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.


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

 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

 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.

New Leadership Announced

Chevron Phillips Chemical Announces President and CEO Leadership Succession

cpchem_logoChevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (Chevron Phillips Chemical) announced today that Peter Cella, president and chief executive officer (CEO), intends to retire from the company, effective August 1, 2017. Additionally, the company announced that Mark Lashier, currently executive vice president, Commercial, will succeed Mr. Cella as president and CEO upon Mr. Cella’s retirement. 

“Pete Cella’s strategic vision, his commitment to leadership development, and his relentless pursuit of operating the company’s global facilities safely and profitably will remain hallmarks of his distinguished career at Chevron Phillips Chemical,” said Timothy G. Taylor, president, Phillips 66 and member of the Chevron Phillips Chemical Board of Directors. “In addition, Pete was a guiding influence in advancing the company’s transformational $6 billion U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the company, we thank Pete for his contributions to reinforce Chevron Phillips Chemical’s footing as a world-leader in the industry.”

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the president and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical for more than six years,” said Cella. “I’m incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together, particularly the success in building our world-scale petrochemicals project, elevating our already industry-leading operational excellence performance, and advancing our organizational capabilities agenda. I look forward to the many achievements this company and our employees will make under Mark Lashier’s leadership.”

Mr. Lashier has nearly 30 years of experience in the chemicals industry, beginning his career as an engineer with the Phillips Petroleum Company, now Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), at its Bartlesville, Oklahoma, facility. By 1997 he had assumed management responsibility for Phillips Petroleum’s Olefins business. In 2000, he joined Chevron Phillips Chemical as Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and Phillips Petroleum combined their chemical businesses to create Chevron Phillips Chemical. Since that time, he has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, including the Asia Region manager, senior vice president, Specialties, Aromatics, & Styrenics, and executive vice president, Olefins and Polyolefins. Mr. Lashier holds a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from Iowa State University.

“Mark brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and the strategic vision that will only further elevate Chevron Phillips Chemical’s trajectory in the years ahead,” said Michael E. (“Mike”) Coyle, president, Manufacturing, Chevron and member of the Chevron Phillips Chemical Board of Directors. “We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented, effective, and passionate leader at the helm of the organization and I look forward to all that Mark and his team will accomplish together.”


Lilly Epstein Stotland Named President of Vesco Oil Corporation


Lilly Epstein Stotland
President, Vesco Oil Corporation

Lilly Epstein Stotland has been named President of Vesco Oil Corporation. Vesco Oil Corporation is one of the largest distributors of branded automotive and industrial lubricants in the United States and a leading recycler of used oil and antifreeze. Stotland joined the company in 2004, and previously served as General Manager. She is a co-owner and also serves on the company’s Board of Directors.

“It is an honor to take on this new role at Vesco Oil. I look forward to working closely with our leadership team to execute our strategic growth objectives,” said Stotland. “I move forward with a deep appreciation and respect for our capable employees, customers, and our suppliers, and hold closely the values that are the foundation of our business.”

Lilly Epstein Stotland has managed strategic acquisitions, and geographic expansion of the company. She also serves as President of Visible Solutions Midwest, LLC, an affiliated company that licenses patented washer solvent products. Prior to joining Vesco Oil in 2004, she was a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York.

“Lilly has brought fine leadership to the Company and has remained true to the core values that have propelled our growth and success since the company’s founding in 1947,” said Vesco Oil CEO Donald Epstein.

Vesco Oil Chairman of the Board, Marjory Winkelman Epstein, said, “This is an important day for Vesco Oil. As we proudly celebrate our 70th anniversary, it brings us great pleasure to announce the appointment of Lilly Epstein Stotland as President. Lilly has demonstrated sustained outstanding leadership capabilities, and is well-equipped to guide the company forward as it faces the challenges that lie ahead in the industry.”

Stotland earned a bachelor’s degree in economics cum laude from Harvard University, and was a recipient of John Harvard and Harvard College Scholarships for highest academic distinction. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration with distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

In the last six years, Vesco Oil has expanded its business with existing suppliers and has five new locations in Cleveland, Columbus, Wauseon, and Dayton, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Vesco Oil is one of the largest distributors of ExxonMobil and Valvoline branded lubricants. Other key supplier relationships include Castrol, Perkins Products, Inc., CAM2, Motorcraft, MOC Products, and Fortech Products.

About Vesco Oil Corporation:
VescoVesco Oil Corporation is an ISO 9001 – 14001 certified and environmentally conscientious distributor, providing automotive and industrial customers with a full range of high quality lubricants and supporting services. Founded in 1947 by Eugene Epstein, Vesco Oil Corporation is one of the largest distributors of branded automotive and industrial lubricants in the United States and is a leading recycler of used oil and antifreeze. The company also is a full service provider of automotive appearance products, operates a full line of metalworking fluids and a leading provider of bulk windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. Vesco Oil Corporation is a majority women-owned business, receiving Certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. For more information, please call 800-527-5358 or visit

U.S. Lubricants Announces Changes to Senior Leadership

U.S. Lubricants, a Division of U.S. Venture, Inc., Announces Changes to its Senior Leadership Team to Drive Continued Growth.

BillRenzBill Renz has been appointed to President – U.S. Lubricants. Previously, Renz was general manager for U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc. that focuses on compressed natural gas (CNG). With extensive experience in management, operations and engineering, Renz led the expansion of U.S. Gain, which has become a national leader in the CNG industry. He formed partnerships with fleet owners across the country to provide them with a cleaner, more affordable, more effective way of operating their business.

“Bill’s enthusiasm and leadership skills make him the perfect fit for this position,” says John Schmidt, CEO/president of US. Venture. “Bill really connects with both our customers and his team members, and I’m confident his talents will take U.S. Lubricants to new heights.” 

Renz is a Wisconsin native and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering with a specialization in management.

StephenieWixStephenie Wix has been promoted to Vice President of Sales – U.S. Lubricants. In her new role, she will oversee all aspects of sales in North America for U.S. Lubricants and work to cultivate synergies between all divisions of U.S. Venture.

Wix has 10 years in lubricants and diesel exhaust fluids sales in the trucking and construction industries. Previously, she was division director of sales for U.S. Gain and drove the growth of the CNG business. Before joining U.S. Gain in February 2013, Wix was a territory manager for Mid-Town Petroleum/Reladyne in Chicago.

BenHimleBen Himle has been hired as Regional General Manager – U.S. Lubricants to oversee our bulk plants in Kimberly, WI; Bloomington, MN; Sioux Falls, SD; and Omaha, NE. In this role, he will have full P&L responsibility for these businesses.

Himle brings a strong background to U.S. Lubricants, having held GM and sales leadership roles across multiple businesses. He most recently led business development for Valvoline across our footprint in the Midwest, which will bring expertise in driving significant top-line growth in this area.

JeffMuellenbachJeff Muellenbach has been promoted to Regional General Manager – U.S. Lubricants to oversee our bulk plant in Valparaiso, IN. In this role, he will have full P&L responsibility for this business.

Muellenbach has been with U.S. Lubricants for more than seven years. Previously, he was regional operations manager, and was in charge of bulk plant operations throughout our footprint. Before that, he was a sales engineer and led technical strategy with our industrial sales team. Before joining U.S. Lubricants, he led the Chemical Management Program at BP Castrol-Mercury Marine for over 10 years. Muellenbach is a University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in business administration.

MattMohelnitzkyMatt Mohelnitzky has been promoted to Director, Product Management & Pricing – U.S. Lubricants. In this role, he will oversee product management, vendor relations, purchasing and pricing to optimize product expertise, and lubricant customer/supplier interfacing for the division.

Mohelnitzky has held the role of product marketing manager for U.S. Lubricants the past three years, leading the marketing and brand management teams, along with being an integral part of developing pricing & product placement strategies for the division. Prior to working at U.S. Lubricants, he gained extensive product management experience leading new product development, supplier/vendor relations and executing pricing strategies. Mohelnitzky is a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh graduate with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance and a master’s degree in business administration.

“With the new leadership team and all of the talented people we have around the nation, U.S. Lubricants is even better positioned to deliver valuable solutions to our customers,” says Bill Renz, president of U.S. Lubricants. “I am confident each member of my team will produce results and propel U.S. Lubricants to a new level.”

About U.S. Lubricants
U.S. Lubricants 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

 About U.S. Venture, Inc.
For more than 65 years, U.S. Venture, Inc. has been recognized as an innovative leader in the distribution of petroleum and renewable energy products, lubricants, and tires and parts for the automotive aftermarket.  Guided by its company vision, “To be the very best value-adding distributor of products that vehicles consume in North America,” they deliver unconventional, creative solutions that give their customers a competitive edge.  Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, the company’s business divisions are U.S. Oil, U.S. AutoForce, U.S. Lubricants and U.S. Gain.  For more information, visit

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

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.”


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 and

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

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.



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

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


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:


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.


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.


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

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.” 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

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