Lube-Tech & Partners, LLC Acquires Mighty Auto Parts Distribution Franchises

MightyAutoPartsLube-Tech & Partners announce the acquisition of the Mighty Auto Parts franchises from May Distributing, Inc. of Burnsville, MN and WJS Distributing, LLC of Waukesha, WI. Under the terms of the agreement, Lube-Tech & Partners has an exclusive license to distribute Mighty automotive products throughout most of Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Founded in 1963, Mighty Distributing System of America is a Norcross, Georgia-based franchisor with 107 franchised distributors in 44 states and four international markets. Mighty is a premier supplier of high quality aftermarket products and inventory control services exclusively to automotive professionals. The Mighty partnership provides Lube-Tech with additional products and services to deepen relationships with new car dealers and automotive service centers. Lube-Tech automotive customers will now have access to Mighty’s signature inventory management services and full range of preventive maintenance products including filtration, wipers, lighting products, batteries, brakes, belts, shop supplies and chemicals.

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Chris Bame, Chairman of the Board for Lube-Tech & Partners (far right) with the May family

“The Mighty partnership expands the offering of products and services we bring to our customers,” says Dave Stascavage, Lube-Tech & Partners President. “Mighty allows us to increase customer value by helping customers become more profitable and proficient as providers of automotive maintenance services. In addition to offering high-quality preventive maintenance products, we will be able to help customers realize cost savings through improved inventory management. Finally, we are fortunate to have the May Distributing and WJS Distributing teams join Lube-Tech.”

“We are extremely excited about joining the Lube-Tech team”, says Jim May of Mighty Distributing of Minnesota. “Since 1978, our family has enjoyed partnering with Twin Cities automotive service providers delivering quality parts and personal service. With Lube-Tech, we will be able to service more customers and work with a larger team.”

Scott Sherman, owner of Mighty of Southeast Wisconsin states, “Combining the strength and reputation of Lube-Tech, with Mighty’s outstanding products and service programs will prove that the real winner in this union is the Wisconsin automotive service community. This is a formidable pairing that will raise the bar throughout the marketplace.”

Lube-Tech remains committed to delivering “peace of mind” to its customers by providing solutions that help them improve performance and their bottom-line through consultative support and one-stop shopping for lubricants, chemicals, energy solutions, recycling, fluid handling equipment and now automotive aftermarket products and inventory control services. To learn more visit www.lubetech.com.

 About Lube-Tech & Partners, LLC
Lube-Tech & Partners was formed in June 2016 by the founding companies including Boyer Petroleum (Des Moines, IA), Lubrication Technologies (St. Paul, MN), and Moore Oil (Milwaukee, WI). The merged organization has built upon the founders’ long history of an employee-centric, customer-focused approach to business. As the Midwest’s go-to resource for advanced lubrication and energy solutions, Lube-Tech’s mission is to help customers accelerate their performance – from their engines and equipment to their bottom line – while continuously improving employees’ lives and investing in the community. Based in St. Paul, MN, Lube-Tech & Partners has operations in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and serves commercial, automotive and industrial customers. The company produces and distributes millions of gallons of lubricants and chemicals and employs over 200 people. For more information, visit www.lubetech.com

 About Mighty Distributing
System Mighty Distributing System, a franchisor of sales and services in aftermarket auto parts, is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia and supports 107 distributors in 44 states and four international markets. The Mighty System features attentive local service, inventory management expertise, classroom and on-site training in conjunction with extensive offerings of OE quality underhood and undercar parts, chemical products, lubricants and shop supplies. The Mighty business model attracts independent repair shops, quick lubes, tire centers and new car dealerships across the nation and abroad. Recognized as a “top 25 franchise brand” by The Wall Street Journal, Mighty’s unique approach of dealing directly and exclusively with automotive professionals began in 1963.

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.

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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RelaDyne Locations

“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

Rhinehart Oil Acquires Colorado Based Rex Oil Company

rhinehartrex1Rhinehart Oil Co., Inc. Announces Acquisition and Integration Of Rex Oil Company

Rhinehart Oil Co., Inc. announces the recent acquisition and integration of Rex Oil Company, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The acquisition of Rex Oil Company significantly expands Rhinehart Oil’s presence as a premier fuels and lubricants distributor in the Rocky Mountain region. This acquisition will provide Rhinehart Oil a wider distribution footprint into Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado and provide more products and services to customers in these areas.

4212017quote41“We are extremely excited about this acquisition. It expands our reach in the Rocky Mountain region allowing us to serve a larger customer base,” said John Jardine, Co-CEO of Rhinehart Oil Company. “Tina Powell (President of Rex Oil Company) and I have been friends for several years and I couldn’t be happier this worked out. It’s a great company with a lot of great employees whom we are excited about having joined our team.”

Tina Powell agrees and adds, “I am very happy to make this announcement, I know we chose the right company to give our customers the quality products and excellent service they deserve and expect. It was very important to me that we choose a company that I trusted to care for our many, many long-term employees and customers and I firmly believe we have made the best possible choice.”

A Note From JobbersWorld: The Rex Oil Company described above is a different company than Rex Oil in South Carolina whose lubricants division was acquired by PetroChoice in 2016.

About Rhinehart Oil:
Rhinehart Oil is a privately held family business, based in American Fork, UT. The company has serviced customers in Utah and Wyoming since 1976. Rhinehart Oil provides exceptional quality and impeccable service. Rhinehart Oil is a total solutions provider that offers a wide range of high quality products and supporting services to industrial, commercial, and automotive markets. Rhinehart Oil distributes a wide variety of products including lubricants, fuels, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), equipment, chemicals, and automotive ancillary products. More.

About Rex Oil Company:
Rex Oil Company has serviced the Colorado market since 1937. This acquisition comprises of both Rex Oil Company and Gray Oil Company, who previously merged into Rex Oil Company in 2014. The company services a broad range of customers with fuel, lubricants, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and chemicals throughout the Colorado and South East Wyoming region. This acquisition includes wholesale distribution facilities, convenience stores, and card locks throughout Colorado. More.

RelaDyne Acquires Hager Oil Company of Alabama

rdh2017RelaDyne announced the acquisition of Hager Oil Company, located in Jasper, Alabama. This acquisition will solidify RelaDyne’s footprint in Alabama, creating a regional density that will largely expand its robust offering of products and services in the area.

Hager Oil Company has been serving Northern Alabama from Jasper, Alabama, since 1954. The company has prided itself on offering a wide portfolio of products including lubricants, greases, hydraulics, antifreeze, fuels, alternative fuels, and chemicals.

As one of the nation’s leading providers of lubricants, fuel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and industrial reliability services, RelaDyne is equipped to maintain and expand the current customer base of Hager Oil Company while upholding the local culture and the industry expertise that Hager is historically known to provide.

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Larry Stoddard, CEO RelaDyne

“The Hager Oil Company acquisition is a great addition to our recent geographical expansion to Alabama,” says RelaDyne CEO, Larry Stoddard. “RelaDyne is proud to continue to bring our suite of products and services to more and more customers in the Southern region. We welcome the addition of all of the Hager Oil Company associates to RelaDyne. The result of this acquisition will diversify and expand our product and service offerings to the Hager Oil customer base.

“We align ourselves with the values and quality of service that RelaDyne provides and we are looking forward to adding our great operation to the RelaDyne footprint,” states James Eidson, President of Hager Oil Company. “The entire Hager Oil team is excited for the opportunity to join RelaDyne, and we look forward to continuing to serve our great customers.”

RelaDyne continues to be the “Acquirer of Choice” in the lubricants, fuel and reliability segments. “We continue to focus on acquiring great companies with great people. Distributors with great people are the best businesses in our industry, and that is why we are so excited to welcome Hager Oil Company to the RelaDyne family,” says RelaDyne CSO, Jeff Hart, who leads RelaDyne’s M&A activities. “We started RelaDyne in 2010 with 10 locations in 5 states and have grown to over 50 locations in 18 states. We focus on adding new geography, new capabilities, and more density within our current footprint as we continue to create a national distribution platform.”

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.

Lubrication Technologies agrees to acquire Professional Carwash Systems, Inc.

Lubrication Technologies announces acquisition, strengthening Solutions & Services business

Lubetech2Lubrication Technologies announced today that they have reached an agreement to acquire PCS (Professional Carwash Systems, Inc.) with a purchase date effective April 17, 2017. PCS is a vehicle wash sales, installation and service business headquartered in Buffalo, Minnesota.

Founded in 1991, PCS is a regional leader in vehicle wash systems for the Convenience Store, Grocery, Independent Automotive Service Center and Car Dealer markets with operations in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. PCS offers in-bay automatic and tunnel wash solutions including supporting equipment and chemical products. Combined with the Lubrication Technologies (Lube-Tech) family of companies, Lube-Tech is well positioned to expand the PCS business to Lube-Tech’s broad automotive and fleet customer base across the Upper Midwest. The addition of PCS will provide Lube-Tech and PCS customers with one-stop access to a professional network of lubrication and cleaning maintenance specialists, products and services.

While PCS will become part of the Solutions & Services business of Lube-Tech, it will continue to operate under the PCS name. Lube-Tech and PCS customers will benefit from Lube-Tech’s Total Customer Care offering which includes a broad lubricant, cleaner, energy, recycling, fluid handling equipment and service portfolio along with more than 500 Lube-Tech employees working to ensure their continued success. PCS will continue to offer complete car wash services including sales, installation, service, supply, marketing and laboratory support and will continue to be headquartered in Buffalo, Minnesota.
PCS founder Bob Englund will retain his role as President of PCS and will report to Rick Cummings, General Manager of Lube-Tech’s Solutions & Services business. “This union will provide our valued customers with an even greater level of service and support through the merging of our resources and vast combined experience in the Midwest,” said Bob Englund, President of PCS.

“Lube-Tech and PCS not only share a rich history of quality and customer service; they share the same values as family owned organizations who care about their employees, their customers, their suppliers and their communities. We welcome PCS and its 30-plus employees to the Lube-Tech family”, said Chris Bame, CEO of Lubrication Technologies.

About Lubrication Technologies
Since 1925, Lubrication Technologies (Lube-Tech) and its family of companies have demonstrated an employee-centric, customer-focused approach. Lube-Tech’s mission is to help customers accelerate their performance – from their engines and equipment to their bottom line – while continuously improving our employees’ lives and investing in our community. Lube-Tech serves transportation, automotive, industrial, and small engine customers in over 70 countries with operations throughout the Midwest region, Shreveport, LA, and Langenthal, Switzerland. The company produces and distributes millions of gallons of lubricants, fuels and chemicals; and employs over 500 people. Lube-Tech & Partners Distribution Group serves Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.lubetech.com.

Pugh Lubricants and Apollo Oil Combine to Create One of the Largest Lubricant Distribution Companies in the Eastern United States

PughTwo longtime leaders in lubricant distribution, Apollo Oil and Pugh Lubricants have announced a merger creating an organization uniquely positioned to serve the growing automotive, trucking and industrial lubrication markets with an unparalleled ability to support clients on a broad regional basis with a local touch.

The companies have very little overlap in geography, enabling Apollo and Pugh to continue operating as separate divisions while maintaining their historic company names in the near term, an affirmation of the commitment to customer relationships cultivated over more than one hundred years.  The combination joins Pugh’s service regions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee with Apollo’s service regions in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia under one company.

Pugh President Mike Pugh said, “Apollo has long been recognized for their commitment to excellent service which is the foundation of our industry.  We share the same philosophy and the combination of our two companies reflects a proud history of nearly 140 years in business.  We look forward to building upon that heritage together.”

“The Pugh brand has long been admired and shares Apollo’s values of service, quality, and integrity,” said Ed Dotson the CFO and GM of Apollo. “This combination is a fitting legacy to the original founders of both companies, and we are very excited to join these two companies and deliver increased value to our customers by leveraging the experience, products and services of both organizations.”

Key strategic benefits of the combination include:

  • Augmented product offerings and deeper market footprint.  The larger distribution reach offers suppliers to the combined company unmatched access to customers in the combined operating region.
  • Enhanced service for our customers.  The combination of the companies’ resources allows for accelerated investment in technology and personnel, reinforcing the combined company’s leading position in service to its most valued constituents – the customers who have supported Pugh and Apollo over many decades of operation.
  • Investment in our employees.  This larger organization allows us to provide enhanced training, technology and career advancement opportunities to our employees, especially as we continue to grow our product offering and footprint, making our firm a preferred employer in the markets we serve.
  • Plans to pursue further expansion. The combination allows the combined company to pursue organic and inorganic growth opportunities while continually investing in its value proposition to its customers and suppliers.

Mike Pugh and Ed Dotson will continue in their current leadership roles.

About Pugh Lubricants
Pugh Lubricants is a distributor of nationally branded and private label finished lubricants, antifreeze, and other ancillary product lines throughout the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and portions of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas. For additional information, www.PughLubricants.com.

 About Apollo Oil
Apollo Oil is a distributor of nationally branded and private label finished lubricants, antifreeze, and other ancillary product lines throughout Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, and portions of Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee. For additional information, please visit www.ApolloOil.com

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