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March  12, 2013



Shell Announces a Price Increase on Lubes
Shell announced a general price increase of up to 4% on its lubricants. The increase is effective April 15, 2013. The company added that "In certain instances, the effective date of change and the amount of the price change for specific products may be at a later date and/or an amount outside of this range."

Shell says the increase is due in part to increasing costs of raw materials used in the production and delivery of its lubricants.



PQIA Spotlight on synthetic lubricants



The Petroleum Quality Institute of America publishes the results of testing on 12 brands of synthetic passenger car motor oil. Whereas each of the brands tested meet their labeled specifications, the results of the testing show differences.



Hear Argo's Tony Mendez at NLGI's 2013 Meeting!


The National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) announced today that the Keynote Address at this year's annual meeting will be given by Tony Mendez, author of Argo, the best-selling memoir that inspired the film of the same name (winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture).


NLGI, the leading technical trade association serving the global lubricating grease and gear lubrication industry, will hold its 2013 annual meeting June 15-18 in Tucson, Ariz. The meeting marks the group's 80th anniversary, and is expected to draw hundreds of participants from around the world. In addition to Mendez's keynote, attendees will hear presentations focusing on lubricating grease performance, testing, applications and advances, including energy-saving and biobased greases. Grease education courses (both basic and advanced) are offered concurrent with the event, and technical working groups also meet. The event presents numerous social and networking opportunities as well.


Tony Mendez is a retired CIA officer, author and award-winning painter. Born in Eureka, Nev. ("the loneliest town on the loneliest road in America"), Tony led two lives. For 25 years he worked under cover, often overseas, in some of the most important operations of the Cold War. To his friends, he was a quiet government bureaucrat. To the CIA, he was their disguise master. Mendez and his subordinates were responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives, enabling them to move securely around the world.


As dramatized in last year's film, Tony and his team engineered and conducted the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis. This intricate operation involved creating an ostensible Hollywood film production company, complete with personnel, scripts, publicity and real estate in L.A.


Tony's presentation is sure to be a rousing opening to this year's meeting. For more details, including registration and hotel information, visit


NLGI is a technical trade association serving the global lubricating grease and gear lubrication industry. For eight decades, NLGI has promoted the development, research and testing of lubricating greases and advances in lubrication technology. Its ongoing activities include Education, Professional Certification, Research, support for Industry Standards, and Annual Meetings to promote this key industry worldwide. Visit for more details.




Sr. Account Manager, is the senior position, within the Lubricants' sales division. Incumbents are responsible for achieving assigned financial and volume goals by securing profitable sales in assigned territory through business relationships with existing customers and solicitation of new accounts.  Jobholders will initiate sales efforts to expand opportunities with current and new products at present and target accounts in order to support long term strategies for profitability. Incumbents gather market data on pricing and competitive terms and communicate relevant market data to management and other sales personnel.    

This job will be located in Florida.


At this level, objectives are more broadly defined, incumbents are typically awarded greater latitude for independent decision making and supervision tends to be after-the-fact. While not a supervisory position, heavily experienced incumbents at this level may serve as mentors to less experienced staff. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • College Degree.
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft Word & Excel, Email)
  • Must display good business & personnel management judgment
  • Exhibit the ability to statistically evaluate data
  • Possess an understanding of financial impact of recommendations
  • Sales experience required, lubricant sales experience preferred

Minimum number of years of job related experience is 8.


Apply online at 


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