Chevron: Second Major to Move in Round 2

Chevron is the Second Major to Move in Round 2

Chevron Lubricants announced today a general increase of up to 10% on all its lubricating oils and greases. The increase is effective May 7, 2018. Chevron attributes the adjustment to the increasing costs of raw materials used in the manufacturing process.

This announcement follows ExxonMobil, the first major to move in round 2, as reported by JobbersWorld, March 23, 2018.

See the bottom of page for a complete table of all price increases reported by JobbersWorld in Round 2, 2018.

Valor Oil acquires Harper Companies of Florence, KY

Valor Oil announces the purchased of Florence, KY based Harper Oil Products, Inc. and Harper Properties, Inc. assets effective April 1, 2018.


Left to right: Josh Emmick SVP, Gary Emmick CEO/President

“We at Valor Oil can’t tell you how excited we are to have this opportunity to continue the work of such well-respected and well -run businesses”, said Valor Senior Vice President Josh Emmick. Adding to this, Emmick tells JobbersWorld, “The acquisition helps advance Valor’s goal to be the petroleum distributor of choice in Kentucky by extending its geographic reach originally from Bowling Green to Louisville, KY on into the northern part of the State and up to Cincinnati. The Harper’s have been life-long friends of mine and I am so glad they entrusted us with this opportunity. We will offer our entire suite of product lines in this market: Branded Stores, Unbranded Stores, Tankwagon Fueling, Transport Fueling, Cardlock Fleet Sites, Chevron Lubricants, Private Label Lubricants, DEF Manufacturing, and Renegade Racing Fuels.”

ValorQuoteThe Harper family has been a prominent petroleum wholesale distributor and convenience store retailer in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati market since 1955. Steve and Larry Harper purchased and took over operations from founder Bobby Harper in 1990 and have continued its prominence and growth in the region. Harper Oil Products, Inc. provides services to retail fueling stations, commercial, industrial, agricultural, oil heat and governmental customers with unbranded and branded fuels and lubricants. Harper Properties, Inc. operates nine convenience stores under the HOP Shops brand and one Dairy Queen Grill & Chill fast food restaurant.

Valor Oil is a 3rd generation family owned company based in Owensboro, Kentucky and is a full-line petroleum distributor. Valor will now have physical presence in Owensboro, Bowling Green, Louisville, Florence and Maysville Kentucky. Their services provide fuels, additives, lubricants, racing fuels and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) – as well as innovative, cost-saving services – to gas stations, convenience stores, and a wide variety of businesses in the commercial, industrial, marine, mining, oil heat and farming sectors in Kentucky, Central Tennessee, Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois and Southern Ohio. With products ranging from a full line of Chevron, Petro Canada, and private label lubricants, to top tier branded gas, to high-performance racing fuels and oils, Valor Oil has become one of the premier fuel and lubricant distributors in the region. Through its company operated HOP Shop convenience stores Valor now directly serves the motoring public with clean and inviting stores providing quality gasolines and well stocked facilities at competitive prices.


AXEL Christiernsson has acquired the operating assets and the majority of other assets of Royal Mfg Co, LP. The business will now be carried forward as AXEL Royal LLC, a subsidiary of AXEL Americas LLC, building on the heritage of Royal Mfg Co, LP as a well-established supplier of lubricating greases and lubes in the US market and abroad.

The AXEL Christiernsson Group (AXEL) has expanded and become one of the leading producers and suppliers of lubricating greases in Europe, with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Sweden, the Netherlands and France, and AXEL Americas, LLC is also a significant player in the US. Through organic growth and acquisitions, the company is now a leading supplier of private label lubricating greases in the global business-to-business” market.

AXELRoyalQuoteAXEL works successfully with many of the leading lubricant companies around the world and has become the largest independent manufacturer of lubricating greases in the European market, with a noticeable position in the USA since 2011. By adding Royal, we create a step change for AXEL Americas, increasing our capacity and extending our reach in the US market.

Royal Mfg Co, LP, has facilities in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Schertz, Texas. Since 1914, Royal and its predecessors have provided high-performance oils and greases to their clients. Bill Mallory, of Royal, has also successfully expanded by bringing Troco and Wright into the same structure. The Brownsville base oil terminal is not included in this transaction.

“I am pleased to see Royal becoming a part of the AXEL Group and believe our companies will work very well together, building on the knowledge and skills that prevail on both sides. Royal and AXEL are both dedicated to high-quality products and customer service. The combination will be excellent!”, said Bill Mallory, President Royal Mfg. Co LP

According to AXEL Americas President, Tom Schroeder, “Our combined customer offering will increase significantly with the capabilities of three production sites and the talents of the larger work force coming together. We will operate the business as AXEL Royal LLC to effectively bridge the transition in a transparent and structured manner. Bill Mallory will be assisting us for a period as consultant, while Jim Gott, Dr Anoop Kumar and all others in the existing team will carry forward as employees of the new company. I, with the help of our dedicated employees, look forward to leading this new organisation and making it a leading lubricating grease company in the US; much like AXEL is in Europe.”

“We are excited to take this important step to grow our platform in USA. We look forward to this great opportunity and our commitment is to offer all our customers, existing and new, remarkable products and excellent services through our talented people”, said Johan Stureson, CEO AXEL Christiernsson.

Round 2 Lubricant Price Increase Summary

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CAM2 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Smitty’s Supply 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Pinnacle Oil 3/2/2018 3/19/2018 5 to 10%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/5/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 8%
Advanced Lubrication Specialities (ALS) 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Sunoco 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Chemlube 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/7/2018 4/9/2018 4 to 9%
Sunbelt Lubricants 3/8/2018 3/21/2018 6 to 8%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%
Martin Lubricants 3/12/2018 4/16/2018 4 to 10%
Warren Distribution 3/12/2018 4/9/2018 5 to 8%
Maverick Performance Products 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Royal Mfg 3/13/2018 4/2/2018 3 to 8%
Omni Specialty Packaging 4/23/2018 5 to 8%
ExxonMobil 3/22/2018 4/23/2018 up to 10%
Chevron 3/28/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%


JobbersWorld Announces Lubricant Pricing Reports

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THE REPORTS provide insights and information on finished lubricant prices and an in-depth analysis of the cost drivers responsible for the changes in lubricant costs and prices in the US market.

The Finished Lubricant Pricing Reports provide lubricant manufacturers and marketers with an independent source of information and insights on price changes at the manufacturer and retail levels and the key drivers behind the changes. In addition to the influence of crude and base oil, the reports analyze the impact of changes in the cost of lubricant additives, transportation, packaging, labor, and others.


Parman Energy Group to Acquire Chevron Business from Lube-Tech & Partners

ParmanEnergyGroupParman Energy Corporation, now Parman Energy Group, announced its upcoming acquisition of Lube-Tech & Partners’ (Lube-Tech) Chevron branded lubricants business in early March 2018. Under terms of the agreement, Parman Energy Group will acquire most of Lube-Tech’s Chevron-centric customer base. With this arrangement, both Parman Energy Group and Lube-Tech customers will continue to receive the same products and services they receive today, with the same level of uninterrupted customer service and support.

Parman Energy Group’s Upper-Midwest regional headquarters will be located in St. Cloud, MN, with additional distribution locations in Roseville, MN and Des Moines, IA. Parman Energy Group’s employee base will be comprised of Lube-Tech employees, including customer service, sales, drivers and warehouse staff. These Lube-Tech employees will become Parman Energy Group employees in early March 2018. Lube-Tech will continue to directly provide recycling, fuel and equipment products and services to Parman Energy Group customers.

“Lube-Tech is a family-owned company with a mission to make tomorrow a little bit better than today for each other, for our customers, and for our community” says Lube-Tech Chairman, Chris Bame. “Above all, we are proud of the relationships our Lube-Tech family has formed with our customers over the years. As the industry progresses towards more focused supply relationships, our new service arrangement with Parman Energy Group ensures our Chevron customers will have the right team and product offering to take their business performance to the next level.”

“Parman Energy was founded as a family owned business and is now 100% employee owned” says Steve Moore, Parman Energy Group’s President and CEO. “Our entry into the Upper-Midwest market is a key element in Parman’s overall growth strategy, and we look forward to bringing our trademark level of Totally Outrageous Customer Service to our customers there. Parman Energy Group shares Lube-Tech’s values and operating philosophies and is privileged to be able to continue the customer focused service that Lube-Tech customers have come to expect.”

About Parman Energy Group
Parman Energy Group, formerly Parman Energy Corporation, is an employee owned company that delivers quality lubricant products, diesel exhaust fluid, motor fuels, petroleum equipment, coolants, and related products, solutions and services. Since the mid-1930’s, the Parman name has been a name synonymous with petroleum products in Tennessee and has continued to expand their diverse petroleum product offerings throughout the Eastern U.S. For additional information, please visit the company website at

About Lube-Tech & Partners, LLC
Lube-Tech & Partners was formed in June 2016 by the founding companies of 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 is driven to help customers accelerate their business performance through a high-octane approach to service – with a mission to make tomorrow a little bit better than today for its employees, customers and 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

Round One Price Increase Summary

With nearly all major lubricant manufacturers announcing adjustments, the first round of finished lubricant price increases in 2018 will make its mark in the history books.

The first announcement JobbersWorld reported on came when CAM2 announced on January 12th that it was pushing through a price increase effective February 5th. This was soon followed by Shell and within three days of the first announcement, most lubricant manufacturers also announced with ExxonMobil only seven days after Shell. A summary of the most recent price increase announcements are shown below and that’s followed by a summary of all finished lubricant price increases JW reported in the first round for 2018.

As of today, the list of companies JobbersWorld reported on that have announced lubricant price increases in 2018 is shown below:

Announced Date
Effective Date
CAM2 1/12/2018 2/5/2018 6 to 10%
SOPUS Products (Shell Lubricants) 1/15/2018 2/19/2018 up to 5%
Advanced Lubrication Specialties (ALS)
1/16/2018 2/5/2018 6 to 10%
Sinclair Lubricants 1/17/2018 3/1/2018 up to 6%
Chemlube 1/18/2018 2/5/2018 $0.20 to 0.25/gal
Nu-Tier Brands 1/18/2018 2/19/2018 6 to 8%
Martin Lubricants 1/18/2018 2/16/2018 4 to 7%
Safety-Kleen 1/18/2018 2/19/2018 5 to 8%
Pinnacle Oil 1/19/2018 2/6/2018 6 to 10%
Royal Mfg 1/22/2018 2/26/2018 5 to 8%
ExxonMobil 1/22/2018 2/26/2018 up to 6%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 1/22/2018 2/26/2018 5 to 9%
Chevron 1/22/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
Warren Oil 1/22/2018 2/23/2018 4 to 10%
CITGO 1/23/2018 2/23/2018 5 to 8%
Petro-Canada 1/24/2018 2/23/2018 Lubricants up to 6%
Process Oils and Purity FG White Oils $0.10/gal
Warren Distribution 1/24/2018 2/26/2018 6 to 9%
Smitty’s Supply 1/24/2018 2/12/2018 lubricants 6 to 10%
Greases 3cpp
Phillips 66 1/25/2018 3/5/2018 up to 5%
Old World Industries 1/29/2018 2/12/2018 6 to 10%
BP Lubricants USA (Castrol excluding industrial) 1/29/2018 3/12/2018 up to 6%

News on the Wire

RelaDyne Recognized As Chevron’s Top Distributor, UPS adds Electric

RelaDyne Recognized As Chevron’s Top Distributor

Every year, Chevron continues its tradition of its Medalist Program. The Medalist Program awards U.S. and Canadian 1st Source Marketers for Chevron lubricants product purchases and growth over a 12-month period. This year’s program calculated both purchased volume and percentage growth between July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.


As direct acknowledgement of RelaDyne’s exponential growth and strong partnership with Chevron, RelaDyne has been awarded the two highest awards of the Chevron Medalist Program.

The Eagle Award, a very prestigious award only awarded to the top overall performing marketer, was awarded to RelaDyne, recognizing the company as the top Chevron Lubricants Marketer across U.S. and Canada. The Eagle Award exhibits the importance of both RelaDyne and Chevron’s business to one another. The growth that has qualified RelaDyne to receive this award is a direct result of RelaDyne’s motivated, top tier sales team and the support and strategic alignment with Chevron.

The Gold Award is presented to the marketer with the highest number of points in each of the Chevron business areas. RelaDyne was awarded the Gold Award as one of the marketers with the highest number of points regardless of business area, demonstrating RelaDyne’s continuous efforts to prioritize and align its sales goals with all of Chevron’s product lines and remaining impartial to any one product category.

UPS Pre-Orders 125 Tesla Electric Trucks

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UPS announced today that it has preordered 125 Tesla electric trucks. This announcement comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this month that PepsiCo will order 100 electric semi trucks. Others who have also recently announced commitments to add Tesla electrics to their truck fleets include, Wal-Mart, J.B. Hunt, and Sysco Corp.

UPS which operates one of the largest commercial trucking fleets in the world, today announced it has placed a reservation for 125 of Tesla’s new fully-electric Semi tractors. The new tractors will join UPS’s extensive alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet, comprised of trucks and tractors propelled by electricity, natural gas, propane and other non-traditional fuels.

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“For more than a century, UPS has led the industry in testing and implementing new technologies for more efficient fleet operations. We look forward to expanding further our commitment to fleet excellence with Tesla,” said Juan Perez, chief information and engineering officer. “These groundbreaking electric tractors are poised to usher in a new era in improved safety, reduced environmental impact, and reduced cost of ownership.”

UPS has provided Tesla real-world UPS trucking lane information as part of the company’s evaluation of the vehicle’s expected performance for the UPS duty cycle. UPS frequently partners with suppliers of emerging vehicle technologies to help them develop solutions that prove ready for stringent UPS use-cases.

Tesla’s Semi tractor claims up to 500 miles range on a single charge, an unparalleled cabin experience for drivers, enhanced on-road safety and significantly reduced long-term cost of ownership. Safety features include: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automated lane guidance, and brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire with redundancy. Tesla’s driver-assistance features have been found by the U.S. government to reduce crash rates by 40%. Tesla expects to begin production of the vehicles in 2019 and UPS will be among the first companies to put the vehicles into use.

UPS’s preorder of Tesla vehicles complements and advances the company’s overall commitment to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations 12 percent by 2025, a goal developed using a methodology approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

UPS has established a goal for 25 percent of the electricity it consumes to come from renewable energy sources by 2025. In addition, by 2020 UPS plans that one in four new vehicles purchased annually will be an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle, up from 16 percent in 2016.

The company also set a new goal that by 2025, 40 percent of all ground fuel will be from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6 percent in 2016.

The company operates one of the largest private alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets in the U.S., and more than 8,500 vehicles throughout the world. This includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), propane, and renewable natural gas (RNG)/biomethane.
Source: UPS


PEPCO announced that as of December 1, 2017, it will be providing Shell Lubricants products at their locations.

After much deliberation and careful consideration, Pepco has agreed with Shell Canada Products (Shell Lubricants) to make Shell®, Pennzoil® and Quaker State® lubricant products available in all Pepco locations from Northern Ontario to Southern Nova Scotia.

“We’re very excited about this addition to Pepco’s product line as it will only enhance Pepco’s strategic growth to ensure our sustainability for our valued customers and teammates,” said Charles Higgins, VP Sales & Marketing. “Becoming a Master Certified Distributor allows the entire Pepco family to have access to all Shell products from Hearst, Ontario to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.”

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BASF Increases Prices

BASF increased the prices of its base stocks, lubricant oil additives, and finished lubricants by 5 to 9% globally as of December 1, 2017.

Round 3: Price Increase Summary

The following is a summary of the price increases JobbersWorld reported on for the third round of price increase is 2017

Lubricant Manufacturers Round 3

Company Announced
Kleen Performance Products 9/6/2017 9/6/2017 60 to 80 cpg
ExxonMobil 10/20/2017 11/20/2017 up to 6%
Chevron 10/24/2017 12/4/2017 up to 6%
Warren Oil 10/25/2017 11/17/2017 4% to 9%
Chemlube 10/26/2017 11/20/2017 20 to 25 cpg
Advanced Lubrication Specialties (ALS) 10/26/2017 11/13/2017 6 to 10%
CAM2 10/26/2017 11/15/2017 4 to 9%
Smitty’s Supply 10/26/2017 11/15/2017 20 cpg Bulk
25cpg Packaged Lubricants
3cpp Packaged Greases
Phillips 66 10/27/2017 12/1/2017 6%
Nu-Tier Brands 10/27/2017 11/17/2017 up to 6%
Sinclair Lubricants 10/27/2017 12/11/2017 up to 6%
Old World Industries 10/30/2017 11/13/2017 up to 8%
Warren Distribution 10/31/2017 11/27/2017 6 to 9%
Allegheny Petroleum   10/31/2017  11/8/2017 30 cpg
Petro-Canada 10/31/2017 12/1/2017 up to 6%
Valvoline 11/1/2017 12/1/2017 up to 5%
D-A Lubricant 11/1/2017  12/1/2017 up to 6%
CITGO 11/2/2017 12/4/2017 4 to 8%
SOPUS/Shell  11/6/2017 12/11/2017 up to 6%
BP Lubricants/Castrol (including industrial)  11/7/2017  12/11/2017 up to 6%
Total 11/9/2017 12/11/2017 up to 6%
Amalie 11/17/2017 12/16/2017 32 cpg Oil and Automotive Chemicals, 4 cpp greases
DuBois Chemicals 11/30/2017 1/1/2018 3 to 7% Industrial products and services
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT)  12/1/2017 12/1/2017 approx. 6%
Pinnacle Oil 11/15/2017 5 to 7%


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