RelaDyne Acquires Western Marketing, Inc.

rdwmpicAs reported in JobbersWorld on April 27, 2017, “RelaDyne Enters Agreement to Purchase Western Marketing, Inc.” Well the deal is done!


RelaDyne acquires Texas-based regional lubricants distributor, Western Marketing, Inc., the largest acquisition in the company’s history.

RelaDyne, one of the nation’s leading providers of lubricants, fuel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and industrial reliability services, has officially closed on its acquisition of Western Marketing, Inc., a leading regional distributor of petroleum products based in Abilene, Texas. The transaction is an enormous gain to RelaDyne’s geographical footprint and market share as well as a positive portfolio expansion for the Western Marketing customers.

Founded in 1953, Western Marketing, Inc. (WMI) supplies bulk and packaged lubricants to customers utilizing internal combustion engines primarily for transportation, agriculture, and energy pumping and gathering systems. WMI services West and North Texas markets reaching into Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Louisiana.

“This partnership with RelaDyne is the right next step for Western Marketing,” said Robert Sullivan, Western Marketing CEO. “As we forged our partnership with RelaDyne, I have learned that both companies share similar leadership values and business philosophies. RelaDyne will offer our two greatest assets (our associates and customers) many great rewards. Our Western Marketing associates will have great career opportunities and benefit programs. Our Western Marketing customers will have industry leading reliability services and expanded product programs to enhance their profitability. Our entire team is excited about the future!”

“The closing of the Western Marketing, Inc. acquisition signifies a substantial growth in our size and capabilities in the South Region for RelaDyne,” stated Larry Stoddard, RelaDyne President and CEO. “I have personally been very impressed by the associates of Western Marketing. We are truly pleased to welcome this great team of industry leaders to the RelaDyne family. We certainly share in the excitement about the future with this addition to our business.”

RelaDyne continues to be the “Acquirer of Choice” in the lubricants, fuel, and reliability segments. “The acquisition of Western Marketing, Inc. is the largest acquisition to date for RelaDyne,” said RelaDyne CSO, Jeff Hart, who leads RelaDyne’s M&A activities. “We are continually looking to acquire leading businesses with great people and great customers – Western Marketing is another perfect example of that. Our M&A team at RelaDyne is focused on adding new geography, new capabilities, and more density within our current footprint as we continue to create a national distribution platform.”

About Western Marketing, Inc.
Western Marketing Inc. is a leading, multi-branded lubricant distributor serving customers across seven states with an emphasis on truck fleets, agricultural, automotive repair shops, car dealerships, gas engine oil users, manufacturing plants and wind turbine sectors. Those interested in more information can contact the Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas-Fort Worth, Longview, Lubbock, Monahans, Texas and Stroud, Oklahoma offices to learn more about the lubrication products, services and equipment offered.

About RelaDyne
RelaDyne, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the nation’s leading providers of lubricants, fuels, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and reliability services for industrial, commercial, and automotive businesses in the United States. RelaDyne was formed in 2010 by the combination of four well-established industry-leading companies and has since grown to more than 60 locations by strategically acquiring other industry leaders in the lubricant, fuel distribution, and industrial service segments. For more information, visit www.RelaDyne.com.

U.S. Lubricants Announces a Strategic Partnership with Harrigan Industrial Technologies, Inc.

U.S. Lubricants, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., announces strategic partnership with Harrigan Industrial Technologies Inc., located in Cedarburg, WI. The partnership presents an opportunity for U.S. Lubricants to provide its customers’ with an expanded product line of industrial lubricants and other products and services related to lubricant filtration.

HarriganQuoteHarrigan Industrial Technologies, Inc. has been serving the upper Midwest for more than 30 years. The family-owned company has prided itself on offering a wide portfolio of products including Castrol industrial lubricants, Henkel metalworking fluids, greases, filter media, filter bags and cartridges.

“We align ourselves with the values and quality of service that U.S. Lubricants provides, and we are looking forward to partnering with a great organization that puts its customers first,” states Bill Harrigan, President & CEO of Harrigan Industrial Technologies. “The entire Harrigan Industrial team is excited for the opportunity to partner with U.S. Lubricants, and we look forward to continuing to serve our great customers.”

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Bill Renz, President U.S. Lubricants

As a leading provider of lubrication solutions, U.S. Lubricants is equipped to maintain and expand the current customer base of Harrigan Industrial Technologies while upholding the local culture and industry expertise that Harrigan is historically known to provide.

 

“We are very excited to partner with Harrigan and bring additional products and services to our customers,” says U.S. Lubricants President Bill Renz. “U.S. Lubricants will continue to grow significantly in the coming years, and this is one of many next steps that will position us to provide the best value to our customers.”

About Harrigan Industrial Technologies, Inc.
Harrigan Industrial Technologies, Inc. is a regional leader in the industrial lubricants and filtration services industry. For more than 30 years, Harrigan has helped industrial customers become more efficient and more profitable through increased uptime, improved cycle times and reduced spending on indirect labor, fluid usage, disposal and tooling. For more information, visit www.HarriganIndustrial.com and www.harrigansolutions.com.

About U.S. Lubricants
U.S. Lubricants, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., is a leading lubrication solutions provider offering a wide range of lubricants, lubrication services, and reliability programs for industrial, commercial, and automotive businesses. For more information, visit www.uslube.com.

PetroChoice Opens New Distribution Center

PetroChoice, a leading provider of lubrication solutions, announces the opening of its newest location in Lamesa, TX. The new facility is the 52nd location for PetroChoice and will serve as a distribution center for Western Texas and Eastern New Mexico.

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Building on PetroChoice’s expansion from the acquisition of Universal Lubricants last year, the Lamesa location solidifies the PetroChoice footprint in Western Texas. This location will enhance service to the Permian Basin region, a large oil and natural gas producing area, as well as accommodate future growth.

“The Lamesa expansion is a key step in PetroChoice’s continued growth strategy and we are one of the few lubricant distributors investing in new greenfield locations to support current and future customers,” says Rick Palmore, Regional Vice President of PetroChoice’s Western Region. “Our Lamesa branch will carry a full line of high-quality products to serve the industrial, commercial and automotive businesses. PetroChoice will also provide our trusted and proven services to add value to our customers.”

PetroChoice combines deep operational and equipment expertise with value-added lubrication services to create a platform for customer success. Laboratory services, including the company’s Engine Guard® oil analysis program and LifeLines® equipment maintenance program, allow heavy-duty equipment owners and operators the ability to improve efficiencies with their major capital assets. PetroChoice also offers automatic lubrication systems and customized equipment programs for complete customer support.

“Expanding our footprint allows us to further serve a new audience in this area and offer an unparalleled level of sales, service and distribution capabilities,” added Palmore.

“PetroChoice is committed to putting our customers first, driving improvements in the way we deliver products and services,” says Gary Shaffer, Operations Vice President of the Western Division. “This is the ideal location to better provide our comprehensive programs to the West Texas market.

About PetroChoice:
PetroChoice is one of the largest petroleum-based lubricant distributors in the United States, providing business solutions for industrial, commercial, and passenger automobile customers. The company, headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, operates 52 locations across the U.S. and employs some of the nation’s most knowledgeable technical experts of petroleum lubrication and equipment. PetroChoice is a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital. For more information about PetroChoice, please visit Petrochoice.com.

Lubrizol Announces Changes to Senior Leadership

Tom Curtis will be appointed corporate senior vice president and president of Lubrizol Additives, replacing Dan Sheets, who has announced his intent to retire at the end of 2017

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Tom Curtis, Senior Vice President and President of Lubrizol Additives

Tom Curtis, currently vice president of Engine Oils will be appointed corporate senior vice president and president of Lubrizol Additives, replacing Dan Sheets, who has announced his intent to retire at the end of 2017, completing his 33-year career with the company. Curtis joined Lubrizol in 1990 and has served in a variety of technology and commercial positions, including a five-year assignment in Hazelwood, United Kingdom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from John Carroll University.

“I thank Dan for his leadership, dedication and many contributions to Lubrizol,” states Eric R. Schnur, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “With a company career spanning more than three decades, and having served as leader of our Lubrizol Additives segment since 2008, Dan has been a primary driver of the strong Lubrizol Additives performance over the past approximately 20 years. I am confident Tom has the experience and proven track record of accomplishments that make him uniquely qualified to successfully lead our Additives segment and further meet the needs of our customers.”

Other Changes to Lubrizol’s senior leadership team include:


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Bob Graf, Corporate Vice President of Data Science and Analytics

Bob Graf, currently corporate vice president of research and development, is named corporate vice president of data science and analytics, a new position for Lubrizol. Graf joined Lubrizol in 1985 and has held a variety of technical management roles throughout Lubrizol. He joined Lubrizol’s senior leadership team in 2008. Graf earned his Doctorate and Master of Science degrees in macromolecular science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1985 and 1983 respectively, and his Bachelor of Science in polymer science from the Pennsylvania State University in 1980.


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Julie Edgar, Corporate Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Sustainability officer

With Graf’s new role, Julie Edgar joins Lubrizol’s senior leadership team as corporate vice president, research and development and chief sustainability officer. Edgar joined Lubrizol in 1995 as a research chemist at the company’s regional development and marketing facility in Hazelwood, United Kingdom. She has held a number of technology management positions within the company, including leadership positions in the United States and Asia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Doctorate in chemistry, both from the University of Surrey.


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Tesham (Tesh) Gor Corporate Vice President Corporate Strategy and Consumer Insights

Tesham (Tesh) Gor joins Lubrizol’s senior leadership team as corporate vice president, corporate strategy and consumer insights. Gor joined Noveon, Inc. in 2002, which was subsequently acquired by Lubrizol in 2004. He has held a variety of strategic, commercial and business management positions including a two-year assignment in Hong Kong. He has also served as vice president and general manager, Performance Coatings and most recently as vice president, Industrial Specialties. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Louisville and an executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

These changes are effective June 1, 2017.

“With this leadership team and all of the talented people we have around the world, Lubrizol is even better positioned to deliver valuable solutions to assist our customers in meeting the needs of their end users,” comments Schnur.  “Additionally, by bringing together the many ongoing sustainability efforts across the company under the newly created position of chief sustainability officer, we will enhance our positive contributions to the lives of those who use the company’s products and/or live in the communities in which Lubrizol operates.”

About The Lubrizol Corporation
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers’ products while reducing their environmental impact. It is a leader at combining market insights with chemistry and application capabilities to deliver valuable solutions to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. Lubrizol improves lives by acting as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care, personal care and skin care products and specialty materials encompassing polymer and coatings technologies, along with polymer-based pharmaceutical and medical device solutions.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 8,300 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2016 were $6.5 billion. For more information, visit Lubrizol.com.

Class Action Complaint Filed Against BP Lubricants and CarSense Alleging Violation of Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

LadyJusticeA class action complaint has been filed in Pennsylvania against BP Lubricants USA and CarSense*, alleging that the defendants sell a written warranty that violates the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act because the warranty contains an illegal tying provision.

For those unfamiliar with the MMWA, it is an act passed by Congress in 1975 that governs consumer product warranties. Among a number of requirements that warrantors must meet, the Act has a provision that prohibits “tie-in sales” that require a consumer to buy an item or service from a specified company to be eligible for, and maintain warranty coverage.

The class action complaint states that “The intent of the MMWA is to preclude, for example, an arrangement that conditions automobile warranty coverage on the use of branded motor oil, unless the motor oil is provided without charge under terms of the warranty or unless no other motor oil will function properly and provide equivalent performance.”

Further, the complaint states that “Under the MMWA, Defendants have created an illegal tying arrangement by requiring Plaintiffs to change motor oil in their vehicle every 4,000 miles or 4 months with only Castrol products. Plaintiffs are paying more for Castrol products than what they would pay for substantially similar or possibly superior motor oils.”

ClassAction.org posted a copy of the complaint online.
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You Can Be Sure JobbersWorld will keep a close eye on this case as it could be a precedent setter with important implications for lubricant manufacturers, marketers, and other industry stakeholders.

* Penske Automotive Completed the Acquisition of CarSense as of January 11, 2017

Parman Energy Welcomes New Senior Vice President-Sales

Parman Energy announces a new addition to their esteemed leadership staff – Mark Spaniol

Mark will be joining as the Senior Vice President-Sales and comes with a strong background in sales leadership. Mark’s many years of sales leadership include roles with ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, SONY Electronics, and most recently Western Marketing, a large Chevron lubricants marketer in Texas. In his new role, Mark will be responsible for leading the sales efforts of Parman Energy in all their locations.

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Mark Spaniol, Senior Vice President-Sales Parman Energy

“Parman Energy is a world-class organization. I’m excited about joining them on their growth journey and look forward to contributing to their success” says Mark.

As Parman Energy continuously drives to be a leader in the oil and lubricants industry, they will also continue to evolve structurally with a constant focus on growing their business while providing “Totally Outrageous Customer Service (T.O.C.S)” to both their external and internal customers. In support of the drive to continue to be an industry leader, the opportunities to add to their exiting world-class organization brings them further on their journey to delivering T.O.C.S. Parman Energy Corporation’s continued commitment to safety, implementation of risk management best practices, and willingness to learn and apply new safety techniques have enabled them to set a future standard of excellence amongst industry peers.

Mark will report to Steve Moore, Parman’s President and CEO. “I am thrilled to have Mark join our leadership team” says Moore. “His professionalism and enthusiasm will be a perfect fit with our sales driven culture.”

About Parman Energy Corporation
For almost a century Parman Energy has been supplying effective and timely lubrication and fuel solutions for businesses and industries throughout the southeast US. With more than 12 STLE Certified Lubrication Specialists and 15 employees certified as both Oil Monitoring Analysts (OMA) and ICML Machinery Lubrication Technicians, Parman Energy offers a highly skilled staff capable to ensure proper equipment lubrication. Parman Energy also offers a full line of lubricants as well as quality DEF products, fuel and equipment. Strategically located across the state of Tennessee, Parman Energy will make sure you are good to go on all your fuel, DEF and lubrication needs. Click for more on Parman Energy

RelaDyne Enters Agreement to Purchase Western Marketing, Inc.

rdwmpicRelaDyne, one of the nation’s leading providers of lubricants, fuel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and industrial reliability services, has signed definitive agreements to acquire Western Marketing, Inc., a leading regional distributor of petroleum products based in Abilene, Texas. The transaction is expected to close in approximately two weeks.

Founded in 1953, Western Marketing, Inc. (WMI) supplies bulk and packaged lubricants to customers utilizing internal combustion engines primarily for transportation, agriculture, and energy pumping and gathering systems. WMI services West and North Texas markets reaching into Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Louisiana.

“The strategic decision to partner with RelaDyne will greatly benefit our customers and our team,” said Robert Sullivan, Western Marketing CEO. “Through RelaDyne, we will soon be able to offer our customers a wider product offering and new reliability services which will enhance our customers’ profitability. RelaDyne’s culture and growth commitment provide a great work environment, robust benefits, and career advancement opportunities throughout their footprint for our team.”

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“The acquisition of Western Marketing will significantly expand our geographic footprint into West and North Texas markets, creating regional density in our existing branches,” stated Larry Stoddard, RelaDyne President and CEO. “Together, our businesses will share best practices and provide a platform for future organic growth. We look forward to welcoming the WMI team into the RelaDyne family soon and offering their customers additional products and services from the people they already know and trust.”

“The acquisition of Western Marketing, Inc. will be RelaDyne’s largest acquisition to date.

We continue to focus on acquiring great companies with great people and this is another perfect example,” said RelaDyne CSO, Jeff Hart, who leads RelaDyne’s M&A activities. “This deal represents our 30th acquisition since we started the business in 2010, as we continue our strategy to create a national distribution platform.”

About Western Marketing, Inc.
Western Marketing Inc. is a leading, multi-branded lubricant distributor serving customers across seven states with an emphasis on truck fleets, agricultural, automotive repair shops, car dealerships, gas engine oil users, manufacturing plants and wind turbine sectors. Those interested in more information can contact the Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas-Fort Worth, Longview, Lubbock, Monahans, Texas and Stroud, Oklahoma offices to learn more about the lubrication products, services and equipment offered. Visit www.WestMktg.com

About RelaDyne
RelaDyne, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the nation’s leading providers of lubricants, fuels, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and reliability services for industrial, commercial, and automotive businesses in the United States. RelaDyne was formed in 2010 by the combination of four well-established industry-leading companies and has since grown to more than 50 locations by strategically acquiring other industry leaders in the lubricant, fuel distribution and industrial service segments. For more information, visit www.RelaDyne.com

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