BP America is a division of BP, which stands for British Petroleum. The company has many of the same areas of business, research and operations as its parent company, including being involved in oil exploration and production. In addition, pipelines and shipping are regular parts of the company's operation of moving valuable commodity from areas of production and refinement. Refining the gasoline from crude oil is an important operation. BP America has a large franchise system of gas stations that is found throughout the United States. Following a series of mergers and acquisitions with Amoco, ARCO, Burmah Castrol and Vastar, BP has become one of the largest oil and gas producers and one of the largest gasoline retailers in the United States. BP America has a branch located in Perryton, Texas, where it employs nearly 50 people.