Forward Corporation also operates a thriving petroleum distributorship of fuels to farms, homes and commercial accounts. In 1988, propane was added to the ever-growing list of products offered by the company. In 1989, Forward Corporation purchased North Central Oil Company, a small Shell Jobber ship with two stations in Gaylord and one in Grayling. This acquisition also moved Forward into the bulk lube oil business. Forward Corporation now also owns and operates 23 Subway sandwich shops and markets jointly with McDonalds and Burger King in various communities.