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February  12, 2013



Brown Evans Distributing and Union Distributing Merge to Form Synergy Petroleum 

Brown Evans Distributing and Union Distributing today announced plans to join forces and form a new company, Senergy Petroleum LLC. David Lueth, Warren Lueth, and Kathye Brown will retain joint principal ownership, and industry veteran and former Canyon State Oil President Chris Lindblom will lead the new company as President & CEO.



"This merger is a perfect fit. The combined strengths, scale, and resources will create a premier distributorship poised for significant and sustainable growth," said Lindblom. "The pace of industry consolidation is accelerating and Senergy will be optimally positioned for the changing market dynamics and continually evolving customer needs of today and tomorrow."


The creation of Senergy unites two highly respected Arizona heritage distributors with roots dating back to 1941. An exceptional customer service focus has earned Union and Brown Evans key-vendor status with over 4000 commercial, industrial, agricultural and automotive fuels & lubricants customers, as well as branded gasoline dealers. Advancing on this legacy of service, Senergy's strategic growth strategy will provide increased operational reach, enhanced breadth and depth of expertise, and the most comprehensive products & services portfolio in the area. Senergy operations will span the Arizona market statewide, as well as into adjacent southwest regional markets.


"The Senergy combination is a game-changing opportunity to take the highest possible standard of quality and service to yet the next level," said Union Distributing co-founding brothers David Lueth and Warren Lueth. "Senergy will be well positioned at the forefront of petroleum distribution in Arizona."


"Senergy creates an exciting opportunity for our valued employees, and an exceptionally capable supplier partner for our loyal customers," said Brown Evans President Kathye Brown. "We are extremely pleased to see our histories of excellence and success move forward as Senergy."


Union Distributing Company, headquartered in Phoenix, operates full service bulk fuels and lubricants terminals, warehousing, and offices in Phoenix and in Tucson. Union has grown from a small five person operation in 1986 to a thriving enterprise with 80 team members, today. Integrity and quality have been at its core since its beginnings.


Brown Evans celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2011. Wayne and Kathye Brown acquired the company from the Evans family in 1982. Wayne led the company until 1996 when he became Mayor of Mesa and Kathye took the helm as President. With headquarters in Mesa and a talented team of 50, it offers a full line of lubricants, wholesale fuels, and a premier network of Pacific Pride commercial fueling sites.


PQIA SPEAKS OUT ON - Responsible Labeling Of Motor Oil
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America Encourages Responsible Labeling of Motor Oils and Says There is Clearly Room for Improvement.


According to a report issued by PQIA on February 7, 2013, an area where PQIA sees considerable room for improvement in labeling of motor oils is with products only meeting obsolete API specifications (SA, SB, SC, SD, SE). Whereas there are certain applications where these products are appropriate, PQIA says they generally have limited use and can cause harm to most passenger car engines. Unfortunately, PQIA frequently finds these products on store shelves with labels that not only lack any precautionary statements to advise consumers of their limited use, but instead use marketing terms suggestive of a high quality product. CLICK FOR MORE  




EcoPower® Announces Detroit Diesel approval of EcoPower Heavy-Duty Diesel 10W-30 CJ-4/SM

Safety-Kleen Systems announced that Detroit Diesel has approved EcoPower® Heavy-Duty Diesel 10W-30 CJ-4/SM for use in Detroit Diesel engines. This re-refined engine oil helps fleets improve fuel economy up to 1.5%, delivers better cold-weather starts, and protects engines and protects the environment.



The Detroit Diesel approval includes Series 50, Series 60, MBE 4000, MBE 900 and HDEP engines equipped with EGR and Diesel Particle Filters (DPF) as specified in 93K218. EcoPower Heavy-Duty Diesel 10W-30 CJ-4/SM has also been approved by or meets the requirements of Cummins, Caterpillar, Mack, Mercedes-Benz, Navistar and Volvo.


"The approval from Detroit Diesel is further evidence that EcoPower protects engines and meets OEM requirements," said Curt Knapp, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Oil Re-refining Sales for Safety-Kleen. "Fleets who switch score the trifecta-better fuel economy, engine protection and environmental protection."


Rodney Walker, Technical Director for Safety-Kleen, points out the mileage, environmental and technical advantages of using EcoPower Heavy-Duty Diesel 10W-30 CJ-4/SM.


"It can boost fuel economy by as much as 1.5% compared to using EcoPower Heavy-Duty Diesel 15W-40 CJ-4/SM. A fleet using 8 million gallons of diesel fuel at $4 per gallon could save up to $480,000. That helps lower a fleet's costs while reducing their carbon footprint. EcoPower Heavy-Duty Diesel 10W-30 CJ-4/SM is also formulated for better cold-temperature starts and provides excellent varnish, sludge and carbon deposit control."


EcoPower helps protect the environment by requiring up to 85% less energy to produce than oil made from virgin crude. A fleet that uses 250,000 gallons of EcoPower per year could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,900 metric tons per year. That's equal to growing over 49,000 trees for 10 years in an urban environment.


Safety-Kleen's re-refining process makes engine oil a sustainable resource. If oil is burned as a fuel source for its thermal value, its effective use is over. But when used oil is recycled into new oil products, like EcoPower, it becomes a sustainable resource that can be re-refined over and over again. And because EcoPower is recycled and re-refined from reclaimed engine oil, it also helps reduce our dependence on crude and foreign oil. It takes 42 gallons of crude oil to make the same amount of high-quality engine oil you get from recycling 1 gallon of used engine oil.




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