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Lubricating Specialties Company Moves Management Up and Expands Facilities Out

January 23, 2013

Stephen Milam, CEO of Lubricating Specialties Company (LSC) announced today, that effective January 23rd, Sydney Thwaites will assume the responsibilities of President and Chief Operating Officer of LSC, Rob Kress will become the Senior Vice President, and LSC has completed the start-up phase of its newest facility located in Azusa, California.

Sydney Thwaites promoted to President/COO

Mr. Thwaites has been with LSC for 15 years and was formerly the Chief Financial Officer for the company. Thwaites has worked very closely with the senior management team at LSC and has been involved in all aspects the business. Milam says, "Sydney has a proven track record of success with our organization and has made a significant contribution to our growth. Most recently he completed the company's newest partnership which has developed into our forth facility located in Azusa California." In his new capacity as President/COO, Sydney will be responsible for all operations, technical and financial activities of the company. Mr. Thwaites joined LSC in 1998 and holds a BS in Accounting and Finance from California Lutheran University.

LSC welcomes Rob Kress back

Rob Kress will rejoin LSC on January 23rd in the role of Senior Vice President. Although Rob left LSC in 2012 to spend some time in the base oil trading business, he says he is glad to be back to LSC. "Whereas base oil trading is certainly an interesting area, my heart and history have always been in the finished lubricants business," says Kress. This is certainly understandable when one looks at Rob's history in the business. 

After attaining both his MS and BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Chicago, Rob started his career in lubricants in 1977 as a chemist at CITGO. From there, Rob advanced his career with CITGO to senior management positions both domestically and internationally in technology, sales, and marketing. Rob originally joined LSC during 2003 after working at the CITGO Corporation for nearly 24 years."

LSC completes start-up phase of new facility

LSC's newest facility is in Azusa, California and becomes the company's fourth facility in Southern California serving the western United States as well as exports to the Asia Pacific Region.

After almost a full year in reconstruction and start up testing the facility is now ready for full time production. It sits on 4.9 acres, currently has 20 storage tanks, bulk truck loading and unloading capabilities, 4 freight docks, 3 small packaging lines, a full service laboratory on site and an operations management team in place. The facility is owned in a partnership by LSC and its partner who is located in China. LSC is the operating partner and the majority owner of the facility. The new facility is currently producing aftermarket fuel and lubricant additives, with capacity available for expanding into other products. From this new facility LSC will expand its product offerings to all of its existing customers as well as be able to offer unique products and services to new customers.

About Lubricating Specialties Company 

LSC, a well-established blender and filler of lubricants and greases, is a one-stop, intensely customer-focused solutions company.  Since 1928, LSC has been providing the highest quality products and services to a broad customer base in a variety of industries.  LSC currently has over two hundred employees and four manufacturing/distribution facilities located in LA County, making it the largest U.S. blender west of the Rocky Mountains.  In addition to its blending and packaging operations, LSC provides a broad range of liquid storage, transloading, warehousing, distribution and export services to the lubricant and chemical industries.  LSC is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. Click for More 

LS in 1998 ad holds a S in Accounting and Finance from California Lutheran University. 

Parman Energy Corporation Announces the Appointment of Stephen L. Moore as President

January 15, 2013

Steve Moore brings over 20 years of experience to the Parman Energy management team. While serving as President, Moore's leadership and industry knowledge will play a key role as the petroleum solutions company looks to expand their market reach.

R. Barry Shipp, CEO announced that Steve Moore will be joining the company as President. Parman Energy is a Nashville based supplier of motor fuels, lubricants and diesel exhaust fluid.

 "We at Parman Energy are pleased to have someone with Steve's long standing industry experience in the petroleum distribution business. As we move towards expanding our geographical footprint, Steve's skills and experience will prove invaluable in meeting our growth strategy," said Shipp. "His industry knowledge and unique ability to develop direction, vision, and relationship building will insure our success."

Moore joins Parman Energy continuing a 20 year career in the distribution of refined petroleum products and services. "I am most pleased to join the Parman team. The leadership group at Parman has built a first class organization that is poised for continued growth and prosperity", says Moore. "We are at a critical point to successfully perpetuate our growth strategy and take advantage of market opportunities ahead." Moore is a native of Texas with a finance degree from Southern Methodist University. His career roles have taken him California to Utah. He and his wife Julie have relocated from Park City, Utah, where they have lived for twenty years to Nashville, Tennessee. 

About Parman Energy: For almost a century Parman Energy has been supplying effective and timely lubrication and fuel solutions for businesses and industries throughout the southeast US. With more than 12 STLE Certified Lubrication Specialists and 15 employees certified as Oil Monitoring Analysts (OMA), Parman Energy offers a highly skilled staff capable to ensure proper equipment lubrication. Parman Energy also offers a full line of lubricants as well as quality DEF products and equipment. Strategically located across the state of Tennessee, Parman Energy will make sure you are good to go on all your fuel and lubrication needs. 

UES Names Mike Reddick VP of Sales and Marketing

Universal Environmental Services, a member of Avista Oil AG, announced that Mike Reddick has joined the company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing Re-Refined Products. Reddick is now responsible for leading product sales and marketing for Avista's new re-refinery located in Peachtree City, Georgia. The new facility will process 30 million gallons of used oil per year and start operations in May of 2013.  

Mike Reddick, an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, most recently served as Vice President of Champion Brands, LLC of Clinton, Missouri. Mike earned a BSBA from Columbia College and an MBA from the Breech School of Business at Drury University. He can be reached by e-mail at  

O'Rourke Petroleum Acquires Penco Oil Company

January 14, 2013
O'Rourke Petroleum is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Penco Oil Company, expanding the company's reach and growth potential in East Texas and surrounding states.

Based in Tyler, Texas, Penco has been a family-owned and operated distributor of lubricant products and services since 1963.  The company's rich history dates back to 1933 when it opened as a Standard of Ohio oil and gas distributor.  Penco is a Shell distributor that currently offers products from Pennzoil, Quaker State, Castrol, and Shell, as well as a variety of related lubricant services. 

Mush Khan, President and COO of O'Rourke, and Joe Smith, CEO of Penco, along with their respective leadership teams, will work closely and diligently to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for both employees and customers. 

"We are delighted with our decision to sell our family business to O'Rourke," said Smith.  "We have complete trust that our customers' satisfaction, and the needs of our employees, will continue to be a top priority going forward.  In addition, I am confident the expanded line of products and services now available through O'Rourke will help our customers streamline processes and, ultimately, solve many of their business challenges and needs."   

Khan tells JobbersWorld, "I don't know that I could have hand-picked a better company to bring into the O'Rourke family. The similarities in our operating philosophies, our commitment to providing excellence in service to customers, our internal cultures, and our mix of products and services blend together exceptionally well.  We look forward to welcoming the staff of Penco, and their loyal customer base, into our newly-expanded organization." 

O'Rourke will continue to seek expansion opportunities throughout Texas and along the Gulf Coast with leading distributors and businesses that are a fit with the company's long-term strategic goals.  O'Rourke currently provides a variety of petroleum products and services including lubricants, fuels, and related environmental services.   

JobbersWorld will continue to follow Mush Khan and O'Rourke Petroleum, and will sit down with Mush in the upcoming weeks to get his insight and perspective on the future of the lubricants industry, where he believes the market is going, and his personal vision for O'Rourke.  We look forward to sharing that information with JobbersWorld readers soon.  

About O'Rourke Petroleum  O'Rourke Petroleum is a Houston-based distributor of lubricants, fuels, and select environmental services. Family-owned and operated since 1932, O'Rourke provides petroleum products and services to the Automotive, Construction, Industrial, Marine, Oil & Gas, Petrochemical & Refining, and Transportation industries.  With bulk and packaged products readily available from its distribution facilities in Houston, Dallas, and Tyler, as well as satellite locations in San Antonio and Victoria, Texas, O'Rourke serves customers across the Gulf Coast and throughout the U.S.  O'Rourke has the certified staff, expertise, in-house resources, and proven track record to ensure complete "cradle to grave" petroleum management, and is one of only 31 Shell Alliance Distributors across the country.  To learn more, visit


RelaDyne Acquires Newcomb Oil Lubricant Division
January 14, 2013
Newcomb Oil Co. announced the sale of its lubricants business division located at 601 Wilson Boulevard, Bardstown, Kentucky, to RelaDyne, Cincinnati, Ohio

RelaDyne has acquired only the lubricants division of Newcomb Oil Co. The deal was effective December 31, 2012.  Newcomb Oil will continue to operate FiveStar Food Marts in Kentucky and Indiana along with providing quality fuel products for residential home heat, commercial, industrial, and agriculture customers. RelaDyne will lease the facility in Wilson Industrial Park. Existing Newcomb Oil Co. employees at this facility have joined the RelaDyne team.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, RelaDyne is a United States leader in lubricants, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, and reliability services. Combined, the RelaDyne companies have more than 275 years of industry experience. The initial RelaDyne sales, distribution and services platform is strategically located within the central corridor of the United States, an area that accounts for approximately 50 percent of the U.S. lubricant market.

RelaDyne plans to integrate the Bardstown facility into a broader distribution network structure. As a result, the addition of new products and services and a broader geographic footprint will allow even better service in the future.

Western Marketing, Inc. (WMI) Receives Chevron's Highest Honor for Distributors of Its Lubricants - The 2012 Eagle Award    

January 9, 2013

Each year, the Chevron 1st Source Lubrication Marketer with the highest overall Recognition Score is honored with the prestigious Eagle Award. The Eagle Award acknowledges Western Marketing's unparalleled passion and commitment to the Chevron lubricants business with focus on premium products and coolants, value-based selling, and year-over-year volume growth. Western Marketing's successful partnership with Chevron, and strength of their sales/service teams, is demonstrated by this outstanding performance. Chevron senior management announced this industry achievement at their Annual Leadership Forum held late last year in Scottsdale, AZ.  

Mike Miller, Western Marketing's president and chief executive officer commented "For decades WMI has annually ranked amongst the highest in Chevron's "Signature Class" of marketers so it's especially nice to receive this unique recognition for the quality products and services the entire Western Marketing team provides our customers."  

Commercial fleet, industrial, agricultural and vehicle repair shops can contact the Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene, Longview, Texas and Stroud, Oklahoma sales offices to learn more about the lubrication services and products offered. In addition to providing clients throughout West Texas and Oklahoma lubricants, WMI is the primary supplier of BlueDEF™ diesel exhaust fluid across the region and also carries an extensive inventory of over 4,500 automotive-related items in its warehouse locations including 160 different types of bulk motor oils and fluids.       

About Western Marketing  Western Marketing Inc. is a leading, multi-branded distributor of lubricants including heavy-duty motor oil, specialized industrial lubricants and natural gas engine oil. Products are delivered out of five primary distribution warehouses located in Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, Longview, Texas; and Stroud, Oklahoma. Its bulk tank farms consists of over 450 separate holding tanks totaling in excess of three million gallons of lubricant capacity.  For more information see WMI's website: 

PQIA Issues Consumer Alerts on Super XXX and Liberty Gold Plus SMO

January 9, 2013

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) reported on January 7, 2013 that there are two brands of engine oils in the mid-west that consumers should avoid at any price.

These brands include Super XXX marketed by New World Sales in Midlothian, IL, and Liberty Gold Plus SMO sold by Pinnacle Brands, Chicago, IL. Whereas these products may be plentiful in convenience stores and priced a few cents lower than others on the shelf, PQIA says "they will likely cost you plenty in engine repairs if you use them." Of primary concern is that the products tested have viscosities nearly 75% below their labeled specification. And in PQIA's words, this oil sounds more like water when you shake the bottle than it does oil. To drive home that point, PQIA posted a video of the bottles being shaken.


More videos and the details of these brands are posted on PQIA's website:


J.A.M. Distributing Company Names Jeff Kramer as New Chief Executive Officer  
January 9, 2013
J.A.M. Distributing Company today announced the appointment of Jeff Kramer as its chief executive officer, effective immediately. This follows news of J.A.M.'s founder and long-time CEO, Johnny Maniscalco, retiring after Ridgemont Equity Partners acquired the Company late last year.

"We are excited to join the rest of the J.A.M. leadership team in welcoming Jeff as the Company's new CEO and firmly believe that his twenty five years of experience and unique skill set will help propel J.A.M. forward in the coming years," said Jack Purcell, a Principal at Ridgemont. Most recently, Kramer served as a member of the senior management team at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.  

"J.A.M. is a tremendous company with a long history of success and an experienced and passionate team," said Kramer. "I am extremely excited to be joining J.A.M. and committed to preserving the legacy that makes it such a special business. I look forward to working with Ridgemont and the team to drive the growth and future development of the Company." 

Kramer tells JobbersWorld he joined J.A.M. because "It's an excellent company with a strong reputation for quality and customer service. It is well positioned for growth in a dynamic industry." And he adds, "Ridgemont and I both see incredible opportunity to build on this strong foundation."

When asked about his goals, Kramer told JobbersWorld "As I noted earlier, J.A.M. has built an enviable reputation in the marketplace.   My goals are to continue to build on that foundation and provide the highest quality lubricant and fuel services, leveraging J.A.M.'s already strong focus on customer service.   By working with senior management and the rest of the company's employees, we see many opportunities for additional organic growth in all of our market segments.   Our goal is to grow by enabling our customers' success in the attractive Texas marketplace." 

About J.A.M. Distributing Company 

J.A.M. Distributing Company is a distributor of lubricants, fuel, base stock, and ancillary products for the industrial, commercial vehicle, passenger vehicle, and marine end markets. The Company is headquartered at its main terminal in Houston, Texas, with additional terminal operations in Dallas, Beaumont, Lufkin, Clute and Galveston. In December 2012, J.A.M. was acquired by Ridgemont Equity Partners, a Charlotte-based investor. The Company continues to operate as one of ExxonMobil's leading U.S. lubricant distributors.





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