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Universal Lubricants

December 30, 2013 06:00 ET

Eco-Friendly Closed Loop Process Fuels Universal Lubricants' Success in 2013

Momentum to Replace Virgin Crude-Based Products With Eco-Friendly Lubricants Expected to Build in 2014

WICHITA, KS--(Marketwired - Dec 30, 2013) - In 2013, a growing wave of American corporations, auto service centers and consumers took a stand against foreign oil and products made with virgin crude by embracing eco-friendly, sustainable motor oils and recycling used lubricants, Universal Lubricants reported today.

"We sparked America's consciousness on motor oil recycling this year and expect the adoption of eco-friendly motor oil practices and products to skyrocket in 2014," said Universal Lubricants CEO Jan Horsfall. "It's no longer a question of 'if' but 'when' more companies will replace virgin crude-based motor oil products with clean, high performance lubricants made from purified, re-refined base oil. It's simply the right thing to do."

Universal Lubricants is a recognized leader in environmental services and the manufacturing and distribution of quality proprietary lubricants. Its closed loop process is a self-contained, self-sufficient system for collecting used oil, then re-refining, blending, servicing and distributing it as clean, high performance Eco Ultra® lubricants. Re-refining used lubricants requires up to 89 percent less energy and releases up to 65 percent fewer harmful emissions than refining from crude. Reclaiming used oil eliminates the ground water pollution that results from improper disposal; one gallon of improperly disposed motor oil can contaminate one million gallons of ground water.

Looking back on 2013, Horsfall shared the following highlights from Universal Lubricants:

  • After a two-year, 150,000-mile field test using Las Vegas taxi cabs in extreme weather and grueling service conditions, Eco Ultra Synthetic Blend Motor Oil, made from re-refined EcoClear base oil, proved that it matched the superior protection and performance of the leading premium virgin-based oil on the market.

  • Universal Lubricants' Eco Ultra Synthetic Blend Motor Oil was awarded a dexos1® license for meeting the rigorous quality requirements for use in General Motors (GM) gasoline engines. The first Eco Ultra Synthetic Blend dexos1 5W-30 Motor Oil went into production in August at the company's state-of-the-art re-refinery and blending facility in Wichita, Kansas.

  • In April, Universal Lubricants reached a customer service milestone with its two millionth Engine Guard™ oil analysis. It celebrated with long-time customer Hamm, Inc., which submitted the two millionth engine oil sample for analysis. Hamm has submitted more than 30,000 Engine Guard samples over the last 25 years.

  • Last spring, more than 10,000 motorists took a stand against foreign oil and declared their personal energy independence by participating in Universal Lubricants' national "Great American Oil Change for Good!" Facebook sweepstakes and giving its high performance line of Eco Ultra sustainable motor oils and lubricants a thumbs-up.

  • The company's innovative packaging also received accolades in 2013: Universal Lubricants tripled the number of motor oil products offered in its sustainable six-gallon EcoPak bag-in-a-box as installers embraced the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the packaging. The Eco Ultra® Synthetic Blend Motor Oil FlexPak™ earned a top spot in a national innovative packaging survey, ranking among the Top 10 packages in all product categories for the year; and it received gold and silver awards at the Flexible Packaging Association's annual achievement awards for Environmental and Sustainability Achievement and Packaging Excellence.

  • To meet increasing demand for high performance oils, Universal Lubricants expanded its Southern and Midwestern footprint opening a new 52,000 square-foot oil warehouse and distribution center in Dallas and expanding into Louisiana.

  • The company also strengthened its leadership team and expanded the sales team in 2013. Chief among those personnel appointments was the selection of Jan Horsfall as the company's CEO. Other moves included Mike Melaragno and Cathy Smith, who were named directors of national accounts; Sonny Mays was tapped to lead technical support and sales in the heavy-duty market; Bill Kennedy became director of environmental health, safety and compliance; Tom Fredrickson stepped in as vice president of human resources; Ned Murray was promoted to vice president of environmental services; and Bud Snodgrass was named director of logistics.

"The landscape of the motor oil industry is changing rapidly and Universal Lubricants is doing far more than simply adapting," said Horsfall. "We are creating an environmental movement that is defining the future of oil. Our closed loop process can repeat the cycle of re-refining used oil indefinitely. It's good for consumers and helps our nation's economy."

For more information about Universal Lubricants' closed loop quality standards and high performance lubricants, please visit www.universallubes.com.

About Universal Lubricants®
Founded in 1929, Universal Lubricants is a driving force in used oil collection, base oil refining and distribution. Through its closed loop process, the company collects, re-refines, blends and re-distributes its own engine oils and lubricants -- never losing guardianship within the chain -- to ensure that every quart is of the highest quality for optimal performance. Universal Lubricants operates 32 facilities nationally, including one of the world's most technologically advanced re-refineries in Wichita, Kansas. A leader in research and development, Universal Lubricants is a Pegasus Capital Advisors portfolio company and employs more than 390 workers. For more information visit www.universallubes.com.

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