Beautifully engraved certificate from the Williams Brothers Company in 1975. This historic document was printed by the Security Columbian Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical man next to a gas pipeline and an overprint indicating the company has changed it name to The Williams Companies. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, J. H. Williams.
The Williams Brothers changed its name to the Williams Companies in the mid 1970's. Williams moves, manages and markets a variety of energy products, including natural gas, liquid hydrocarbons, petroleum and electricity. Based in Tulsa, Okla., Williams' operations span the energy value chain from wellhead to burner tip. Williams Companies, Inc. is engaged in the transportation and sale of natural gas and petroleum products and other energy related activities. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in price risk management services; the purchase, sale and arranging of transportation or transmission of energy and energy-related commodities; transportation and storage of natural gas; exploration, production and marketing of oil and gas; direct investments in international energy projects; investments in energy and infrastructure development funds and soda-ash mining operations; natural gas gathering, treating and processing activities; natural gas liquids transportation; transportation of petroleum products and related terminal services; light hydrocarbon/olefin transportation; ethylene production; production and marketing of ethanol and bio-products; refining of petroleum products; retail marketing; petroleum products terminal services, and ammonia transportation and terminal services. The Williams Companies have been accused of market manipulations and overcharges that caused electricity rates to skyrocket for consumers over the winter of 2000-2001.