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Lubricating Specialties Company Moves Management Up and Expands Facilities Out

January 22, 2013

Stephen Milam, CEO of Lubricating Specialties Company (LSC) announced today, that effective January 23rd, Sydney Thwaites will assume the responsibilities of President and Chief Operating Officer of LSC, Rob Kress will become the Senior Vice President, and LSC has completed the start-up phase of its newest facility located in Azusa, California.

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Sydney Thwaites promoted to President/COO:
Mr. Thwaites has been with LSC for 15 years and was formerly the Chief Financial Officer for the company. Thwaites has worked very closely with the senior management team at LSC and has been involved in all aspects the business. Milam says, “Sydney has a proven track record of success with our organization and has made a significant contribution to our growth. Most recently he completed the company’s newest partnership which has developed into our forth facility located in Azusa California.” In his new capacity as President/COO, Sydney will be responsible for all operations, technical and financial activities of the company.

Mr. Thwaites joined LSC in 1998 and holds a BS in Accounting and Finance from California Lutheran University.

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LSC welcomes Rob Kress back:
Rob Kress will rejoin LSC on January 23rd in the role of Senior Vice President. Although Rob left LSC in 2012 to spend some time in the base oil trading business, he says he is glad to be back to LSC. “Whereas base oil trading is certainly an interesting area, my heart and history have always been in the finished lubricants business,” says Kress. This is certainly understandable when one looks at Rob’s history in the business.

After attaining both his MS and BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Chicago, Rob started his career in lubricants in 1977 as a chemist at CITGO. From there, Rob advanced his career with CITGO to senior management positions both domestically and internationally in technology, sales, and marketing.Rob originally joined LSC during 2003 after working at the CITGO Corporation for nearly 24 years.”

LSC completes start-up phase of new facility:
LSC’s newest facility is in Azusa, California and becomes the company’s fourth facility in Southern California serving the western United States as well as exports to the Asia Pacific Region. After almost a full year in reconstruction and start up testing the facility is now ready for full time production. It sits on 4.9 acres, currently has 20 storage tanks, bulk truck loading and unloading capabilities, 4 freight docks, 3 small packaging lines, a full service laboratory on site and an operations management team in place. The facility is owned in a partnership by LSC and its partner who is located in China. LSC is the operating partner and the majority owner of the facility. The new facility is currently producing aftermarket fuel and lubricant additives, with capacity available for expanding into other products. From this new facility LSC will expand its product offerings to all of its existing customers as well as be able to offer unique products and services to new customers.

About Lubricating Specialties Company
LSC, a well-established blender and filler of lubricants and greases, is a one-stop, intensely customer-focused solutions company.  Since 1928, LSC has been providing the highest quality products and services to a broad customer base in a variety of industries.  LSC currently has over two hundred employees and four manufacturing/distribution facilities located in LA County, making it the largest U.S. blender west of the Rocky Mountains.  In addition to its blending and packaging operations, LSC provides a broad range of liquid storage, transloading, warehousing, distribution and export services to the lubricant and chemical industries.  LSC is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. Click for More

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