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Warren Distribution announced a price increase of 4 to 8% on all lubricant products, depending on the product and package size. The new prices will go into effect with shipments on or after Monday, June 25, 2018. Warren Distribution sites several factors driving the announced increase. One is the continued rise in the price of base oils in response to higher crude oil prices. Additionally, it says, acquiring timely transportation services have become more difficult, so freight rates have significantly escalated. Lastly, rising steel prices have caused a precipitous increase in drum costs.


Allegheny Petroleum Products  announced a price increase of 6% to 8% on bulk lubricants and an additional 2% on drum and tote packaging, depending on the product. Allegheny attributes the price change to the ongoing base oil, additive, and packaging cost increases that continue to occur industry wide. The price change will be effective on orders placed on or after June 18, 2018.


Maverick Performance Products advised its customers that due to multiple increases in raw materials used in the manufacturing of finished lubricants, Maverick Performance Products will be passing through a price adjustment on VP finished lubricants of approximately 4 to 8%, percentages will vary by product. The increase will be effective on orders placed on or after June 18, 2018.


Old World Industries announced that it will raise the price on all finished lubricants by 4% to 9%. The increase is effective June 30, 2018. Old World says the increase is a result of the continued increase in the cost of raw materials used in the manufacturing and distribution of these products.

See table and chart below for complete list of recent price increases JobbersWorld reports. 

Dennis K Burke Becomes Northeast Distributor for Phillips 66/Kendall Lubricants

Dennis K Burke announced that it is now the Phillips 66/Kendall Lubricants distributor for the Northeast. The company says, “Kendall has been on the forefront of advances in lubricant product technology since the early 1900’s and we are excited to be able to offer their premium, cutting edge products to our customers.”

SOURCE Dennis K. Burke, Inc.


Shell Launches Artificial Intelligence Chatbot For B2B Lubricants Customers and Distributors

Shell Lubricants has introduced Shell LubeChat, the first artificial intelligence (AI)-powered chatbot tool for B2B lubricants customers. Shell LubeChat is an online chat robot that is designed to give users around the world easy, real-time access to product support, technical services and lubricants data. Currently available in the United States, China and India, this service will also launch in the United Kingdom in the coming weeks and other markets later in the year.

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“Customers and distributors are at the heart of our business here at Shell. We are continually investing in new solutions and services that make their lives easier and more convenient, and we expect digital platforms to play a key role moving forward,” said Roger Moulding, Vice-President of Shell Lubricants Marketing.

Shell LubeChat can be used across a wide range of businesses and sectors, including general manufacturing, construction, agriculture, power and fleet. Designed to help optimize efficiency for our customers and distributors, Shell LubeChat, alongside the entire suite of Shell Lubricants Services, can help solve day-to-day challenges like obtaining access to information quickly. The platform is equipped to help users in a variety of ways, including finding the right product for their equipment, accessing Technical and Safety data sheets on Shell Lubricants products, learning through case studies how others have helped improve their operations with Shell Lubricants products, getting the recommended Shell alternative to other products in the market, and finding authorised distributors closest to them. More

Valvoline to Acquire Great Canadian Oil Change, its First International Quick-Lube Acquisition

Valvoline Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business assets of Great Canadian Oil Change, which franchises 73 quick-lube stores in five Canadian provinces, primarily in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The acquisition is expected to be completed within 60 days. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Great Canadian Oil Change, based in Chilliwack, British Columbia, was founded in 1978 and is the third largest quick-lube system in Canada. The acquisition will expand Valvoline’s existing quick-lube network to more than 1,200 company-owned and franchised locations.

“Growing and strengthening our quick-lube network through organic store expansion and high-quality acquisitions in both core and new markets is a key business strategy for Valvoline,” said Sam Mitchell, chief executive officer. “The addition of Great Canadian Oil Change, with its established brand – which we intend to keep in place – and loyal customer base, provides us with an excellent opportunity to expand our quick-lube footprint outside the U.S.”

“Owners Trevor and Carolynn Weflen have spent 40 years developing the Great Canadian Oil Change brand and building its reputation in the Canadian marketplace,” said Tony Puckett, president, Valvoline Quick Lubes. “We’ve developed a strong relationship with Great Canadian Oil Change over the years through our Canadian installer business team and blending and packaging plant in Mississauga, and look forward to working with Great Canadian Oil Change’s large and experienced franchise-owner base to further grow and improve the business. We believe there is significant opportunity for system growth through both support of franchisees and company-owned store expansion.”

“Great Canadian Oil Change has been part of our family since 1978, and we are extremely proud of the brand we’ve built and the growth we’ve achieved,” said Trevor Weflen, owner of Great Canadian Oil Change. “Although the decision to sell was difficult, we are very confident that Valvoline is the right steward for the Great Canadian Oil Change brand and our franchisees going forward. Valvoline is a 150-year-old company that has a long, successful history of taking care of its people, franchisees and customers. We know Valvoline is dedicated to the growth and success of the brand and every franchisee.”


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Where’s the Dipstick?

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I recently visited a working farm and had the pleasure of seeing a number of old farm tractors that, in spite of their age, were still pulling their weight and significantly more. One of the more intriguing tractors was the one to the right. When asked when this tractor last ran, I was told to sit in the seat, shake the shifter to make sure it was not in gear, pull out the knob on a steel plate, and advance the throttle a bit. The farmer than turned a petcock to open a gas line and engaged a crank in the front of the engine. After giving it only one hard crank, the engine came to life and was purring like a kitten; no smoke, knocking, pinging, clicking, clacking, spitting or sputtering. And after a short ride in the field, it was clear that this was, aside from its age and rusty appearance, a well-maintained machine that was built to last.

The next interesting experience came when I asked how to check the oil in the tractor below, since, for the life of me, I could not figure it out. Whereas I was schooled on the basics of vintage tractors when he showed me how to check the oil, I wonder how many in our industry would know.

-Tom Glenn

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  1. How do you check the oil level in this tractor?
  2. As a bonus, what type of oil do you think is used in this tractor and the one that he cranked to start?

JobbersWorld will publish the names and the companies they work for of the first three who get it right. Send your answers to lubequiz@jobbersworld.com.

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Round 3 Lubricant Price Increase Summary

CompanyAnnounced DateEffective DateIncrease
Sinclair Lubricants5/8/20187/1/201810 to 12%
Sunoco5/16/20186/16/20184 to 6%
Advanced Lubrication Specialties5/16/20186/16/20184 to 6%
CAM25/18/20186/16/20184 to 9%
Smitty’s Supply5/18/20186/16/20184 to 9%
U.S. Lubricants, Commerce, CA5/18/20186/17/20185 to 9%
Axel Royal5/21/20186/24/20185%
Chemlube5/22/20186/11/20185 to 9%
Maverick Performance Products5/22/20186/18/20184 to 8%
Allegheny Petroleum Products5/23/20186/18/20186 to 8% on bulk, additional 2% on drums and totes
Warren Distribution5/23/20186/25/20184 to 8%
Old World Industries5/24/20186/30/20184 to 9%
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