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March 3, 2014

- CAM2 Acquired by Jack Baker and other investors

- Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. Acquires United Petroleum Company

Eastman to Acquire Aviation Turbine Oil Business from BP

January 16, 2014 

Thwaites and Vintage Acquire Ownership of LSC


December 18, 2013

- Western Marketing Achieves Highest Chevron Lubricant Recognition- - Winning the Eagle Award Two Consecutive Years Running


- News12 Presents an Eye Opening, Three Part Series about Bad Motor Oils on Shelves



December 12, 2013  

- News12 Presents an Eye Opening, Three Part Series about Bad Motor Oils on Shelves



December 10, 2013

- Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. Acquires Bel-Ray Company, Inc.

- Retail Prices Can be Telling




- Retail Prices Can be Telling

- Chevron Announces October 2013 Inductees to the Delo Sponsored Million Mile Club  




- Warren Oil Start Up New Grease Plant

- Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Used Oil Collection Service Territories in the Great Lakes Region

- Mobil 1 Proves Performance with Live Engine Teardown 




- Michigan Orders Another Bad Motor Oil off Its Shelves



- Clean Harbors Announces Acquisition of Evergreen Oil

- Michigan Takes Action to Protect Car Owners From Bad Oil. Orders City Star/Star Petroleum Motor Oils and ATFs off the Shelves!



- More Prices Increases; Price Increase Summary



- Shell Announces Lubricant Price Increase 

- Chevron Recognizes Glockner Oil Company for Strong Lubricant Sales Performance 



- GH Berlin - Windward Acquires Industrial and Commercial Lubricants Business of the Sandri Companies



- Valvoline Partners with Badger Lubrication Technologies


- CITGO® Lubricants Receives GE Jenbacher Approval for Pacemaker® GEO LFG LA 40























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March 20, 2014



PQIA Issues a DON'T BUY on Orbit Motor Oil and ATF
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) reports on a fraudulent brand of "Motor Oil" on retail shelves in Missouri and Indiana, and likely available elsewhere throughout the Midwest, that is capable of destroying your car engine in short order.  The brand is Orbit and it's manufactured by Orbit Oil in Gary, Indiana. 

PQIA's analysis of the Orbit samples show the products are extremely thin, as much as 74% below the minimum viscosity requirements for their implied viscosity grade.  Motor oils this thin are not able to adequately separate and lubricate moving engine parts and can lead to rapid wear and even engine seizure.  In addition, the samples tested lack the critical additives needed to protect car engines from wear, sludge, rust and corrosion, and may contain abrasive contaminates. 
Accordingly, PQIA issued a "DON'T BUY" for Orbit brand motor oils.   



Smitty's Supply, Inc. Adds Two Industry Veterans to its Management Team


Smitty's Supply, Inc. adds two industry veterans with "extensive experience in the areas of financial management and manufacturing operations" to its management team.


Smitty's Supply, Inc., is excited to announce that Stephen D. Kelley and Robert Mancil, two well respected and experienced lubricants industry veterans, have recently joined the Smitty's family.  


Ed Smith, Owner and CEO of Smitty's Supply, Inc. states, "With the addition of Stephen and Robert to our team, Smitty's stands to benefit tremendously from their combined talents and experiences.  Smitty's is confident this addition to our management team ensures we will remain a leader in the lubricant manufacturing, packaging and marketing industry."   


Stephen D. Kelley has joined Smitty's Supply, Inc., and will serve as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Smitty's Supply, Inc.


After completing high school in Camden, Arkansas, Stephen earned a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in accounting in 2001 from Southern Arkansas University and later obtained his CPA license in the state of Texas.


Stephen began his career with Murphy Oil Corporation and later worked as an auditor for KPMG, LLP until he departed in 2002 to join Martin Resource Management Corporation as an accountant. Over the next 12 years, Stephen rapidly progressed through the Martin organization serving as an Accountant, the Director of Internal Audit, an Accounting Manager, the Assistant Controller, the Controller and from 2011 until his recent departure he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cross Oil Refining and Marketing, Inc., a division of Martin Resource Management.


Robert G. Mancil III has joined Smitty's Supply, Inc., and will serve as Vice President of Operations.


Robert began his career in the oil and lubricants industry in 1981 at the age of 17 with Westland Specialty Oil in Shreveport LA.  After the Specialty Oil merger with Pennzoil Quaker State, Robert progressed to the engineering department gaining experience and knowledge in all aspects of lube facility management and operations. In the year 2000, Robert left Pennzoil to oversee the construction of the new Omni facility in Shreveport where he remained as Plant Manager. In 2001 Robert joined El-Paso/Coastal Unilube as a Plant Engineer until he joined the Warren Oil organization as Vice President of Operations with the responsibility for the management of 5 lubricant manufacturing facilities in 2002. In August of 2005, Robert accepted the position of Vice President of Operations of the Packaging, Plastics and Grease Divisions of Martin Lubricants where he remained until he joined the Smitty's organization.


Ed Smith states, "With the skill set, knowledge and experience that both Stephen and Robert have gained thus far during their impressive careers, each of them bring a heightened level of expertise that our company values.  We are excited to improve and grow both the financial management and operational segments of our businesses. Smitty's is proud to welcome these highly qualified individuals to our organization and look forward to the many positive contributions that each will surely make to our company."


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CAM2  Brings on Two New Sales Reps.


CAM2 International LLC, announced it has hired two "well respected and highly experienced sales associates as a step forward in its commitment to future growth." 


Walter Tyson, President of CAM2 says, "We at CAM2 are excited to announce that Todd Judy and Kevin Schettler have agreed to join CAM2's sales team."


Todd Judy comes to CAM2 with 29 years' experience in the petroleum industry having begun his career with Phillips Petroleum and later worked for Citgo, Shell Oil and most recently with Cross Oil/Martin Lubricants. Todd brings to CAM2 a vast knowledge base in the lubricant sales arena and has won numerous awards for sales and team leadership. Todd will be primarily working the Southeastern region of the U.S. Todd is a graduate of East Tennessee State University.


Kevin Schettler comes to CAM2 with 25 years' experience in the automotive lubricants industry. Kevin began his career with Valvoline and has also worked for BP Castrol and Cross Oil/Martin Lubricants. Kevin holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. Kevin's base of operations will primarily be in the Mid-West.


Walter Tyson, says, "The expansion of our sales rep and distribution team further strengthens our ability to meet the needs of our customers. Todd and Kevin's experience and background are a perfect fit for CAM2 and their skills will greatly benefit CAM2 and our customers."


Jack Baker, CEO of CAM2 adds "A key reason for CAM2's success over the past three decades has been our exceptional sales team and we continue to add to that team to insure CAM2's success well into the future. We are excited to add Todd and Kevin to our team."



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