing in environmental issues.
 
The long history of the Lyden family’s association with Youngstown State University began with Paul’s great uncle Burke Lyden, who founded The Jambar at Youngstown College in 1931. Paul’s father William G. Lyden Jr. played a major role in helping to secure the funds to build the original “Ice Castle” in the early 1980’s. In 1988, he was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree and he also delivered the Commencement Speech for the Spring graduation. 
 
In 1989, the Lyden Family donated funding for the construction of the Lyden House campus resident hall project. In 1993, the Lyden family provided funding to construct the current Catholic Newman Center at YSU, a brick and mortar home for the Catholic Student Association that celebrated 80 years of campus ministry in 2018.
 
Paul and his wife, Laura, were married in 1982 and are blessed with two children, Jennifer Lyden Uhrich and Paul Lyden Jr., who work alongside them in the family oil business along with Jennifer’s husband Marc. One of Paul’s most prized possessions is My Way Farm where he and Laura and their Border Collies, Willy and Pete,  reside in Ellsworth, Ohio. There he raises grass fed Polled Herefords and a flock of egg-laying chickens. 
 
Paul and Laura are both lifelong residents of the Mahoning Valley and are proud alumni of YSU, as are several immediate family members and Lyden Oil family members. They were among some of the original corporate tailgaters at YSU and continue to support the YSU Penguins annually as Corporate Athletic Sponsors, Corporate Loge Holders, Penguin Club Supporters and they have provided funding for countless other projects, including team meals. Paul is also a trustee and past president of the Penguin Club (and a member for more than 20 years) and is a proud supporter of the Ice Castle Scholarship Fun. His brother, Mark, also served on the YSU Board of Trustees in the 1990s.
 
The Lyden Oil Company is a proud supporter of the Second Harvest Food Bank. The entire Lyden Oil family supports this important community effort. The company also maintains membership in the Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau, the Ohio Trucking Association, the National Trucking Association Technology & Maintenance Council and many other related trade organizations.
 
As the Lyden Oil family celebrates Lyden Oil Company’s 100th year in business, they remain proud supporters of the Youngstown State University and the entire Mahoning Valley. Lyden Oil Company is committed to the community, and to perfecting the future of the petroleum industry with quality products, competitive prices and excellent service--for 100 years with more to come!