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January  22, 2013



Lubricating Specialties Company Moves Management Up and Expands Facilities Out

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 



Chemlube International LLC Joins to Support PQIA's Efforts to Help Assure the Quality and Integrity of Motor Oils, Transmission Fluids, and Other Lubricants

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA), announced today that Chemlube International LLC has joined the ranks of other industry stake-holders supporting PQIA's efforts to assure the quality and integrity of lubricants in the market.


Rob Nobel, President of Chemlube International LLC, says, "The support of PQIA was not a hard decision to make in that PQIA's efforts to help assure the quality of lubricants in the marketplace align well with our market philosophy and reputation."  Click for more

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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