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January 9, 2013



 J.A.M. Distributing Company Names Jeff Kramer as New Chief Executive Officer  


 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.


Jeff Kramer, CEO
J.A.M. Distributing Company

"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.



About Ridgemont Equity Partners


Ridgemont Equity Partners is a Charlotte-based middle market buyout and growth equity investor. Since 1993, the principals of Ridgemont have invested over $3 billion in more than 110 companies. The firm focuses on investments of $25 million to $75 million in industries in which it has deep expertise, including basic industries and services, energy, healthcare, and telecommunications/media/technology.



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 th
ese brands are posted on PQIA's website:



Universal Lubricants is looking for full-time Sales Representative in our new expanding territories in St. Louis and Chicago. Responsibilities include: building and maintaining customer relationships, in addition to developing strategies for expanding new business opportunities. Lubricant sales experience is a plus but willing to train the right candidate. Also required are exceptional written & verbal communication skills, ability to work independently, and the ability to take new products and/or services to the market.UL offers competitive compensation and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and 401k.  


Please apply via fax to (316) 832-3784 or email to All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin or ancestry, disability, and age except where age is a bona fide occupational qualification. Universal Lubricants, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Ergon Refining, Inc. in Vicksburg, Mississippi, one of the largest producers of naphthenic process oil in the world, has an immediate opening for a Product Services Manager. This position serves as the liaison between the manufacturing function and sales force of the company and is accountable for product integrity and traceability. The position is involved in developing new products and assisting with their implementation into the marketplace. Personal contact with customers is a principal function of this position, requiring occasional overnight travel. Will also supervise and direct activities of four subordinates. Candidates should be familiar with statistical process control theory and quality measurement systems. A degree in chemistry or a related field and either previous experience in the petroleum industry or in a lab setting is required.  Prior product exposure to base oils or lubes is preferred. 


Offers of employment are contingent upon a routine background check, passing a drug test, and an acceptable driving record.


Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Only applicants who submit salary requirements will receive the courtesy of a reply.


Ergon Refining, Inc. is an EEO/AAP employer.

Territory Sales Manager

Hampel Oil, a leading regional distributor of petroleum products throughout the Midwest, is currently seeking a Territory Sales Manager for its Dallas-Ft. Worth operation.


  • Strong work ethic, dynamic and results oriented
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Self motivated and able to work with limited supervision
  • Minimum of two years sales experience required


Candidates can send resumes to





Pinnacle Resources, Inc., a privately held lubricants manufacturer with over 30 years in the industry is seeking a regional sales manager. Primary job functions include the marketing of bulk finished lubricants and chemicals across US and surrounding countries. Work from home office is allowed and travel time is based on performance. Strong industry background is required. Responsibilities include:

- Establishing and managing accounts.
- Development of sales and profitable growth for both commercial and industrial lubricants.
- Being well organized and representing the company in a professional manner while maintaining an excellent level of customer service.

Qualified personnel please contact   





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